CrashPlan, the cloud-based backup service developed by Code42, recently announced that it will no longer support Home subscriptions and will instead move its focus to small business and enterprise. This was our favorite backup service for home users to get secure, automatic, and continuous backup to the cloud. Unfortunately, this leaves existing users in a bit of a pickle. Here’s a look at other secure cloud-based backup solutions available. And we’ll cover what Code42 is doing to allow you time to make a transition to a new backup service.
In a statement to its existing CrashPlan for Home subscribers the company says the following:
Effective August 22, 2017, Code42 will no longer offer new – or renew – CrashPlan for Home subscriptions, and we will begin to sunset the product over several months. CrashPlan for Home will no longer be available for use starting October 23, 2018. At Code42, protecting your data is important to us. As we shift our business strategy to focus exclusively on enterprise and small business segments, you have two great options to continue getting the best backup solution.
We will honor your existing CrashPlan for Home subscription, keeping your data safe, as always. To allow you time to transition to a new backup solution, we’ve extended your subscription (at no cost to you) by 60 days. We are committed to providing you with the easiest and most efficient transition possible.
Options for Moving from CrashPlan for Home
This is going to be a pain if you’ve been using CrashPlan as part of your data backup strategy for years. You do have various options, though. Here is a look at the pros and cons to each one.
Switch to CrashPlan for Small Business. Switching to CrashPlan for Small Business is the easiest option, but it will cost you a lot more than what you’re paying now. This plan offers the same unlimited, automatic, and secure cloud backup you’ve come to expect, but will cost you almost twice as much at $10/month or $120/year. However, the company will allow you to back up for free until the end of your current Home subscription. It is also offering a 75% discount on the cost of the first year and after that, the price will increase to $10/month per device. Note that the Small Business plan doesn’t support computer-to-computer backups and you can only migrate your cloud backup if it’s 5 TB or under. For more information, check out the company’s page on how to convert to CrashPlan for Small Business.
Move to Carbonite. For home computer backup, Code42 recommends its exclusive partner, Carbonite. It offers easy, secure cloud backup for your home computers.
We know that changing backup providers can be a hassle, so we’ve partnered with CrashPlan for Home to make switching to Carbonite as smooth and simple as possible. With just a few clicks, you can ensure your most important files remain safe with flexible, secure Carbonite backup – plus you’ll get exclusive savings available only to CrashPlan for Home users.
Carbonite is also offering deals to CrashPlan for Home customers who are making the switch. Starting with a 50% discount on select plans and a 20% discount on storage packs. Both companies claim the transition should be seamless for Mac and PC users. After the limited-time discount ends the regular price for the basic service costs $59.99/year. Basic provides automatic, secure cloud backup and unlimited storage for one computer. To get external drive backup support you need to pony up $99.99/year. However, you might want to try this trick to bypass the local drive limitation. You can also install the Carbonite Mobile app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to access files on the go.
Move to Backblaze. While Code42 is pointing its users to Carbonite, there are plenty of other services on the market to consider. Out of the popular, trusted cloud-based backup services, Backblaze is the most affordable compared to other services. Unlimited backup for Mac or PC starts at just $5/month. Or, you can save 10 bucks by purchasing a full year for $50 and save $25 by purchasing a two-year subscription for $95. Plus, Backblaze doesn’t charge extra to back up an external USB drive like Carbonite does. Backblaze offers a 15-day free trial and no credit card is required. Backblaze offers mobile apps for iPhone and Android, too.
Just because it’s more affordable doesn’t mean it skimps on features or security. Backblaze boasts that it stores over 350 Petabytes of data, has restored over 20 billion files and has customers in over 120 countries around the world. It keeps your data secure with what the company calls “Invisible Encryption”. Files are encrypted before they leave your computer, transferred over a secure SSL connection to the Backblaze data center, and your data is stored on an encrypted disk. It also provides two-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of security when you sign in to access your data.
SpiderOak or Mozy
SpiderOak provides a free 21-day trial and, at the time of this writing, is offering a 30% discount on all SpiderOak One plans. The 100 GB plan is $59/year, 250 GB $99/years, 1 TB $129/year, and 5 TB $279/year. While Carbonite’s basic subscription supports only one computer, SpiderOak supports an unlimited number of devices for each of its plans. It also offers apps for iPhone and Android which allows you to access your stored data while on the go.
Mozy has been around for several years and eventually, Dell took it under its umbrella of devices and services. Mozy offers services for home users via MozyHome and versions for small business and enterprise settings. MozyHome works similarly to the others listed in this article, but it’s on the expensive side. 50 GB for one computer (Mac or PC) is $5.99/month and the 125 GB plan covers up the three computers and will cost you $9.99/month. Mozy offers a free version, too. It provides 2 GB of storage and you can get more space by referring friends. Mozy will give you an additional 256 MB for each new friend, colleague, or family member you refer. You can also get the Mozy mobile app for iOS and Android.
We’ll be taking a deeper dive into each of these cloud-based backup services over the coming weeks. But this should give you an idea of what to look for and figure out what will work best for your situation. Right now, we are leaning toward Backblaze as our recommended service. To get a general idea of how Backblaze works, read our article: Backblaze is a Straightforward Online Backup Solution. That article was written a few years back, but I will take a fresh look at where the service is at now, so expect an updated article about it, and other backup solutions soon.
If you are a ‘CrashPlan for Home’ subscriber let us know which service you’re moving to. If you have a suggestion for an automatic cloud-based backup and storage service that I didn’t cover here, leave your suggestions in the comment section below!