Save on World Backup Day

World Backup Day is March 31, 2013. Now is a great time to audit your current backup solution, make sure you know your backups are working and test restoring your files, This World Backup Day guide walks you through testing your own Mozy setup, and what to do if you’re not currently backing up.

Current Mozy Users – How to test your backups and restores

Now is a great time to make sure that you know how to restore your files. Run through a test restore with these instructions.

Running into any problems or have some questions? Our support team is standing by – they’re here to help!

Don’t Currently Backup?

What should you look for in a cloud backup provider? We’ve put together a helpful guide with some good questions to consider in your search.

  • Part 1 - Making Copies, Safekeeping, To the Cloud
  • Part 2 - Not Prepared to Lose, Create and Change
  • Part 3 - Incremental and Versioning, Backup Considerations

With over 3 million users, Mozy is a great choice for protecting your data. You can get started with a free 2GB account. Need more space? No problem – use the promo code “MozyMozy” (case sensitive) for 15% off all new  1- and 2- year MozyHome and MozyPro accounts from Good Friday to Friday the 5th of April 2013. Sign up for Mozy.

Backup is important for businesses as well. Over 90,000 businesses trust MozyPro with their important information. Find out how MozyPro can turn your backups into a competitive advantage for your company.

 

Mobility drives best places to live

This week, the Sunday Times named Stamford in Lincolnshire as the UK’s best place to live.  But how does a sleepy market town that initially missed the railway and, arguably, was at its economic peak several hundred years ago, get to be the most attractive place to live in the country?

 

Clearly, it’s a beautiful and historic part of the world – but the cruel reality of life is that the majority of us have to work to live.  And it would be hard to describe Stamford as an industrial metropolis.

 

Perhaps they’re all commuting somewhere else?

 

According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average Brit does have the seventh-longest commute in the developed world so it’s feasible they’re going further afield.  However, that average commute is still only 40 minutes.

 
Maybe, the answer then, is that proximity to work is no longer the defining influence on where people live that it used to be.  Certainly, there’s a growing trend for knowledge workers to move away from city centres.

 

During the industrial revolution, workers flocked to the centres of industry, with cities like Liverpool growing their population by 60% in just 20 years.  The same city, even allowing for the overall explosion in the number of people living in the UK, has seen population shrink by 1.4% in the ten years to 2009.

 

A study carried out by Mozy recently highlighted that the average boss is happy for their employees to spend a quarter of their week working from home.  73 per cent of bosses are relaxed about employee time keeping and a typical boss will overlook regular lateness of around half an hour, content that their employees start their working days long before they arrive at their desks.

 

Cloud access tools are enabling workers to be productive team members of a business team regardless of where they are – and this is a more-likely reason why we Brits are selecting towns like Stamford and fellow high scorers, Kendal, Wye and Thornbury as our ideal homes.

 

What was once remote and impractical is now a remote worker’s dream.

4G – changing mobile devices forever

Yesterday, OFCOM revealed the results of the UK 4G auction. Putting the 2.3bn price tag and the impact on public borrowing aside, what does it mean for you and the way that you use your devices?

 

Speed

4G is driven by the need for speed.  Upload and download speeds can potentially be ten times faster on 4G than they are on 3G.  Of course, in reality, the speeds you receive may be lower than the 1Gbps that is nominally possible.  Just as with high-speed broadband at home, the number of other users sharing the bandwidth available will impact the speeds you can achieve.  However, as that’s the case with 3G too, you should expect to see some real benefits from an upgrade.

 

Volume

There’s still no unlimited data plan from EE in the UK but, with spectrum now in the hands of the other operators and services slated for launch before the summer, competition might lead to the introduction of uncapped plans.  T-Mobile has recently launched an all-you-can-eat data plan in the USA to much fanfare and Three has a history of challenging the rest of the market with its unlimited plans – so we could be in store for uncapped data plans in the UK sooner rather than later.

 

Change

But what does more data more quickly really mean for us folk?  Is it all about video calls and online shopping?

 

Well, obviously, video calling would be a better experience on 4G than we have it today and retailers will be able to show you more of the products that you’re browsing.  But the changes caused by 4G are much wider and it could have a more profound impact on the way we interact with our devices and what we expect from them.

 

What we expect from a device

Not so very long ago, devices were function-specific – and we had lots of them.  Cameras were for taking pictures, phones were for making calls, MP3 players were for listening to music, games consoles were for playing games and so on.  (Remember turning yourself into a pickpocket’s paradise when you went for a day out at the beach?)  Fast forward to today, and our expectations are very different; we demand the ability to do all of those things on practically all of our devices.

 

Today, we split our devices by what could be loosely described as ‘use cases’.  Our office laptops are for work so that’s where we write the majority of our emails and look at spreadsheets, our home desktop computers are for family use where we all store big files such as photos and projects.  And our smartphones are for personal use.

 

Together, these behaviours cause two outcomes.  Firstly, our devices require huge amounts of storage – a typical smartphone may have to carry not only three-dozen albums worth of pictures but an entire music collection, a week’s worth of emails, a library of books, films and games and all the software programmes required to use them.  Secondly, it creates silos of information that you own but you can’t get to.  For example, you have pictures on your phone, pictures on your laptop, pictures on a hard drive, pictures on an SD card – but they’re not the same pictures.  And, just because you have a picture app on the device you’re using, it doesn’t mean that you can see the pictures of yours that you want to.  Similarly, you have a device in your hand that could let you update the document that your boss wants urgently in the evening – but the document itself is only available on your computer in your office.

 

4G and the device

The speed and availability offered by 4G means that downloading or streaming information to your mobile device from your own ‘locker service’ on the internet nearly as quickly as you can get it from a drive on the device itself is one step closer to becoming a reality.  And doing that at a reasonable cost to boot!

 

If that were the case, we’d see a fundamental shift in what we expect from our devices.  Storing data on the device itself would become much less important.  Who would need to spend £639 on a 128GB iPad when you could use a 16GB Apple tablet and simply download or stream the rest of your data to the device as and when you needed it?

 

We’d also see a decline in tying our devices to use cases.  If you combine the lack of need for storage with the growing trend for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the work place, it becomes increasingly conceivable that, in the future, we have one smartphone-sized device used on the move that we can also dock at work to use as a computer or at home to use as a tablet.  Wherever we were and whatever we were trying to do, we’d simply download or stream the appropriate files that we needed from the internet.

 

A single device is further off but, with 4G, we’d be a lot closer to a world where we have one laptop, one tablet and one smartphone that we use to connect wirelessly to different virtualised environments.  The same device could let you log into a virtual work desktop during the day and a personal desktop in the evening.

 

Virtualised desktops are already making strides in office environments, thanks to technology from companies like VMware – and personal cloud services are making the concept of doing the same thing at home more of a reality.

 

Tomorrow’s technology today

It’s going to take time for the impact of 4G to be fully realised, so how can we see some of the benefits sooner?

 

To start with, let’s be pragmatic.  When services launch later this year, they’re not going to be ubiquitous.  Large parts of the UK don’t even get a decent mobile signal for voice calling so it would be crazy to expect to be able to download your files everywhere.

 

But we can start to think differently about what data we want to physically carry with us, and what we only need access to.  Many services that are available today to help you share files between your devices are designed for a pre-4G world where data is copied to every device and stored many times over.

 

This incurs a substantial up-front cost.  For example, if you’re buying into iCloud, there’s not only the cost of the service but all the additional storage you need on your devices to cope with everything being copied everywhere. A £240 saving from a low-storage iPad to a high-storage iPad buys a lot of mobile connectivity so that you can stream the data that you haven’t synced as and when you need it.

 

If you’re in the market for a new tablet or a new cloud service at the moment, a little thought now about what sort of service you want, combined with which devices could save you a great deal of money, both now and in the future.

 

A little bit of sync a little bit of access

Perhaps a better plan is to get a clearer understanding of what you know you want to use on your device and what you might want to use.  Marking key folders, documents and playlists for syncronisation to all your devices – or dropping them into a ‘magic sync folder’ – will ensure that you always have the latest thing you’re working on or the songs you love wherever you are on whatever device, even if you haven’t got a single bar of signal.

 

Automatically copying the rest of your files to the cloud means that you can get at everything else if you find that you need it.  This dual approach of having some data ‘on device’ and some data ‘on demand’ is a smart way of getting the best of both worlds – especially in the early days of 4G.

 


4G – The game changer

There’s still some skepticism about the impact of 4G.  WAP was going to change the world, then 3G, now 4G…  But it’s easy to forget just how far we’ve come from the days when the only thing you could do on your phone was play Snake.  Mobile data and ADSL together have transformed where and how we work and had a major impact on how we shop, entertain ourselves, meet our spouses, choose where we live, and decide what to eat and what to wear.  4G is closest we’ve come to bringing the benefits of these two technologies together and we shouldn’t underestimate the potential of where that could take us.

Is it spring yet?

springThe daffodils outside the Mozy UK office are in full flower today, bathing in glorious sunshine amongst the other spring bulbs.  But, if the Daily Express is to be believed, we have snow in store before the week is out.  And, even the more moderate weather forecast from the BBC says that it may turn cold in the next few days.

 

So, perhaps, nature has sadly been a bit too hasty this week in delivering a host of golden flowers.  Winter isn’t quite done with us yet!

 

But, this is often the way of things – all the signs point to something being over and done with and then, all of a sudden, it transpires that it’s really not.

 

It’s the same in our business and personal lives: just as we decide we no longer need something and throw it out, we discover that it’s suddenly relevant or, worse still, critically important.

 

“That email’s not of interest to me.” “That project is long gone.” “That file’s taking up loads of space and I’m never going to need it again.”  There are all manner of reasons for deleting things at the time… It’s just, sometimes, it’s only a matter of days (or hours!) before you realise that you want it back.

 

That’s where online backup from Mozy comes into its own.  If you discover that you need a file and you don’t have it any more, Mozy can help.  Even if you delete a file, Mozy will still keep a copy of it for you for a minimum of 30 days.  Or, if you save over it, you can roll back to an earlier version.

 

So, the daffs outside the Mozy office might have poked their heads above the parapet too soon – and there’s nothing really that Mozy can do about it if the frosts come back – but, if you’ve got trigger happy with the delete button, Mozy’s here to help.

 

Now, where did I put those gloves?  I should never have packed them away this early…

Beep Beep!

For many of us, the first sound we hear in the morning isn’t the birds singing, the gentle notes of Grieg’s Morning from Peer Gynt or even the hum of city traffic, it’s the beeping of an alarm clock.

 

That might be followed by the beep of the TV or radio coming on, the beep of the coffee machine and the beep of the microwave as you heat your porridge.

 

The chances are, you’ll have heard a good few beeps before you speak actual words to a human being.

 

Your phone might beep with a traffic update.  Your car’s computer might beep as you start the engine or, if you take the tube to work, the “beep, beep, beep” of the Oyster reader will probably put your beep-o-meter into the hundreds before you get to the office, beep through the security gate and hear the beep of your computer coming to life.

 

Technology has penetrated so deeply in our lives that, sometimes, it’s hard to remember what life was like before the beeps.  Do you still recall when kettles boiled on the hob, clothes dried on the line and you called directory enquiries if you wanted to find a local plumber?  Even what we considered to be “advanced technology use” at the end of the 90s – like booking cinema tickets over the phone – has quickly become a thing of the past.

 

You can see a list of things we no longer do in the UK in an earlier blog post or an inforgraphic on our US blog.

 

Technology makes our lives easier, on the whole, and that’s why old traditions die out.  But, it also brings new risks.  Like the risk of losing the data that all these new devices hold.  Yes, it’s great that you can carry every photo you’ve ever taken with you on your laptop – but at the same time, every photo you’ve ever taken is on that laptop if you lose it.

 

That was never the case when you spent wet Sunday afternoons trying to force your snaps into clear plastic photo-album pages that were never quite as big as they needed to be.  You could also drop those albums on the floor without too much worry.  And you’d be extremely unlucky if your envelope of four-by-sevens was affected by a power surge.
Fortunately, once you’ve realised how much technology is in your life, and how much of your stuff is digital, there are lots of things that you can do to protect yourself.  Like getting cloud backup to make sure that there’s always a copy of your data if anything goes wrong.

 

If you’re protected already, you can treat each of those beeps you’re hearing as the soothing confirmation that you’re prepared for life in the digital age.  Or, if cloud backup is still something on your to-do list, maybe it’s worth treating them as a reminder to get on and do it.  You can even backup for free.

Tablet time

According to new figures, on Christmas Day, 17.4 million new Android and iOS tablets were activated worldwide.  17.4 million! That’s nearly twice the number of turkeys roasted in the whole of the UK to celebrate the holiday and 2.5 times the number of devices activated on the same day the year before.

 

But, once you’ve got your new tablet, what do you do with it?  To start with, there’s obviously Angry Birds and distorting pictures of your face so that you look like an alien.  But, by now, of the 17.4 million people who unwrapped their tablets on Christmas Day, there can only be a handful that aren’t looking for a bit more from their new devices.

 

And that’s where content really is king!  What you can do with your tablet will come down to what you can get on your tablet.  Or, if you’re a Mozy user, what you can Stash!

 

Stash, along with the Mozy App, allows you to move your data between your computers, smartphones and tablets, either automatically, or on demand.

 

Start a document on your laptop in the office, add to it on your smartphone on the train and finish on your tablet when you get home.  It’s simple with Stash.  Got photos on your laptop, pictures on your phone and snaps all over the place?  Flick through all your photo albums in one place on your tablet.

 

If you’re one of the 17.4 million Christmas tablet owners – or one of the 4 million people a day who buy a new tablet – why not check out what Stash can do for you?  You can even get your first 2GB for free.

Smile! (Until you realise your phone is gone)

Lost and Found

Family gatherings, catching up with friends, the kids nativity play… there are so many reasons why we get snappy with our smartphones in the run-up to Christmas.

 

But, the memories that you’re trying to preserve may not last as long as you’d hoped if your phone doesn’t come home with you at the end of the day.

 

According to new research from Mozy, Saturday evenings in December are the most dangerous time to be playing fast and loose with your phone as this is the time of year that you’re most likely to lose something and smartphones are the most-lost items.  In fact, 70 per cent of us have lost gadgets like smartphones and laptops.

 

And, if it’s the memories on your phone that you value most, you’re not alone.  The majority of people who took part in our survey told us that it was the pictures, contacts and other documents on their phones that they missed most.

 

If you want the peace of mind to snap happy this Christmas, make sure that the stuff on your phone is protected.  Sync your phone with the Mozy app and make sure that your laptop is backed up with Mozy.  It’s simple, automatic and you can even get a version for free.

 

To check out Mozy sync and backup, visit www.mozy.co.uk .  Or, for further results from the survey, head over to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

Shop ‘til you drop (your mobile)

Lost and found

 Does this schedule sound familiar?  Get kids ready for Christmas shopping.  Coats on.  Hats on.  Boots on.  Need wee.  Boots off.  Coats off.  Bathroom.  Coats on.  Lost boot.  Find boot.  Boots on.  Leave house. Go back for forgotten present. On bus.  Off bus.  Go back for forgotten present.  Go back for forgotten hat.  Arrive at friend’s house.  Boots off.  Hats off.  Coats off.  Swap gifts.  Coats on.  Hats on.  Boots on.  Leave house.  Go back for forgotten present.  Go back for forgotten hat.  Hit shops.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Ring home to check which doll you were meant to get.  Ring home to check what to get when that’s sold out.  Coats on.  Coats off.  Drop bag.  Juggle bags.  Coats on.  Wipe noses.  Leave shops.  Go back for lost coat.  Back in car.  Arrive home.  Collapse!

 

It’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves missing one or two things when have the opportunity to take stock.  According to new research from Mozy, December is the time of year when most things are lost, that Saturdays are the worst days and that most stuff goes missing at around 18:00 as we all head home.

 

And with top reasons for loss including getting carried away, carrying too much and getting distracted, it’s understandable how Christmas conditions create a hotbed for loss.

 

Frustratingly, although hats, gloves and other lower-cost items do feature highly on the list of things that don’t make it home with us, the most commonly-lost item is actually a smartphone.  70 per cent of us have lost a data storage gadget, like our smartphones or laptops.

 

And, when we these types of gadget, it’s not just the device itself that we have to say goodbye to.  It’s often the pictures, music, contacts and other data that we lose too.  The majority of people who took part in Mozy’s survey told us that it was their data they were most upset about when they lost their phone or laptop – not the hardware.

 

So, before you head out once more into the breach again, make sure the stuff you care about is protected.  You can sync your phone or backup your laptop with Mozy.  It’s simple, automatic and you can even do it for free.

 

To find out more about how to protect your data, visit www.mozy.co.uk.  Or, to get more results from Mozy’s Lost and Found survey, head to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

 

 

Protect your data whilst you can

lost and found

No one wants to lose their laptop but, with the best will in the world, mistakes happen.  And more of them happen at this time of year than any other.

 

According to new research from Mozy, more items go missing in December than any other month of the year.  And 70 per cent of us, the figures show, have lost a data storage device such as a smartphone or laptop.

 

The research suggested that commuting puts everyone at risk, with 18:00 being the peak time of day to lose something and cars and public transport featuring highly on the list of locations where things are mislaid.

 

For IT managers, that means a flood of requests coming your way for replacement devices.  But it’s not just the devices themselves that will be slipping through fingers.  Unless it’s properly protected, the data on the devices will be walking out the door with them.

 

So, if you want to minimise the impact of unintentional loss, make sure that you’re prepared before it happens.  It’s easy to insure a laptop but the best insurance for your data is comprehensive backup.

 

To find out more about how to protect the devices at your company, visit www.mozy.co.uk/pro

 

Or to read more results from Mozy’s research, head over to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found

Beware 18:00 on Saturdays in December!

lost and foundIf you’re out and about this month, keep an eye on your stuff as December is the time when more items go missing than any other.  And, more precisely, grab hold of your stuff and don’t let go at 18:00 on Saturdays as that’s the time when you’re most vulnerable to loss.

 

According to our new research, Brits will lose £2 billion worth of items this year, with 30 per cent of us having let two or more belongings slip through our fingers in the past 12 months.

 

It’s most important to keep an eye on your electronics as 70 per cent of us have lost data device such as a smartphone or laptop.  In fact, smartphones are the most commonly-lost items of all.

 

Of course, it’s not just the device itself that you may never see again.  Photos, documents and all manner of other irreplaceable information can disappear with it.  And the majority of people taking part in our survey told us that it was losing their data that upset them far more than losing the device itself.

 

So, if you’re heading out this Saturday, make sure you’re prepared!  Make sure that the stuff on any devices you’re taking with you don’t contain the only copies of your pictures and other data.  Sync your phone and backup your laptop – it’s simple to do and free with Mozy if you visit www.mozy.co.uk/home/free.

 

To find out more about the lost and found items from our research here and around the world, head to www.mozy.co.uk/reports/lost-and-found.