Time to back up

Today is the longest day of the year in the UK and Ireland, where we get a full 8 hours and 49 minutes more daylight than we’ll be getting on the shortest day this winter.

So, why not use those extra minutes to do one thing that will save you time for the rest of the year?

Signing up to Mozy and setting your backup preferences takes only a few minutes – but it will automate your backup for the rest of the year.  No more manual backups to hard drives, tape or USB sticks and no more worrying about what might happen if you ever lose your files.

Simply visit www.mozy.co.uk or www.mozy.ie to get started.

We are one!

It’s time to light the candles and cut the cake for mozy.co.uk and mozy.ie are celebrating their first birthdays!

That’s a year since Mozy launched a service based on:

-         Local websites

-         Local support teams

-         Local data centres

-         Local pricing

But we haven’t stood still over the past year!  We now also have:

-         An online support portal

-         Mozy 2.0 for Windows and Mac

-         2xProtect for local and online backup

-         25% faster uploads

And there’s more on the way with:

-         The Mozy app for iOS and Android

-         An enhanced restore experience

-         Synchronisation capabilities

To celebrate our first year in the UK and Ireland, we’re offering residents in the UK and Ireland a chance to win a year of Mozy protection for free.

All you have to do is follow @mozyuk on twitter and tweet and complete “@mozyuk Mozy is the 1 for me because…” between now and the end of May.  At the end of the month, three winners will be chosen at random.

Cutbacks put data, and businesses, at risk

Mozy Backup - online backup : have you delayed your technology refresh cycle?

The recession has meant that we’re all putting off some of the purchases we would have liked to have made over the past couple of years.  In our home lives, that’s likely to be cars and TVs and, in the office, it’s likely to be new technology.

After all, as everybody’s grandmother says (unless you’re Prince William, I can’t imagine the Queen saying it): “If it aint broke, don’t fix it!”  But those same lips (in between sucking Werthers and knocking back enough tea to float a battleship) probably also said: “a stitch in time saving nine,” – a lesson that many businesses are learning in 2011.

Three years after the recession hit, we should all typically have been through a workplace technology refresh – but according to our new research, just 40 per cent of companies in Europe, and 30 per cent of companies in the UK, have actually completed one.  Unsurprisingly, the poor economic climate was the most frequently cited reason for plans falling by the wayside.

But what’s the result?  40 per cent of employees told us that their computers were prone to crashes and data loss, which had a negative impact on their productivity.  With analysts putting the cost of a lost record at $214 – scrimping can be a false economy that ultimately costs many, many times the price a few new PCs.

Plus, if your upgrade policy is ‘wait until your computer breaks completely’ it’s not just one or two documents you stand to lose, it’s all of them. And, if you lose your data, you’re likely to lose your business too – 60 per cent of businesses go under if they lose their data for more than 48 hours.

Of course, there’s always a third way! If you can’t afford to shell out for new computers, you can protect the old ones with online data backup.

And, don’t forget, if you’re using a service like Mozy, the act of transferring your data to a new computer in the event that it gives up the ghost – or because you’re one of the 40 per cent of European companies that actually follows a refresh cycle properly – becomes simplicity itself.

So, to put it bluntly, if you can’t afford a new car, make sure you’re up to date with your payments for road-side assistance and, if you can’t afford a new computer, make sure you’ve got Mozy.

Data loss costs $214 per record

It’s often said that a good name is more desirable than great riches but, often, the two go hand in hand.  So what price can you put on your reputation?

According to new research from the Ponemon Institute, the damage to your reputation that comes with a major data loss incident can cost more than the loss of the data itself.

Each record lost, the research found, costs businesses $214, which not only includes the costs of notifying those involved and recreating records, but also the abnormal customer churn that comes from admitting that you lost data.

With more at risk than embarrassed blushes, it’s more important than ever for businesses to ensure that they have robust backup solutions in place.

Mobile and Sync Hit the Mozy Roadmap

The MozyBlog likes to think of itself as your SatNav to what lies ahead at Mozy so we’re excited to let you know that our compass is pointing straight to mobile apps followed by sync functionality a little bit further down the track.

This week, Mozy was at CeBIT speaking about its iPhone and Android apps for the first time.

Mozy’s mobile app will allow you to securely access the stuff you protect with Mozy, share select files such as photos with others, or view them on your phone. The app will also include convenience features such as photo thumbnail display which allows you to preview the files you’re looking for before downloading them in high-res.

Mozy also spoke about its beta trial for its new ‘sync’ functionality at the show.

This feature will allow users to put a Mozy sync folder on each of their computers. Any files that they put into this folder will be automatically synchronised on any other computers that they’ve installed the application on. This way, they always have the most up-to-date version of their files no matter which computer they’re using.

The sync functionality is just going into beta with a group of customers in the US, whilst the mobile functionality is set for a limited launch soon.

We think that, these new features will help our customers make more of the opportunities presented to them once their data is backed up to the Cloud.

To stay up to speed on where Mozy is with the roll out of these features, or to find out where we’re going next, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to this blog.  Or, for more information on our latest features, check out our Q&A.

£1bn of data stolen from UK plc every year through cyber crime

According to new statistics from The Cabinet Office, £1bn of data is stolen from UK businesses every year through cyber crime – and that number is growing.

As part of a wider review of the impact of cyber crime, which costs companies in the UK a total of £21bn a year, the British Government has noted that “the most seriously affected businesses are from sectors not traditionally viewed as targets of cyber attacks.”

Or, in other words, it’s no longer just the National Grid that needs to protect its data from cyber crime, it’s every businesses.  Of course, unless you’re up to something pretty special in your company, it seems unlikely that a bald guy stroking a cat in a volcanic lair is going to pay a troop of minions to hack your network and steal the details of your stationery order.  However, with EU statistics agency EUROSTAT saying that 31 per cent of European PCs are running malware right this very minute, it seems there are a lot of people out there who would be happy to get at your bank details – and aren’t likely to be too worried about what other files they corrupt along the way.

Ironically, accidental deletion by a company’s own staff is probably still the biggest cause of data loss for businesses.  But the good news is that online backup will protect you either way.

If you need more convincing of the need for action, this is what the Cabinet Office recommends:

“All sectors need to look again at their defences to determine whether their information is indeed well protected.  Without urgent measures to prevent the haemorrhaging of valuable intellectual property, the cost of cyber crime is likely to rise even further in the future as industry increases its reliance on ICT.”

Stark stuff…But implementing a backup solution is no longer rocket science and, since you can pay as little as £5 a month to protect your business, it’s considerably cheaper than £1bn!

The sound of silence

According to new research from Which? a third of British home insurers offer no cover for ‘digital information’, which means that, if you’ve bought music online and anything happens to your laptop or MP3 player, you could be listening to the sound of silence unless you’re willing to stump up again for the cost of replacing your music collection.

Which? also found that just four of the eight largest download stores allow you to re-download tunes in the event that they are lost or stolen.

One solution, if you’re at risk of losing your music, is to find an insurance provider that will reimburse you for the loss of your digital data, however, it’s important to remember that it’s not just copyright material that you could be losing.  Whilst an insurance company can help you get back the soundtrack to your life, they can’t help buy back the photos of your kids, the journal you wrote on your travels or the emails your wife sent you when you were still dating.

Securing your information with an online backup provider can help you with all of these things.  Keeping an encrypted copy of your information in the Cloud means that, should anything happen to the original, whether it’s on a laptop that gets stolen or an MP3 player that gets lost on a night out, you can simply download it again to another device.

So, if you want the band to play on forever, perhaps online backup will be music to your ears.

Mozy 2.0 for Mac now available in Europe

Mozy 2.0 for Mac, the recently-announced feature-rich update to the world’s most trusted backup service for consumers and businesses, is now available for customers of www.mozy.co.uk, www.mozy.ie, www.mozy.fr and www.mozy.de

Delivering a native-Mac experience, Mozy 2.0 for Mac makes it easier and faster than ever for Mac users to run and monitor backups and restores – whether they’re using MozyPro® for business information or MozyHome® for personal data.

Mac users will now be able to enjoy faster upload speeds generated by optimised bandwidth usage and faster file scanning as well as pre-transfer processes. Mozy 2.0 for Mac also has a new look and feel, offering a true native-Mac experience. In response to customer feedback, Mozy 2.0 for Mac also delivers greater visibility into which files are backed up, increasing transparency of the backup process and offering peace of mind for users.

Customers can find more information, and download Mozy 2.0 for free by visiting the Mozy website.

The New Year’s resolution you can actually keep

Nearly two thirds of Brits planned to make a New Year’s resolution this week, according to research from insurance comparison service Go Compare, with weight loss topping the list.
After the excesses of the Christmas holidays, it’s no wonder that people are in the mood to shed a few pounds. However, most of us know that, in spite of our best intentions, our resolve will simply dissolve before we have the chance to see our goals through. 54% of people answering the survey admitted they would probably have broken their pledge by the end of January. And many of us us have probably given up already.

So, why not make a resolution that requires just one action today but will continue to bring you benefits throughout the whole year (and many years to come)?

Getting organised and protecting your digital life is a great resolution and couldn’t be easier. Signing up with an online backup provider like Mozy only takes a few minutes, you simply create an account and choose which types of files and folders you want protected. From there on in, every important document you create, digital photo you take or music track you download will be protected in the event that your computer is lost, damaged or stolen.

Plus you can do the whole thing sat on your sofa whilst you watch the telly. Which is more than can be said for taking up jogging. You may have to put down your chocolate bar whilst you type in a user name – but that only requires restraint for moment or two and even I can manage that.

Clean up with backup

Returning to the office after the Christmas break can be a bit of an eye opener. Throughout the year, we see the pile of papers growing on our desks page by page, and the emails (read and actioned but unfiled) stack up in out inboxes. And it all grows so quietly that we barely notice them. But, after all that ‘resting the eyes’ that we’ve indulged in whilst lounging over the holidays, the sight of all those files can be overwhelming in the New Year.

So, in between your personal resolutions to lose weight and to save more money, why not take some steps this New Year to get organised in the office too?

Here are our top tips to help you out:

1) Sort the wheat from the chaff
Before filing, backing up or doing anything else, it’s important to understand what data is important to you. Most of us use just a fraction of the documents that we have. Storing defunct documents not only incurs costs, it also makes it much harder to find the data that you need.

2) Know which data you’re required to protect
The Tax Office, industry associations and many other organisations require certain documents to be available for inspection years after they are created. Make sure you know what you need to keep before you get bin happy. Then make sure you protect it – ‘the dog ate my tax return’ isn’t going to wash with the authorities, no matter how true it may be.

3) Understand what you need access to most
File trees and alphabetical filing is logical but if it takes 18 clicks to get to your most-used documents, they aren’t practical. Archive what you use least and what you use most will be easier to find.

4) Make sure that your confidential documents remain confidential
Password protect your devices and files – especially if you’re carrying data on USB sticks that are easily lost or stolen. Consider using a solution from a supplier like Snuko to lock down your data if it falls into the wrong hands.

5) Make sure you have a backup plan
Once you’ve got your documents in order, don’t risk losing them all! Online backup providers like Mozy can create a copy of your documents (in a replica of the file structure that you use on your own computer) online that you can access if anything happens to your primary copy.