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Free Backup to Protect Your Files

This system offers online backup, protecting data from catastrophic events that can wipe out your hard drive.

By Preeti Vasishtha

A great way to protect your irreplaceable files is through online backup. That way, you don’t have to worry about what would happen to the backup software on your hard drive in case of a fire, theft or any other major loss.

Fabrik Ultimate Backup from California-based Fabrik Inc. (http://www.fabrik.com/) offers online backup so your files are backed up to the company’s secure off-site servers, protecting data from catastrophic events that can wipe out your hard drive.

How it works
Using Fabrik is easy. Sign up, download the Fabrik Ultimate Backup and select the files you want to protect. You can get a free 2GB account (http://backup.fabrik.com/registration/free_plan_11.php) to back up your most important content. Or you can access unlimited online storage space by signing up for Fabrik’s Ultimate Protection plan (http://backup.fabrik.com/registration/paid_plan_21.php) for $4.95 per month.

So what exactly does backup mean? Usually, when you lose the working copy of a paper document, you try to find the backup copy. With Fabrik, the primary copy of your files or data is maintained as the working copy on your machine. If you delete the working copy on your machine and then run a backup, Fabrik assumes that you no longer need a backup copy because you got rid of the working copy, and it marks the file to be removed from the system in 30 days. It keeps it on file for 30 days, just in case you change your mind. But after 30 days, you can’t get these files back.

Unobtrusive backups
All backups are unobtrusive and are performed while your computer is resting.
You can choose between an automatic or a scheduled backup. The automatic (continuous) backup automatically detects and backs up new and changed files every two hours. You also can schedule daily or weekly backups when it’s convenient for you. All backups are unobtrusive and are performed while your computer is resting, the company says. The software captures open and locked files, including Microsoft Outlook PST files. You can restore content from any computer using Fabrik's web interface.

The Fabrik Ultimate Backup offers incremental backups. While the first backup may take some time, it then backs up only new or changed items, saving bandwidth and ensuring that future backups are fast.

Fabrik servers are housed in a secure facility that features a state-of-the-art, fire-suppression system. Data is stored using Reed-Solomon encoding, which breaks data up into smaller parts for storage. The files are encrypted using 448-bit Blowfish encryption and then transferred to the servers using 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer encryption, ensuring the safety of your data and files.

 


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