Computer backup with

2006-07-13-mozy-logo-beta-120.pngIf you have been a computer user for a while, you would probably have experienced the agony of losing your precious files due to hard disk failure or corruption. The answer is of course to make regular backups to another storage medium, probably somewhere offsite.

Recently, I signed up with the service from which gives you 2GB of free online storage. This space can be used to backup and store your computer files. Mozy claims that the storage is secure and encrypted but I can never completely trust this. So, what I did was to use an AES encryption program to encrypt my files before uploading them to Mozy. So far it has worked quite well.

If you should decide to sign up, you can use the referral code 4NG3X3 or this link to get an additional 256MB, for a total of 2.25GB. (Disclosure: I will also get 256MB.)

EDIT 2006-08-01: A free computer backup program with strong encryption is Cobian Backup.


  1. dividendinvesting

    hi shlow, drizzt here. nice to see you moved to wordpress. i did the same thing by coincedence. do visit my blog if you can


  2. indexfundfan

    hi drizzt, nice to see you. I got a good introduction to WordPress from choozm and his comparison convinced me to switch. The import into WordPress from Blogger works quite well (except some minor issues like # comments are not imported correctly, images are not imported into WordPress etc).

    I see you didn’t import your old posts from Blogger?

  3. dividendinvesting

    nah only some of them. thinking of getting a domain myself. more flexible that way. i hope i can take advantage of the plugins.

    speakign of investing, shlow, what you think abt healthcare sector? do you think its necessary?

  4. indexfundfan

    I don’t think healthcare is necessary for most people, unless they are like me: 1) have a lot of exposure (career) in the tech industry, 2) thinking of possible early retirement, 3) worried about the healthcare delivery costs during retirement, and most importantly 4) understand the risk/return characteristics of sector investing. πŸ˜‰

  5. Tech2


    I appreciate the fact that you use a on-line backup utility. I do however think that there are better ways to accomplish data backups. For example I use StompSoft’s PC Backup ( ) for my backup needs. First I save my backup to my personal network then I make a CD/DVD of it also. This way I never have to worry about having to rely on someone else to retrieve my data because I have it sitting right in front of me. Anyway, I think this is food for thought. πŸ™‚

  6. indexfundfan

    Hi Tech2, thanks for your comment.

    I do backup my files to DVD but this process is not as “automated” as Mozy. Besides, after burning the DVD, I have to rememeber to bring it to my office (an off-site location). I think it is important to have backups at an off-site location because if I have everything at home, a fire could potentially destroy the computer plus any backups that I may have stored at home.

  7. tech2

    I see your point about the hazards of home accidents making all the backups in the world worthless if they’re in your house. I think that I may have to look into keeping copies somewhere else. Hmm..I do rent a storage space, that might be a good option for me. Just thinking aloud. πŸ˜€

  8. indexfundfan

    Tech2, just saw your comment today and it was caught in the spam holding area, and I had to ‘un-spam’ it. Hmm, something might be wrong with the WordPress spam filter.

    The further the rental storage space is from your home, the better it is to store backups, since a big diaster could potentially wipe out more than just a house. Very very very unlikely but the probability is certainly not zero.

  9. Mark Avey

    We’ve carried out a fairly extensive review of Mozy at if anyone’s interested.

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  12. Pianolady

    hi, how do you encrypt your files?

  13. indexfundfan

    I use Genie Backup or you can use the free Cobian Backup. Just google for their websites.


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