Webroot’s New Secure Online and Local Backup

July 16, 2008

Webroot, provider of security solutions for the consumer, enterprise and SME markets, today announced the availability of Webroot® Secure Backup, a new data backup solution for home PC users which protects digital photos, music and any other files from damage or loss.

Possibly the most popular service available at the moment is from Mozy who dominates the market in terms of reviews, at least as a basic online backup service.

Unlike Webroot, Mozy offers free and paid plans. Their basic free plan is approximately the same annual price.

Webroot Secure Backup, delivered over the Internet as a service, automatically secures data online, locally or both to ensure users always have access to the files they value most.

“Nearly 40 percent of home PC users consider their digital content to be priceless, and yet over 60 percent of those libraries of digital photos and music they’ve carefully developed are never backed up because it’s too hard or takes too much time,” said Paul Lipman, Senior VP and General Manager of the Consumer Business at Webroot.

The company recently moved into providing software over the Internet as a service, or software a service (SaaS), for businesses.

Webroot Secure Backup, the company’s first offering of SaaS products to consumers, protects data from virtually any cause of damage or loss such as hard drive crashes, fire, theft and accidental deletion.

Carbonite offers unlimited storage for £25 per year and is renowned for being feature rich, but it does lack Webroot’s ability to back up locally as well as online.

Unlike most other backup providers, Webroot Secure Backup combines online and local data protection into a single, simple application and service that provides up to 50 gigabytes of online backup space and protects files on up to three different computers; making it ideal for families and power-users alike.

Users are able to select what they want saved by using simple tree indexes that allow them to pick either files or full folders for backup.

Webroot utilises three-tiered file encryption processes available to consumers to ensure privacy and data integrity, and leverages multiple tier-IV data centres to keep files secure “in the cloud”.

Data backed up online is accessible from any PC with Internet access, and users can easily share links to files rather than send large e-mail attachments.

Users can also create secure backups on local media such as CDs, DVDs, external hard disks, and flash drives.

Select features of Webroot Secure Backup include:

Integrated Online and Local Backup
Webroot Secure Backup is a complete data protection solution with both online and local file backup and restoration capabilities.

Protects Files on Multiple PCs
Data on up to 3 separate PCs can be backed up to a single online account rather than having to pay to protect each computer separately

Automatic File Backup
File protection happens automatically in the background or on demand. Backups can be set to occur daily, weekly or monthly.

Unlimited File Archives
Every version of every file is saved online until the user removes them, ensuring every historical copy is always accessible. File archives are ideal for financial records or desktop email in case users need to refer to previous versions.

End to End Data Security
Multiple layers of security are used to ensure files are protected during online backups. Data is encrypted before and after it is sent through a secure connection to Webroot’s high-security data centers.

Pricing and Availability
Webroot Secure Backup is available now and includes unlimited local backup and several options for online backup space. The price starts at two gigabytes of online backup for £14.95 per year.

Webroot Secure Backup is accompanied by local rate telephone support.

Webroot Software, Inc. provides security software for consumers, enterprises and small and medium businesses worldwide.

Globally recognised for its award-winning Spy Sweeper® line of antispyware and antivirus products.

Webroot AntiVirus with AntiSpyware & Firewall provides protection against viruses, spyware, data theft and hackers.

Webroot Parental Controls offers powerful and easy to use protection to keep kids safe online. Webroot Window Washer® software eliminates all traces of PC and Internet activity.


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