The frustrations of a crashed computer usually stem from a nonchalant attitude toward backing up files, but Backblaze is looking to make the process more user-friendly to save many from hard drive regret. Backblaze, a Palo Alto

-based startup, wants to make backing up files easier and more accessible by storing user information in a cloud.

The simplified process eliminates the tedious customization and file selection process common with most backup programs, using a 3-step click setup that does the rest of the work for you.

For $5 a month, the backup software uploads all of the hard drive’s contents, saves system files to Backblaze’s servers, and it stays running to monitor changes in those files. Like other backup programs, recovered files can be retrieved online, in a USB drive, or a DVD.

Backblaze hopes to emulate Apple in its simplified backup techniques. Apple’s Time Machine is essentially a one-click backup program whereby a user plugs an external hard drive into the Mac and designates it as the backup. Time Machine takes care of the rest.

The 3-click set up is essentially the backbone of the company’s system, but the company also touts its security and storage capabilities as just as important.

Backblaze uses AES military-grade encryption to ensure user security, and the $5 a month subscription fee comes with unlimited storage space.

Although simple in the user-interaction arena, Backblaze experiences the significant drawback of similar Web sites: upload speed.

Carbonite, Mozy, and SugarSync all provide online data backups, but upload times can take several weeks, discouraging many from creating backup files.

Therefore, even though the process to use Backblaze and other such backup Web sites is quite simple, the time it takes to execute may mean the backup Web sites need a backup plan to speed up the process.

By Danny Scuderi
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