5 Annual Subscriptions for MozyHome Up For Grabs [MakeUseOf Giveaway]

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Mozy is an incredibly smart, highly secure, set-it-and-forget-it backup solution that will not disappoint you. There are no restrictions — just about anything on your computer can be set to be backed up to Mozy’s servers. And you’ll be glad that you did.

This week, we’ll be giving away 5 one-year subscriptions for MozyHome worth, well it’s invaluable — that’s peace of mind for an entire year. How do you win one?

Click to find out.


First, let’s take a quick look at Mozy and see what it’s all about. Mozy allows you to back up any folder on your computer and select whether you want backups to run at specific times or when your computer is idle for the number of minutes that you choose. Files are backed up securely as they are “encrypted locally with military-grade encryption prior to transfer via a 128-bit SSL connection” so that means they’re backed up with the same technology used by online banking. Retrieving your backed-up files is also a breeze as there are five different ways for you to restore them.

Prepping

Mozy makes it easy to back up your data. Sign up for an account (free accounts come with 2GB of online storage space) and download the desktop client, which supports Windows and Mac. You can select the folders that you wish to backup. Mozy groups related folders in Backup Sets so you can, say, backup all your irreplaceable photos (if you have images on your Desktop that you want to save in addition to those in your Pictures folder) in the Photos and Images folder. 

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You can also edit the Backup Sets so for instance, the Word Processing Documents backup set/folder includes or excludes files depending on file type, size, date of creation, etc. 

Of course, if you would like to select specific folders with content that doesn’t fall in these categories, you can always check those folders on the next tab, File System.

Backing up

Mozy lets you choose when and how to back up so you can sit back and relax. You can configure Mozy to run at specific times or when your computer is idle.

You can also choose whether you prefer your computer to be relatively unintemrrupted while the backup process is running (Faster Computer) which means your backup will take longer or whether you want Quicker Backups. Either way, the entire process will be quick because Mozy’s incremental backup system is smart enough to automatically detect and back up only new and/or changed files.

Restoring your backups

Mozy lets you retrieve your backed-up files in several convenient ways. You can right-click on backed-up files in Windows Explorer to restore them to previous versions.

Alternatively, you can go to the Mozy virtual drive and restore from there.

The desktop client also has a Restore section in case you already have it open.

You can also head to the website to retrieve your files (select the version from up to 30 days in the past) or place an order for a CD of your Mozy-backed-up files.

Mozy works well for people who want to back up their computer data automatically to the cloud and don’t have time or can’t remember to manually backup to CDs or external drives. Mozy allows you to schedule backups only when it’s convenient for you. Also, rest assured that your files are properly secured and safe with Mozy.

Sure, it sounds really good, so how do you actually win a subscription?

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple. Just follow the steps.


STEP 1
Join our Facebook page by clicking on the Like button on the left. If you can’t see the fanbox, click on this link.

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Share this post with your friends by clicking on the Share and/or retweet buttons on the left.

STEP 3
In the comments section below, sign in with your Disqus, Facebook or Twitter account and tell us why you’d like to win.

Alternatively, you can also comment as a guest but do use your real email address so that we can contact you if you are selected.


This giveaway begins now and will end on Friday at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced the following day.

In addition, we also have a 15% discount coupon in case you were contemplating on starting a subscription. Enter MAKEUSEOF as the promotional code while signing up. Don’t jeopardise the safety of your files. Sign up now, save and be safe!

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Devin and Mozy for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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Kevin Gamin

I really do need to put a backup strategy in place for my home. I work in IT and with many clients for whom a backup strategy is paramount. It’s not like it’s hard to set up, after all!

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Morrison

Would be curious to try out this system… Looks comprehensive & easy to use…

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Anonymous

Ready to Mozy on down.

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Anonymous

Mozy would really help ensure that my home/business data, which I’m notoriously bad about backing up every day, would be safe and secure. And I could breathe easier! So, it’d make me a really happy guy to win!

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AJ Charpentier

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M. L. Cottingham

I’d like to win because losing all the pictures of my niece and nephew in the event of a fire or other disaster would be tragic.

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Anonymous

I have several computers that my family uses. All of us store our files on a central hard drive. We often have a working copy on our local machines, but the central location is not backed up on a regular basis. I copy the files to a second hard disk from time to time and store the spare drive, but we would be in a real hurt if the main drive would fail. I know this is a time bomb waiting to go off. PLEASE GIVE US THE SOFTWARE SUBSCRIPTIONS. I recently lost my job (economy) and have gone back to college full time again so money is extremely tight.

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Steven

I really need a good backup service considering my wife is in the process of converting out DVD collection to digital format to use with Windows Media Center. We have around 300 and she is averaging 3 per day, if that ever gets wiped its not getting done again, which is why we need a backup service.

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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!!!!

It would be great to win anything or for that matter get it for FREE but don’t believe the hype.
I was a fan of Mozy until my computer crashed. You will become a disbeliever in Mozy once you need to restore your files. I have been a Mozy customer since 2007 paying for two computers to be backed up. Just this past month, Mozy was supposed to be the “savior” to help me restore my files but that did not happen.

The restore process takes FOREVER and if you don’t want to do it on the web, you can purchase DVD’s but it will cost $$$$$. I’ve got thousands of pictures and music files that are very important to me and it’s not going to be easy and quick to get them restored to your new computer.

Believe me! I was SO grateful that I had Mozy backup my hard drive but it was a nightmare to restore the files. There are other ways to backup your files and I learned it the hard way…I paid full price for 3 years and when I needed to restore my files, they try to make money off of me.

Sure if you win, definitely take advantage of the service and backup your hard drive but after the subscription ends, use other methods to back up your files.

DON’T LET MOZY RIP YOU OFF!

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