backups

Get your free copy of AOMEI Backupper Pro

Creating and maintaining regular backups is not only good practice but essential to preserving your personal and professional files. That is why for this week only, Download.com is glad to offer you AOMEI Backupper Pro completely free, courtesty of AOMEI Tech. Just head on over to the giveaway page and sign up with your email.

Key features

System, hard disk, partition, file, and folder backup and restore. Supports full, incremental, differential, and automatic backups. Disk and partition clone for upgrading HDD or transferring data. Backup disk space management helps delete old backups automatically. Create WinPE or Linux boot recovery … Read more

IDrive review

IDrive is a universal online backup tool that lets you sync your files across Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android devices.

Pros

Storage: 1TB is a lot of storage, perfect for computer backup.

Familiar interface: IDrive's main shell looks like a modern antivirus program or utility app. Tabs run along the left column, and a main window lets you interact with your saved backups or schedule new ones.

Sharing: IDrive enables you to send files via email. It opens up a Web app where you can browse shared directories, from which you can then directly download files. It's … Read more

Antivirus Free review

With its straightforwardness and effective scanning capabilities, Antivirus Free from AVG boosts the security of your smartphone or tablet without slowing down your system, proving to be a valuable app. The free version comes with all the essential security features you need.

Pros

Reliable scanner: Antivirus Free's system scanner impresses with its thoroughness. In our tests it scanned a 16GB SD card in less than three minutes, effectively identifying a few low-risk, potentially malware apps downloaded from unsecured sources. What's great about the scanner is that it can not only be set to perform system scans automatically, but … Read more

WinZip Mac review

WinZip gives you the ability to compress any group of files quickly, and then burn them to a disk or email them directly from the app. Through its intuitive interface, WinZip makes these features accessible to users of all skill levels, and it runs quickly and smoothly.

Pros

Excellent interface: Even if you've never used a program like this before, you'll have no problem finding your way around in WinZip. The main screen lays out your options clearly, and to add files to an archive, you can just drag and drop them in. The archive is zipped automatically, … Read more

G Cloud Backup review

G Cloud Backup makes it easy for you to back up documents, media, contacts, SMS, call logs, and settings and then quickly restore them, whether to the original device or to another, thus protecting your data from theft or loss. It gets big thumbs-up for its smooth daily automated backups as well as for its Cloud Gallery, which allows you to browse and restore individual backed-up files within the app, without having to access an online interface or do a full restore.

Installing G Cloud Backup and registering a user account takes less than a minute. Afterward you're greeted … Read more

Tri-Backup for Mac review

Tri-Backup for Mac adds a layer of security by creating copies of selected folders or your entire hard drive on a predetermined schedule. This premium app features support for numerous methods of backup, including a bootable copy, and can target both local and remote destinations. Additionally, the software provides detailed logs and optional daily reports that are sent to your e-mail.

Following a setup involving a one-click installation wizard, Tri-Backup for Mac requests administrative privileges. It then places an icon on your menu bar and shows you a main interface that is heavily skinned. There are three backup options: doing … Read more

How to use Google Drive as a backup tool

Now that Google Drive storage is stupid-cheap (e.g., two bucks per month for 100GB), you might be wondering about its viability as a backup tool.

It's viable. Though you can't use it to clone an entire hard drive (not a good idea with any cloud-storage service), you can use it for the next best thing: preserving your important data.

All you need is Google's desktop sync utility, which, not unlike Dropbox, adds a special folder to your hard drive that acts as a two-way conduit. Any files or folders you put there will get synced to … Read more

OneDrive replaces SkyDrive, and adds features in the offing

Microsoft OneDrive is a revamped version of the company's cloud storage service (formerly called SkyDrive) that lets you store files in the cloud outside of your computer or smartphone, so that they're accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With the news, the company also added some tweaks to its accompanying app for iOS.

OneDrive is just one of many cloud services available, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, but has the unique advantage of working flawlessly with Microsoft Office documents as long as you also own the Office app with a subscription to Office 365. Without … Read more

Get a year of Backblaze cloud backup for $25

A wise man once told me there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who will. In other words, it's not matter of if, but when.

For many folks the simplest solution is a cloud-based backup service that archives just your critical stuff: documents, music, photos, and the like. Set it, forget it, and enjoy some PC peace of mind.

Typically such a setup will run you $50-$60 per year. If you're not ready to commit to that kind of expense, here's a cheaper point of entry: You can get … Read more

Avira Online Essentials gets it right

Avira Online Essentials attempts to give users a more approachable, more modern, more encompassing way to manage security across devices. Online Essentials has been in the works for a long time, as have many other security apps tackling multidevice management, but so far none stands above the rest.

So what exactly is Avira Online Essentials? It's not a piece of downloadable software but a polished security dashboard and download portal. Avira wanted to streamline the security experience by making an online dashboard that lets you download and monitor any Avira software for any device you own, whether it be … Read more