A full backup of everything on the Mac takes time. When you’re working on important documents or files, it’s nice to know that with a single click they’re saved on your Mac and backed up somewhere else.
Back It Up With A Mouse
Smart Mac users have a backup plan or two, and a few backup tricks. For example, as you’re working on a long document or important file, do you back up periodically?
Of course you do. Things happen. Frequent backups are good.
Do you have Time Machine running on your Mac? That gets important files and documents backed up every hour.
And, we’re sure you have a clone of your Mac’s hard disk drive as the ultimate backup solution. Here’s another handy way to secure those important files you’re working on now with a simple click.
Simple. Affordable. Complete
What caught my eye about Instant Backup is the ease of use and that it fills the gaps between saving a file, waiting for Time Machine’s hourly backup, or waiting until the end-of-the-day SuperDuper! full on clone.
Setup settings are straightforward. Not too many options. Just enough.
And, it saves your most important and valuable files, the ones you’re working on now or recently save, to somewhere else besides your Mac.
That gives you that extra layer of off site backup. The Instant Backup settings are simple. You can save to a remote server via FTP or to your Mac.
Your files are saved as a Disk Image and can be password protected. Since you’re likely to be saving multiple times while working on an important set of documents or files, Instant Backup will save multiple images, but only as many as you need.
All of this is good. Inexpensive. Simple set up. And almost simple to use. But it could be better.
Instant Backup requires that you drag and drop the document or file you’re working on (which means you save it first) onto the Dock icon.
Then you get a pop up with lists of options (or, set a default destination or location). Inexpensive or not, that’s too much effort. It’s also FTP (the internet’s File Transfer Protocol) which requires some odd setups.
I Need A Little Bit More
How about giving users a specific folder to backup all the contents. Or, have it backup specific files and documents which you designate, and when you click the system-wide menu, it all just automagically happens. As it is, Instant Backup is good, especially considering the price, security option, and remote operation. But it needs more.