Mac’s can be cloned within minutes and that’s a good backup, but also requires additional storage. Mac clones, Time Machine, and other backup tools have one common flaw. They’re all connected. If your home or office is destroyed or burglarized, where are your backups?
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Online backups have one huge advantage over local backups that are connected to your Mac. Online backups are not connected to your Mac.
That means files that are stored online won’t be affected when the next hurricane, tornado, earthquake, fire, thief, or cosmic event takes out your Mac.
One of our favorite backup apps for online storage is the popular Arq. This app differs from most online services in that it’s Mac only (so your files are stored as Mac files complete with all meta data).
Arq doesn’t use a proprietary online storage service. It backs up your Mac’s files to Amazon’s S3 Simple Storage Service, so you pay only for the storage you use each month.
Setup is Mac simple. Drag and drop files and folders you want to backup. Enter your Amazon S3 account information into Arq, set the schedule and you’re good to go.
The initial backup of files from your Mac to Amazon’s S3 may take awhile, depending on how many files you want backed up offsite. Subsequent backups are handled automatically in the background and take less time.
Arq gives you an options to monitor storage on Amazon’s servers within a specified budget per month.
Set Arq to backup according to a daily schedule, hourly schedule, or manually. Backups online can even be trimmed on a schedule to keep the total storage within a budget.
Preferences include options to start Arq upon login (recommended for automatic backups), use Growl or Notification Center, and much more.
While Arq can backup any Mac, any number of files of any size, the de-duplicate functions means you won’t store the same file twice.
Here’s the real key to success when using Arq. Your Mac’s critical backup files are not stored only on your Mac or connected storage devices in the home or office. They’re stored online, and easily accessible via your Amazon S3 account and Arq on any Mac.
There’s even a free iOS app called ArqView which lets you view and retrieve your backed up files from iPhone or iPad. Even better, Arq stores your Mac’s files as Mac files (with all metadata) which isn’t the case with most online backup services.
That means you control the backup setup and process, but backups are done incrementally and in the background, so Arq is mostly set it and forget about it.