CrashPlan decided to stop their CrashPlan Home service. And, many users wonder what is the best replacement for
The first alternative to CrashPlan is
The software supports 256-bit AES encryption and works on most operating systems including Linux and Mac.
There’s a free trial and for the paid option, there’s only a one time fee. If you like CrashPlan, then CloudBerry Backup will feel familiar.
One of the easiest online backup services to use is Backblaze. If you were to go on my advice, I’d say that it’s the best CrashPlan alternative to try. Here’s why.
It’s a very minimalist software. This means that it’s easy to use and navigate. Blackblaze lets you choose the file formats you want to backup. Unlike CrashPlan where you have to look for the file path on your computer.
And, you can exclude folders that contain those file formats that you may want to exclude from the backup process.
Where CrashPlan wins is in encryption. Blackblaze supports 128-bit encryption while CrashPlan offers 448-bit encryption. However, both offer high-end security so you can rest easy knowing that your data is secure.
However, Backblaze does not allow you to back up either on external hard drives or on a different computer. Which is something that I liked on CrashPlan
iDrive is the next CrashPlan alternative to consider. Some of the features that I like are
- Social media backup.
- Private encryption.
- Backup files from iOS and Android.
With iDrive, there’s no limit on how much data you can
However, I don’t like that iDrive does not support two-factor authentication (yet). And, the software seems difficult to use at first. Carbonite works on Windows, macOS.
Another great online data backup service like CrashPlan is Carbonite. As a cloud backup solution, Carbonite offers unlimited backup and you can choose to backup data to external disks as well.
What I like, is that like Backblaze, you can specify which file types/extension you want to back up. But, there are things that may turn you away.
For example, the backup process is slow. Even on a fast internet connection. So, imagine doing it on a slow internet connection like myself. And, there’s no monthly subscription plan. But, that last tidbit is minor, right?
The good thing about Duplicati is that it’s a CrashPlan open source alternative. You can find the source code on GitHub.
It’s completely free to use and supports multiple backup options as well as various OS. It works on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
And, although it’s a free online backup solution, it still offers all the security features and options as paid software. However, not many people know about Duplicati hence why it’s not so popular.
Acronis True Image
Acronis True Image is another good cloud solution alternative to CrashPlan that I like to use. The interface is simple and easy to use which creates an awesome user-experience.
There are many different features and great security protocols. However, it does require at least 500MB of free space on your drive to set it up. And, the prices are expensive (ouch!).
Features similar to CrashPlan include:
- Backing up multiple systems.
- Automatic backups.
- File versioning.
- Scheduled backups.
I also like that we can backup mobile devices and social networking sites. And, choose to save our backups to an external drive or a local folder on a computer.
Another great alternative to CrashPlan to try is SpiderOakONE. It offers backup to unlimited computers with superb upload speed. There’s also the option to enable private encryption.
However, I don’t like that it does not support mobile systems. So, there’s no support for backing up Android or iOS. But, there are apps for both platforms to help monitor your files.
Also, it can’t do NAS backups. With regard to pricing, the cheapest plan offers 150 GB for $5 a month or $59 per year.
One of the top cloud backup services to use is ElephantDrive. It caters to a wide variety of situations. For example, if you do not have many files to store, ElephantDrive offers a free 2GB storage.
It does support NAS backups and works on Android, iOS, Linux, and MacOS. The pro plan starts at $9.95 per month. And, it supports 256-bit AES encryption.
There aren’t really any cons. Well, the interface is really easy to use but it does look a bit outdated.
Another good replacement for CrashPlan is Resilio Sync. It does not work quite like CrashPlan in that it’s more of a cloud sharing platform. Here’s how it works.
- Backup your file.
- Get a sync key.
- Use the sync key on other computers to view and use the files on any other computer.
There’s a 14-day free trial and the pro version calls for a one time fee of $59.99. Other than that, it’s a good alternative to use.
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