So far this year we’ve had two hard drives crash on us, and prior to that we’ve never had a hard drive crash on us. One of the crashed drives was on our web server, where we would have lost a year and a half worth of content and files if we did not have local backups. Our backups saved the day, and we were thankful to have them.
We’re asked quite often what we use to perform backups of our site, and our preferred choice is SyncBackSE. Earlier this year we purchased a license for SyncBackSE because of what a vital application it had become. Not only does it connect to our web server to backup the files on our website, but it also backs up three other computers located on our local network every night. Important things such as our music and pictures are backed up between all three computers to help ensure that nothing could possibly go wrong.
What’s so great about SyncBackSE? You can customize nearly everything for your backup and synchronization tasks. Here are some of the different options available for every task that you create:
- It can backup only the files that have been added or changed since the last backup.
- Access an FTP to backup or synchronize the files.
- Email you the results of a backup so that you can see if there was an error for some reason.
- Restrict/throttle the amount of bandwidth that is used to prevent it from bogging down a network.
- Have backup files compressed so that they consume less hard drive space. If you choose to compress the files it will also be able to add AES encryption (128-bit, 192-bit, or 256-bit) to that ZIP file.
When you begin creating new tasks you may not see where you can edit all of those options, but that is because SyncBackSE is trying to hide the confusing stuff from the average user. It actually has two different interfaces for configuring tasks, one that is simple and another that is advanced, which can be toggled from the “Click For Options” button located in the upper-right corner of the task modification screen:
SyncBackSE has saved my butt on more than one occasion, and I don’t think that I would ever remove it from my network. To me it is as critical as running antivirus and firewall software, and in some instances it is probably even more critical. Just like security software you’ll take it for granted as it does all the dirty work in the background without ever interrupting you, but it will be there when you call on it!
This giveaway is going to work a little bit differently than the others, and it is important that you read this paragraph. Each winner will not receive a license, but will instead get a $30 coupon to use at the 2BrightSparks store. In this round we have 3 of the $30 coupons to giveaway, but we’ll also have another round later on for one of their products, OnClick, where we’ll give out a few more coupons. Both SyncBackSE and OnClick cost $30, so the coupon will work with either or.
All you have to do is drop a comment below providing both your name and email address in the appropriate fields. We obviously need your email address for contacting you in the event that you should win. Believe it or not, we’ve actually had winners in previous giveaways get randomly selected, but since they didn’t provide an email address we had to pick someone else.
Just as with all of our giveaways we will be using a random number generator to determine the winners. For this round, here is how we’re going to give out the coupons:
- 1 winner will be picked from comment numbers 1 through 10
- 2 winners will be picked from comment numbers 1 through however many comments there are.
Entries for the giveaway will be accepted up until December 4th at 5:00PM Central Time.