1. 5 Great Backup Plugins For WordPress

    WordPress is a great platform for blogging, displaying your portfolio, promoting your business, and so much more. However, if you have been using WordPress for a long time, you probably have a lot of data on your site. With all of the hard work that you’ve put in to getting your site just right, you would hate it if somehow all of your work was to be lost.

    To prevent this from happening, you should periodically backup your site. Yes, I know that some of you may be thinking that you don’t have the technical skills to perform such a task. After all, many of you may have used your hosting service’s cPanel WordPress installation tool to install the application, or you may have had someone else install it for you. But you don’t have to worry about the process being difficult, because there’s a plugin for that.

    The problem though is that because there are so many backup plugins to choose from, how do you decide which one to use? Well, this article is going to help make that decision a little easier. The following are 5 of the best WordPress backup plugins that you can use. Any one of these plugins can easily backup your site.

    XCloner

    This product not only backs up your blog, but it also has a lot of nice added features to go along with the backup. Some of the features that the plugin allows you to do are to create a full or partial backup, create a simple or compressed backup, or create a backup using a schedule.

    Backup and Move

    Besides backing up your blog, this backup plugin has an added bonus. It also helps you to easily move your site to another host. This is great if you decide to switch to a different host provider or change your URL. It also comes with a nice user interface to help you restore your blog in your new place.

    WP-DBManger

    This backup plugin has some cool features that you can use if you are comfortable manipulating databases. For instance, the plugin allows you to optimize your database, repair your database, drop tables, or run queries. If you are not comfortable doing any of those things, you can just use it to backup your WordPress site.

    Automatic WordPress Backup

    With this plugin, you can quickly capture your entire WordPress site. Plus, the plugin also lets you store the site using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). Amazon S3 is an internet storage facility that only cost a couple of cents per month to use. If you already have an account with them, you may want to try out this backup plugin.

    CodeTree Backup

    Lastly, if backing up WordPress seems like a chore to you, then this last plugin maybe what you need. For a monthly fee, this plugin performs your backup, stores your backup, monitors your backup, and restores your backup for you. And for a few more dollars, you can get it to perform virus and malware scans on your WordPress files as well.

  2. How much is your intellectual property worth?

    Determining Value in order to Budget for Protection. Intrusion alarms for elevators and doors and motion detectors for after hours. These are just two of the many security devices businesses employ in order to protect their assets. Computer, office furniture and more are costly to replace.

    Yet, these items are replaceable without very much difficulty. On the other hand, what would it cost a company to recreate their own intellectual property, or recover from its loss or destruction? This can consist of company files, databases, client lists, design documents, banking information and other data that cannot be replaced by simply placing an order with the local office supply shop.

    Much of this data is only able to be re-created through manual and mental labor. Typically, this data is stored on servers. If the IT department is not securely and consistently backing up this data, they are putting the company at risk for a huge financial disaster.

    Intellectual Property Loss Cost

    To get a better idea of the cost of intellectual property loss, consider the number of years in business, the number of employees over those years and the number of projects worked on. Add to that the amount of marketing time spent to build a customer base, the amount of time spent on R&D to create the designs or products that put the company where it is today. Now, imagine having a security breach and that data being completely destroyed. Not only would the sunk cost of creating it the first time have to be taken into account, the cost of potential legal liabilities arising from this incident must also be taken into account. These numbers can quickly become astonishingly high.

    That’s why it’s so important that you protect your corporate data from being lost or stolen. Online backup providers offer offsite storage for corporate data that is secure, reliable and affordable. The minimal cost of insuring that corporate data stays secure is minor in comparison to the cost of rebuilding years of intellectual property and settling potential lawsuits that may arise. Intellectual property requires equal protection, if not more, as physical assets. The threats against your corporate data include viruses, competitors, hackers, disgruntled employees, purely accidental malfunctions, and much more. Regardless of the threat, the outcome is the same. Protection should be in place and up-to-date to insure these threats are not realized.

  3. LEARN HOW TO MAKE DATA BACKUP OVER THE INTERNET!

    Why should you backup your data on the Internet?

    There are several reasons.

    * The backup is located at a secure place for away from your computer.
    * It’s is easy to do. 
    * Free available disk space on your web site can be used for storage.
    * Disk space on remote server can be used for storage.
    * It’s a practical backup solution for small businesses and home users.
    * It’s gives extra security for documents and files.

    There are basically three different types of data backup you can make!

    * Full Backup of the hard disk. 
    * Full disk image backup for fast recovery. 
    * Backup of specific files and folders.

    Online backup of a complete hard disk is not practical to do. Although, it can be done. The size requirement and the transfer speed over the Internet makes it yet not powerful enough to do. However in the future complete backup of hard disks online will be more common. Backup over the Internet is best suited for storing limited numbers of specific files and folders.

    To do this you need an FTP software which makes it possible to move files over the internet. FTP stand for “file transfer protocol” and is the most commonly used method of transferring files between computers over the Internet.

  4. FiberCloud Selects BackupAgent for Their Online Backup Solution

    FiberCloud Online Backup was made possible through BackupAgent’s software innovation and FiberCloud’s privately owned and securely provisioned hosting environment.

    BackupAgent software features high security standards as 256 bit AES encryption, and provisioning in FiberCloud’s privately owned and maintained data centers. The software protects business data against hardware crashes, virus attacks, theft, natural disasters or other unforeseeable data threats. FiberCloud is serving customers with laptops, desktops and on and off premise servers including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL. For individual users, FiberCloud Online Backup provides flexible backup scheduling to optimize bandwidth use, strong data reduction technology to reduce storage space and the flexibility to backup different sets of selected files.

    This new product allows workers in small to medium sized business to backup their business critical data to FiberCloud’s private cloud. Customer’s valuable data is protected in FiberCloud’s own secure data centers, managed by FiberCloud’s experienced technicians. FiberCloud’s hosting environment features multiple layers of physical and virtual security including redundant connections to the Internet for the best possible uptime and strict access policies to ensure only the customer can access to their data.

    “BackupAgent provides a key service that enables Windows and Mac OS X workstations and servers with Windows and Linux options to form one all inclusive and simple backup solution that works well for our customers across the board”, said Susan DeFlorio, COO of FiberCloud.

    “We’re thrilled to have been chosen by FiberCloud, as they represent the kind of quality hosting that we look for in our private label partners. Their quality data centers and highly experienced staff are exactly how we want our product to be represented in the US market,” said Roland Sars, Director Sales and Marketing at BackupAgent.

    About FiberCloud
    FiberCloud, Inc. is an IP solutions provider that has been serving businesses with cloud based IT managed and software solutions, since 2001. Built on the backbone of FiberCloud Matrix Technology™, they offer best in class services, hosted in their state of the art data center facilities located across Western Washington. They serve businesses of all sizes with custom and scalable solutions that solve common IT challenges.

    About BackupAgent
    BackupAgent (backupagent.com) was founded in 2004 and is a privately held company with headquarters in Delft, The Netherlands. The company has over 250 service providers and resale partners from all around the globe, in over 35 countries. BackupAgent was ranked 8th on the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2010, the list of fastest growing technology companies.

  5. 6 of the best online backup services for Mac

    Keeping your data backed up is second nature to many Mac users simply because of Time Machine. Those who never made a copy of their digital data now have a reliable and invisible fallback.

    Of course, a belt-and-braces approach of Time Machine and another external drive copy is the recommended regime. That might sound over the top, but losing every byte of data is much more painful than keeping track of two backups.

    A double backup is a good idea, but does suffer from one fatal flaw: both copies are, generally, in one place. Unless you back up at the end of every day and take your backup ‘off-site’, all your data is still at risk. Fire, flood or – less catastrophic but still data-destroying – electrical surges and wayward cups of tea are all capable of destroying a hard drive.

    So what is the solution to this issue? Storing your backups online, obviously.

    Until recently though, remote data storage was the preserve of big businesses. However, you can now feasibly have a home backup procedure that includes a totally secure off-site element. With an off-site backup, no matter what the disaster you can recover your data. Fire, flood, swarm of locusts – never again will your data be at risk.

    We’ve put six of the best online backup tools to the test.

    Tools on test

    1. Backblaze - $5 per month (£3.20) 
    2. Carbonite - £41.95 per year 
    3. CrashPlan+ - $5 per month (£3.18) 
    4. iDrive Pro - $4.95 a month (£3.17) 
    5. Livedrive - £3.95 a month 
    6. Mozy - £4.99 a month

    Test one - Value for money

    Naturally, your data is priceless and no amount of money is too much to protect it. In the real world, however, just about everything has a price. None of the services could be described as prohibitively expensive though.

    Here the clear loser is iDrive, with its $5 (£3.16) a month charge limited to just 100GB of data. It does offer 2GB for free, which is fine for smaller storage needs, but not for a full backup.

    Backblaze, Carbonite, CrashPlan and Mozy offer unlimited storage for your monthly fees. You can pay for a number of years up-front to reduce costs further. However, CrashPlan gets extra points for offering a family pack solution that allows you to back up your house full of Macs for $120 (£76) a year.

    The clear winner here, however, is Livedrive, which for £3.95 a month enables not only unlimited storage, but also unlimited numbers of computers to be backed up. That is truly excellent value.

    Test two - Interface

    One of the good things about all the tools in this test is that once they are set up they’re all but invisible. Sure, you’ll notice a hard disk spinning up and every now and again, and catch the toolbar notifications. In general, however, there’s nothing to do other than sit back and let your data be backed up.

    This, then, was a really tough call to make, as each of the backup utilities took a similar though not identical approach to organising and editing backups.

    We docked a few marks from Livedrive and iDrive for a more fussy approach. Livedrive lists every single file being uploaded as it works, which is nice, but a simple progress counter would do. iDrive has a sync option that could easily confuse the non-techie user. But these criticisms are of the minor niggle variety.

    Forced to make a decision, we’d err on the side of CrashPlan. It’s just a little clearer than the others. That little bit is tiny, though, and not a major advantage over the competition.


    Test three - Data retrieval

    Uploading all your files to a remote server is great, but the real test is retrieving them if you ever have that disastrous flood or your computer is stolen.

    The best service here in terms of flexibility is the plan from Backblaze. Not only can you download your files in a ZIP archive, you can have your backup shipped to you on DVD or USB. This is great if you need to get your data back in the fastest way possible. Naturally, you’ll have to pay for international shipping on top of the $99 (£63) for DVDs or $189 (£120) for a 400GB hard disk, but if you’re downloading a lot of data it’s likely to be much faster.

    The rest of the services here offer online retrieval tools. Carbonite is next best, with its Restore Assistant that manages all your file retrieval automatically. You can still pick and choose which files to get back manually if you want, but if it’s a full restore the assistant takes the pain out the procedure.

    Each of the rest offers simple online file restoration tools.

    Test four - Extras

    The main process of backing up your Mac is clearly the most important aspect of each of the tools, but those hidden extras all add value.

    We really like the flexible CrashPlan approach that enables you to back up to any remote computer. This allows you to create your own off-site backup. Save your work computer’s documents to your home Mac and vice versa. It alone makes the client incredible value for money. Also its Backup Sets can be split between online and local storage.

    The Livedrive Briefcase feature lets you email documents to be synced across your machines, and you can access your files from an iPhone too, as well as streaming any music or video you have stored online. Simply install the Livedrive app and you can be watching movies on your iPad without taking up that precious disk space.

    Backblaze, Carbonite, iDrive and Mozy are less expandable in comparison, offering just the simple backup tools.

    The Winner - Best online backup service for Mac

    All the services here work well if you’ve only got a modest amount of data to upload. No matter which one takes your fancy, the end result will be a reliable and safe backup, and that’s all that really matters.

    iDrive is a touch pricey by comparison to the others, but the rest are all roughly equivalent. We liked the invisibility of Backblaze and Mozy, where the clients are unfussy and just get on with the job at hand.

    But ultimately, our winner is CrashPlan. It’s solid, easy to use and reliable. It also offers the most flexible client with the best extra features. The $120 (£76) family pack feature is amazing value in comparison to the others on test here too. As such, it fully deserves our top spot.



  6. 10 things you need to know about backup solutions for

    Are you using someone else’s backup solution for your MySQL data? Do you care a lot about your data? Are you sure you’re getting a trustworthy, recoverable backup that’ll work for your function and your use, and won’t crash your important processes while it runs? Here are ten questions you need to be able to response:

    Does the backup require shutting down MySQL? If not, what is the contact on the running server? Blocking, I/O load, hole pollution, etc?

    What technique is used for the backup? Is it mysqldump or a custom product that does something similar? Is it a filesystem copy?

    Does the backup system understand that you cannot back up InnoDB by simply copying its files?

    Does the backup use FLUSH TABLES, LOCK TABLES, or FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK? These all interrupt processing.

    What other effects are there on MySQL? I’ve seen systems that do a RESET MASTER, which immediately breaks replication. Are there any FLUSH commands at all, like FLUSH LOGS?

    How does the system guarantee that you can perform point-in-time recovery?

    How does the system guarantee consistency with the binary log, InnoDB logs, and replication?

    Can you use the system to set up new MySQL replication slaves? How?

    Does the system verify that the backup is restorable, e.g. does it run InnoDB recovery before declaring success?

    Does anyone stand behind it with support, and guarantee working, recoverable backups? How strong is the legal guarantee of this and how much insurance do they have?

    There are a lot of other things a backup solution needs to provide, but these are some of the things I’d require specifically for MySQL, or more so for MySQL than for other types of backups.

    Where is this post coming from? Well, I’ve had a couple of frustrating encounters with vendors who sell backup products with some kind of agent for MySQL backup. I am almost never able to get any significant technical detail on how their backups are implemented, and often I can’t even get the most basic information such as “dump or file copy.” Sometimes they tell me to register and download a whitepaper that just has a bullet point “Support for MySQL Databases”. Or “I have to transfer you to the salesperson who covers your region” and I never get to talk to anyone.

    Some of them even use the word “proprietary” as if it’s a good thing. In reality, a proprietary, secret backup black-box is unacceptable. MySQL backups are complex and difficult to get right. It is very application-dependent and technology-dependent. Unless I know exactly how it works, I cannot tell the client whether it’ll work for them at all.

    So I offer the above list as a way to evaluate your backup provider’s suitability for enterprise-ready backup uses. If you can’t answer these questions, it’s a system that you can’t evaluate seriously, in my opinion.