An update on CrashPlan

Updated 11/01/16: I’ve revised my opinion of CrashPlan. See here for the details.

Back in April, I wrote about CrashPlan, a wonderful, multi-platform piece of software that lets you back up to friends’ computers for free. I said that I used it to do trans-Atlantic backups, from my computer in Romania to my parents’ computer back in the USA.

It’s been a while since then, so I thought I’d give you a quick update. I’m still using it, and I still like it. It works.

When I wrote the other post, I mentioned I kept hitting some bandwidth ceiling somewhere along the line between Romania and the US, around 2 Mbps. Somehow, that ceiling has since disappeared. I’m now getting speeds up to 25 Mbps, though it’s usually around 5-7 Mbps.

So if you’re in need of a way to back up to a remote location, inexpensively, then CrashPlan is the way to do it. If you don’t have a friend who’s willing to help, that’s okay, you can back up to the CrashPlan servers for $4.50/month, or you can get the family plan, which covers all of your household computers, for $8.33/month. That’s very reasonable, and it’s definitely worth it.

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