If you use Time Machine to backup your Mac to an external hard drive, that’s not good enough nowadays. Your backup is useless if it’s stolen or your house burns down. This is why many people have started backing up their data to the cloud.
Arq for Mac is an app that looks to make online backup much more affordable, by easily sending your files encrypted to your own Amazon Glacier account (which only costs $0.01/GB per month storage), which is a lower-cost solution versus Amazon’s S3. Once your initial backup is complete, Arq sends incremental backups hourly every day, only sending updates on files that have changed.
- Automatic online backup (at customizable intervals)
- Client-side encryption protects your backups from prying eyes
- Low-cost Glacier storage ($.01/GB per month)
- Back up to multiple “targets” (Glacier, S3, SFTP server, etc.), even Amazon, GreenQloud, DreamObjects, Google Cloud Storage, or any other S3-compatible service
Typically backing up to Amazon Glacier can be complex if you’re a newbie but Arq makes it simple and easy, but not only that—extremely affordable. This method of backing up is cheaper than some other online cloud solutions and if you have large files you need to store safely to the cloud, this is the way to do it.
Federico Viticci has a glowing review of Arq (from 2010), while TUAW says “Arq’s 3.0 update is a terrific addition to an already excellent tool… It offers a great “bring your own storage” solution that leverages Amazon’s S3 and Glacier web services.”
Click here to jump on Arq for Mac for 50% off while it’s still available.