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Low cost SaaS hosted back up service for home users

Webroot Software : 15 July, 2008  (New Product)
Home computer users now have access to professional grade back up and recovery as a service offered by Webroot for protecting digital content such as photographs and multimedia files
Webroot has announced the availability of Webroot Secure Backup, a new data backup solution for home PC users which protects digital photos, music and any other files from damage or loss. Webroot Secure Backup, delivered over the Internet as a service, automatically secures data online, locally or both to ensure users always have access to the files they value most.

"Nearly 40 percent of home PC users consider their digital content to be priceless, and yet over 60 percent of those libraries of digital photos and music they've carefully developed are never backed up because it's too hard or takes too much time," said Paul Lipman, Senior VP and General Manager of the Consumer Business at Webroot. "Webroot has been an innovator at protecting computers from security threats. With the release of Webroot Secure Backup, we are now extending that protection to the valuable digital files created by home PC users in a way that is more effective and easier to manage than traditional desktop backup programs."

The company recently moved into providing software over the Internet as a service, or software a service (SaaS), for businesses. Webroot Secure Backup, the company's first offering of SaaS products to consumers, protects data from virtually any cause of damage or loss such as hard drive crashes, fire, theft and accidental deletion.

Unlike most other backup providers, Webroot Secure Backup combines online and local data protection into a single, simple application and service that provides up to 50 gigabytes of online backup space and protects files on up to three different computers; making it ideal for families and power-users alike. Users are able to select what they want saved by using simple tree indexes that allow them to pick either files or full folders for backup.

"Through the power of the Web, we're able to manage customer files in our global network of secure data centres that puts the work where it belongs - in the hands of professional technicians," added Lipman. "And, unlike many products on the market today, we offer users a choice of backing up files locally, or online, or both. We even give customers the ability to backup as many versions of a file as they want."

Webroot utilises one of the most advanced three-tiered file encryption processes available to consumers to ensure privacy and data integrity, and makes use of multiple tier-IV data centres to keep files secure "in the cloud". No other backup provider delivers the support of Webroot's global data network. Data backed up online is accessible from any PC with Internet access, and users can easily share links to files rather than send large e-mail attachments. Users can also create secure backups on local media such as CDs, DVDs, external hard disks, and flash drives.

Select features of Webroot Secure Backup include:.
Integrated Online and Local Backup - Webroot Secure Backup is a complete data protection solution with both online and local file backup and restoration capabilities.

Protects Files on Multiple PCs - Data on up to 3 separate PCs can be backed up to a single online account rather than having to pay to protect each computer separately

Automatic File Backup - File protection happens automatically in the background or on demand. Backups can be set to occur daily, weekly or monthly.

Unlimited File Archives - Every version of every file is saved online until the user removes them, ensuring a every historical copy is always accessible. File archives are ideal for financial records or desktop email in case users need to refer to previous versions.

End to End Data Security - Multiple layers of security are used to ensure files are protected during online backups. Data is encrypted before and after it is sent through a secure connection to Webroot's high-security data centres.

Webroot Secure Backup is available now and includes unlimited local backup and several options for online backup space. The price starts at two gigabytes of online backup for £14.95 per year.

Webroot Secure Backup is accompanied by local rate telephone support.
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