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MyPC Backup Review

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Expert Rating: 8.8

Review by Steven Johnson
Written: April 01, 2012
Updated: July 31, 2013
 

Editor review

Installation
Installing MyPC Backup is incredibly easy. Sign up for an account using email and password. Download the software which takes a couple of seconds. Open the package and a wizard will take you through the installation.

After the software is done installing, select which files you want to backup. This is done by using the default selection (Documents folder) or selecting your own set of folders. As soon as you finish the selection the backup starts.

It takes approximately 3 minutes to completely install the software, make folder selections and start backing up files.

Backup
Backing up files with MyPC Backup is fast and automatic. Immediately following installation MyPC Backup will start backing up files.

Initial backups take a while depending on much you are backing up. We recommend only choosing essential files for backup first. Its better to backup large files on the 3rd or 4th backup cycle.

We are most impressed with MyPC Backup’s rich set of backup options. We use them to speed up the backup process by limiting files only under 30MB’s to backup. Clogging the internet connection was also a concern for us. We used the bandwidth throttle to limit backup speed to under 100 kilobits per second.

Backup Option: Advanced Scheduling
This option is perfect for those who are actively using their computer on a schedule. Say it's your work computer, you can schedule MyPC Backup to only backup after 5pm, for example.

You can also use the calendar feature to select specific days to backup on like weekends. If your backups sometimes take awhile, you can set them to pause between certain hours of the day. For example, pause it while you use the computer for work between 9am and 5pm.

Backup Option: Selection
This option is straightforward. Choose to automatically backup the default folders (Documents folder) or you can select individual folders.

It’s worth noting that while you can backup pretty much anything, you still must purchase addons to backup files up to 5GBs, Videos, and Networked Drives.

Backup Option: Bandwidth
We found the bandwidth throttle extremely helpful. MyPC Backup comes with two ways you can throttle your backups. One, set a daily or monthly upload limit or, two, limit the upload or download rate by a set number of Kilobits per second.

Some ISP's track your upload and download usage. Using more than your allotted bandwidth can get you a fee or restriction. The monthly data limit option in MyPC Backup helps you avoid this.

Limiting your Kilobits per second keeps your internet connection fast while backing up. Especially helpful when using high bandwidth programs or browsing the internet.

Backup Option: File Type
limiting file types saves time when backing up. Say you have a lot of large photoshop documents, videos or disk images, you can choose to leave them all out based on file type (.mov, .psd, .iso, .vob etc…).

For example, we have lots of .psd files that can be removed from backup. We added .psd to the list of limited file types. By adding .psd to the list, we will save time by excluding our unnecessary file type.

Backup Option: Security
Use either HTTP or HTTPs. We’re not entirely sure what this option means because of the note beneath the selection which says it is not used. It says, "Note: All data will be transmitted using secure HTTPS regardless of the above selection."

Backup Option: Power & CPU
We keep these two options switched on. The first option, you can set the backup to pause if you are running on battery power only. This is great for laptops.

Second, you can set backups to run only if a computer has been idle for a set amount of time. This is helpful if you don't want the backup running while you are busy using the computer.

Mobile App.
The MyPC Backup mobile app is one of the best in the business. It is very lightweight and well designed. The photo sync feature is especially helpful. Every time you start the app, your photos are synced to your MyPC Backup account.

Another helpful feature is the ability to remotely start backups on other devices from the mobile app.

Restoring files
Restoring is simple. You can use the software simply by pressing "Restore Files". Navigate to the files and select a place to download them to.

MyPC Backup's website gives you the option to download individual files. It is not the best for downloading files in bulk. The software is a better tool for restoring, but it's nice to know that the files are available on the web.

The mobile app is more limited in restoring files. You can share items or send them to your email. It does allow you to save photos and some documents to your phone, but use the desktop software for any serious restoration.

Sync/Share
The share feature is easy to use on their website. Once a file is selected click on the share button and send it using email. Recipients must have a MyPC Backup account to view the files.

MyPC Backup comes with a 1GB sync folder. This folder allows you to access files from any of the devices on your account. Any files you add to this folder are automatically added to the same folder on any device with MyPC Backup installed.

Price
MyPC Backup costs $7.95 and you get unlimited online backup and a 1GB sync folder. Not many companies combine unlimited backup and syncing in the same plan like MyPC Backup does. Addons are also available for purchase to fit your needs.

Conclusion
MyPC Backup is absolutely great for those who are looking for a simple, automatic and affordable backup solution. MyPC Backup comes with plenty of options to help your backup be as efficient as possible. The mobile app is incredible and works seamlessly with the product. We are big fans because MyPC Backup makes cloud storage accessible and easy for everyone to understand.
Overall rating 
 
8.8
Ease of Use 
 
10.0
Features 
 
8.0
Space / Price 
 
9.0
Customer Support 
 
8.0
Security 
 
9.0

Simple, unlimited, automatic cloud backup and storage

Reviewed by: Steven Johnson
Experience Level: Backup Professional
Customer for: more than 1 year
Reviewed on: January 03, 2013

Overview

MyPC Backup is one of the best unlimited backup providers. Their service makes online backup simple because of their easy installation, plenty of backup options, a clean mobile app, and quick file restoration.

Since they started over a year ago, they expanded from windows-only backup and now backup Mac OS and Linux machines. The software has improved since we first used it and includes many new options. Their mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry have elegant interfaces, offer useful features photo backup and give you remote access to files.

MyPC Backup has proved to us they deserve a top spot among backup companies. Since their beginning, they matured and become a trusted, go-to online backup company.

Pros and Cons

Pros
Great all-around user experience
Fast/automatic backups
Wide range of backup options
Excellent mobile app
Easy restore process
File share options
Cons
Sync folder only 1GB (upgrade available to 5GBs)
No phone support (priority support upgrade available)

Full Review

Installation
Installing MyPC Backup is incredibly easy. Sign up for an account using email and password. Download the software which takes a couple of seconds. Open the package and a wizard will take you through the installation.

After the software is done installing, select which files you want to backup. This is done by using the default selection (Documents folder) or selecting your own set of folders. As soon as you finish the selection the backup starts.

It takes approximately 3 minutes to completely install the software, make folder selections and start backing up files.

Backup
Backing up files with MyPC Backup is fast and automatic. Immediately following installation MyPC Backup will start backing up files.

Initial backups take a while depending on much you are backing up. We recommend only choosing essential files for backup first. Its better to backup large files on the 3rd or 4th backup cycle.

We are most impressed with MyPC Backup’s rich set of backup options. We use them to speed up the backup process by limiting files only under 30MB’s to backup. Clogging the internet connection was also a concern for us. We used the bandwidth throttle to limit backup speed to under 100 kilobits per second.

Backup Option: Advanced Scheduling
This option is perfect for those who are actively using their computer on a schedule. Say it's your work computer, you can schedule MyPC Backup to only backup after 5pm, for example.

You can also use the calendar feature to select specific days to backup on like weekends. If your backups sometimes take awhile, you can set them to pause between certain hours of the day. For example, pause it while you use the computer for work between 9am and 5pm.

Backup Option: Selection
This option is straightforward. Choose to automatically backup the default folders (Documents folder) or you can select individual folders.

It’s worth noting that while you can backup pretty much anything, you still must purchase addons to backup files up to 5GBs, Videos, and Networked Drives.

Backup Option: Bandwidth
We found the bandwidth throttle extremely helpful. MyPC Backup comes with two ways you can throttle your backups. One, set a daily or monthly upload limit or, two, limit the upload or download rate by a set number of Kilobits per second.

Some ISP's track your upload and download usage. Using more than your allotted bandwidth can get you a fee or restriction. The monthly data limit option in MyPC Backup helps you avoid this.

Limiting your Kilobits per second keeps your internet connection fast while backing up. Especially helpful when using high bandwidth programs or browsing the internet.

Backup Option: File Type
limiting file types saves time when backing up. Say you have a lot of large photoshop documents, videos or disk images, you can choose to leave them all out based on file type (.mov, .psd, .iso, .vob etc…).

For example, we have lots of .psd files that can be removed from backup. We added .psd to the list of limited file types. By adding .psd to the list, we will save time by excluding our unnecessary file type.

Backup Option: Security
Use either HTTP or HTTPs. We’re not entirely sure what this option means because of the note beneath the selection which says it is not used. It says, "Note: All data will be transmitted using secure HTTPS regardless of the above selection."

Backup Option: Power & CPU
We keep these two options switched on. The first option, you can set the backup to pause if you are running on battery power only. This is great for laptops.

Second, you can set backups to run only if a computer has been idle for a set amount of time. This is helpful if you don't want the backup running while you are busy using the computer.

Mobile App.
The MyPC Backup mobile app is one of the best in the business. It is very lightweight and well designed. The photo sync feature is especially helpful. Every time you start the app, your photos are synced to your MyPC Backup account.

Another helpful feature is the ability to remotely start backups on other devices from the mobile app.

Restoring files
Restoring is simple. You can use the software simply by pressing "Restore Files". Navigate to the files and select a place to download them to.

MyPC Backup's website gives you the option to download individual files. It is not the best for downloading files in bulk. The software is a better tool for restoring, but it's nice to know that the files are available on the web.

The mobile app is more limited in restoring files. You can share items or send them to your email. It does allow you to save photos and some documents to your phone, but use the desktop software for any serious restoration.

Sync/Share
The share feature is easy to use on their website. Once a file is selected click on the share button and send it using email. Recipients must have a MyPC Backup account to view the files.

MyPC Backup comes with a 1GB sync folder. This folder allows you to access files from any of the devices on your account. Any files you add to this folder are automatically added to the same folder on any device with MyPC Backup installed.

Price
MyPC Backup costs $7.95 and you get unlimited online backup and a 1GB sync folder. Not many companies combine unlimited backup and syncing in the same plan like MyPC Backup does. Addons are also available for purchase to fit your needs.

Conclusion
MyPC Backup is absolutely great for those who are looking for a simple, automatic and affordable backup solution. MyPC Backup comes with plenty of options to help your backup be as efficient as possible. The mobile app is incredible and works seamlessly with the product. We are big fans because MyPC Backup makes cloud storage accessible and easy for everyone to understand.

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Company Overview

Lowest Price
$4.95/Month
Storage Space
Unlimited
Free Trial
Yes - 14 Day
Free Plan
No
Single Computer Plans
Yes
Multi Computer Plans
Yes
Business Plans
No
Year Established
2010

Supported Operating Systems

Windows
Yes
Mac OSX
Yes
Linux
No
Windows Server
No
iPhone / iPad
Yes
Android
Yes
Windows Mobile
Yes
Blackberry
Yes

Backup Features

Scheduler
Yes
Versioning / Snapshot
Yes
Browse Online Files
Yes
Incremental Backup
Yes
Bandwidth Throttle
Yes
Idle Backup
Yes
Resumes After Interruption
Yes
Email/Online Ticket Support
Yes
Phone Support
Yes
Live Chat
Yes
Blog
Yes
Knowledgebase
Yes
FAQs
Yes
Tutorials
Yes
Video Tutorials
Yes

Web/Mobile/Remote Access

Web Access
Yes
Mobile Phone Access
Yes
FTP Access
No
Can Set Permissions
Yes

File Restore Options

Backup Software Restore
Yes
Web Interface Restore
Yes
Zip File Restore
Yes
FTP File Restore
No
Physical Media Restore
Yes

Security

SSL Secure Transfer
Yes
Data Encryption
Yes
Geo-Redundant Storage
Yes
User Generated Encryption Key
No

Notable Features:

  • Sync using the cloud
  • Unlimited backup space
  • Secure storage
  • Automatic backup
  • Access online and on mobile devices

Company Highlights:

MyPC Backup provide cloud syncing and unlimited backup services. With their software you can share and sync files on the computer or using the website.

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Summary

MyPC Backup offers users the ability to backup up their data and sync over multiple computers at the same time. Their method combines traditional unlimited backup with cloud syncing. Part of a larger company called Just Develop It they have made a name for themselves by creating products that fit the needs of many people.

Plans & Pricing

  • Unlimited Storage Plan - $4.95/Month

Features: Automotive and Selective Backup, 24/7 Technical Support, Fully accessible mobile browser site, Sync Folder, Archive Folder, 256 Bit SSL Encryption, Mac/PC Access to files, Anytime Money Back guarantee.

Company Profile

MyPC Backup is based in the UK. They are part of a family of companies run by parent company, Just Develop It. They have been providing online solutions since 2007. MyPC Backup was developed in 2010 by Daniel Richards and they currently have around 20 employees. The US based office is in Novi, Michigan.

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