Two cloud backup and sync programs you can't live without

Here are the two best solutions I've yet to come across.

There are plenty of backup and sync solutions out there, and choosing the best among them can be tough. But there are two that stand out from the pack -- check them out, because they well might surprise you.


I've tried plenty of syncing-and-storage solutions, including all the big names, and some lesser-known ones. But the solution I keep coming back to, and use every day, is SugarSync. No, at $75 a year for 60GB of storage to sync it's not cheap. But when it comes to work, your files, and productivity, it's the best investment you can make.

Why is it the best? For its sheer flexibility and simplicity of use. With most other solutions, such as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, you're locked into using their folder structure, not your own. So you'll have to change the way you work and organize your files and folders. Not so with SugarSync. With it, just indicate which folders and files you want to sync on your existing folder structure, and it syncs them to the cloud, and from there to any device you want.

What's also great about it is how easily you can add and take away synced folders from any device, or from the service.

I use SugarSync on several PCs, a MacBook Air, an iPhone, two iPads, and an Android tablet. I constantly add folders to sync, and take them away, and it takes less than a minute to do it. I've been using SugarSync for several years, and it hasn't failed me yet.


What do you want in a cloud backup program? You want it to give you plenty of storage without paying much, you want it to back up constantly, you want it not to interfere with your work, and you want to be able to easily restore anything you want.

BackBlaze wins on all counts. Start off with price. For $50 a year, or $5 per month if you pay on a monthly basis, you get unlimited storage with unlimited file sizes. That's about as inexpensive as you'll find. And it's nice to know that you won't have to pay more as you add more and more files.

It also backs up constantly, not just once a day as some backup solutions do. Change or create a file, and it gets backed up behind the scenes. The client is so lightweight, you won't notice it's there.

It's also exceptionally easy to use. You don't have to tell it what to back up if you don't want. It simply finds your files and backs them up for you (excluding your operating system and some other files). You can easily customize its backup, though, and add or take away folders.

As for restoring files, it's exceptionally simple. Log in to your account, choose which files you want to restore, and you can then download them, in a Zip file for faster downloads. If you've got a lot of files your want to restore, you can instead opt to be sent a USB flash drive for $99, or a USB hard drive for $189, and restore them from there.

I've been testing out cloud-based backups for years. BackBlaze is the best one I've used yet.

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