Create online and off-site backups of your data for free
BuddyBackup lets you to backup your data to your friends and colleagues’ computers for free. This means you get safe and secure off-site backups of your data without having to pay a third party company.
BuddyBackup can make several copies of your backups. This gives extra safety as it means that your backups are safe even if one buddy loses your data. It also means that you need fewer buddies online when restoring files. Each extra copy uses up more of your backup allowance (see 11.2). This also means it takes longer to back up your files. Having two copies (the default) uses double the space, having three copies uses triple etc. Your backup copies might be spread amongst your buddies, depending on who is online when BuddyBackup is running. For example, you might have 5 buddies and have 3 backup copies spread amongst them.
BuddyBackup, as the name suggests backs up your files over the internet onto your buddies’ computers. Once you’ve installed the software, you choose which files you want to backup, add your buddies (just like you would in an Instant Messaging program), and that’s it. BuddyBackup uses the AES encryption system (a standard recommended by the US Government) for data encryption and can even backup to a removable drive/stick using USB or FireWire (IEE 1394).
BuddyBackup sends the updated files to your buddies (see 5) over the internet. Remember that only changes within your files are sent . BuddyBackup uses advanced Peer-to-Peer technology to ensure you can connect even if your buddies are behind a firewall or router.
If no buddy is currently online, BuddyBackup will keep track of the changes and back them up later. BuddyBackup uses your internet connection smartly by only using a trickle of your bandwidth when you’re using your computer. This means you can continue to work while BuddyBackup is backing up your files.