Mozy online backup service comes to Mac

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EMC on Thursday introduced Mac support for Mozy, its online backup service. MozyHome for Mac enables Mac users to back up and and all data to a secure online location. The service is free for storage up to 2GB, and costs $4.95 per month for unlimited storage capacity.

MozyHome for Mac — available before now as a beta version — uses a client software application installed on the Mac that enables you to identify the files or folders you want to back up. You configure MozyHome for Mac to back up those files to a secure online account encrypted using 128-bit SSL or 448-bit Blowfish encryption. MozyHome for Mac will automatically back up the files on a schedule you set.

Once it’s up and running, MozyHome for Mac will automatically find and save any changes you make; it manages block-level incremental backups, so it doesn’t waste lots of time copying data that’s already backed up again.

MozyHome for Mac works as a complement to Time Machine, Apple’s own backup software for Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard,” since the service provides offsite storage of your files. In the event of a disaster, you can recover using MozyHome, which stores 30 days’ worth of file versions. You can use the Mozy client software to restore your data, download it from the Mozy Web site, or order a set of the files on DVDs that are shipped from Mozy.

Mozy also plans to roll out a business version of its service for the Macintosh “later this summer.” Users interested in MozyPro for Mac can sign up for a forthcoming beta version.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4 or later.

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