Elephant Drive offers a range of automated online backup and storage options using the Amazon S3 service as the back end. The free service offers 1 GB of storage, a 90 MB max file size and 1 GB of bandwidth a month which is not a bad deal at all. The Home Plan gives you unlimited storage for $9.95 a month which makes it more expensive than Carbonite by quite a way. I emailed them to ask why this was and CEO Michael Fisher kindly wrote back and said it was because of their superior security and technology or something, so I suppose it’s down to trying them both out and comparing the service and feature sets.
I have to say I tried Carbonite a while back and the upload of my data was so darned slow – no fault of theirs, that’s just the limitation of asynchronous DSL I guess – that I had to give up on it eventually (even though it did the uploading very unobtrusively in the background). So it looks like whichever of these online services you choose, you’ll need to limit your data volumes to just the essential files until broadband upload speeds improve significantly.
We are constantly refining our security measures to meet the rapidly evolving threats in the digital space (like viruses, attackers, hackers and all the other bad guys snooping around the internet), as well as to protect against the every day disasters that Murphy’s Law provides us (like fires, floods, thefts, and accidents). We apply classic principles of secure programming with the knowledge of the latest advances threats and countermeasures. Sometimes the principles sound vague, but below we explain them and identify some of the ways in which they are employed. We would rather you understand why your data is more secure with ElephantDrive than just take our word for it.