According to the law, a cloud company based in Australia which has a data center in the country, needs to get permission from ARPA to move data from that center to a different one, located in any other nation.
And that’s not all, ARPA also needs access to all offshore hosting facilities, so they can perform background checks at their own discretion, which isn’t a particularly privacy friendly policy.
So, in this post, we’ll be talking about the five best cloud backup services that can be used securely, quickly and relatively cheaply, if you’re in Australia (or anywhere else for that matter).
Before proceeding, let’s first break down how this article is setup and its purpose.
We’re here to provide a general summary of each service, a small snippet of what we liked about them and a list of pros and cons.
Under every summary, there’s a “Read review” button, which we highly recommend you click for a full in-depth breakdown of how exactly each service works.
With that info-bite out of the way, it’s time to get this show on the road!
CrashPlan is one of the oldest (founded A.D. 2007) and most reliable cloud backup services around. Its features include end-to-end encryption, high customization, affordable rates and most importantly – unlimited data storage.
Backblaze provides military-grade security and truly unlimited storage, for the affordable price of $5 per month. It’s also a completely automated backup service (unlike CrashPlan), which comes with the Locate My Computer service.
While Backblaze doesn’t let the user choose what to upload, there is an option to decide what not to upload; the excluded folders list can be found inside the settings pane.
Backblaze also has bandwidth throttling and backup scheduling features, but they aren’t as nuanced as CrashPlan’s.
Backblaze is designed for automation and ease, the perfect choice for someone absolutely new to backing up data, or somebody lazy.
Now, let’s move onto data restoration, which can be done in three ways:
Method 1: A zip file containing all your data can be directly downloaded from Backblaze’s website.
Method 2: A USB drive with a storage capacity of 128GB can be directly couriered to you.
Method 3: A USB hard drive which stores over 4TB can be shipped to those of us with a lot of data. And yes, they do ship to Australia.