Australia is a land of high living standards, metropolitan cities, vast deserts and long beaches renowned for surfing. The place is far from the rest of the world, though, and most backup servers are far from it, too. As this means even slower backup speeds, we’ve picked the best online backup for Australia, with Acronis True Image taking the top spot thanks to its nearby server.
Creating a backup is smart since your hard drive isn’t reliable and your data might be lost to malfunctions or crashes. Data recovery software might help you, but that’s not certain, and you shouldn’t rely on solid state drivers because, despite their failure rate of less than 1 percent, they experience more errors.
Backing up your data for the first time can take a while. To mitigate that, you should use a fast service and part of that equation is having a server point that’s as close to you as possible. Otherwise, your connection might hang or break.
We’ve assembled our list by choosing services from our best cloud backup picks, but we also have an article showcasing the best cloud storage for Australia. If you’re not sure which you need, read up on the difference. Before we start, let’s go through our criteria for making this list.
Best Online Backup for Australia 2019
What Makes the Best Online Backup for Australia
Server location is paramount, but your connection speed will depend on your internet service provider and the online backup service, as well. It’s best if a service allows you to tweak transfer settings, throttle speeds, increase the number of backup threads to boost speeds and uses a block-level transfer algorithm, which is a huge help after the initial backup.
Cloud security is important, too, especially in Australia, where it’s legal for the government to snoop and look at metadata (read more about that in our best VPN for Australia piece). Private, end-to-end encryption is the best measure to prevent the government from doing so, but the service should also have two-factor authentication to stop hackers who’d like to ruin your day.
Paying for those features should not involve you going to loan sharks. The service should be good value, offering more storage space cheaper. The more plans it has, the better your chances of finding one that fulfills that requirement. A free plan or trial is a great way to test the service, as well.
All of this should be wrapped in an enjoyable and straightforward user experience, and not a computer nightmare. The interface of the clients should be pleasant to the eye and they should work on most, if not all, operating systems.
Best Online Backup for Australia: Acronis True Image 2018
Acronis opened in 2003, so it’s ancient in IT terms. It has a server located in Australia, though, which is a big factor in Acronis True Image 2018 reaching faster speeds on initial backups than most other services. Backup and recovery of a 1GB folder took just 15 minutes. We used the “optimal” setting for downloading, but there’s a “maximum” one, too, that’s probably even faster.
Acronis uses AES 256-bit to encrypt your files before transfer and the TLS/SSL protocol protects them in transit. The encryption requires you to use a password, and, since only you know it, Acronis is zero-knowledge. There’s no two-factor authentication to help you if you lose your password, though. The service uses Acronis Active Protection to fight ransomware, too.
Data centers use key cards, patrols, biometric scanning and monitoring to prevent intruders from getting to your data and the facilities are built to withstand natural disasters and fires.
Other Reasons We Like Acronis True Image 2018
Acronis offers you the option to buy a lifetime plan, but, since there are caveats, we can’t recommend it. You’re better off choosing between the two annual plans: Advanced and Premium.
Advanced provides you with 250GB of backup space for $49.99 or 500GB for $69.99. Premium starts at 1TB for $99.99 and ends at 5TB for $259.95. You can increase the number of computers you want to backup, as well as your backup space, but it will cost you extra per year.
Using the desktop client is easy and intuitive. The menu on the left makes it clear how to navigate the app. Acronis enables you to backup by file type, rather than selecting specific files. That does take more space, but it makes creating a backup plan much simpler. If needed, you can exclude files you don’t want to backup to save space.
Acronis has decent prices, but doesn’t offer much storage. It does provide you with zero-knowledge encryption and fast backup, though, which makes it fit to be our top pick. If you’d like to learn more, read our Acronis True Image 2018 review.
- Exceptionally fast backup
- Private, end-to-end encryption
- No two-factor authentication
- Could be cheaper
Though CrashPlan stopped operating in the consumer market in 2017, its small business plan is cheap and a good fit for personal users, especially those who need unlimited storage.
A company representative confirmed to us that it has a server in Sydney, which is great for Australian users. Still, backing up isn’t fast. You could increase the speed by disabling the compression, encryption and deduplication processes, but we don’t recommend you do that.
If backup takes too much out of your system resources, you can throttle it. After your initial backup is done, and that can take a while, block-level copying will speed up future backups.
CrashPlan provides you with AES 256-bit encryption, which scrambles your files before transfer, AES 128-bit protects them in transit. By default, the service retains your key, meaning that it can reset your password if you lose it. The catch is that it also enables a rogue employee to look at your data. You can choose to retain your key to avoid that.
Other Reasons We Like CrashPlan for Small Business
For $10 a month, you get unlimited backup for one computer. Since it’s a monthly subscription, you can cancel at any time, unlike with many services. It costs twice as much as Backblaze, which has servers in the U.S., but it’s still a good deal. For more comparisons between the two, read CrashPlan versus Backblaze. Before buying it, use the 30-day free trial to kick the tires.
You won’t have issues installing the desktop client because it’s easy and fast. Using it is effortless, but its backup operation could be simpler. You can’t backup based on file type, so you’ll have to manually tag folders and files you want to backup, despite getting unlimited space.
While the service is far from perfect — it lacks two-factor authentication, isn’t fast and doesn’t backup by file type — it offers good value, unlimited backup, good security and a server in Australia. All that is enough for it to take second place.
Keep in mind, though, some old comments from users talk about its poor reliability and rough transitions between plans. To learn more, read our CrashPlan review.
- Unlimited backup
- Backup external drives
- Doesn’t backup by file type
- No two-factor authentication
BigMIND Home is an online backup service from the same company that created Zoolz Home Cloud Backup. The services are similar in many ways, but BigMIND Home includes novel features the other one lacks.
Most importantly, the service maintains a presence in Australia. Expect fast uploads and slow downloads, though, because BigMIND uses Amazon Glacier, a cold storage designed for long-term archiving, for backup. If that intrigues you, read our Amazon Glacier review. Your average upload time for a gigabyte of data should be about 30 minutes.
Files on servers are encrypted with AES 256-bit. BigMIND will manage your encryption key by default. To avoid that, you can opt for private encryption while setting up your backup plan, but you can’t do it afterward. The trade-off is that BigMIND won’t be able to retrieve your password. Files are protected by the SSL protocol in transit, but, curiously, it has to be enabled.
Unlike Zoolz Home, BigMIND has two-factor authentication, which is a nice improvement.
Other Reasons We Like BigMIND
The BigMIND Personal plan costs $2.99 per month, if paid a year in advance, and gives you a scant 100GB of backup space for one user and up to three computers. The Family plan offers 500GB of storage space, which you can share with up to two others on nine computers and six mobile devices, but that’s probably not enough space for that many people. It’s $6.99 a month.
Family Plus provides a hefty 1TB for $12.99, which is far from the best deal for that amount of space. You can share it with four additional users across 15 computers and unlimited mobile devices.
The desktop client for Windows and macOS is helpful, as it shows you information such as your current backup status, when the last backup was, how many files are backed up and how many are pending in a clear and attractive manner.
The web interface is colorful and provides you with file categories and devices, so you can easily browse the content you’ve sent to the cloud. A dashboard shows you how many devices are connected to BigMIND and how many are backing up. There’s a graph that shows you backup activity over time, too, and a pie chart that gives you an overview of your file types.
If you’d like to access your files on the move, you can use the Android or iOS app. To learn more about BigMIND’s ease of use and novel features, read our BigMIND review.
- Fast data uploads
- Private encryption
- Backup by file type
- Only up to 1TB
- Slow data recovery
One of the older services in the market, Carbonite works with managed service providers in Australia. Still, the initial backup process won’t be quick and doesn’t come close to competitors such as Acronis and BigMIND. After the initial backup, files will transfer much faster, thanks to block-level copying.
The service secures data on its servers with AES 128-bit encryption and stores your key, but, if you enable private encryption, it will switch to AES 256-bit and you’ll hold the key. In that case, you won’t be able to reset your password. Carbonite requires you to make it strong, though, and provides two-factor authentication to protect you if someone steals it.
Other Reasons We Like Carbonite
There are three plans for unlimited storage: Basic, Plus and Prime. Basic costs $72 a year and provides bare-bones unlimited backup. The most popular plan, Plus, adds external drive backup and automatic video backup for $112 a year. Prime will boost that with a courier recovery service for $150 a year.
Before deciding to pay those prices, you should take advantage of the 15-day free trial. If you decide Carbonite is for you, note that you’ll get a 5 percent discount if you pay for two years in advance or 10 percent if you pay for three.
Working with Carbonite isn’t an agonizing experience. It’s desktop client is simple and easy to install. There’s only one step you need to perform to initiate backup because most of the process is automated.
Checking the status of your files while uploading is easy, too, because Carbonite color codes them. Some files and extensions are excluded, though, so consult the list on Carbonite’s website to make sure it does what you need. To learn more about the service, read our Carbonite review.
- Unlimited backup
- Backup by file type
- External HD backup
- No monthly subscriptions
Microsoft’s OneDrive (read our OneDrive for Business review) has two servers in Australia and its speeds are better than average. Our tests showed that it takes about 35 minutes to transfer a 5GB test folder, which is no small feat. That said, OneDrive for Business is one of our best EFSS services and can’t backup your data. That’s where CloudBerry Backup comes in.
Unlike standard online backup, CloudBerry Backup doesn’t provide you with storage space and will not store your files. It’s more like a control center that helps you manage backup plans on other cloud storage services. If you want to have more control over your backup solution, CloudBerry Backup is for you.
Bear in mind that it doesn’t support encryption or compression for OneDrive, which speeds up transfers considerably.
You can tweak and tighten CloudBerry Backup’s security, but, ultimately, it depends on the partner service, too. SSL is enabled in transit, but at-rest encryption depends on the provider. If you’re a OneDrive business customer, you’ll benefit from AES 256-bit encryption — CloudBerry supports it — but if you’re not, OneDrive won’t encrypt your files at rest.
Other Reasons We Like Cloudberry Backup with OneDrive
Since CloudBerry doesn’t include storage, there’s only a one-time charge for a license, though you’ll have to pay for the partner service of your choice. Integrating CloudBerry Backup with other storages can be difficult for mainstream users and its ease of use depends on how much you love IT. To learn more about the service, read our CloudBerry Backup review.
- Supports many platforms
- One-time payment
- Requires third-party storage
- Not for mainstream users
Backup Down Under has gotten easier thanks to services that have data centers in Australia, or, at least, the region. Choosing one of them will help you achieve better speeds, and, if it means you can avoid services that store data in the U.S., where agencies can look through your data, all the better.Acronis is the leader because of its speed, pricing and private encryption. The rest of the services are viable, too, though. CrashPlan and Carbonite offer unlimited storage and slightly cheaper plans, while BigMIND offers novel features. The CloudBerry Backup and OneDrive combo is reserved for enthusiasts.
What do you think of our choices? Do you use another service suitable for Australia? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for reading.