Mozy began as a traditional online data backup service; you back up your entire hard drive and in the event of a computer catastrophe, you could perform a full restore of your files. Not long ago the service added file syncing to its repertoire, a move that would allow it to remain relevant and competitive in the growing cloud storage space. While Mozy still has a way to go before it’s on par with our top-ranked online storage services, it’s a decent option if security and strong backup capabilities are your top priorities.
As with many online storage services, Mozy installs a local client on your desktop, where you can drag-and-drop any files or folders you want to back up or set schedules for the service to back up files. Additionally, Mozy has what it calls the Stash folder, a file syncing feature that allows you to sync frequently used files across multiple computers. Any file in your Stash folder stays up-to-date on every computer or mobile device linked to the Stash folder.
With this proprietary blend of data backup and file syncing comes a decent amount of space for the money. Their basic home plan starts at 50GB, which is enough space to store more than 6 million text documents, 7,500 photos and 1,000 videos. While affordable, their plans aren’t too flexible. There are only two plans to choose from for home users, with a maximum of 125GB and three computers. This may be an issue if your household has multiple computers with data you want to store online.
Perhaps our biggest issue with Mozy is it lacks any file sharing capabilities. For a company that is trying hard to compete in such a competitive space, we’re perplexed they still don't offer file sharing. The service provides most of the other features we were looking for, including file versioning, automatic backups and offline syncing (the service automatically continues backups and syncing when you’re back online).
Mozy’s strengths lie in its robust security and help and support. No security measures are infallible, but those provided by Mozy come close. In fact, the company delivers one of the most secure and comprehensive storage systems of any service we reviewed. With multiple levels of encryption and security, Mozy goes to extreme measures to ensure all data they are entrusted with is protected. Your account is password protected, and whenever data is transferred, Mozy uses 128-bit SSL encryption to ensure it isn’t intercepted. While your files are in storage, this service also uses a 448-bit Blowfish encryption. With the MozyPro service (designed for enterprises), you can even manage your own encryption key using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption. The service’s help and support options are likewise excellent, with direct support rendered via telephone or email and useful resources that include detailed FAQs and a user guide.
Mozy may not be the most seamless or intuitive online storage service, but it excels at its primary function of data storage and will undoubtedly keep your files secure. If you are looking for a more conventional backup service that offers some of the perks of file syncing, then Mozy makes a great option.
Mozy uses advanced security measures to protect data, including robust encryption, password protection and multi-level security.
There’s no file sharing, and any files you want synced across your devices, you must manually place into your Stash folder.
Mozy is a good option if you’re seeking more traditional online backup and won’t primarily rely on the sync folder.