Guest Post: How to Sync Your Files On Your Mac Using Mozy 3

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Guest Post: How to Sync Your Files On Your Mac Using Mozy

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We have a new guest post today. Discussing in detail Mozy, a backup and cloud storage solution. They do everything from personal storage all the way up to enterprise level storage. The guys at Mozy have written this short post to explain their product in a little bit more detail. I have written about Mozy and other backup solutions a long time ago, so there is a bit of history with this company.

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Mozy claims it will make your life easier by enabling you to sync all your files between your home and work computers, smartphones and tablets. Newbies to this type of service might wonder if it’s really as easy as it sounds. Check out this step-by-step guide and decide for yourself:

Installation

The first step is installing Mozy Sync on your Mac:

  1. Log in at secure.mozy.com.
  2. Once signed in, select “Manage Account” from the drop-down menu on the top right-hand side of the page.
  3. Look to the left of the account management screen and click on “Download for Mac OS.”
  4. Open the downloaded file.
  5. When the Mozy Sync window opens, drag the Mozy Sync icon into the application folder.
  6. Once the icon is in its new folder, double-click it.
  7. Read the user agreement and click agree.
  8. You will then be prompted to sign in. After signing in, click “Link Computer” and “Sync Now.”

Once you have finished installing Mozy Sync on your Mac, you will need to install it on the other devices you want to sync.

Automatic Updates

If you have been using Mozy for a while, you may already be familiar with the sync portion of their service. While in beta testing, it was called Mozy Stash, and it was available on many MozyHome accounts. The program is out of the testing phase, and it offers more than just a new name.

With Mozy Sync, you get the same backup protection that you do with Mozy Backup. Both programs save your information in a cloud, meaning that regardless of what happens to your particular device, your files will be safe. However, with Mozy Sync, your files will be protected and updated. Mozy Backup syncs files, but it only does so periodically. If you are actively working on a project, Mozy Sync is the best option to use because it updates automatically.

When you use the Mozy Sync feature on your smartphone, you can upload files and access previously saved files. Once you upload something to your phone’s app, it is immediately available on all your other devices with Mozy Sync. If your other devices are offline while you make the changes, they will be synced when you turn them on and connect them to the Internet. If you are ever using a computer that doesn’t already have Mozy installed on it, you can access your updated files from the company’s online port.

Per-user Allocation, from Home to Enterprise

Developers initially allocated according to individual devices, but a recent change in the per-device allocation stemmed from recognizing that users have multiple devices and quickly move from using one to using another. The “new Mozy” allocates on a per-user basis in recognition of today’s increasingly mobile workforce.

Mozy Sync is available for MozyHome accounts, and the program is also available on Mozy Enterprise. To activate the Sync feature, speak to the admin of your plan. Once they have added it, using it is just the same as it would be on a MozyHome account.

Leveraging ‘Extra’ Storage

The amount you store in your Mozy Sync folder is subtracted from the total amount of storage you have available on your plan. However, there is one distinct way that the sync feature can help you to minimize your storage usage: If you keep the same files on multiple computers, backing them up with Mozy Backup can count against your total storage availability for that computer, but if you put those same files into the Sync folder, they will only be counted once, regardless of how many computers you have linked to Mozy Sync.


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