Almost one year ago, Mozy debuted the Mozy app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android mobile devices. The Mozy App puts all the files you protect with Mozy right at your fingertips.
Today, Mozy announces the mobile app’s fourth update. The iOS version (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) is available now, and the Android version will be available early next week. For this latest update, we dedicate a series of blog posts to covering some of the improvements we’ve made.
In this post, we look at how the app now supports multiple accounts, and the new “quick access” feature.
Simplified login for multiple accounts
Admittedly, we were a little surprised to find out that many people have use more than a single Mozy account. So this feature is for those of you who use MozyHome at home and MozyPro at work, or share your iPad with others in your family, or just prefer the extra sense of security that logging out provides.
To make switching between different Mozy accounts a little easier, the updated app now remembers the login name of the past five users. Now you can just type the first letter of your email account, and then select it. (Of course, you still have to enter your password!)
As an example here’s the login screen on my iPhone:
The app’s “My Mozy” home screen has been completely redesigned to help you browse and find files by type. You now have Photos, Documents, Recent, Music and Videos all right at your fingertips. And, you can tap “All Files” to use the full file system browser you know from previous app versions.
Here’s a look at my Android screen after clicking Photos from the home screen:
Over the next couple posts this week, we’ll take a look at the iOS-only Favorites feature, the Android-only Downloaded option, and something cool and new for Mozy Stash in the mobile app.
Although mobile support for Mozy Stash is currently in its infancy, the Mozy app for mobiles includes some early features supporting Stash.
This post focuses on Android, which is currently a little bit ahead of iOS in its Stash support. (If you have an iPad or iPhone, I encourage you to check out the post “iPhone + Stash = Awesomeness” in the Stash forums.) So, let’s take a look at what you can do with Stash from the Mozy app for Android.
Uploading Photos and Videos to Stash
If you have installed the Mozy app on your Android phone (or on a Galaxy tablet, or a Kindle Fire), you can send photos and videos directly to your Stash. When the upload completes, any computers you have linked to your Stash will then download the photo to a special folder in your Stash. (Currently, the folder is called “Mobile Sync,” but this will change in an upcoming update to the app.)
Here’s how you do it:
First, launch the Gallery app and select the photo (or video) you want to send to your Stash.
Then, click the Share button, highlighted in green in the above graphic.
Next, select Mozy from your list of available apps.
Finally, select Upload to send the photo to your Stash.
Note: Depending on your wireless data plan, you might want to reserve this for when you have a WiFi connection if you plan to do it often. Photos and videos can quickly chew into your mobile data plan.
While the Mozy app on both Android and iOS support manual uploads, the Mozy app currently only offers “automatic upload” for Android. Automatic upload is a preference setting that causes your Android to automatically upload all photos and videos on your phone. It’s kind of like having Mozy online backup for your Android’s photos and videos. As with manually uploaded media, auto-uploaded media get download on any computers you have linked to your Stash.
Let’s take a look at how to enable it.
To enable automatic upload, launch the Mozy app and go into Preferences, then select Upload Settings.
You can select whether to auto-upload photos, videos, or both. Also important is the Only on WiFi setting. If you’re a serious shutterbug, or you enable automatic upload of videos, this setting ensures that your uploads don’t eat up your mobile data plan, which can be costly. When enabled, uploads won’t happen until your Android device has a WiFi connection. (Ten seconds of HD video on my HTC Desire creates a 5 megabyte file!)
Note: The auto-upload feature is that it’s currently in an early beta stage. Consequently, it may upload images from other applications. (My HTC Desire HD device uploads four images of buttons used in some other app.) We plan to improve this in an upcoming release.
That’s it for this Stash update, but since you’re still reading, you’re probably an avid fan of the Android platform. So, perhaps you will find this next section informative.
Android fun fact
The term “android” was originally coined in 1919 by Isaac Asimov. It was a typo, in which he accidentally swapped the article “a” for “an.” He actually meant, “a droid.” Few people know this. Similarly, most people don’t know that the I in I, Robot was originally intended to be a Roman 1, to enumerate the first story in what became a series of nine. On hearing the first story’s title, Asimov’s eager fans anticipated that the second story would chronicle the life of a robot pirate captain (“Aye, Aye, Robot!”). In his dismay, Asimov hastily renamed the series’ second story “Runaround,” then re-purposed his original title to cover the complete set of nine. True story.
Before you start your weekend, here’s one more way to put Stash to work for you.
If you use MozyHome to backup more than one computer, Stash might be able to help you free up some of your MozyHome storage capacity. Here’s how.
Let’s say that you have 5 gigabytes of digital photos, and you keep a copy on both of your two computers. If you back up those photos on both computers, then that means that you’re using a total of 10 gigabytes of your total storage MozyHome storage capacity.
It used to be that the only way to reclaim that 5 GB space would be to remove the photos from one of the two computer’s backup configurations. (You have to remember to do that.)
A new way you could reclaim the space would be to move the photos into your Stash. Stash keeps a copy of the photos on both computers, but Stash accounts for them only once against your total MozyHome storage.
(Hint: You can even save yourself time for synchronization by moving the photos into the same location in your Stash on both computers. When Stash sees that the same file already exists on both computers, it considers them both up to date and won’t try to download the from your Stash online.)
There’s another benefit in addition to consolidating your MozyHome storage. When you finally get around to cleaning up those photos–you know, deleting all the blurries and blanks, touching up redeye, cropping out your thumb, and so on–you only have to do it on one computer. Stash will update your other linked computers with all your changes. Sweet!
Yesterday, I discussed how online backup is evolving to include data availability. No longer being purely about preserving your files and protecting against loss, Mozy seeks to ensure that you are never without your data. Following on the heels of the Mozy app and updates to the Mozy Web Access interface, the release of Stash is our next big step toward fulfilling this part of the Mozy promise.
We think Stash will change how you use Mozy. But yesterday’s beta launch is just the beginning. We have several feature enhancements coming that will make Stash even better. Here’s a quick look at a few of the updates we plan during the beta.
While you can access your Stash through the Mozy web site today, the current “Web Access” interface was designed for restoring files from backup. That means that it shows files and folders that you may have already deleted or moved in addition to your current data.
Within a couple months, we plan to roll out “Web Access 2.0.” This release has been designed not only to make performing restores easier, but also to better support Stash. In addition to refining how it displays your files, Web Access 2.0 also enables you to upload files, and manage the contents of your Stash.
The Mozy App for Android and iOS
Since the start of the Stash private beta last June, a lot of early adopters have asked for more Stash features in Mozy’s mobile app. Currently, you can upload photos and videos to your Stash. Over the coming months, we plan to make several incremental updates, such as making it possible to upload any file type from your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
The next updates to the Stash software (0.11) will introduce significant performance improvements. Our Stash core engineers have been working to accelerate synchronization of changes to files in your Stash. What they have worked out is pretty slick, and you will notice a big speed boost for file updates.
That’s the short list of what’s coming up. Of course, we have a lot more in store than that. Many have asked us whether Stash is going to include features for sharing and collaboration. Allowing Mozy customers to connect with each other in this way is definitely something we want to do, but first we must get Stash out of beta. Check out the Stash beta forum for several other common feature ideas and requests.
Today, Mozy announced Stash, a new feature available in public beta for MozyHome customers. While this launch may draw a lot of outside attention to Mozy, I want to explain what Stash means to you.
Going Beyond Backup
Mozy was founded for you to preserve your ideas, your creative works, your memories and your records. Our promise has always been that with Mozy, you never lose a single file. Together with our customers and loyal fans, we built the online backup industry. Today, millions of customers and more than 70,000 businesses entrust Mozy to protect over 70 petabytes of data. Thank you for being part of this!
Mozy released two major “data availability” features for this in 2011. Our “web access” update made it so that you could quickly find and download a file from any computer. The Mozy apps for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) devices put your files at your fingertips while on the go. Together, these two features extend the Mozy promise so that you’re never without your files.
Stash is another big ”data availability” step. If you use multiple computers, such as one at home and another at work, you’re going to love Stash. Stash keeps files up to date between computers by putting a special “stash” folder on each, and linking it to your Mozy account. Any files you keep in your Stash stay up to date on each linked computer. When you start a document at work, put it in your Stash if you need to continue working on it at home. No emailing documents to yourself, or fiddling around with USB sticks. It just works.
I want to personally invite Mozy’s loyal customers and fans to try out Stash. Once you have started using it, I think that you’ll agree: Stash changes the game. You’ll never think about online backup quite the same again.
Although Stash has just come out in public beta, if you’re a paid MozyHome subscriber, you get Stash. We don’t mean just for the beta: as long as you keep your current MozyHome paid subscription, you will have use of Stash at no extra cost. It’s our way of saying thank you for being a MozyHome customer.
Of course you can use Stash if you have a MozyHome Free account. We’re making Stash a permanent feature of MozyHome Free, but the capacity is still limited to 2 GB. So, if you have been considering upgrading to a paid MozyHome account, I encourage you to do so. You’ll want the extra space.
That’s it for now. Look for another post from me tomorrow, discussing what’s coming next for Stash and Mozy.
We’re proud to announce that Mozy has been named one of the 25 Best Companies To Work For in Utah for 2011 by Utah Business Magazine — for the *third straight year.*
Though not headquartered in Utah as we once were, a large number of our Mozy employees are in our Pleasant Grove, Utah offices. Our Senior Director of Marketing Dave Robinson, in his “acceptance speech” at the awards banquet in Salt Lake City on December 15, emphasized that Mozy is an awesome place to work because it still feels like a startup in many ways — from the casual dress, foosball, perks, etc. — while still having the great benefits offered by EMC and VMware. We’re already seeing that the distinction of winning this award three years in a row is helping attract the best employees to Mozy — whether in Utah, Seattle, Boston, Cork (Ireland) — or any of other other offices worldwide.
Android users, your patience has been rewarded – the wait is over for version 1.2 of the Mozy Mobile app for Android platorms.
This release includes increased stability and yes, the much sought after support for personal encryption keys – the ultimate in security for your data.
To read more about the specifics of personal key encryption and determine whether or not you’d like to use it to protect your files, please review the “About Personal Key Data Encryption” section of this blog post.
The app allows you to access and view any file you have backed up to Mozy right from your mobile device. Preview photos, view documents, and even open files in other applications or send them via email. The app makes Mozy more than just a way to protect against data loss – you can now access your files anywhere.
Along with similar access through any browser, the app provides a way to access all your personal and professional files from anywhere.
Visit the Android app store to download and update your version of the Mozy mobile app for Android today!
Few scenes set the stage for scary happenings like a dark and stormy night, as was the case in Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Paul Clifford. We’re in a frightfully spooky mood here at Mozy and would love to hear your scary computer tales as part of our Halloween contest. Join the fun for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards!
To participate, write your best (fiction or non-fiction) conclusion to one of the following opening sentences, then send your entry to email@example.com by Thursday, October 27, 2011:
All was quiet as I finished my term paper, but my blood chilled when a pop-up message appeared on my screen…
It was dark, despite the full moon, as he made his way to the library with laptop in hand…
She was in the middle of reading her friend’s blog when she heard a sound…
The laptop sat open on the table…
Stories must be 200 words or less and will be judged on creativity, originality, scariness, and Mozy-ness. Winners will be announced on the Mozy blog on Halloween—October 31, 2011. One entry per person, please.
The Mozy iOS app now supports data decryption for customers using personal key encryption. Android update due within weeks.
Since its initial release in March this year, the Mozy app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices) has quickly become a favorite feature for Mozy customers. With the app you can access any file you have backed up to Mozy right from your mobile device. Complete with photo previews, document viewing, and the ability to open files in other applications or send them via email, the app makes Mozy more than just a way to protect against data loss. Along with similar access through any browser, the app provides a way to access all your personal and professional files from anywhere.
Here’s a quick retrospective of the progress of our iOS app so far:
1.01 introduces full-screen support for iPad as a universal binary (April 2011)
1.1 extends support to MozyPro end users (June 2011)
Today, we released version 1.2, now available at no charge from the App Store. Aside from several performance enhancements and bug fixes, this version delivers a feature that many (often quite vocal) customers have been awaiting: personal key data decryption.
About Personal Key Data Decryption
To protect customer privacy, Mozy online backup always encrypts the data for each file before sending it to Mozy. About 95% of our customers opt for Mozy’s default encryption. The remaining 5% opt to employ a personal key for encrypting their backups. When you encrypt with a personal key, it ensures that the only person who can readily decrypt your files is you. Of course, this also means that Mozy has no way to decrypt your data if you forget your personal key.
Data Decryption Comes to the iOS App
Until today, customers who opted to use personal key encryption could not access the content of their files through the app. The app was incapable of decrypting downloaded files.
With this latest release, you can set the personal key used for backup on each of your computers (even if each uses a different key). The mobile app can then download any file, use the key to decrypt its content, and then allow you to use the file as you need. You can view it, email it, or even open it in another app.
Mobile & the Trade-offs of Using a Personal Key
There are certain services that Mozy performs online to support the Mozy app. For example, the file names used by digital cameras make it hard to know what’s in a photo, so the Mozy app displays photo thumbnails.
When you view a folder containing photos, an online service generates a thumbnail for each photo, allowing the app to download a small image instead of whole photos, saving time and bandwidth.
However, if your photos are encrypted with a personal key, then Mozy can only provide a generic thumbnail indicating that Mozy cannot read the photo.
But you can still download the whole photo and–once downloaded and decrypted by the mobile app–you can view it on your device.
Your Turn: Go Rate the Update
We know many Mozy customers have been waiting for this update. If you’re one of them, please rate the Mozy app in the App Store.
A Note to Android Users
We know you want personal key support, too. We’re working on it right now and aim to release the 1.2 update for Android before the end of October.
We want to thank everyone who participated in our Mozy Saved My Bacon promotion earlier this month. We’ve enjoyed interacting with you and hearing your stories about how Mozy has helped you recover from all sorts of disasters. From cats to thieves, floods to fires, and quite a few dramatic hard drive crashes, Mozy users have used Mozy’s reliable backup and restore capabilities to recover from whatever life threw at them.
Now to the exciting part – let’s announce the winners! (If you see your name and/or story below and haven’t heard from us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!)
3rd Prize (A “Mozy Saved My Bacon” T-shirt)
Patty’s Unique Gifts
2nd Prize (A “Mozy Saved My Bacon” T-shirt and a free 1-year subscription to MozyHome)
“Six weeks ago I came home from work, opened my front door, and found my house was on fire! Immediately I had the urge to take on the dangerous task of grabbing personal items…my son’s baby photos, our wedding photos, financial documentation. In a flash, I remember, it’s all backed up to Mozy. I was able to turn myself around and leave knowing that my most precious memories were safe and sound. We were lucky to have contained damage and my computer is safe and sound. In addition, Mozy was very convenient because I have been able to access all my important computer files remotely until we are back in our home again. What a relief Mozy has been!! (PS- My house has smelled strangely like bacon for the last few weeks…)”
“I accidentally put ALL my files in the trash, then I EMPTIED the trash. Did I notice when it took 20 minutes to empty the trash? No, because I was rushing to leave on vacation. The trashed items included all past mortgage, credit and tax information, scanned important documents like my marriage certificate and my children’s birth certificates, all my personal photos from the past 3 years, all my receipts and etc. etc. Well, I got back from vacation a week later and looked for my files. They were gone. Nowhere to be found. You can imagine my surprise and horror when I could not find my files. Slowly, the reason WHY the trash had taken so long to empty before I left on vacation dawned on me …. Well, Mozy really did save my bacon! I went to the website and requested a restore of all my files. This took a short while, but it worked. Whew. Mozy home, I am sold forever.”
“Boy did Mozy Save My Bacon!!! I had just come off running the Nile River in Uganda and the dropped a group of us in Kampala on a main thoroughfare but in Africa, there are no street lights. I had my computer, camera, Kindle, and other electronics in a bag in my hand. As i got off the bus, out of the dark, someone comes up from behind my left shoulder and snatches my bag. There was NO way to run after the guy and retrieve it. And a police report did little good. It was the start of my vacation and I was devastated. My whole life was on there. My biggest loss – my photo library!!! Thank goodness, for Mozy!!!!! My son, back in the states, was able to buy me another netbook and restore ALL my data!!!!! Hooray!! He sent me the new computer and life is good! I ALWAYS back up! I’m off to Africa again for 3 months of work and feel “secure” knowing that if it happens again, I’ve got my data….”
“I am a doctoral student. I was writing my comprehensive exams; the major exams I had to take before being allowed to write my dissertation. I was given three days to write two 20+ page essays on a prompt. I spent the first day preparing both essays and had planned on writing one essay for each additional day. I spent the second day writing my first essay and collapsed in bed exhausted. On the third day, I was going to proofread my essay from the previous day before writing my last essay. But, it was GONE! I couldn’t find that I saved it anywhere, in any of my files. After panicking and crying my eyes out, I remembered that I set Mozy to automatically back up my files. I checked and there it was!! I restored the file and was able to finish my ‘comps’ in due time. Mozy definitely saved my bacon that day!”
“I was finishing up culinary school this June and started to assemble photographs for my portfolio when I realized I was missing a significant chunk of time. I had lost eight months of pictures and nearly had a meltdown! Not only was this portfolio important to my grade, but it was supposed to show the progression of your work throughout the program, so I knew using only recent pictures wouldn’t cut it. Mozy to the rescue! I found and restored all of my pictures with ease, finished my portfolio and submitted it on time. No word on whether Mozy helped me earn that 100% . . .”
And now for our Grand Prize winner, who wins a free 2-year MozyHome subscription, a “Mozy Saved My Bacon” T-shirt, a $50 Bacon Gift Certificate, and a copy of the book “Bacon: A Love Story”….
“In April of 2010, I had my third child- a little girl. Very tiny, cute and cuddly! We brought her home from the hospital on a Saturday afternoon. We celebrated with our family who had come in town, snapped a few hundred pictures, and tried to settle in to a new normal with a new baby and two small children. As we awoke Sunday morning, we were evacuating our house with our three young children and nothing else as the flood waters rose towards our home in Nashville. I cried as the volunteers drove us away from our home watching our plants disappear under water, our fence go floating away, and the muddy water wash over my husband’s newly built deck. However, as long as my family was safe, I knew Mozy would protect all our computer data- even if the water destroyed our PC. Thanks for saving our bacon, Mozy!”
Congratulations to all of our winners and again, a big thank you to everyone who participated. If you’re a winner and haven’t heard from Mozy yet, please e-mail email@example.com to claim your prize. We will also be reaching out to you this week to get in touch.