Mozy named one of “Best Companies To Work For” in Utah – 3rd straight year

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.

We’re proud to be part of such a great company!

Care to take a victory lap with us? Check out Dave Robinson’s acceptance speech, view our “Best Comapnies to Work For” video, or head back to 2010 and read about our second selection to this list. Does Mozy sound like the place for you? See if you can find your dream job here – we’d love to have you!

Mozy’s Christmas Gift Ideas 2011

It’s that time of year again! People around the world are struggling with what to buy for that certain family member or friend. In a time-honored tradition, we skipped the guessing part and went straight to the source–we asked people what they wanted!

Here are some of our favorite responses, as well as a few of our own gift-giving recommendations. Let the gift-giving begin!

Here’s the list:

@ramkumarh: ”kindle fire”

We’ll start with an easy one. The heralded Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet (starts at $199.99 – Amazon.com) is a new player on the tablet market, running a modified version of the Android operating system. Amazon is expecting to ship 3.9 million units in the last few months of this year, and the buzz has catapulted the Fire into the running for hottest gift of the year. If you haven’t made the plunge with an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, this could be an interesting alternative to consider.

BTW… Yes, you can download the Mozy app onto your Kindle Fire from the Amazon App store.

@juanjosaurio: “some baby-proof gadget with some cat-repellant-cables and a wife-approving price”

We couldn’t do this all in one (please let us know if you can), but here’s how we’d combine!

Button Shield ($8.99 at Toys R Us) – to keep little fingers away from TV buttons, a Cord Concealer ($19.99 at Amazon) to keep those pesky cats away from the cables connecting your TV to your brand new Roku (starting at $49.95 – roku.com). A setup like this is a great way to keep your gadgets safe from babies and cats, and enjoy Netflix and other online entertainment in HD directly on your TV! Seriously though, let us know how it goes.

@sillytweet55 and @cbebop both said they were in the market for a new laptop. Specifications required: a big hard drive. This Asus Laptop ($799.99) comes with a 750 GB hard drive – enough space to store quite a few movies and pictures. It also features a 14 inch display, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 7 hours and 44 minutes of battery life per charge. Feast your eyes here.

@ItsMeRoryYT: “an Apple Mac…”

Well you sure can’t go wrong with an Apple. The Mac Mini ($599.99) is a favorite, and we love it for its flexibility – best hooked to a TV!  Start your shopping here.

@pshearduk: “a stormtrooper outfit please Santa”

This suit on Amazon is quite pricy at $899.99, but the reviews were much more positive than the $40 version. If you get this for Christmas, Paul, you’re very lucky. Make sure to keep an eye out for Wookies.

The Mozy Team Recommends:

Tech/Gadgets/Entertainment:

This little printer actually isn’t out yet, but if you don’t mind giving a (very) late gift, this would be a lot of fun for the smart phone owners you’re buying for. The Little Printer ($TBA) from BergCloud will print out receipt-size printouts from a smart phone app. RSS feeds, Sudoku games, contact information, upcoming appointments from your calendar, all nicely formatted and easy to use as a bookmark, fold up and keep in your pocket, or proudly display on the fridge. It looks much cooler than it sounds – check out the video on their site, you’ll be glad you did.

Calling all music lovers! Online options are endless, but we’re still big fans of Pandora ($36). In our opinion, it’s still the best service for new music discovery, and the recent update to the look and functionality have kept things fresh and interesting. Get a 1-year subscription and the lucky recipient will be able to enjoy music ad-free and other advanced functionality, such as a desktop player.

The Book of Secrets ($5.99) It’s amazing. We can’t tell you what’s in this book (because it’s full of secrets), but anyone would be thrilled to unwrap this on Christmas morning. Added perk: you can be honest when they ask you what you got them. You can say, “It’s a secret!”

Fashion:

Have a fashionista on your list? Someone who won’t be caught in anything but the latest designer names? Make sure to check out our Mozy Online Backup Store ($24.99 and up). Classics like the “Mozy Saved My Bacon” and the “Back the F:\ Up” t-shirts are perennial favorites this time of year, and options can be found for everyone from babies on up.

Sports/Recreation:

If you haven’t spent an afternoon at your desk playing with BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres ($24.99 and up), you’re missing out. These amazingly versatile little toys can make a slow afternoon fly by. Arrange and connect them in any shape (2D or 3D) you can imagine, and hang them from a shelf or display them prominently on your desk so your co-workers can admire your handy work.

You know what the problem is with ping pong? You have to find a table, and two paddles, and a ball. Not exactly stuff you can fit in your wallet or purse. However, someone has solved this problem! The Pongo Instant Ping Pong Set ($39.99) allows you to set up a ping pong game anywhere you have space – a countertop, the floor, a table, a bench, a mountain top – now you can pong away anywhere your heart desires.

Survival:

You knew bacon was going to make an appearance somewhere on this list, right? But, we bet you didn’t guess that it would be Tactical Bacon We can’t make this stuff up. This delicious canned bacon will last up to 10 years, and has approximately 18 servings. Sounds like a premium stocking stuffer to us.

Mozy is all about preparedness, so what would this list be without a Roadwise Emergency Kit ($36.95)? Contains matches, toilet paper, survival whistle, first aid kit, water, and so much more. This is a gift that says, “I really hope you don’t get in an accident in the middle of nowhere, but if you do – we’re thinking of you!” Packaged in a nice red backpack, this is a very useful gift that can easily be stored in your trunk and could come in very handy.

There you have it – our 2011 Christmas gift recommendations. Happy shopping, and don’t forget to check back next year for our new and improved 2012 list!

Pausing Backups – Why? When? What Happens?

It’s happened to all of us—kids are streaming the new episode of Phineas and Ferb from Netflix on the Xbox 360 and all of the sudden the images start pixelating, the video stops to buffer, and weeping and wailing abound. Or you’re in the middle of editing an HD movie on your computer and all of the sudden your CPU fan starts whirring, your processes slow down, and your editing screeches to a halt.

When your computer or network’s resources are stretched, how can you make sure Mozy isn’t adding any additional load to the system?

  1. 1. Enable network throttling. Both the Windows and Mac Mozy clients allow you to limit the amount of bandwidth used by the Mozy client. You can even configure the client to limit bandwidth usage only during your periods of intense use (such as from 8 am to 8 pm).
  2. 2. Enable CPU throttling. If desired, you can configure your Mozy client to not back up unless your computer is idle or the CPU is busy.
  3. 3. Modify the backup schedule. If you usually use your computer or network heavily at a certain time of day, you can modify your Windows or Mac backup schedule to back up during times when you generally don’t use your computer heavily.
  4. 4. Pause backups. If you’re using your computer or network heavily, you can pause an in-process Mozy backup. In the Windows Mozy client, you can click the pause button to stop the current backup and then restart the backup again by clicking the same button or waiting for the next scheduled or automatic backup. In the Mac Mozy client, moving the slider to “Off” will stop scheduled and automatic backups until you slide it back to “On” or click “Back Up Now”.

We at Mozy want to make sure that your every email, document, and photo is safe. By following these guidelines, you can also ensure that your data is backed up in a way that fits exactly how you want to use your computer, because backups should never get in your way.

Jamie Morningstar, Mozy Product Manager

The Mozy app 1.2 for Android is here!

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!

Mozy Is Now On Google+!

We’re very excited to be on Google+ – we’re looking forward to utilizing all of the cool features from video hangouts to the advanced interactivity.

To get things started on Google+, we want to start with a bang! We’re raffling off some prizes and we want to give them to you! Be one of the first 150 people to follow or add our Mozy Online Backup page (https://plus.google.com/110700157209024182490/110700157209024182490) and enter to win one of the following:

2 – $50 Gift Cards
3 – 1 year MozyHome Subscriptions
10 – Mozy T-Shirts (Mozy Saved My Bacon or Back the F:\ Up)

What do you need to do to win? Make sure you’re following our page – that’s it!

Connect with Mozy on all our social networks:

Are you looking for the latest Mozy news, updates and information on your social network of choice? We don’t play favorites – find all of the information you’re looking for no matter which network you’re on.

Twitter:

@mozy – Follow for general updates, news, contests, and commentary on the biggest tech news
@mozypro – Follow for news specific to MozyPro and our business users
@mozysupport – Make sure to ping @mozysupport if you’re running into any issues – we’ll get things right in a jiffy!

Facebook:

Mozy Online Backup - Contests, news, blog posts and more –  get easy updates from Mozy on Facebook.
MozyPro Online Backup - See above (with a business twist).

Youtube:

GetMozy - Find all sorts of video tutorials, Mozy videos, and video contests here.

LinkedIn:

Mozy’s Company Page - On LinkedIn? Follow the Mozy Company Page for major updates, job information, and product specific information geared towards a business audience.

Spiceworks:

Mozy’s Company Page - Do you use or manage MozyPro at work? Are you an IT professional looking for industry-leading offsite backup? Be sure to connect with Mozy in the premier online IT community.

Google+:

Mozy Online Backup on Google+ We’re new here, but excited at the potential – add us to a circle to stay in touch. Look for potential video hangouts and more in the future!

Mozy Halloween Story Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story to our “Dark and Stormy Night” contest. We had over 140 entries, and we enjoyed reading all of them (Over 28,000 words!) We had some difficult decisions to make, but our judges have decided on our four winners. Each of the entires was chosen based on their creativity, originality, scariness, and Mozy-ness. We’ve posted them below for you to enjoy (some entries slightly edited for readability):

Scott Kruger:

It was dark, despite the full moon, as he made his way to the campus library with laptop in hand. The wind blows through the trees lining the walkway. The last remnants of fall clung desperately to the branches silhouetted against the moon as they thrashed about violently. He pulled his jacket up against the chill, trying to warm himself with the knowledge that the only thing left to complete on his final exam paper was the bibliography that he’d fill out upon reaching the library.

The fluttering of a bat in the empty branches above him gave him pause. The noise quickly subsided, and he continued up the walkway toward the lights of the library. Off the path he heard the crunch of leaves. A figure stepped out of the shadows onto the pathway behind him. He looked over his shoulder at the figure. Blood red eyes caught the light of the moon. A fog began drifting in through the woods. He runs toward the lights beyond, dropping his laptop. He leaves it knowing he can recover his paper from the safety of the library. Throwing open the doors he turns around to see wet footprints and nothing more.

D Steinberg:

She was in the middle of reading her friend’s blog when she heard a sound.  It was just after midnight.  Her husband Ed was asleep.  Quietly Judy got up to look around.  The doors were locked, the alarm was on.

“Probably the wind, or a twig brushing against a window,” Judy figured.

Then, suddenly the phone rang.  Who could that be?  Judy answered with growing alarm.  “Oh Judy,” the male voice on the other end of the phone cried out.  “I need help.”

The voice was familiar. “It’s Al.”  “Al Smith,” Judy queried.  Yes, he answered.

“You must come quickly he said.  What’s wrong, Judy asked.  It’s my wife, said Al, now sobbing and noticeably shaken.  What’s wrong with Milly, Judy asked.

Just then Al shrieked and Judy heard a thud as Al’s phone dropped disconnecting the call.  Judy was beside herself.

She woke Ed hysterically, saying “You must go to Al Smith’s house.  Something is wrong with Milly.  I’ll wait here with the kids.  Call me.”  Ed left.   Judy was now alone waiting.

There it was again.. the sound she heard before, now louder and closer.  What had she done?  And who was it really who had called?

David Goldstein:

All was quiet as I finished my term paper, but my blood chilled when a pop-up message appeared on my screen: “MozyHome is protecting your subconscious. Click to view which fears are backed up.” That was replaced a few seconds later with, “One of the fears that paralyzed you in the past
will be restored at midnight.” I sat shuddering in my chair, wondering which of the unbearable possibilities I had pushed to the dark recesses of my mind for self-preservation would be brought to the surface. Would the snake I knew was living in the bathroom sink come out and eat me? Would the nasty e-mail I had thought about writing, and definitely did not write, get “restored” and sent out?
10:30
11:30
12 … “Restoring your fear, please wait … Your fear has been restored successfully. Click to reveal your fear.” I clicked. “Read fault error on drive B: all contents may be lost. Abort, retry, ignore?” Ha ha, boo and pooh to you! My computer doesn’t even have a drive B: Mozy is there for the drives it does have.

Leslie Borghihi:

The laptop sat open on the table I stared in disbelief.  “Account not found.”

“What now?”  I muttered.

I retyped in my login and password, “Account not found.”  I tried another account.  What was going on with this computer?  I restarted it and tried again.  I called tech support.  India did not answer.  Panic was setting in.  I called the bank punched in my account number and password.

The automated voice kindly told me, “We’re sorry unable to authenticate please try again, or press zero for assistance.  Again, no one answered.

I tried my mother.

“Hello, hello, who is this?  I don’t think this is funny.”  The line went dead.

I grabbed my wallet: everything was there.  My door opened, the property owner, and another woman entered.

““We will everything out by Thursday.””

““Great, I’ll take it, where is the previous tenet?””

“Excuse me, I’m right here!”  I shrieked.

“”She died suddenly, no family, and no one she listed as her references knew her.  I assure you we are screening tenets better.””

The two left.

Trying to follow, I found I could not leave the apartment.  The laptop sat open on the table, flashing, “Who are you?”

Again, thanks to all who participated. If you submitted a winning story, you will be receiving an e-mail with more information. Happy Halloween!

The Mozy Cloud Security Team

Learn more about our Cloud Security Team here at Mozy, a major part of our efforts to keep your data safe and secure.

Q: Can you tell me about the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: The Cloud Security team at Mozy consists of 5 members with a combined 75 years of information security experience. We have a lot of fun at Mozy, but when it comes to securing our customers’ data, we’re dead serious. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing the safest, most reliable online backup service on the planet. The team is comprised of security experts from a variety of information security backgrounds with the common goal of keeping our customer data secure. This goal has been a driving force behind building Mozy’s Cloud Security program to where it is today.

Q: What is the role of the Cloud Security team at Mozy? 

A: It’s our job to ensure security of our customers’ data. As technology and threat vectors continue to change and evolve, so must the team. The Mozy Security team provides training, thought leadership and consulting to the rest of the organization. We’re constantly making incremental changes to improve the security footprint.

Q:  What audits, certifications, or other security measures has Mozy achieved?

A: Mozy applies a risk-based methodology to its Security program. A SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II audit (formerly called a SAS 70 Type II audit) is performed on an annual basis as well as surveillance audits between ISO 27001 certifications. We’re proud of the fact that Mozy is the first online backup vendor to achieve ISO 27001 certification.

Q: Can we expect future blog posts from the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: Definitely!

For more information about Mozy’s security, click here.

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

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 contest@mozy.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.

Mozy Mobile and the Mashable Awards

Have you found a use for your Mozy mobile app recently? From viewing backed up documents and spreadsheets on my iPhone, to syncing pictures between my phone and computer with the new Stash beta, the app is quickly becoming one of the most used on my phone.

All of the features packed in to this app make it a must-have for every Mozy customer. And the recent release of version 1.2 of the app for iOS devices even allows for the use of personal encryption keys, keeping the data on your phone that much more safe. (Don’t worry Android users – an Android version with the same capability is right around the corner!)

On top of all that, Mozy’s mobile app is in the running for two awards in the 5th Annual Mashable Awards.

The awards are partially determined by fan vote, and we need your vote! You can nominate Mozy for each award once a day between Oct. 11 and Nov. 18.

Click on the buttons below to vote – you’ll be sent to the Mashable site to finish the process.

Nominate Mozy for the “Best Branded Mobile App”:

Nominate Mozy for the “Most Useful Mobile App:”

Don’t yet have the Mozy app on your phone? Get started here: mozy.com/mobile.

About the Mashable Awards:

“The Mashable Awards is a community-nominated voting program that recognizes the companies, people and projects that made the biggest impact on the digital landscape this year. Millions of votes will be cast in 28 categories such as Best New Gadget, Most Social TV Show and Must-Follow Brand on Social Media.”

Mozy app 1.2 for iOS

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:

  • Mozy app 1.0 debuts for iPhone & iPod touch (March 2011)
  • 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.

Enjoy the app, and be safe,

– Ted