Backup all the essential data on your computer easily on whatever schedule you require and to where ever you want.
- Easy to install
- Can schedule backups at whatever intervals you require
- Can specify what to backup and where to back it up to
- Can specify separate backup criteria for separate sections of your data
- Some setting combinations may have unexpected side effects
- Doesn't catch up on missed backups if the computer was off when one was scheduled to run.
- Doesn't run all the backups on the schedule you tell it to run.
- Backups don't actually backup anything if you get the settings wrong leading to a false sense of security.
Backing up the data on your computer is an essential part of any security strategy. When all else fails you can always buy a new computer and rebuild from scratch provided that you have a backup of all your data. Even in situations not related to security, having a backup of your data in order to be able to undo a change that you stuffed up can be far easier than trying to rebuild things back the way they were.
Many people are put off from doing backups because they think of it as either a manual process (which they forget to do) or requiring the installation of expensive software. Comodo backup is an ideal solution because it will automate the backups for you (so you don't forget to run them) plus it is a free download. With Comodo Backup you have no excuse for not taking regular backups of all of your data files (well perhaps you have an excuse for not backing up your emails if you haven't yet figured out where your computer stores them but there's no excuse for not backing up the data files in "My Documents" and anywhere else that you store the files you create.
The control panel for Comodo backup is fairly complex to use (even for someone familiar with terminology relating to backing up data) since a lot of the commands do not do what you expect them to do. Set one backup to run every three hours and it will run when first scheduled, an hour and a half later, and then three hourly after that. Set another for the same schedule but starting at a different initial time and it will run the first backup and not run the repetitions you asked for. Set it to do incremental rather than full backups and it will not detect the changes to the files and so will not back up anything at all.
I had originally written a much nicer review of this product but was delayed in publishing it and the longer I continue using it the more problems I am finding with it. Yes it gives you backup copies of your data files but just how up to date a backup you'll have when you really need it is questionable. I have found that by scheduling full backups for every three hours that it means that I will get at least one backup a day provided that my computer is turned on at the time that the first backup is scheduled to take place. If I don't turn the computer on until later in the day then I may or may not get a backup made that day. Probably be easier to delete the program and just manually copy the folders I want backed up each time I want a backup.