SOS Review

SOS Top 10 Best Online Backup

SOS Online Backup is an easy to use backup service that works across multiple platforms and offers a great value. SOS also has some of the best customer service we've seen from any online backup service. The simple approach SOS takes to online backup makes them one of the best out there. You can feel comforted knowing your files are safe and secure when they are being backed up using SOS.

Price

SOS offers very competitive prices for the amount of storage included in their plans. They offer a 25% discount off the 1 year subscription price if you signup for a 2 or 3 year subscription plan. They are also the only online backup service to offer a 3 year subscription plan.

250GB Subscription Plan:

1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
$16.66 / mo $14.58 / mo $18.06 / mo

150GB Subscription Plan:

1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
$8.33 / mo $7.29 / mo $9.03 / mo

50GB Subscription Plan:

1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
$6.66 / mo $5.83 / mo $7.22 / mo

These pricing plans allow you to backup up to 5 devices including PCs, Macs, iPhones/iPads, or Android devices. SOS is offering deals all the time, so check the website for the latest offers which could be up to 25% OFF. You can easily signup and download the SOS software from their website (www.sosonlinebackup.com).

Features

SOS has a ton of features that you would expect to only find in a much more expensive online backup service. SOS offers a setup wizard which will help you choose the files you would like to backup. You can pick categories, like "Video", and SOS will scan your entire computer looking for all video files to backup. You also have some more control over this feature with the ability to choose which video types (or file extensions) you would like to backup. Another more unique feature is the local backup option. You can configure your online backup options and a local backup option, all from the SOS software application. You can select files to backup locally, which may be different than the files you backup online, then choose a location (such as an external hard drive) and backup those files. This is a great feature in case you need to restore your files very quickly after a crash or computer loss.

One of the more touted features is their unlimited versioning. Some online backup services will only keep a limited number of versions of your files, but SOS will keep every version of your files that are backed up. Just choose which version you would like to restore at any time. Another unique feature is Facebook backup. SOS can protect your Facebook page by backing up your friends, wall posts, photos, and videos in case your page is ever hacked or deleted.

Using "Live Protect", you can choose which files or folders are continuously backed up. As soon as those files are modified, they are backed up. SOS also gives you access to your files from mobile devices like the iPhone or Android phones, and from anywhere using a web browser.

Features
Backup up to 5 PCs, Macs, iPhones, or Android Devices
Super Fast Backup
Mobile File Access
Access Files Anywhere
Facebook Backup
File Archive - keeps every file ever backed up
Unlimited File Versioning
Easy File Sharing via SOS, email, or Facebook
Local Backup
Continuous Data Backup
Military Grade Security
 
OS Support
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Mac OS X
 
Mobile Device Support
iPhone, iPad
Android
 

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Ease of Use

During installation, SOS has a setup wizard which helps you configure all the required backup settings including selecting the files to backup and when to perform the backups. This is a great feature that novice users will enjoy and it makes the setup of SOS very simple. SOS will even scan all your hard drives for specific file types that you most likely want to backup, like documents, photos, music, and videos. This makes configuration of SOS backups very easy and straightforward. Of course, the more experienced user can also customize which files they would like to backup. SOS also allows you to adjust the user interface to a more "classic" look if you would like more control over your backup settings.

SOS makes sharing files very easy too. You can easily share files with other SOS users, friends and family via email, or through Facebook. A Facebook share feature is integrated into the SOS online account page making the sharing process simple. You can also easily play songs, view photos, watch videos, and view documents from your online account page.

Speed

SOS is one of the fastest services we tested. It performs backups much quicker than its closest competitors. Although most initial backups take a long time (25GB ~ 24 hours), SOS was still much faster than other online backup services. They also employ incremental backups making subsequent backups very fast. SOS does a very good job at keeping your upload speed to their servers consistent allowing the fastest possible upload. Remember, when backing up your files, you are "uploading", not downloading.

Security

SOS uses a three-tiered security system giving them one of the most comprehensive protection systems for your files. This shows they really care about your data security and privacy protection. They use military-grade security with this system by locally encrypting your files using a 256-bit AES algorithm. They also use 128-bit SSL connections to upload your files to their data centers. At the data centers, they encrypt your files again using 1024-bit AES encryption. As if that wasn't enough, they also offer an encryption option called "UltraSafe". This encrypts your files with a password that only you can ever access. SOS will never know this password, so make sure you don't forget it!

Customer Support

SOS is one of the few online backup services to offer email, live chat, and phone support. We applaud them for this level of support. Their support staff is knowledgeable and quick to answer any questions you may have. Their support page includes a few video tutorials, an extensive knowledge base, and an FAQ section. SOS also has a nice download page where you can get access to their software for any device they support.

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