Reviewers say SOS Online Backup -- which backs up Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones and Android devices -- offers more functionality than nearly any other online backup provider, although that comes at a cost. If you don't mind paying a bit extra for additional control over your data, experts say SOS Online Backup is the best option available. If you just need basic online backup, reviewers prefer MozyHome (*Est. $6 per month for 50 GB).
Like MozyHome, SOS Online Backup doesn't offer an unlimited storage option; instead, the basic plan saves up to 50 GB of data from up to five different computers or devices. 100 GB (*Est. $100 per year) and 150 GB (*Est. $150 per year) options are also available, with discounts available with multi-year subscriptions. There are no unlimited storage plans. SOS Online Backup is definitely among the higher-priced online backup services.
That price includes several security protections, however. SOS Online Backup protects your data locally with 256-bit AES encryption, transfers information to the company's servers over a 128-bit SSL connection. It then secures your data even further at its data center, slapping an additional layer of 1,024-bit AES encryption. That's far more protection than most online backup services offer. Additionally, the service never deletes your data, even if you do; it offers unlimited file versioning, meaning that if you unexpectedly need a file you deleted a year ago, SOS will let you restore it.
As far as the service itself goes, critics say it is simple to set up and operate. Although SOS Online Backup offers deeper customization options than any other online backup service, experts say that even novice users will be able to navigate the interface like a professional. Both uploads and downloads move quickly, and restoring files is painless. You can also backup your files locally, to an external hard drive.
SOS Online Backup is packed with features. While most online backup services only backup Windows PCs or Macs, SOS can also backup iPhones, Facebook profiles, Android phones or tablets, and external hard drives or network attached storage drives. File sharing, an option missing from basic online backup services, is included. Android and iOS apps are also available.
NotebookReview.com has the best comparative review of SOS Online Backup; editors test five online backup providers and rate each one, although pricing and other fine details have changed since the comparison was published. Test-based reviews are also available at Expert Reviews, NextAdvisor.com and PCMag.com.
1. Expert Reviews
At British site Expert Reviews, Kat Orphanides gives SOS Online Backup a 4-star rating and spends several paragraphs detailing its advanced features, which she says "makes it stand out from the crowd." The ability to back up multiple PCs is also cited as a key feature, though she says that other services offer more value for people who don't need all of SOS Online Backup's bells and whistles.
Review: SOS Online Backup Home Edition Review, Kat Orphanides, Sept. 12, 2011
PCMag.com's Michael Muchmore gives the latest edition of SOS Online Backup its fourth consecutive Editors' Choice award. "With its intuitive and well-though-out interface, reasonable price covering five PCs, Live Protect, versioning, top performance and many more unique capabilities, SOS Online Backup Home Edition remains our Editors' Choice for personal online backup, and continues to add to its lead," he writes.
Review: SOS Online Backup Home Edition 5.0, Michael Muchmore, Nov. 2, 2011
SOS Online Backup earns a 4-star rating from NotebookReview.com and comes out on top in its comparison of five online backup service providers. Although SOS is more expensive and offers less storage than some other online backup providers, Charles Jefferies says features like unlimited file versioning make it worth the extra money.
Review: SOS Online Backup Review 2010, Charles P. Jefferies, Sept. 7, 2010
SOS Online Backup's ability to backup Facebook profiles and mobile device data only make the already-outstanding services more compelling, NextAdvisor.com's editors write en route to awarding it a flawless rating. Customer support also earns high marks.
Review: SOS Online Backup Review: Online Cloud Backup, Editors of NextAdvisor.com