Trend Micro SafeSync is a backup service which allows you to make backups of your home computer online, and keep everything synchronised so that you know where you’re at with your files. We’ve taken a look at a few online backup and sync services in the past, such as EASEUS, Cloudberry and Carbonite, so I was interested to see how SafeSync would stack up against the competition.
Before you can download SafeSync, you will have to register for an account. At this stage, you can download the trial version free of charge so there isn’t a need to enter any payment details, just your email address and a few details. By default, you will be sent SafeSync related emails to your registered address, so it may be a good idea to uncheck this option if you don’t want any commercial e-mail filling up your inbox.
Once registered, you can download the software for either Windows or Mac OS X. I was testing SafeSync on a Windows 7 based PC, so I downloaded the Windows version. Installation doesn’t take too long once you’ve completed the whole registration process, and you can get straight in to the action within a few minutes.
The first thing you will notice is that you will have a new network drive available in “My Computer”, named Trend Micro SafeSync. This is the virtual drive that is connected to your online storage account, and houses all of your data.
Of course, SafeSync offers more perks than Dropbox, such as the mounted virtual drive in Explorer, making it feel more polished in a way. This isn’t any criticism about Dropbox – don’t forget, Dropbox is a free service for your basic package, and SafeSync costs £44.99 a year – but I can imagine many users appreciating the seamlessness of SafeSync.
If you have more than one computer, then you can install SafeSync on each of them, so that all of your data is available and up to date on each and every machine that you use. If you’re on the go with a mobile device, a web enabled interface is also available so that you can keep track of, and download, your files on the go. This is a feature I’d certainly appreciate, and is necessary if SafeSync is to be a competitive product, especially with Dropbox mobile apps for iPhone and Android being available.
As I mentioned earlier, SafeSync is available for not only Windows, but Mac OS X as well, and is priced at £44.99 for a years backup, very reasonable considering the amount of storage space you are given. If you want to check out SafeSync for yourself, then you can head over to the Trend Micro product page, and download a trial.