We Mac users do not experience a shortage of ways to backup our files. Time Machine backs up to an external disk drive. Ditto for popular backup utilities like SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. Everything on your Mac gets backed up quickly and efficiently.
What about a backup that secures your files from a catastrophic disaster? That means backing up files somewhere online, and that means thinking different. That’s what Buckets does. This 99-cent Mac app lets you upload and download files to and from your Mac to Amazon’s popular but decidedly geeky Simple Storage Service (also known as Amazon S3).
You’ll need an Amazon account, and sign up for Amazon S3. Buckets lets your Mac connect to your S3 account and upload or download files. It’s easy, too. Just enter your Amazon S3 access keys, Buckets connects, and you can begin file transfers, manage folders and files, and even browse buckets, folders, and files with ease.
Browsing folders and files is straightforward with Buckets, and it’s likely to take a little time to figure out how Amazon S3 works, but I’ve used it for many years, and uptime is well over 99.99-percent.
Files are easily transferred back and forth from your Amazon S3 buckets to your Mac with simple drag and drop. If there’s a negative with using Buckets it’s that everything is a manual process, hence the low, low price tag.
If you want a more automated method to backup files from your Mac to an Amazon S3 account I usually recommend Arq. This is a true Mac backup up which works wonders, runs in the background, and keeps critical files stored away from your home or office.
Since the government and Google and seemingly everyone else knows so much about us and our online activities, I wonder why the NSA hasn’t developed their own backup system. Not for their files. Our files.