Sometimes it’s important to weigh the value of an app based upon where it fits in with the competition. Contrary to popular belief, Mac backup and sync apps are not a dime a dozen. Some good ones are free. Some bad ones cost $100. In between are the rest; the good, the bad, the ugly. Here’s a good one with a price tag.
Get Flexible Backups And Syncs
They’re not the same, backups and syncs, though a backup can sync, and a sync can backup. What I like about Super Flexible File Synchronizer is how accurate it is, and that it runs unattended in the background.
Besides the long name, what I don’t care for is the relative complexity of setting up a backup or sync in the first place. SFFS seems more aimed at small business and large organizations than it does at the average Mac user.
But it works, the backups are bit level accurate, despite the Fisher Price icons and the overall feel of a Windows PC app. A picture is worth a thousand words.
SFFS is priced slightly above average for a full featured Mac backup app, but what it does is cover all the basics.
It will clone your Mac’s hard disk drive with a 100-percent identical, bootable backup that passes the famed Backup Bouncer test. There’s a built in Background Scheduler so you can set backups to run while you’re busy doing something else, or away from your Mac.
Multiple backup jobs can be setup, and they can run simultaneously in the background. That makes it a good backup investment for small businesses which have multiple platforms. SFFS comes in Mac, Windows PC, and Linux versions.
It’s not the least expensive backup and sync app, but few come with as many features. It handles FTP, FTPS, SFTP, SSH, WebDAV, SSL, HTTP, and Amazon S3 network connections. It compresses and encrypts files. It handles backup versioning, too (so critical files get versioned, rather than deleted during a backup).
Other than the clumsy look and feel of a Windows-like app on a Mac, there’s much to recommend Super Flexible File Synchronizer. Other than the name.