Continuous: CrashPlan checks every fifteen minutes and immediately backs up all files that have changed since its last check.
Automatic: CrashPlan is always running, so you don't have to remember to initiate a backup.
Non-intrusive: CrashPlan waits until your computer is idle before performing any backup operations.
Secure: CrashPlan encrypts your files before transmitting them to cloud storage. Moreover, the decryption key is not stored in the cloud but on a server located on the Amherst network and controlled by Amherst IT. Thus even the CrashPlan company will be unable to access your data.
Exceptions Folder for Policy Compliance: Data protected by statutes such as HIPPA and FERPA should not leave the Amherst network. CrashPlan lets you create an exceptions folder in your Documents folder that will not be backed up.
Retention and Versioning: Unlike file synchronization services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, CrashPlan lets you "go back in time" and restore your data as it existed on a previous date. For example, if you contracted a ransomware virus that encrypted all your data and demanded you pay for the decryption key, you could instead simply restore your data to the state it was in the day before you got the virus.
Multiplatform: Runs on both Macs and Windows computers.