Floral Park, New York (PressExposure) August 17, 2009 -- According to a survey conducted at the Cornell University Johnson School of Business, most students will experience computer failures during their academic life and will lose important data. The study found that more than 70% of students never back up their files, including notes, term papers, research material and presentations. Having seen this problem first hand, mothers of college students, Maggie Tolkin and Amy Motschwiller, introduced Student Backup in 2005. Since then, the students who use Student Backup have been able to retrieve important data and files when computers were lost or stolen or when catastrophic computer failures occurred. Parents who purchased Student Backup enabled their children to successfully retrieve important school work, allowing them to meet their academic requirements and deadlines.
With the support of family and a partnership with Adam Schwam of Sandwire, who is an active partner and provides the technical and design assistance, the software product successfully was introduced into the marketplace. Student Backup remains committed to providing parents and students with a backup product that gives them peace of mind. Now for the 2009 back-to-school season the company has introduced an enhanced version of the product that is Mac-compatible, offers unlimited backup storage space and includes military- grade encryption of files with automatic redundant remote backup.
"Parents want their children to have the right tools to succeed in school. From our research and personal experience we know that computer failures, viruses, theft or loss of a computer are catastrophic setbacks that strike nearly everyone who uses a Mac, PC or laptop. Student Backup is inexpensive at $49 per year or $149 for a four- year subscription, and is an "insurance policy" parents should give to their elementary school, high school or college students to protect against loss of their hard work," said Amy Motschwiller, co-owner of Student Backup. Student Backup is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac: Intel or PowerPC and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It doesn't require any additional hardware or software, and there is no need for an external hard drive, cables or flash drive; all backups are conducted automatically via the internet.
"The enhancements for the 2009 product release are the result of feedback from parents and students as well as our own research. Our goal is to offer a product that is easy to use and compatible with all computer operating systems. Becoming Mac- compatible was very important to us and our customers. Our new packaging is environmentally friendly, and many students opt to download the software, eliminating packaging. With the new version, the computer automatically shuts down after a successful backup if requested by the student. This is more efficient," said Maggie Tolkin co-founder of Student Backup.
After installation, Student Backup automatically selects essential data files. These files are then backed up to an external safe and secure location; every day the students receive a notification on their computer regarding a successful backup. Student Backup will back up all word processing (Word, WordPerfect, and Pages), spreadsheet (Excel, Numbers), presentation (PowerPoint, Keynotes) and PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files and many other formats; a complete list can be found at StudentBackup.com. Should a computer be lost, stolen or destroyed or if it should malfunction, restoring information to a new computer is simple and secure 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Files containing personal identification or financial information are safe from identify theft and illegal use. All information is protected with military-grade encryption, and the student alone, with a self- selected username and password, can retrieve it readily.
To learn more or to purchase Student Backup, please visit StudentBackup.com.