Firm vows to end Africa’s online data threats

File It Africa, a Kenyan online storage and backup provider, has come up with a cloud backup solution set to end data loss problems resulting from crashed computers, stolen machines, reformatted hard disks and damaged laptops.

The Nairobi based firm, launched July last year, offers safekeeping of personal and business documents through a cloud computing system thus ensuring secure online backup storage. It also enables individuals and businesses to access other software on the cloud at a minimum cost.

Users have to download software that will manage automatic backup of files in the cloud to use the service, says Carla Viezee, the Marketing and Finance director.

The remote backup service follows February this year’s incident when Kenyan government websites experienced a series of hackings that although a result of poor site security, Carla says, led to worries about security of documents online.

“This worry influences the period of decision making. In addition, many either think this risk management tool is for big organizations, and they are surprised when they hear our offer is specifically for SMEs and individuals. The Kenyan market needs a lot more education on it,” Carla told HumanIPO.

The new onlinebackup service’s security system employs high storage standards. File it Africa’s site is itself protected by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) that encrypts passwords used when logging in and out. In addition, the servers are hosted in a secure space — outside the country.

“Generally, most people want to know how secure their data is as they worry about hacking and integrity of the provider. Having a European partner who falls under the EU privacy laws is a plus,” Carla said.

Backup is done five times and mirrored in two more servers, unlike USBs or external hard drives which are only backedup once at best. Backup is in addition offsite in Europe. Through high level encryption (448 bit) all data is very securely stored.

Users can access their files MAC and Windows servers 2003/2008. File Africa expects to develop a solution for Ipad, Linux, Iphone and android with time. However, users can access the system from any smartphone as well as view and download the files.

With an eye on the continent, File It Africa’s client-base spreads through Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Companies such as DropBox have been quite successful around the world and accumulating of over 1 million backup clients. Livedrive, a UK company, also does online backup and so far has over 600,000 clients and growing. Google is also rumoured to be ready to launch its online backup system, G-Drive.

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