RichiH writes: Let's face it: If you are reading this, you are the IT guy for your family. That one thing everyone likes to ignore are backups and when things go south, you are the one tasked to restore everything from a recipe to the pictures of your aunt. A lot of people are looking for the One True Solution, but no one seems to have found it. While Flickr and the like work for photos, there is more to back up than photos. Solutions like crashplan with de-duplication, encryption, distributing backups to other PCs within your family and online storage are nice, but a closed, self-updating Java application which requires root privileges and stores your encryption key at every(!) backup destination is not exactly ideal, either. Other solutions like git annex are great for tech-minded people like you, but your mom won't touch it. Proper backup solutions like Bacula require static client addresses and open ports on any firewalls in between which is not an option for most home or mobile settings. My plan is to set up a dedicated backup server with RAID or ZFS at a hosting facility. The only question is this: What backup solution is distributed (to minimaize potential loss), supports local, on-site and off-site storage, encrypted at the source, runs automagically (so your mom can not forget, ever), verifies data integrity regularly (weekly; checksum of the container or similar), offers aggressive monitoring of any and all errors and warnings, runs on Windows, Linux and possibly Mac OS X? Oh, and if possible, it would be nice if it was FLOSS.