Review: CyberSynchs Mobile, The Tiny App That Backs Up Your Info

February 19, 2010 | By | 7 Comments

Security is becoming a big issue. BES customers have the security of being able to have their phones and information to be backed up and the capability of remote wipe. But what about those of us with BIS? With this in mind, when I was offered to try CyberSynchs, my curiosity got the best of me. Check it out…

CyberSyncs was first described to me as a small app that you install on your phone and backs up all of your data (music, ringtones, text messages, GPS, calendar notes, VMs, etc.) to their secure server. You get to keep your information on their private and secure server. The web server also allows you to also erase the data from your BlackBerry should it be lost or stolen.

The press release states the following:

The CyberSynchs Mobile application automatically backs up 98 percent of all smartphone and mobile device data, including phone numbers, address books, calendars, voice messages, text messages, emails, music, ring tones, GPS locations, photos, videos and virtually any other kind of digital file that can be stored on a smartphone or mobile device. Each subscriber’s information is stored and protected on CyberSynch’s secure servers to enable immediate and complete data recovery.  In the event a device is damaged or lost, CyberSynchs can instantly write all of the user’s stored data to any new mobile device.

Subscribers’ synchronized content is scrupulously protected on the CyberSynchs servers and accessible only with the user’s unique device ID code and personal password. Subscribers can access their data in real time from anywhere in the world via smartphone, mobile device, PC or any device with an Internet connection for complete control over their personal data at all times.

I took the instructions and for the sake of the review, I used my BlackBerry Tour 9630. The first step required me to sign up for a trial that’s free for one week from the CyberSynchs site here.  After signing up, I received an email with a link for the OTA and the instructions to have access to the service, which is my email, my password, and a unique number for my app. They did let me know that depending upon my device, I would have the ability to synchronize the following: Address Book, Notes, Videos, GPS, VoiceMail, Photos, Calendar Entries, Remote Whip Feature, Ringtones, ETC.

After one week, the app and service only cost $2.99 a month. I installed the app and found the icon quite easily. Clicking on it opens the app that has the main intent, Synchronizing.

You then need to go to Account to insert the information from the email so it will be activated.

Enter your information with email, password, and the pin they gave your app.

Now you have to go into Options to set up what you can synchronize.

You can also set how often  it synchronizes:

After this you are able to go and synchronize your data. This is the easy part.

If you go to About, the following is available:

This was an easy app to use. I’ve tried using other backup apps, but this one has the most I’ve seen and easiest to use. For $2.99 a month, it’s pretty reasonable when you think about your data being stored. Other security apps back up data as well, but this one seems to be more comprehensive in the data they include. Most only include the phone book and the calendar. Remote wipe is an option we are seeing more of , and should. I’d like to see more data saved, such as messages, texts, etc.

CONS: a monthly charge instead of a bi-annual or annual charge.

PROS: Small, quick back ups, easy to use, no problems using it. Hasn’t caused my phone to freeze. Takes the headache out of backup. It also has the assurance of wiping.

I would like your feedback on this app, and I’m curious as to how many of our readers feel a need for it. Have you ever had a time that you could have used an app like this? Please share your stories and opinions, we really want to know.

Download your free 7-day trial of CyberSynchs from here

For more information on CyberSynchs, please click over to CyberSynchs here.

[rating: 4.75/5]

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  • DavidB

    It DOES sound nice, but I think I would prefer an app that connects to a app (WiFi, BT, etc.) when in range of my home PC and stores the backup there, rather than on some server “out there”.

  • ofutur

    I would use it if it was secure (data aes-encrypted with my own key, not known by the service provider)

  • Susan

    DavidB and ofutur,
    I can relate and agree with both of you. Personally I use my Desktop Manager for weekly backups and SMobile for my contacts and major things, and rely on the third party apps stores for those apps. That is why I stay with BIS and not BES, the less parties involved the better. PS…SMobile sends my backup as an email for me to decrypt and restore. But there’s also the ability to back and wipe from the dashboard they supply.

  • Susan

    But CyberSynchs is great for those who want a quick fix and don’t have much to worry about. It’s great to have another option, but for some who are paranoid, I can understand completely. If you want a quick fix, it’s an alternative to BES with no worries and it’s hassle free. If you’re paranoid, you’re not going to find another app that backs up everything like this for that price.

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