Q: How does Rewind compare to Chronobooks?

 

A:

Rewind and Chronobooks are the two companies providing backups of QuickBooks Online – a topic that many Accounting Professionals are talking about right now. Since you’re here, you’ve likely heard a bit about both solutions.

There’s no denying that having backups of your clients’ QuickBooks Online accounts is an important data security practice for your firm. That is why you are likely wondering: when it comes to Rewind vs Chronobooks, which should you choose?

Obviously, this is a review written by Rewind. But one of our team’s core values is being honest with customers so we aimed to make this comparison objective and thorough.

We’ve done this to save you time and, quite frankly, to get more people talking about backing up QuickBooks Online. If you find this guide helpful, feel free to pass it along to others.

 

Rewind and Chronobooks Pros and Cons

 

Pros Cons
Rewind
  • Restore 1 item, multiple items, or the entire company file
  • Rollback to any date and time
  • Strict and documented security policies
  • Backup Shopify, BigCommerce, Mailchimp, and Klayvio in addition to QuickBooks Online
  • Can be used to make a local backup which can be imported back into QuickBooks Online for audit
  • Rewind does not backup Payroll and Inventory Adjustments
  • Copy a company file to a new shell still in development
Chronobooks
  • Rollback the entire company file to any date and time
  • Can be used to make a local backup
  • Use to copy a file into a new shell
  • Can only restore the entire company file at a time – so you may have to redo some work that you didn’t want to rollback
  • Limited documentation of security policies
  • Local backup is in CSV format which cannot be imported back into QuickBooks Online for audit

 

Comparing how they backup data

 

Rewind and Chronobooks use Intuit’s APIs in order to pull data from QuickBooks Online for backups and to push data back into the company file for restores. In order to be truly useful, a great backup should strive to capture as much data as possible in regular intervals. Both Rewind and Chronobooks strive to back up as much data as possible.

We created a spreadsheet of 51 different items in QuickBooks Online with a side by side comparison of which of these items you can backup and restore using Rewind and Chronobooks, and which you cannot. Some things you’ll notice:

  • Chronobooks backs up Payroll and Inventory Adjustments, which Rewind currently does not.
  • There are 14 items which both Rewind and Chronobooks cannot back up. Unfortunately, Intuit does not provide API access to all QuickBooks Online data. For example, it is not possible to backup or restore any data from the banking module.

Another difference is how data is backed up. Rewind backs up each item individually, while Chronobooks takes a snapshot backup of the entire company file. This difference has an impact on how each app is able to restore data – explained in the next section.

 

Rewind Chronobooks
How much data is backed up 35/51 items 37/51 items
Are attachments backed up Yes Yes
When is data backed up
  • Continuous (within 5-10 minutes after a change has been made
  • Daily at midnight (local time)
  • “Backup now” option available
  • Continuous (within 5-10 minutes after change has been made)
How is data backed up Each item is backed up individually – allowing for individual item restores Snapshot backup (all items backed up together)
Can you create a local backup (export the data) Yes – exported in JSON format, which presents the raw data. A developer can be re-import it into QuickBooks Online in the event of an audit Yes – exported in CSV format.

 

Comparing how they restore and copy data

 

Restoring data is the real meat and potatoes of backups. And this is where we see some big differences between the Rewind and Chronobooks approach.

Because Rewind backs up individual items, we are able to restore individual items. This means you can be really selective about what you choose to restore. You can pick exactly which part of the file you want to roll back and restore that part without interfering with other parts of the file. In addition to single item restore, Rewind also offers complete file restores.

Chronobooks, on the other hand, offers only complete file restores. If you need to go back in time, the way to do so it by restoring the entire file back to an earlier version.

 

Rewind Chronobooks
Options to restore data
  • Restore/undo 1 item
  • Restore/undo multiple items in bulk
  • Restore entire company file
  • Select an exact date and time
  • Restore entire company file
  • Select an exact date and time
Copying data from one QuickBooks Online file to another Still in development Available

 

Which has better customer support?

 

Both Rewind and Chronobooks have an average of 5.0 out of 5-star rating in the QuickBooks App Store. The biggest difference is in the size of our two teams.

Chronobooks is managed and supported by two people, the creator of the app and a supporting team member. This is a pro if you get support from the person who built the app but likely isn’t scalable to support larger accounting firms.

Rewind’s team of 28 includes a staff dedicated to support accountants in addition to the developer team. Having a bigger team means we are able to support more customers even as we continue to grow and add new features. Rewind also offers a 1-800 number for phone support.

 

Rewind Chronobooks
Apps.com average rating (out of 5 stars) 5.0 rating with 50 reviews 5.0 rating with 71 reviews
Ways to get support
  • Phone
  • Chat
  • Email
  • Knowledge base
  • Chat
  • Email
  • Knowledge base
Company size 28 2
Support hours Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm EST, response within the hour Same-day response

 

Rewind and Chronobooks pricing plans

 

Price is not a differentiator between Rewind and Chronobooks, unless your firm is working with over 100 QuickBooks Online clients and are looking for a bulk discount. To learn about bulk pricing, you have to get in touch with each company.

 

Rewind Chronobooks
For a single company file $10/month $10/month
For ProAdvisors $5/month/company file $5/month/company file
Free trial period 7 days 14 days
Referrals 3 company files backed up for free for 6 months (for both parties) $50 credit

 

Which has better data security?

 

You can’t talk about backups without talking about security.

Rewind’s security policy can be found at rewind.io/security and it outlines what we do to keep your data secure on three levels: people, applications, and physical security. We also outline the regular 3rd-party security audits we use and a link to our status page. Rewind’s commitment to data security enables us to meet all the requirements of security-conscious firms.

Chronobooks’ security policy is as follows: “In accordance with Intuit, ChronoBooks annually passes a third-party security review. We use industry-standard encryption to store and transport data.”

 

Rewind Chronobooks
Where is data stored US or Canadian data center, based on customer preference Not specified
Security policies Strict and documented security policies – outlined at rewind.io/security Limited documentation of security policies
Status page Yes – status.rewind.io No

 

Conclusion

 

Backing up QuickBooks Online is a simple but fundamental way to protect your business (or your clients) from painful data problems. We hope this article helps you to make an informed choice when it comes to backing up your client’s data. If you have additional questions or want to learn more about leveraging Rewind in your practice, you can in touch with our team using this link.

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