As my old boss at my first computer repair job used to say, “Backup early, backup often.”
About 140,000 hard drives crash every week in the US, and over 2 million laptops are stolen every year. Given that we are now storing so much of our lives on computers (family photos, home videos, students’ homework, family tree/genealogy, tax and bank records, etc), having a reliable backup is more important now than ever.
Luckily for us, it is also now cheaper than ever too. For about the cost of one extra large mocha at Starbucks, you can buy a month’s worth of automatic, secure, unlimited, online backup storage.
Or, if you would prefer to store your backup at home instead of online, you can buy an external hard drive/backup software combo for just a little more than the price of one tank of gas. That’s the cheapest “insurance” you are going to find anywhere!
But let’s take a quick look at why you might want to have an online backup instead of (or in addition to) an external hard drive backup.
I have a client who recently had the internal hard drive in their computer and AND their external backup drive fail within a short time of each other. If both hard drives had died at the same time, they would have lost all of their company files (including Quickbooks), photos, and their entire music library. So they now use Carbonite as an online backup in addition to their local backup. Other really good reasons to consider an online backup solution include theft, fire, or human error (accidentally deleting a really important file without realizing it).
Carbonite is a very easy to use. After the initial install, Carbonite never requires anything more. It just works in the background, constantly searching your computer for any new files that need to be backed up.You don’t have to remember to plug in an external hard drive. You don’t have to click any buttons to start the backup. Carbonite just does it for you automatically!
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