PC Backup Goes Web Based

No hardware, no storage limitations, no initial outlay, no brainer...?

Backing up is for wussies! This may be a stupid sentiment, but even in 2007 it appears to be one our actions continue to suggest we believe. So what if got ”even” easier…?

Sure we’ve got simplified network storage, one touch solutions and vast storage capacity at ever dwindling prices but how about ”unlimited storage capacity”, a ”tiny monthly fee”, ”automated backup” and access to your files ”from any PC on the planet” with an Internet connection – oh, ”’and”’ no need for any additional hardware…?

Scary as it may seem this is the latest dream option for those too lazy/tight/forgetful to use existing solutions. It comes from a company called Carbonite which has shifted the entire back up process online. Consequently, all a user has to do is download Carbonite’s software from its website. This then starts automatically and runs in the background, looking for changes to important files and uploading copies to the company’s server. This data is encrypted twice before it leaves your computer so it is only seen as a list of 0’s and 1’s on Carbonite servers. Furthermore, uploading is done only when your PC is idle to avoid hogging bandwidth or interfering with applications.

Should the worst happen and your PC goes kaput, all your data can be restored to any computer via Carbonite’s secure website. In fact, even if you lose a single Word Document, text file or Jpeg Carbonite says this can be restored from its website with just a few clicks.

Of course while storage capacity is unlimited a user can choose what to backup, be it all their contents or only specific files and folders.

The cost for such a clearly complicated, mind bending, traumatic system? A gut wrenching, unthinkable £2.50 per month. Sheesh, if only the company had offered a free trial period? It does! Pah, backing up is ”still” for wussies…


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