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Carbonite Online Backup

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Carbonite Online Backup is a simple, secure and easy-to-use service that automatically backs up the irreplaceable contents of your computer to a safe, offsite location. Working quietly in the background to keep your backup up-to-date, Carbonite safely backs up photos, emails, music, financial records and other important documents.

Carbonite offers a risk-free trial so users can see how simple it is to ensure their irreplaceable files are protected from hard drive crashes, theft, fire, floods and other disasters. After the risk-free trial, users can get unlimited protection from Carbonite for only $49.95 per year ($89.95 for 2 years) – no matter how much stuff they need to backup. Restoring lost files takes just a few clicks.
How does Carbonite Work?
In order to effectively sell Carbonite, you’ll need to know how Carbonite works so you can educate your customers about why they should buy the Carbonite Online Backup Service. Below is a brief overview or how Carbonite works:
A Small Program on Your Computer
Carbonite installs a small application on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files that need to be backed up. It looks and feels just like part of your computer, and is integrated with your desktop so there’s no new interface for you to learn.
Easy and Automatic Backup
When your computer is idle, Carbonite automatically backs up your new and changed files. You don’t have to do anything! When you’re using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep so it will never slow you down or interfere with your internet connection.
Privacy and Security
Carbonite double encrypts your files, just like banks, so you can be sure your files are safe and only you can see your files- guaranteed. We even give you the option of keeping your own encryption key.
Fast Simple Recovery
With Carbonite, file recovery is quick and hassle-free. If you accidentally delete or otherwise lose files, it takes just a few clicks on your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or “just dies” and you lose all your files, just visit Carbonite’s website from a new computer. Within minutes you’ll be able to begin restoring all your files.

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How Online Back Up Works

Monday, January 12th, 2009

By default, Carbonite backs up everything in your Documents and Settings folder, including documents, photos, email and data files from applications, such as Quicken, Money, etc.

 Once a subscription is purchased, music is also added to the list. The default backup does not include programs, system files, temporary files, videos, or individual files greater than 4GB. You can, however, manually add any of these to your Carbonite backup.

Carbonite uses a combination of encryption techniques, similar to those used by banks, to safeguard your data. Files are encrypted twice before they leave your PC and remain encrypted on our servers, making it virtually impossible for anyone to access your files without your secret password. Users are also given the option to manage their own encryption key.

There are no limits on backup storage capacity. Carbonite will back up all the supported files on your internal hard drive whether you have 1GB, 10GB or more. However, users should be aware that the speed of today’s DSL and cable Internet services will make it very slow to back up more than, say, a few dozen GB of data.

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Backup Data Now

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

By Oo Gin Lee

MY COLLEAGUE’S four-year-old work laptop just crashed an hour ago (as I was penning this column).

The early diagnosis from the IT department is that she might not get all her data back as the hard disk is riddled with bad sectors.

As I looked into her eyes, I saw fear and regret. Fear that all five years’ worth of contacts as a tech journalist, all stashed in an Excel spreadsheet, might be wiped out in an instant. Regret because she never backed up her hard disk drive.

Like many tech writers, my professional mantra to readers is back up, back up, back up.

Unfortunately, we do not always practice what we preach - until tragedy strikes.

In my case, it was not until I lost my mobile phone and had to create my contact list from scratch all over again that the lesson was brought home.

Many of us back up our data to portable USB hard disks.

I even used network-attached storage (NAS), which lets multiple PCs in a network share the same drive. After a while, I did not even bother saving my photos to the PC and stored them directly onto the network drive.

Four months later, the hard disk in the NAS sputtered its last breath. I had to spend a small fortune to send it to a professional data recovery centre to retrieve the special memories I had of my elder daughter when she was a baby.

My mistake was to stinge and place only one hard disk drive into the four-bay NAS. Today, my photos are stored in one main PC and two USB portable drives but I plan to get a new four-bay NAS with four hard drives. If one hard drive fails, I can just swap the drive with a new one and the NAS continues to run.

Digital Life will be running a special networking feature early next year that will give you the lowdown on how to set up your own NAS at home.

Meanwhile, here is an easy backup tip: Just e-mail all important documents as attachments to your own G-mail account, which has a whopping 7GB of free space.

ginlee@sph.com.sg

This story was first published in The Straits Times Digital Life on 31 December 2008.

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