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Remote Online Backup is way safer than any local external drive alternative.  It is by far the easiest and cheapest solution for backing up or archiving your data.

But, most services can improve in at least 2 of these 3 key areas:

1. Mobility - Some providers already have iPhone and iPad apps. I use an iPhone app and it virtually doubles the handiness of online backup. You can see all the files you’ve backed up on your phone.  That’s REAL mobility.

Like everything, there is a trade-off here – the more accessible, the more hackable, but I consider the trade-off a net positive – as long as the online backup service we’re talking about is one of the major players, like Carbonite or IDrive.

2. Monthly Prices - This is a trend I am seeing every month, as more services get traction and are becoming mainstream and commoditized.

Also, I like the flexibility of paying by the month, versus a year in advance. Mozy and IDrive do this now and I believe more and more will be forced into offering this as an option.

3. Stronger Customer Service - This has got to get better.  This is a weakness with almost all online backup services now.

Offering a domestically-based call center available for questions to customers will be a game changer for whichever company wises-up and puts it in place first.

I am impatient by nature, so I expect online backup services to step to the plate and get this all done yesterday.  With their meteorically increasing popularity though, innovations are only happening as fast as the most aggressive companies challenge the market with new add-ons.

Q. What is online backup?

A. It’s really very simple. Online backup is the process of storing all of your hard drive files, such as pictures, music, databases and important documents by using a backup services on the Internet.

Q. Why do I need this type of storage option?

A. Online backup solutions are one of the most simple and economical ways to protect all of your important files. There are a number of things that can happen to your computer – it may be stolen, the hard drive may crash or you could erase information on accident. Online backup gives you access to all your lost information.
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