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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.

Mozy and Carbonite are companies that offer you excellent protection from loss or accidental deletion of critically important data, files, pictures, etc.

Because these services default to automatic backup, by choosing to backup your data this way, you are eliminating a major area from your life.

Both are old-timers in the online backup industry – Mozy has been around since 2005 and Carbonite, since 2006.

How Mozy and Carbonite are alike:

In many respects, Mozy and Carbonite provide the same product:
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If you are like me, you don’t delete emails anymore. There are just too many records coming your way and too much valuable data in there to be mined late

Experts advocate never deleting emails because memory is so cheap.

If this is your plan too, you will really benefit from this simple way of backing up.

The #1 easiest way to do that is to set up a Gmail account, then migrate your Outlook emails, calendars, etc. to the cloud.
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It happened. Your computer has crashed and all your files are gone. What now? If you’ve used an online storage provider, you can relax. You will be able to quickly access your files, pictures, databases, and reports. However, if you didn’t, then all your files may be gone forever. Here are three mistakes that many businesses and individuals make when using data backup. They are more common than you might think!

#1 Not Using the Service

While this may be fairly obvious, you’d be surprised as how many people purchase online storage and never use it! Data backup isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t utilize the service. Some of the providers will save all your files in real time; this means, as you make changes, they are instantly saved on the provider’s server. You can also set the software to save your files automatically and on a specific schedule. Most will also let you save your files manually.
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