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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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Where’s all this going, this “cloud” computing?

And, what exactly is it?

“Cloud computing” or, computing and archiving using application at remote computers, has been around sometime now – but only becoming mainstream of late.

With people trusting the internet more and more to handle everyday transactions, the market for cloud-based services is starting to explode.
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Now, I will admit part of me is thinking, “What in the heck am I doing trusting an online backup company far away to store my data?”

None of us is conditioned to trust people we don’t know or let them see our data.
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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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