I have talked about the Carbonite cloud based backup service in the past, see the excerpt below from an article that I wrote back in July.
Recently I found out two new things about the Carbonite service, and I wanted to share it. First, they extended their service to include protection of your Android based cellphone. They currently offer backup, location, and remote lock and wipe (if your phone is stolen) service. Apple already offers most of these feature through their iCloud service for the iPhone. Second, they're also offering a $20 Amazon gift card if you use this link to purchase this service (note: I am not sure how long this offer will last).
Read the pro and cons of "Local Hard Drive Backup vs Cloud Backup" options below and make your own decision that works best for you.
Below is a list of some advantages to using a cloud based backup service provider vs. using an external hard drive:
- All your backups are stored off-site automatically.
- Some backup solutions offer services that run in the background on your computer that automatically compresses your unbacked up files, encrypts them, then forward them on to the service provider you selected.
- You almost never have to worry about running out of capacity as long as you have a budget for the storage that you're using.
There are several service providers available that offer some type of cloud based backup services. Some are free, while others cost money. The hard part will be finding one that you like, and that has the features that you want.
There are also some disadvantages to using these services, such as:
- Depending on how much data you have, these services can initially use a lot of bandwidth to upload all your data. Depending on your ISP there may be a cap on the amount of data that you can utilize each month.
- If you have to recover your whole hard drive from your service provider it can be challenging and expensive depending on the solutions that they offer.
Below is a list of features and other considerations when looking for a company to host your backups:
- Has a good reputation for providing a reliable backup solution.
- Offers easy to use software that automatically backs up your files and uses strong encryption.
- Offers affordable pricing for storage and recovery services.
- Offers storage capacity options that meets your needs and budget
Check out a site called Carbonite, they provide affordable Internet backup solutions for privately owned personal computers and small businesses. Check out the site to see a current list of features and prices.