Have you ever had your hard drive crash? I have – several times! There are usually tell-tale signs of when a hard drive might fail, but most people aren’t aware of what they are or don’t know how to recognize them.
Or how about that one time you let a friend use your computer to surf the internet and afterwards you found out you had a virus? Losing your documents, pictures and music really stinks. Especially if you’re like me and your ENTIRE life is on your computer.
You always hear those techie guys pestering you to “Back up, back up, back up”. You are also supposed to save your computer backup onto a unattached/separate media (ie – NOT on your hard drive – duh!!) And while it may seem like a simple enough thing to do, I will readily admit that I definitely don’t do it regularly enough or on a frequent enough basis.
I just plain forget. I mean I forget to brush my teeth sometimes these days – who knew a toddler could completely take over your life, right?
This is where Carbonite steps in. Carbonite online backup works automatically and continually in the background backing up files whenever your computer is connected to the internet. This means your files are safely stored offsite – a big bonus in those rare cases that something happens to your home. (I just said I’m horrible at backing up…do you think I even OWN a fireproof safe?!)
While many people think of backup files as being only useful when you lose your information and need to restore your computer, the beauty about Carbonite being online is that you can access your backed up files from any computer or on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android or Blackberry Smartphone with a free Carbonite app!
Well this would actually come in REALLY handy if you went on vacation and didn’t bring your laptop, but found you needed to access something. This has happened to me before!
Or how about if you went on a business trip and DID bring your laptop but forgot your power cord? (ahem, this too!) You would still be able to access your files from any other computer – like in the business center!
Because of this I like to think of Carbonite as not only “disaster insurance” but also “I’m an idiot insurance” because it could come in really handy more often than you think!
Founded in 2005, Carbonite has safely recovered over 7 billion files that otherwise might have been lost forever. You can get unlimited backup for your PC or Mac, with anytime-anywhere-access is only $59 a year. It’s completely automatic, secure, and simple.
Heck, why not try it free for 15 days, no credit card required! If you like it and decide to buy, you can get two free months free by using promo code BLOGAD at checkout.