As a self-employed writer, I’m essentially an entrepreneur, responsible for maintaining my own files, be they written assignments, invoices or notes to myself. In the past, if I’ve wanted to create backup files, the simplest way to do that was to email the document to myself, assuring a copy existed in my own email. But this isn’t an ideal approach, not least because it requires me to remember to do something that seems rather tedious – until, of course, that one time you forget and your hard drive crashes, wiping out your work; or your laptop is stolen, assuring your recent work cannot be retrieved. Both scenarios have happened to me, creating the type of anger and frustration that can derail anyone’s work day.
These types of headaches can easily be avoided with the Carbonite computer backup system, which automatically transfers a copy of your documents, pictures, music and email to a secure data center. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, your precious materials are being safeguarded automatically, allowing you to focus elsewhere. You don’t need to hit save every five minutes. In fact, once you download the software, you don’t have to do anything at all – Carbonite does it for you, all for less than $5 a month.
The materials saved to Carbonite’s secure data center can be accessed by you at any time, using an app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android or Blackberry Smartphone. Your laptop was stolen this morning? Fear not, your documents, family photos, iPod playlists and email can be retrieved without hassle. Think back to the last time you lost precious computer materials. How much would you have paid to retrieve it? Safe to say, it’d be more than $5.
You can try Carbonite free for 15 days, with no credit card required, and then get two free months if you decide to buy. The system costs $59 per year. Take away the worry of backing up your own files and hand it to the experts, who will do it safely and conveniently for you.