Online Backup: So Many Viable Choices. Which One Is For You?

I’ve been using Carbonite’s online backup solution for several months now. At $50 per year for unlimited storage it’s a pretty good deal. There are a lot of other solutions. Such as from my friends at Backupmyinfo.
David Strom writes a substantive piece for the NY Times reviewing several backup solutions.
These services are useful for three reasons. First, for a few hundred dollars a year, you can buy inexpensive protection for disaster, fire or theft. Second, they can work automatically so you don’t have to remember to make backups. Finally, once they are set up they don’t take a lot of skill to maintain.
It’s a good idea to try out a service to see how long it takes to make a complete backup of each computer you want to protect. In some cases, the first backup will take hours, if not days, because of the speed of the Internet connection between your computer and the service provider. Keep this in mind when you have to do a full restore, too — can you operate without a system for the time it takes to do the restoration?

Read the full NYT article here.