Which Online Backup Service Is for You? Mozy, Carbonite, Dropbox or Something Else?

Network World reviewed some online backup services. For those of you wondering which online backup service is for you, check out their article.
I use Carbonite and Dropbox.
Carbonite for full hard disk backup (with remote access) and Dropbox for file sharing with my team members.
My friend Jennifer Walzer’s backup service was not here, BackupMyInfo as it’s a bit pricey and geared towards those businesses wanting premium service and support.
Here’s an excerpt (the full article is here).
If you don’t back up your Mac’s files, then it’s a matter of when—not if—you’ll lose data that’s precious to you. Apple already robbed Mac users of any excuse not to back up regularly with Time Machine. But a single bad power surge, or a true disaster like fire or vicious weather, could render your Time Machine backups worthless.
Fortunately, off-site backup is easier than ever. A slew of Web services offer affordable online backup for your Mac. These services are often simple to use as well: you install software from the service on your computer, and it backs up your files over the Internet. By keeping current copies of your treasured data far away from your home, you can feel far more confident that your files are safe.
I looked at six online backup providers: Backblaze, Mozy, Carbonite, JungleDisk, Dropbox, and CrashPlan. They all offer the same core approach, but vary significantly in precisely what they offer, what they charge, and how they work. Note that when you first start backing up your files with an online service, it can take some time to upload all your data—even days. If your Internet service provider caps your bandwidth, you may need to consider throttling your initial backup (by limiting how much data the backup service can transfer per day, or by limiting the number of files it backs up initially and ramping up over time), or instead choosing a service like CrashPlan that lets you send in a hard drive for your initial backup (with an additional cost).

One thought on “Which Online Backup Service Is for You? Mozy, Carbonite, Dropbox or Something Else?

  1. thesis

    I use Dropbox usually, but my soft try to make me use Toshiba backup, every time I turn on my computer it tells me “try toshiba backup!”, and I’m a little bit tired of it, you know.

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