Of all the information on your computer, what would you be most devastated to lose? For me, it would be years of photos documenting our kids’ lives taken with cameras and also on smartphones. In honor of today being World Backup Day, I’m urging you to take a minute to think about how you backup the devices in your home to safeguard important data, photos, and videos.
So many times we don’t think about losing the information on our computers until it is too late and your MacBook’s rainbow wheel of death spins ominously or the blue screen of death appears upon restarting your PC. At that moment you either feel panic or reassured that your system backup can easily restore all the information that could be wiped from your computer.
Carbonite works seamlessly on both Macs and PCs and is just so easy to use. Once it’s installed, it runs automatically behind the scenes backing up any new or changed files on my machine. Automatic backup is key because let’s be honest- no one needs something else to think about and it’s nice to have a backup system that just takes care of itself.
Carbonite has many different levels of service to choose from depending on what you want to back up. Plans start at $59/year per computer for home plans. Paying $5/month that your computer’s files can be recovered at anytime is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
If you’re not sure you want to use Carbonite or switch to cloud backup, Carbonite provides a 15 day trial for home users. A 30 day trial is available for small business users (computers for multiple users plus servers). As someone who often forgets to cancel payment before trial periods end, I like how Carbonite does not require putting in a credit card number in order to try their service.
If you’re ready to give Carbonite a try, the trial will immediately start backing up your data but if you want to organize your digital life, Carbonite has these three organizational tips:
- A picture is worth a thousand words. Start by sorting through photos – delete the junkers, and create an annual “Pics to Print” folder, so you can quickly find the best shots.
- Take it “byte-by-byte.” It took a while to create the mess, so it will take some time to organize it. Tackle files on your desktop, tablet and smartphone one at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Every little bit will make a big difference!
- Create a VIP club. Make an “Important Files” folder with copies of your car title, passports and birth certificates in one place so you can quickly find them when you need them.
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I received a year of Carbonite backup in exchange for this post but have always been a fan of Carbonite and all opinions are my own.