The InternetWhile it is always wise to backup your most important files, if you do it locally, you could still lose everything in a disaster. This is where remote backup comes in.

You can never go wrong in backing up your most important files, but the question is where do you do it to in case of a fire, tornado, flood and so on.  If you do it an external hard drive or CDs, you would need to take them off site to make sure all your data isn’t in one place, and that can lead to another step of you forgetting.  What you need is a “set and forget” type of backup that allows you to set it up, and then it just runs invisibly in the background without you having to think about it. These sorts of products are commonly known as “remote backup”.

Once you choose which folders you want backed up, the service you selected will do an initial backup, which can take quite awhile to do considering how much you chose, and from there on out it will update only the files you add to your selected folders or update.  All of this should happen seamlessly in the background of your system while you continue your work.

At this time there are three major leaders in the remote backup market.


Carbonite has an interesting side benefit that it takes 10 minutes after you last touch a file before it uploads to their server.  This allows you the time to undue any changes you may want to take out before it is sent over to them.

  • Allows for versioning on the PC version, but not the Mac version at this time.
  • Charges for multiple computers.
  • Offers free trial.
  • Allows you to do a restore.
  • You may not grant others access to your files.


Mozy is one of the oldest backup systems out there.

  • Offers 2 GB of free storage to try them out.
  • Standard Mozy accounts are not intended for businesses, they need to use MozyPro.
  • Allows you to do a restore.
  • You may not grant others access to your files.


SugarSync is the newest kid on the block at this time and is doing some very innovative things.

  • Allows you to access your files from your computer, mobile phone, iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Can turn your photos into an online gallery.
  • Allows you to back up as many computers as you would like inside of your specified amount of storage.
  • Can grant others access to your files.
  • Allows you to do a restore.
  • All files are accessible from any other computer that is part of your backup system.

Of all three, the only one I haven’t used is Mozy, and between Carbonite and SugarSync, I highly recommend SugarSync.  I am dropping Carbnite when my current contract ends, and that is no reflection on bad service, but I am just much happier with SugarSync’s advances in technology.

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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Alec Reynolds
    October 13th, 2008 at 7:36 am #

    I backup my files and emails with a very easy to use software called Titan Backup, the destination is a 500gb WD harddisk, but the company stated that an online feature is under work also. Give it a free trial here.

    I also got my hands on a 30% discount coupon from them, during the order process enter this coupon:NEOB-M5VL

  2. Zohar
    October 13th, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

  3. Martin Wright
    October 13th, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    If you decide to go with Mozy they always have a 10% discount offer on signup. Check for the latest discount codes at Don’t sign up to Mozy without it!

  4. Andre Keil
    October 14th, 2008 at 4:39 am #

    Interesting post! As an employee of Aventiv, the creators of NomaDesk, I’d like to add our product to the mix here: We offer small businesses and “nomadic” professionals what we call a “virtual” fileserver that’s available at any time, even offline. It’s perfect for securely backing up files and syncing them between computers, or sharing them with other people for deeper collaboration. If you have any questions about us, let me know, I’d be happy to talk to you.

    Andre Keil
    Director of Product Management,


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