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Hi,

Does anyone have any experience with any online backup services? I am interested in using a service for a decent price, that offers online backup storage. This is for personal needs right now, and I would need some 4-10 GB.
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I looked into this recently. In the US this is becoming a very competitively priced service with a company called Carbonite. It raises all sorts of privacy and long term viability questions however.

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Hugo,

Check this out.

http://mozy.com/mozy

I've only just recently had it suggested to me by a coworker, he seemed to be happy with it.
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Just think, anyone who can read the ethernet packets between you and the backup server can help themselves to a free copy of all of your maps.

So hopefully some of these online backups use encryption and not just compression.

But it's up to the user to determine that the encryption scheme is bulletproof?! Just look at how trustworthy all the companies who have had security breaches where credit card info got stolen were. If I had to use one of these, I'd be encrypting all of my work with my own bulletproof scheme before handing it off to their scheme.

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Thanks. It is mostly private stuff at this stage - digital photography for instance, and I planned to encrypt things (but not in any foolproof way), so I am not too worried about privacy and anyone stealing anything. Definately no credit card numbers in there...

Anything that you want to have too secret shouldn't be on any computer connected to the Internet anyways...

Oh, and I didn't plan this to be the only backup solution, but maybe the primary.

Byzantium - keep in mind that all e-mail and http traffic, by default, is unencrypted, and extremely easy to intercept. Also goes for wifi...
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email is one thing, a backup of every file on your computer another thing to have flying over the wires.

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Here is a thorough and new review of some of the main players: http://arstechnica.c...-review.ars?bub

I have been meaning to install and try Mozy, but haven't gotten that far yet...
(My wife, who is more concerned about the security risks than I am, wants to remove all documents that may contain some personal data, like the equivalent of social security numbers...)
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Why use this service versus buying a 500GB hard drive? They are reasonably priced nowadays and backing up is so much faster.

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Because it is off-site, one can automate it fully (without having to rotate hard drives, tapes or cds manually), cheaper than a $50k backup robot and they (the service provider) are hopefully using redundant storage at their server farm.
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Why use this service versus buying a 500GB hard drive? They are reasonably priced nowadays and backing up is so much faster.


Probably has more to do with not having all of your information accessible on one machine.



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Why use this service versus buying a 500GB hard drive? They are reasonably priced nowadays and backing up is so much faster.


Probably has more to do with not having all of your information accessible on one machine.


Now that makes more sense if you have multiple machines and one backup location.




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