If you are having a hard time remembering to make your backups on a regular schedule, then you need something that will automatically do the backing up for you.
This is what the second type of backups that I use, an automatic, online backup service, does for me.
Some online backup companies require that you manually copy your files to their web site, I tried one of these, at zdrive.com, for a little while, but in the long run, I totally forgot to update the files, and didn’t even remember what I had put on there. In addition, I had to back up my files one at a time. I don’t know about you, but I have hundreds of files in “My Documents”, it would have taken me forever to back them up. While zdrive is free, and my files were safely stored away from my physical location, it was not the type of service that works for me.
I eventually found a service that works automatically, at Carbonite ( http://tinyurl.com/2wxdjo )
This is how Carbonite works:
1. You download and install a small program from Carbonite at:
2. You manually select the files and folders you want backed up OR…
3. You can let Carbonite select the files and folders for you (they do a pretty good job)
4. Give the program anywhere from a few hours to a few days to double encrypt and automatically upload your files to their secure internet servers.
5. If the service works for you during the 15 day free trial, just purchase a subscription to keep on using the program.
Once you have completed that first backup (mine took several days) any time you make changes to a file or create a new file, Carbonite detects these changes and automatically updates your backup within 24 hours.
What do you need to have for this kind of backup service? Really only two things…
1. A high speed internet connection
2. A subscription with the backup company of your choice
Lets look at the advantages of this type of backing up:
1. Your backed up files are always up to date
2. You don’t have to remember to do the backup, it is automatically done for you
3. Your files are stored away from your physical location, protecting them from theft, fire, flood, or natural disaster.
4. This particular service is VERY easy to use
5. Files that you delete are stored on the server for 30 days just in case you change your mind.
6. You have nothing to lose with the 15 day free trial.
Once you have installed this type of backup program, there really is nothing that you have to do to keep it working. I like the fact that Carbonite marks my files with a little dot. A green dot means that the file is all backed up, a yellow dot means that the file is scheduled to be backed up.
Let me give you an example. Yesterday, I was creating some new Word documents, they were class descriptions for some of the courses that I plan to teach this fall for Noble Adult Education. After I had created about 5 documents, I was looking in the folder that I had saved the files in, and noticed that the first file had a green dot meaning that it was already backed up, and the rest had a yellow dot, meaning that they would soon be backed up. When I checked this morning, all 6 files I had saved were backed up.
When I saved these files, I was not thinking about backing them up, but because they were Word files, and they were located in my “Documents” folder, Carbonite automatically backs them up. That is the kind of backup that works for me!