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Installation 9.0
Ease of use 8.9
Usefulness 8.0
Value 8.8
Distributor: Carbonite
Review Date:
April 2008
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak & James Wright

8.8


Carbonite

Online backup software is becoming quite popular across the globe and the latest software to become available to Australians is Carbonite. With that said, backups are an integral part of computing which many users fail to notice or comprehend the importance of regular backups.

For instance, if a doomsday scenario occurred (e.g. a computer virus corrupted your files on your hard drive or if a backup CD gets accidentally cracked), your precious business files or family photos may forever be lost. However, as the internet becomes more prevalent in Australia, this is where online backup software becomes an almost viable solution to around 50% of users, based on the files that they are backing up and their internet connection. One option is Carbonite which makes online backup simple and frustration free.



Features

Carbonite: A Small application on your PC
Carbonite installs a small application on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files that need to be backed up. It looks and feels just like part of your computer, and is integrated with your desktop — there's no new interface for you to learn.

Completely Automatic
When your computer is idle, Carbonite automatically backs up your new and changed files. You don't have to do anything! When you're using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep so it will never slow you down or interfere with your Internet connection.

Secure and encrypted to protect your privacy
Carbonite takes data privacy and security very seriously. All your files are encrypted twice before leaving your PC. Files remain encrypted at our secure data centers, so only you can see your files.

Get your files back with a few clicks
If you accidentally delete or otherwise lose files, it takes just a few clicks on your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or “just dies” and you lose all your files, just visit Carbonite’s website from a new computer. Within minutes you'll be able to begin restoring all your files.

The installation of Carbonite was a breeze and it simply auto-installed once the product was downloaded. A free trial of this program can be found at http://www.carbonite.com/ and no credit card is needed. As you can see from the screenshots, the program is quite simple to use and is neatly divided into two panes, a navigation pane and a workspace pane. The first backup does take some time but once you have figured the software, it is generally smooth selling. You can also see how your backup is performing and with one click, you can easily restore your files. For the more computer savvy user, the program has some in-depth options which allow you to tweak your backups.

Carbonite is indeed an affordable solution to online backups with secured servers and the like, although there is one problem in Australia that we foresee at the moment. The problem in Australia is that many internet service providers have fixed bandwidth such as 2GB per month or 70GB month and depending on how much you upload or download, this may interfere with heavy internet users download quotas.

There are some ISP's who do provide unlimited uploads but this again is dependent on your service provider. The other issue that I see is that uploading your files through the internet depending on what kind of internet connection you are using does slow down your internet connection considerably.

In conclusion, Carbonite would benefit some users, especially those who do not need to backup gigabytes of information as certain documents are invaluable. The program is extremely easy to use and a trial version can be downloaded which will show you just how good this program is but at the end of the day, it is reliant on your internet connection.






 
 



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