• More Choices, New Features: Introducing our New Business Plans

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 13, 2014

    Last week, our Brand Director, Ali, shared the details of our site redesign. We hope you’ve had a chance to look around and – more importantly, we hope you like what you see!

    Our site was redesigned to assist our customers with all things business continuity; our revamped business plans put the pro in professional and our new server plans serve all your data protection needs. Rest assured, Carbonite still offers the same simple, automatic backup for your personal computer, home office or small business – but we’ve added some great features to ensure that our plans are covering all your bases! As we’ve talked to more and more business owners who are backing up with us, we’ve gotten some important insights into what businesses want and need. And we’ve incorporated that feedback into designing our new plans.

    Check out the details:

    Pro
    Starting at $269.99 per year, our HIPAA-compliant Pro plans will back up the financial data, healthcare records and other crucial business files on all of your business’s workstations. See how we stack up against the competition.

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    Server
    You can now back up all of your databases and live applications – like Exchange, SQL & Oracle – starting at just $799.99 per year. And just like our Pro plans, our Server options can help your business keep up with HIPAA compliance. Our server plans also boast the fastest speeds around!

    Appliance
    Fast backups and restores and minimal downtime in the event of a disaster are two critical pieces to all business continuity plans. With the new Carbonite appliance, images of your business’s servers are saved on-site and in the cloud.

    Sync & Share
    Accessing your data is just as important as protecting it and work doesn’t always end when you leave the office. So we’ve added Sync & Share to all of our plans, arming you with the ability to access, edit and share documents with your colleagues and collaborators – even if they aren’t Carbonite customers!

    We hope these updates make your life easier when it comes to chosing the right plan for your needs. And if you’re already backing up your business with us, our added features will continue to provide peace of mind, knowing your data protected and your business has the power to stay up and running. Stay tuned because there’s more to come!

  • Employing Cloud Solutions in Small Businesses [INFOGRAPHIC]

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 06, 2013

    No matter the industry, when your home is your office, you’re often an IT professional too! Our recent survey shows that, from saving time and money to utilizing new technologies to streamlining operations, employing cloud solutions greatly benefits small businesses.

    Almost all small businesses are actually using the cloud in some capacity, but nearly half of our respondents thought they were working without it. So it’s no surprise that 8 out of 10 respondents admitted they aren’t using the cloud to its full potential.

    One of the best ways to employ the cloud at your small business is with automatic online backup.

    If you’re already using Carbonite, you know the cloud is brings benefits with automatic, offsite backup. But did you know that with our Anytime, Anywhere Access feature, the cloud can do even more? From anytime, anywhere access, to restoring lost or deleted files, the cloud acts as an amazing personal assistant whose got your back(up).

    Check out this infographic to learn more about work from home trends, visit our Small Business Hub for articles about efficiency and productivity.

  • Protect Your Files From Malware

    by Lynnette Nolan | Oct 08, 2013

    By backing up your files, you’ve already taken an important step in protecting your computer – but there are threats beyond data loss that you can prepare for.

    Malware (short for malicious software) is software that is developed to disrupt or damage a computer system. It can appear in a number of ways, and can be used to gather private information, delete data or even lock people out of their own files. According to Kaspersky Labs, there are more than 200,000 new malware threats per day!

    One such malware, Cryptolocker, has been making the internet rounds over the past several weeks. The software is called “ransomware,” as it encrypts the files on infected computers so users can’t access them. When someone tries to open a file on a computer infected with this malware, they are alerted that they must pay $300 for their files to be unencrypted so they can access them. Deleting the malware or refusing to pay the ransom will leave their files encrypted. Spiceworks has a great overview of the issue
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    As your trusted partner in data protection, we at Carbonite want to ensure that our customers are aware of these threats and know how to prevent them from infecting their computers and servers. Here are some tips that can help you avoid malware and other types of viruses:

    • Be an email skeptic: Malware is often spread through email links or attachments. Don’t open attachments or click on links from people or companies you’re not familiar with.
    • Free software – too good to be true?: Downloading free software is tempting, but it may include spyware and other malicious content. Only download software from trusted vendors.
    • Down with the pop-ups: Block pop-up windows and don’t click on links or buttons within them.
    • Bump up your browser security: Go into your web browser settings and make sure your security settings are set to medium or higher.
    • Beware of illegal downloads: While it’s tempting to watch a movie that’s still in theatres on your computer, many files shared on illegal file-sharing sites have pieces of malware attached to them.

    These are just a few tips that can help you avoid the headaches and other negative effects of malware. Safe (internet) surfing!

  • Database Backup, Carbonite Style

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 23, 2013

    At Carbonite, we are always looking to wring out cost and complexity from the backup process. Carbonite pioneered simple-to-use and low cost backups for computers, and today we backup laptops, desktops, NAS devices, external hard drives, servers and mobile devices for our 1.5+ million customers. Now, we are bringing simplicity and low-cost to server and database backups as well. With the release of Carbonite Enhanced Server Backup, we are reducing the cost and complexity of server and database backups by an order of magnitude.

    With databases always top of mind for small businesses, let’s see what that looks like with our new offering…

    A Blurry Image Won’t Do:  Consistent Backup Matters

    Taking a snapshot of things that are moving (like your kids running around) is tricky. Your camera contains a lot of sophisticated technology to focus and take a sharp image and turn it into a single JPG file. So, we can simply pickup that file at the file system level, and move it to our cloud storage. When you recover a JPG file, you get the same sharp picture you snapped.

    Like your kids running around, databases are always in motion too. Databases represent active data on your servers. Unlike a photo that is just a single file; databases are represented by multiple files and processes that are working together. Taking a file level backup of this data can easily result in a backed up image that does not represent your database at any one particular point-in-time. You may have some records that are partially written out to disk and partially in memory; so multiple files representing the database may not agree with each other in the backup image. Recovering your database from such a blurry image can result in unacceptable results for your business. You need special software to prepare the database and then take its snapshot at a particular point-in-time, i.e., a consistent backup, from which the database can be accurately restored.

    Carbonite Enhanced Server Backup ensures consistent backups of your databases. We take a sharp snapshot of your database at the time a backup run is initiated (either as scheduled or on-demand). And, of course, when you restore from this snapshot the database works as expected.

    Database Downtime – Not an Option

    Whether your database is serving as the backbone of your ecommerce application or an internal application serving employees, its services are expected to be available 24x7. Typically you don’t have the luxury of a downtime window – during which either the database could be stopped entirely or the updates to the database can be paused.

    Carbonite Enhanced Server Backup provides hot backup of your databases. In other words, our software does not shut down your database or even stop updates to your database during the backup process.

    Complexity: It’s Our Problem, Not Yours

    Various underlying methods for taking database backup images have lots of nuances and exceptions. For example, different database types and versions deal with their logs differently (dealing with database logs is a crucial part of taking a sharp snapshot I mentioned above). So, if you rely on a home-grown script, you would need to be on a constant treadmill of making changes to your script every time you deploy a new version of your database software, let alone change the database type completely.

    Our engineers are on this constant treadmill for you – always looking out for nuances, exceptions, gotchas and optimization opportunities in the newest versions of database software from multiple vendors. Carbonite hides the complexity of backing up databases behind a very simple to use GUI. You simply tell us: what, where, when and how to back up your databases. We figure out the right process and underlying method to execute it for you.

    In a next installment, I’ll dive into the range of configuration settings available with this new offering from Carbonite for our small business customers. In the meantime, if you questions about Enhanced Server Backup and if it’s right for your business, you can contact our Business Team at businessteam@carbonite.com or 855-CARB-BIZ (855-227-2249).

  • What Can the Cloud Do for Your Business?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 19, 2013

    From driving revenue to increasing productivity to analyzing big data, it’s clear that the cloud is really changing the ways small businesses operate! But with all this potential, some businesses are still unsure about transitioning to the cloud. That’s understandable, because with new technologies emerging every day, it can be hard to identify the useful tools in a sea of fleeting fads.

    You’ve got a lot on your plate, so let us help you cut through the cloud clutter. Here are a few ways the cloud can help you streamline business practices:

    Data Recovery: Having a business continuity and disaster recovery plan is essential for every small business, and the cloud makes it easy. After a data disaster, the cloud can help you quickly retrieve and restore any lost information – and getting back up and running as quickly as possible makes all the difference for SMBs.

    Cost Savings: Peace of mind is priceless, but we know that business owners have budgets. Fortunately, the cloud is inexpensive to implement, so you can operate efficiently without breaking the bank.

    Scalability: As a business grows, so do your data needs. The cloud is versatile enough to scale with your business, allowing you to quickly and easily make changes to you storage capacity.

    When you migrate tasks to the cloud, you can rest assured knowing your business can stay on track no matter what’s going on in the office!

  • Celebrate National Small Business Week!

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jun 20, 2013

    Small businesses are the backbone of America – and during National Small Business week, we’re celebrating these great companies!

    Just a few years ago, in 2005, Carbonite was a small start-up founded by Dave Friend after his daughter’s term paper was lost in a computer crash. Now, we’re a public company with almost 500 employees! But we still have that start-up spirit, and Dave Friend is always looking for ways to reach, empower and advise entrepreneurs − which is why he launched the Friends with Friend series!

    Check out what Dave has to say about Carbonite’s beginnings and the factors he considers critical to small business growth and success.

    If you have questions for Dave, you can submit them here. He may have the answer for you in an upcoming webisode!

  • Cloud Services and the Home Office Work-Life Balance [INFOGRAPHIC]

    by Lynnette Nolan | Apr 24, 2013

    Finding a work/life balance is hard. And for small business owners who work from home, there are even more challenges!  In fact, a new survey by Wakefield Research for Carbonite found that nearly half of home-based business owners feel it’s more stressful working for themselves. And this infographic shows us why…

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    From hiding in the bathroom to finishing a project to missing happy hour with friends, small business owners working from home often play hooky from life in order to take care of business. It’s not ideal, but it is understandable, since these leaders are striving to manage everything from time constraints to data loss.

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    But business owners aren’t the only ones affected by the challenges of home offices. As they turn the kitchen table into a video conference table, tensions can arise at home as their partners start to feel the weight of the stress. The top reasons couples argue include: work cluttering other parts of the house (32%), working late takes away from family time (31%), and the inability to separate personal life from professional life (30%).

    Despite the challenges, working from home can reduce overhead costs and encourage productivity, especially for small businesses that employ cloud services in their home office.

    The cloud may not be able to quiet your toddler’s tantrum while you’re on a client call, but backup certainly comes in handy if your kids accidentally delete an important file from your desktop while you’re squatting in the basement trying work in peace!

  • How Does Your SMB Backup?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Mar 19, 2013

    Small businesses are always evolving and looking for tools and solutions to help them remain productive and efficient. Whether you’re running a global enterprise or a local firm, protecting your business critical data is vital to business success.

    While SMBs recognize the need to keep their data protected, they are often apprehensive about jumping into the cloud. Spiceworks found that when it comes to backup, SMBs feel like there are myriad obstacles to overcome; including limited budgets, backup know-how (or lack thereof!) and shifting landscapes.

    Those challenges seem daunting, but the cloud offers ease of use, reliability and affordability – key factors in the backup buying decision process – and empowers SMBs to backup with confidence knowing that they aren’t busting the budget or straining their already extended resources.

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    How is your SMB dealing with data security? Is the cloud a part of your protection plan?

  • Currents Keeps You Working Even When You Are Out of Office

    by Lynnette Nolan | Feb 15, 2013
    If you find yourself home sick this winter, it's easy to stay connected to the office – and your important files. Even if you've left your computer on your desk the night before, you still have access to 30 days of your most recent files with Currents. So now you can keep things moving at work while you recover at home. 

    When you download the Currents app on all the devices you work on, you can automatically access your most important files no matter where you are, or what gadget you have with you. Plus, if you're already under the weather, you can eliminate the headache of trying to keep track of multiple emails back and forth to yourself and your team as you work on documents that require attention from each of you. With Currents, you can edit, comment and share with your collaborators within the app. And if you or one of your coworkers makes a bad, cough-syrup induced edit, you're covered because Currents keeps all your versions and allows you to easily revert back.

    Here are a few ways Currents can help you tackle work while you battle that bug that keeps making its way around your office:
    • If your account manager is out for a day, but her laptop isn't with her, no worries! You can share files with her via the Currents interface on PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.
    • You don’t even have to know if your coworker is a Currents user – simply enter her email address, specify her access control level and send the brief you need her to approve.
    • If she is not already a Currents user, she can still view the file you've sent. She'll also receive an email to sign up with Currents for free. Once she's a user too, she'll gain access to the editing and collaboration features.
    If you are working on something with multiple stakeholders, you can share a file with all of them. Plus, sharing a file automatically moves it to the top of everyone's file list – and the top of their mind!

    When you're under deadline, Currents makes working from wherever you are easier. Even if you're under the weather.
  • Putting the Cloud to Work for Your SMB

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 21, 2013

    The cloud is a valuable asset for small businesses with vast responsibilities, but minimal resources. With cloud solutions, SMBs can solve IT dilemmas that they might otherwise need to outsource, often at a high cost. This Wall Street Journal article highlights companies that have turned to the cloud and reduced their third-party IT costs by thousands of dollars!

    Cloud applications are becoming commonplace solutions for businesses, and when SMBs put the cloud to work, they can increase productivity and cut IT-related costs. Some of the more popular ways small businesses are using the cloud today include:

    • Email, like Gmail or Office 365
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM), like Salesforce
    • Financial software, likeQuickBooks Online
    • And of course, backup – like Carbonite!

    How does your small business put the cloud to use? At Carbonite, our business is the cloud. If you’re interested in the better backup plan for yours, give us a call. You can even try us free for 30-days , with no risk or commitment.

     

  • Accountants: Resolve to Create a Better Backup Plan in 2013

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 02, 2013
    As a small business owner, your New Year's resolutions might include optimizing your business or running a more efficient practice. But what about creating a preparedness plan to safeguard your business critical data – including clients' financial, taxes and contact information – should the unthinkable occur?

    Register for free today and join Carbonite's Pete Lamson, on January 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST for a webinar covering:
    • Why protecting your data matters to your business
    • What your business continuity and disaster plan should include
    • Ideas on how to create a plan to help ensure your business can continue operating should a disaster – natural, technical or otherwise – strike
    In addition to learning everything you need to know to get your own DIY data backup plan up and running, we'll also be providing a special offer to the accountants who join our webinar!

    We all head into a new year with the best intentions. Clients place their trust in you to ensure their fiscal health. Place your trust in Carbonite to ensure your business' success by protecting your clients' records.

    Cheers to a happy, healthy and successful 2013 for you and your business!
  • Insights on Zmanda from SVP of Engineering, Oussama El-Hilali

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 04, 2012

    Last month, we announced the acquisition of Zmanda. Today, I would like to talk to you about how Zmanda's solutions complement Carbonite's cloud backup offerings and the potential integration can bring to your business.

    Small businesses today have ranked their business data as their most valuable asset – even more than their business’ inventory or their physical office, so we all know that backing up is a must. So as more and more small businesses rely on applications to run their daily operations, the need to back up databases is a fundamental requirement in the selection of their backup application. And of course, businesses also need to look at the reliability of the backup and the ability to restore from it at a reasonable speed. In addition to safeguarding critical business information, these needs have made the choice for the right backup application very important but also a bit more complex.

    Carbonite's backup solutions offer continuous backup to the cloud with offerings for both Home/Home Office and Business – very well suited for desktops, laptops and mobile devices, and we also have options for NAS devices, external hard drives and Windows Servers. With Carbonite Mobile apps, users can access and browse their backed up data in the cloud using a web browser, and can monitor, share or even restore their backup to other devices.

    Zmanda provides a schedule-based backup with options to do full, incremental and differential backup that can be local or to the cloud or both. And this functionality is not limited to the file system, but rather, expands into database backup – key for many small businesses. Competitors who treat databases like files often have complicated restores. But with the choice local or cloud backup, Carbonite offers a significant advantage to our customers.

    In choosing their backup application, one of the problems that many small businesses come across is the ability to backup their file servers, database servers and desktops/laptops using one vendor. Today, this is possible with the combination of Carbonite and Zmanda solutions.

    With a common set of monitoring tools the solution can provide ease of management and administration. We invite you to help us design these monitoring tools by sending your thoughts and comments to ZmandaFeedback@carbonite.com.

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #5

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 16, 2012

    Carbonite SVP of Cloud Backup Pete Lamson is sharing his top five tips for busy professionals to stay connected with their industry in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You can check out previous tips here:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Tip #2: Attend an industry event

    Tip #3: Connect with your community

    Tip #4: Step up your social networking

    Tip #5: Scan industry news

     

    Take a few minutes a day to browse industry news from your favorite media outlets. Some publications produce newsletters that can be emailed to you daily or weekly. You don’t have to read every word every day, but you may find that you enjoy having something to read that’s related to your profession when you find yourself waiting in line, on public transportation or early for a meeting. I subscribe to emails from a range of sources, such as SMBNation and SearchSMBStorage and follow blogs including New York Times’ You’re the Boss and SmallBizTrends.

    These tips are just a few ways you can stay connected to other professionals in your field. If you’re interested in how technology can help your small business, start a free 30-day trial, visit www.carbonite.com, call the Carbonite business team at 1-855-CARB-BIZ (1-855-227-2249) or email business@carbonite.com for a no-cost consultation on backing up your business. Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expires November 30, 2012).

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #4

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 15, 2012

    Carbonite SVP of Cloud Backup Pete Lamson is sharing his top five tips for busy professional to stay connected with their industry in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You can check out previous tips here:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Tip #2: Attend an industry event

    Tip #3: Connect with your community

    Tip #4: Step up your social networking

    Facebook is helpful for keeping in touch with friends and interacting with your favorite brands, but there are a number of other communities that promote education and news specific to an industry. LinkedIn is a great place to start looking for professional groups for nearly any industry, and there are industry-specific communities like Spiceworks (for IT professionals) where people can share insights, ask questions and interact with likeminded professionals.

    These tips are just a few ways you can stay connected to other professionals in your field. If you’re interested in how technology can help your small business, start a free 30-day trial, visit www.carbonite.com, call the Carbonite business team at 1-855-CARB-BIZ (1-855-227-2249) or email business@carbonite.com for a no-cost consultation on backing up your business. Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expires November 30, 2012).

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #3

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 14, 2012

    Carbonite SVP of Cloud Backup Pete Lamson is sharing his top five tips for busy professionals to stay connected with their industry in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You can check out previous tips here:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Tip #2: Attend an industry event

    Tip #3: Connect with your community

    Getting involved with an organization like your local chamber of commerce or small business council can offer many benefits. Becoming an advocate for your business community will allow you to work with influential business leaders and play a role in local economic development. Community organizations often put on educational events for members, which can include panels, roundtables and networking nights.

    Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expires November 30, 2012).

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #2

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 13, 2012

    Carbonite SVP of Cloud Backup Pete Lamson is sharing his top five tips for busy professionals to stay connected with their industry in honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You can check out

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Tip #2: Attend an industry event

     

    If you’re looking to actually leave your office, industry events are a great place to learn from and network with others in your field. You can find listings for upcoming events in a variety of places, including professional association websites, media outlets, and event directories that let you search by keyword and location, like Eventbrite. You may find it valuable to attend both industry-specific events (for fields such as accounting, real estate, law or IT) and broader business events, such as the NY Business Expo — where Carbonite will be presenting on November 15 — or Entrepreneur Week.

    Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expires November 30, 2012).

  • Five Tips for Small Businesses to Stay Ahead: #1

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 12, 2012

    As SVP of Cloud Backup at Carbonite, I spend a lot of time speaking to small businesses about the challenges they are facing. The one that I hear over and over again is that there’s just not enough time to get everything done. While I can help ensure small businesses are able to back up their data without having to take any time away from their work, nothing can add hours to the day (though I’m sure it’s being worked on in some lab right now!)

    When you’re running your own business, it can seem like you don’t have time to catch your breath, much less take the time for professional development. But one of the responsibilities of leading a business is keeping up to date with the newest trends and developments in your industry. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, I’ve compiled five tips that will help busy leaders stay connected to their industry. I’ll share one each day this week:

    Tip #1: Check out a webinar

    Webinars are a great way to learn about best practices, new solutions and trends without ever having to leave your desk. No matter your interest, there’s probably a webinar for you. Look for free live webinars that allow participants to ask the panelists questions after the information is presented. Carbonite has an ongoing educational webinar series that covers such topics as disaster preparedness, backing up in a HIPAA-compliant office and end-of-year planning.

    These tips are just a few ways you can stay connected to other professionals in your field. If you’re interested in how technology can help your small business, start a free 30-day trial, visit www.carbonite.com, call the Carbonite business team at 1-855-CARB-BIZ or email business@carbonite.com for a no-cost consultation on backing up your business. Use code ENTWEEK to get two free bonus months when you purchase a subscription to Carbonite Business (Offer expire November 30, 2012).

  • Learn How Online Backup Can Help Your Business with HIPAA Compliance

    by Lynnette Nolan | Oct 16, 2012
    SMBs in the healthcare field know that HIPAA compliance takes due diligence. So our Small Business team is planning a free, informational webinar aimed at helping healthcare professionals understand how they can integrate online backup into their HIPAA compliance efforts. The webinar, on October 30, 2012 at 12:00pm EDT, will cover topics including:
    • HIPAA requirements for data protection & backup;
    • Data backup options available to covered entities today;
    • The pros and cons for these options; and
    • What small businesses should be considering when reviewing backup methods to ensure they have secure, cost-effective and compliant data protection.
    HIPAA is a critical regulation for small business owners who specialize in the healthcare industry. As you work to remain HIPAA compliant, it’s important to know how online backup can be a part of your solution. Partnering with a provider that understands the medical field can take the guess work out of data protection. We hope you’ll join us on October 30 to learn more!

    In the meantime, this podcast has some additional insights on how you can step up your compliance efforts.
  • Carbonite Offers a Healthy Dose of Features to Assist Small Businesses with HIPAA Compliance

    by Lynnette Nolan | Sep 26, 2012

    Data protection is a significant component of medical care and we’re happy to announce that Carbonite Business has features to help our small business customers with their HIPAA compliance requirements!

    Carbonite helps with HIPAA compliance by providing automatic, continuous and simple online backup. And now Carbonite Business offers the option to manage your own encryption key, which means that medical small businesses can rest assured that no one, not even Carbonite, has access to their stored data. In addition to these management capabilities, Carbonite Business users can maintain their HIPAA compliance with these critical features and benefits:

    • Offsite online backup for disaster recovery
    • Secure data centers protected by biometric scanners, electronic key cards and PIN codes, as well as a 24/7 security presence
    • Easy access and restoration of data
    • Accessibility to stored data for 30 days after disaster or loss
    • Affordable backup for unlimited computers and a flat annual rate you can budget confidently

    Peace of mind comes from knowing your data is safe and secure. We understand that it takes hard work and diligence to remain HIPAA compliant. If you were hesitant about online backup before, now is the time to start protecting yourself and your business with Carbonite. Our team is eager to explain the benefits of HIPAA compliant backup, so give us a call at 1-855-CARB-BIZ or email businessteam@carbonite.com.

    To learn more about how Carbonite Business can help assist your small business with compliance requirements, check out our HIPAA Fact Sheet.

  • September is Disaster Preparedness Month...Do You Have a Plan?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Sep 14, 2012

    This Labor Day weekend, did you access files from your laptop? Did you celebrate Grandparent’s Day by emailing pictures and home videos of the kids? Have you taken a break from Twitter and Facebook to knock out a few intro paragraphs of this semester’s research paper? Is your small business easing back into the 9-5 swing after a schedule of summer Fridays?

    There’s a lot going on in September – and since most of it is happening right on our electronic devices, it’s not surprising that September is Disaster Preparedness month. We’re always extoling the virtues of automatic, online backup – but each September we like to remind people just how important it is to ensure your data is protected, especially since disasters come in all forms at any time.

    We’ve created a checklist for our home office and small business customers, but the advice really applies to anyone who’s got a digital life. Which nowadays is virtually everyone!

    Here are a few tips for anyone who has assignments, pictures, orders, customer contacts, or financial documents saved on their computer:

    • Evaluate your current backup plan. Do you have one? What would you do if your computer crashed or if it was stolen? If you had to leave your home, office or dorm in a flash, would you be able to retrieve data left behind?
    • Backup your data constantly. Make sure your plan is automatic and continual. Carbonite is always working in the background. Set-and-forget is key!
    • Make a plan to recover your files after a disaster. Our support team is available via email, phone or online chat. So if needed, take a deep breath, reach out to Carbonite, and let us help get you back up and running!

    Even if you’ve already “fallen” into your new autumn routine, it’s never too late to start practicing data safety with your own DIY online backup plan! Begin today with a Carbonite free trial!