• 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.

  • Special Offer to Keep Backup Exec.cloud Customers Protected

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 03, 2013

    Symantec is discontinuing Backup Exec.cloud next month, and we have a special offer to keep your business protected.

    Current Backup Exec.cloud customers who switch to Carbonite will receive the equivalent of their Backup Exec.cloud subscription for free! Contact our Business Team at businessteam@carbonite.com or 855-227-2249 to redeem this special offer!

    How do Carbonite plans compare to Backup Exec.cloud?

    • More features – but not more money
    • Only pay for what you use: Carbonite offers plans to back up workstations only (starting at $269.99), servers only ($799.99), and servers and workstations ($999.99).
    • Sync & Share: Carbonite offers file sync and share features so employees can keep working across all of their devices.
    • More platforms: Carbonite backs up both Macs and Windows PCs – Symantec only backs up Windows PCs.
    • More databases/live applications:
      • Backup Exec.cloud backs up Exchange and SQL
      • Carbonite backs up Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, MySQL and Oracle

    Still need convincing? We know that your business has a need for speed, and Carbonite Server Backup is proven to be more than twice as fast as leading competitors. Check out the results for yourself!

  • Carbonite Server Backup Proven More than Twice As Fast As Leading Competitors

    by Lynnette Nolan | Dec 03, 2013

    When it comes to getting your critical files and databases backed up, we understand your business’ need for speed. And we’re excited to announce that Carbonite Server Backup has been tested and proven to be the fastest among leading competitors!

    The Tolly Group tested Carbonite Server Backup against Mozy Pro, CrashPlan Pro and SOS Online Backup using a 54.6GB dataset that included multimedia, office documents, compressed archives, web server data and system files and applications.

    Backup Test


    Average Time to Complete Backup

    Carbonite in Comparison

    Carbonite Server

    1 hour 53 minutes


    CrashPlan Pro

    6 hours 22.5 minutes

    2.4 times faster

    SOS Online Backup

    7 hours 54.5 minutes

    3.2 times faster

    Mozy Pro*

    25 hours 30 minutes

    12.5 times faster

    Restore Test


    Average Time to Complete Restore

    Carbonite in Comparison

    Carbonite Server

    1 hour 7 minutes


    CrashPlan Pro

    5 hours 59.5 minutes

    3.7 times faster

    SOS Online Backup

    5 hours 13 minutes

    3.1 times faster

    Mozy Pro*

    39 hours 3 minutes

    29.4 times faster

    *Due to global deduplication, Mozy Pro was only able to complete one full backup and restore, while the others were each tested twice.


    We’re excited to offer server backup to our business customers, and we’re thrilled that the Tolly results backed up what we already knew – our server solutions protect their valuable data so they can get back up and running as quickly in the event of data loss or disruption!

  • Carbonite Named to Deloitte’s Fast 500 Winners’ List

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 14, 2013

    Lately, we’re sharing a lot of news about moving faster! Last week we announced that we've eliminated our throttling policy, increasing bandwidth (allowing for a faster back up experience for our customers) and now we’re thrilled to share that we've earned a spot on Deloitte’s Fast 500 list for another year!

    The Fast 500 ranks North America’s fastest growing companies and we’re proud to be included on the list, alongside 36 of our Boston-area neighbors!

    Want to learn more about the fast-growing, innovative companies that made the cut? Check out the winners’ brochure or following the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Fast500.

  • We’ve Increased Our Bandwidth and Done Away with Throttling!

    by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 08, 2013

    We know that your data is precious, and that you want it backed up to the safety of the cloud as quickly as possible. So now we’re making your secure, automatic backup even better!

    We’re excited to announce that we’ve eliminated our 200GB throttling cap and expanded our bandwidth capability!

    Sure this sounds awesome, but what does this mean for you and your backup?

    Well, we could explain how we’ve responded to our customers’ feedback by removing the 200GB throttling cap in a few paragraphs here, but in the spirit of things going faster – check out this video!

  • 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

    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!

  • Head Back to School with Backup!

    by Lynnette Nolan | Aug 28, 2013

    The end of August sure crept up on us! We can’t believe it’s already time to head back to school! As you fill the backpacks with new laptops, tablets and smartphones, keep these back-to-school tech tips in mind. They take less than 10 minutes, but can save your family hours and dollars down the road:

    Cloud Backup:  Backing up to the cloud protects your important files so you can get them back if your computer crashes or is stolen, and with our mobile app files are accessible from the dorm, the campus library and on the go!

    Virus Protection: While back-to-school virus protection generally consists of stocking up on tissues and hand sanitizer, the threat of computer viruses shouldn't be ignored. Millions of computer viruses can allow someone to access your data, collect billing information or take control of your computer. These bugs can also slow down your computer and interfere with your programs.

    Password Protocol: With many schools relaxing their technology policies, and allowing students to bring devices to school, it's important to make sure your students gadgets are password protected!

    Mobile Data Usage: On-the-go internet allows students to remotely access files, quickly look up a fact for a history paper and connect with friends, but checking the data charges on your bill could be enough to send you to the school nurse! Make sure your mobile data plan fits your family’s needs, and don’t forget that connecting to Wi-Fi can help you avoid overage fees.

    How do you prep for #back2school? Tweet us at @Carbonite to share your tips!

  • Ask a Carbonista: How Can I Set Myself Up for Success?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Aug 08, 2013

    We can’t believe August is already well underway! As the summer dwindles down and back-to-school preparations commence, take a few minutes before things start getting really crazy to set yourself – or your student – up for success!

    With cloud backup, valuable data is protected and accessible from anywhere! That means you can scroll through your backup via your smartphone to access the notes for your big presentation. Or, if your high schooler is begging you to race to their homeroom with the term paper that is sitting on your kitchen table, you can gently remind them that all they have to do is log in to Carbonite from the computer lab and print off another copy.

    Sound good? It is! And to make it even better, we have a bunch of great tips to help get you started with Carbonite:

    • During the initial backup process, leave your computer on overnight for a quicker backup, and make sure it’s set to never go to sleep.
    • Download the Carbonite Mobile app (it’s free!) on your iOS and Android devices so you can access your backup on the go and back up the photos and videos on your smartphone and tablet.
    • With Carbonite Home, videos are not automatically selected for backup. If you’d like to include videos in your backup, here are instructions on how to do so.
    • Our US-based customer support team is available via live chat, email or phone and they’re always ready to help!
    • If you work on the go, on multiple devices (and who doesn’t?!), download our free file syncing and sharing tool, Carbonite Currents, which acts as a recent files list across all of your devices.
    If you aren't backing up yet, take backup off your to-do list by starting a free trial.
  • From Cloud Lounge to Cloud Backup: A BlogHer 2013 Recap

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jul 31, 2013

    Summer is always a busy time for the Carbonite crew! While our Reseller team is down in Orlando for CompTIA’s ChannleCon, the PR team – and Captain Carbonite – just returned from this year’s amazing BlogHer conference in Chicago!

    From tech writers to crafty couponers to multi-tasking moms, we had the opportunity to chat with some amazing conference attendees at our cloud lounge, where they were able to relax, recharge and regroup.

    blogher cloud lounge booth

    We loved having the chance to educate an eager audience about backup. And it was so cool for us to hear firsthand how Carbonite had saved people’s business documents, family photos and even manuscripts!

    No one was more excited to hear about data disasters averted than Captain Carbonite.

    captain carbonite at blogher

    But we also heard some sad stories about baby pictures lost in a hard drive crash and power surges that deleted months of edits to files that weren't backed up. To avoid hearing these tragic tales next year, we gave a complimentary year of Carbonite Home backup to each attendee who visited the cloud lounge!

    We can’t wait to follow-up with everyone who dropped a card, or snagged a backup subscription! We’re definitely looking forward to hearing more stories about how the cloud saved the day – and the data.

    There were so many awesome keynotes, breakouts, booths and parties! If you didn't have a chance to make it to the cloud lounge we’d still love to hear from you!

  • 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!

  • Top Ten Reasons to Bring Summer Fridays to Your Office

    by Lynnette Nolan | Jun 14, 2013

    If you’re one of the lucky 12% of US workers enjoying Summer Fridays – congratulations! If not, we bet this e-card from someecards surely resonates.


    So let Carbonite, the Official Sponsor of Summer Fridays, help you explain to your boss why you deserve a few extra weekend hours now through Labor Day weekend. Just share the following list with your supervisor and you could be enjoying a change of scenery come Friday afternoon!

    Top Ten Reasons to Bring Summer Fridays to Our Office

    10. Spending some time in the sun is the best way to get the Vitamin D I need to stay healthy (i.e., Summer Fridays prevent sick days on Monday).

    9. 12% of U.S. workers already enjoy Summer Fridays. Let’s join the cool crowd!

    8. With Currents, I can send a file for to any of my collaborators to review and edit no matter where we are.

    7. Flexible schedules can increase retention and engagement.

    6. It would be awesome to have another reason to tweet about how amazing my workplace is.

    5. I can avoid burnout if we conduct our meetings via Google Hangout.

    4. The air conditioning is making the office a bit too cold for my liking.

    3. I recently heard that treats baked on a Friday afternoon taste best when shared with the boss on Monday morning.

    2. Happy employees are productive employees. And my cube-mates and were just talking about how we’re happiest by the pool.

    1. With my Carbonite Mobile app, my backed up files are accessible anytime, anywhere!

    If you really want to drive it home, make sure to create your own Summer Fridays request letter on our Facebook page. After being presented with a tailored letter and this list of reasons why Summer Fridays should be instituted in every office, your boss may even want to join you at the beach this Friday afternoon!

  • Kicking Off Summer Fridays!

    by Lynnette Nolan | May 31, 2013

    Summer is here, which means a lucky 12% of U.S. workers get to enjoy a few extra hours of sun and fun on Friday afternoons!

    Not a Summer Friday reveler (yet)? No worries, as the Official Sponsor of Summer Fridays, Carbonite is committed to helping you make the case for afternoons away from the office.

    For the 88% who need help petitioning their boss to implement Summer Fridays, Carbonite Cloud Libs can help.

    Using your key words, our generator will create an easily shareable letter explaining how you can stay connected to your documents, presentations, reports and other important business files wherever you are. What boss could deny a perk that boosts morale without affecting productivity?

    And while getting away from the office is nice, we really just want you to enjoy your time this summer without the stress of worrying about accessing your files when you’re not plugging away at your desktop.

    So during the month of June, ditch the cubicle for the cabana with Carbonite Mobile and our awesome contest! To enter, just check out of the office and into the Carbonite Facebook page, and answer the question: “Where would you use Carbonite to enjoy your Summer Friday?”

    Besides the peace of mind that comes from knowing their files are safe in the cloud, the winner will be able to view, save or share files while soaking up the fun of summer when using Carbonite on their new Google Nexus tablet courtesy of Staples. See, not only do we have your backup, but we’ve also got your back this summer!

    We understand if you don’t want to spend your newly acquired Friday free-time on the web, but make sure to check back throughout the summer to learn more tips and tricks for making your Summer Fridays count!

  • Ask a Carbonista: Can I Share the Love with Dads & Grads?

    by Lynnette Nolan | May 23, 2013

    Everyone knows that the best gifts are the ones that keep on giving – and peace of mind makes everyone feel good! So, if you’re a current customer, we have a great opportunity for you to treat the Dads and Grads in your life with a subscription to the better backup plan!

    dads and grads banner

    With cloud backup, you can return the favor to Dad – who always made you feel safe and secure. Or protect your grad as they’re heading to the dorms or moving off campus and to a new city.

    Getting your loved ones set up with Carbonite is so simple, it’s done within your account! Simply:

    A 20% savings will be applied to the gift subscriptions you’re purchasing. We’ll even e-giftwrap for you!

  • Good Things Come in Threes

    by Lynnette Nolan | May 16, 2013

    The Memorial Day long weekend is coming up and, since good things come in threes (that’s the way it goes, right?!), we’re celebrating with a special three months bonus offer on any new subscriptions for our blog readers and social media fans and followers!


    If you already follow our blog and our social handles, why not complete the trifecta and start backing up with Carbonite? Whether you need backup for your home or office (or home office), start a trial with code SOCIAL3 and we’ll add three bonus months to your subscription when you purchase.

    Of course we know that many of our Cloud Backup Blog readers and social fans are already happily backing up with us. So we’ve got some great ways for those customers to take advantage of this offer as well!

    • If you’re backing up all your personal data with a Home subscription, check out the offerings Carbonite has for your business.
    • Or, if you’re a Carbonite Business customer, why not try out Carbonite Home for your personal computer? 
    • Don’t have a business to back up? No worries, you can take advantage of the special offer by adding another computer to your Home account – and in addition to the bonus months, you’ll also receive a 5% discount!

    You don’t have to wait until the long weekend to enjoy this subscription extending promotion! It’s good now through the end of the month. Just enter SOCIAL3 when you start a trial. Current customers can apply the code when they purchase from within their account.

  • 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…


    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.


    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!

  • Boston Reflections

    by Lynnette Nolan | Apr 22, 2013

    It has been a shocking, sad and incredible week here in Boston, Carbonite's hometown.  So many Carbonite employees live in and around downtown and the areas in the news this past week – and we have been so amazed by the outpouring of support we saw from the community – from our customers and industry partners, and from stories we heard on the news and from our own neighbors and loved ones.

    The past week was intense and like nothing anyone has really experienced here before. But Boston is a city with a great, vibrant heart and it will recover, and while we are still recovering from a devastating tragedy, we are so overwhelmed by and grateful for the bravery and heroism of the first responders, all of our police and law enforcement agents, and all of our citizens. The spirit and heart of Boston will help us all to heal and bring us through.

    In the days that followed the explosions, there were quite a few extra cops in the neighborhood.  I talked to one who was just outside the Prudential Mall near our offices, and he said the increased police presence was simply to make people feel more comfortable. We certainly appreciate their work to keep us safe while the investigation progressed. Today, we are back in our offices at work, as are many other businesses, but we continue to contemplate the pain and suffering of those who lost relatives, children, and friends and those who are in the hospital recovering from grievous and traumatic injuries. 

    As we know so many people are generously giving to charities to support the Boston Marathon bombing victims, we wanted to share this article from Boston.com with info on how to be sure you are choosing your donation sites carefully. At Carbonite, we are proud to be donating to charitable organization One Fund Boston by matching any donations made by our employees.

    At 2:50 pm today, Carbonite will join Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino – along with so many others, for a minute of silence in Boston and across the Commonwealth. We are Boston Strong.

  • Tackle Spring Cleaning

    by Lynnette Nolan | Apr 17, 2013

    Tackle Spring Cleaning

    Tax season has wrapped up, which means we’re on to the next daunting task – spring cleaning! But before you start stressing about your to-do list, take a deep breath; we’ve got some tips to help you tackle the digital component of getting your home (and life) organized!

    • Take it "byte-by-byte." Tackle files on your desktop, tablet and smartphone one at a time so you don't feel overwhelmed. And remember, just because you have the storage space on your device doesn't mean you need to keep every photo, document and email. It took a while to create the mess, so it will take some time to organize it. But every bit of cleanup makes a big difference!
    • Tackle those taxes. Tax season is finally over, but the IRS recommends keeping copies of your returns for up to seven years. Cut the clutter by scanning your financials, records and receipts and creating a folder on your computer for each year.
    • A picture’s worth a thousand words. Start by sorting through photos from the past year – delete the blurry images, photos of you with your eyes closed and shots with a finger over the lens, and create an annual "Photos to Print" folder so you can quickly find your favorite shots.
    • Create a VIP club. Make an "Important Files" folder with copies of your car title, passports, mortgage documents, birth certificates and other important records so you can quickly find them when you need them. Back up this folder to the cloud so you can access the contents from another computer, tablet or your smartphone in case you need it when you are away from home.
    • Protect your files. Make sure your files are always safe and secure by backing them up to the cloud. In addition to giving you peace of mind, Carbonite also enables you to remotely access your backed up data even if you misplace the hard copy.

    While getting your digital life in order will be a breath of fresh air, we know that spring cleaning consists of more than organizing your files. For help organizing your computer room, home office or any other rooms in your house, check out Carbonite’s Clean Sweeps sweepstakes for a chance to win a free year of the better backup plan and a gift card to Merry Maids!

  • Ask a Carbonista: How Can I Ensure My Tax Files are Backed Up?

    by Lynnette Nolan | Apr 04, 2013

    Whether you’re a self-employed small business owner, head of household or an individual filer, tax season can be stressful – especially if you’re waiting until the deadline. And, as if compiling and filling out forms wasn’t stressful enough, there’s the chance that something could go awry with your tax preparation software or your computer!

    taxes tweet

    So while you’re scrambling around your home office looking for your W2s, 1099s, business income statements and receipts, we’ve got your back(up). Here are some tips to take the stress out of tax season:

    • Digitize your documents – Scan copies of your financials, records and receipts. When you create a copy of physical files and upload them to your computer, you have access to the data you need even if you misplace the hard copy.
    • Organize your files – Creating folders for each tax year makes it easy for you to refer to prior returns should you need to look back.
    • Back up to the cloud – Not only are you safeguarding your financial records and the work you’ve done preparing your returns, but backing up your documents to the cloud ensures that even when April 15th is far behind you, your 2013 tax returns are still safe and only a few clicks away – which can be valuable, since the IRS requires you to hang on to tax records for up to seven years!

    During tax season, making the best of your backup means backing up all those tax documents! Start safeguarding today with a free trial of Carbonite Home or Business.