What is the cloud?

The "cloud" or "cloud computing" are tech-industry terms for information that’s sent to data centers for safekeeping while remaining accessible to you in real time. Instead of backing up your photos, music or business documents to external hard drives or flash drives, cloud backup sends your data to a secure, offsite storage facility. You can access your files anytime, anywhere while they remain protected from fire, flood, theft or other data disasters.

Do I really need it?

The long and short of it is yes. Even if you're backing up your files already, it might not be happening as often as it should. If you want to keep your files safe and up-to-date, backing up once a week — or even once a day — isn't enough.  For complete protection, you must back up continually, so that if disaster (or a spilled cup of coffee) strikes, you can easily recover your files without missing a beat.

Is it safe?

Well, let's just say that not using the cloud is the equivalent of keeping your money in your mattress. Storing your data in a professionally managed data center means it is given the proper TLC and attention it needs — redundant disk arrays, temperature-controlled environments, backup power generators and more. If you’re worried about prying eyes, you don't need to be. Your files are encrypted before they leave your computer and stay encrypted on our servers.

Won't it cost a lot?

You’d be surprised at how affordable cloud backup can be, especially when you consider the cost of losing important documents like term papers and tax returns (or how priceless those baby photos are). Carbonite offers a wide array of plans, so whatever your backup needs are, there’s a wallet-friendly plan to keep your files protected.