Everyone hears this sage advice: back up your files regularly. I am horrible at this, except for occasionally e-mailing files to myself. One solution is Mozy:
Mozy is a secure, automatic remote backup service for any PC in any home or office. It’s simple to install and configure. No external hard drive, expensive subscription services, CD’s or DVD’s to burn. All you need is a broadband connection and you are ready to go!
I’ve been trying out Mozy for the past week or so, and I must say that overall I like it. It tries hard to be stupid-proof and lazy-proof, and mostly succeeds by backing up your files on its own when your computer is idle so you don’t have to do anything.
I like the fact that you can pick “all Word documents” or just to back up one folder. You only get 2 GB for the free version, so you can’t back up everything, but that should be enough for the critical things like your address book or e-mail database. Supposedly your data is encrypted upon transport and upon storage, but I don’t know if that means the Mozy folk can’t still decipher it and look at your resume or vacation pictures. They let you choose your own security key upon install, I don’t know if that makes any difference. You also have to submit to receiving occassional promotional e-mails, so you might want to sign up with a spam address.
I first downloaded this when I saw it on Lifehacker, but only installed it after being reminded by reader Sri. Thanks to both!