- Local backup
- Remote backup
I have Carbonite on my MacBook Pro and our our local iMac and we love it. My middle son, Michael, has Carbonite on his MacBook Pro.
Update on Monday October 1st, 2012. My youngest son Tim went to college this year and wanted a PC instead of a Mac. I set him up with Carbonite. I looked around for a Time Machine like backup for his PC. Time Machine is great because you never have to actively tell it to backup - it does it automatically in the background much like Carbonite. What we ended up going with was rebit and Tim is very happy with it. I checked out a bunch of reviews and it is simple to use and just works.
A big question regarding Carbonite is around security. Here is from Carbonite's website:
Safe and SecureRest easy knowing your files are encrypted and stored at one of our highly secure data centers.
Bank-Level SecurityWhile still on your computer, your files are encrypted with 128-bit Blowfish encryption. Then, we transmit them to one of our state-of-the-art data centers using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. That’s the same technology used in online banking and ecommerce transactions. So, the only one who sees your files, is you.
Update on 12/26/2012: I noticed that Carbonite has a mobile app for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. With the computing and display power of smartphones these days, having the ability to pull down the presentation I forgot to pull off my notebook before I left for the meeting might be a nice capability to have.
As I like to remind my sons, computers are cheap and data is expensive.