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I use Carbonite to back up all my emails, photos, music and other irreplaceable content on my computers at home and work. It is easy to install, set up takes just one minute and it's completely automatic. As soon as you add or modify a file Carbonite automatically backs it up to their secure servers. You don't have to do anything! And the best part is, it's only $59.95 per year - no matter how much stuff you need to backup. Check it out.
- Michael

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How Carbonite protects you
Your computer is filled with irreplaceable files: emails, photos, music, business contacts and financials. Carbonite automatically and securely backs up the irreplaceable contents of your computer for only $49.95 per year no matter how much stuff you need to back up.

A small program on your computer
Carbonite installs a small software program on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files to back up. It looks and feels like part of your computer, and is integrated with your desktop, so there’s nothing new to learn.

Completely secure
Carbonite takes data privacy and security very seriously. We encrypt your files twice before backing them up securely offsite, using the same encryption techniques that banks use. Files remain encrypted at our secure data centers, so only you can see them.

Everything is automatic
When your computer is idle, Carbonite automatically backs up new and changed files. You don’t have to do anything! When you’re using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep so it will never slow down your computer or internet connection.

Get your files back with a few clicks
With Carbonite, restoring files is quick and easy. If you accidentally delete or otherwise lose some of your files, it takes just a few clicks from your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or “just dies” and you lose all your files, you can easily restore them to a new computer.

What does Carbonite back up?
By default, Carbonite backs up everything in your Documents and Settings folder, including documents, photos, email and data files from applications, such as Quicken, Money, etc. Once a subscription is purchased, music is also added to the list. The default backup does not include programs, system files, temporary files, videos, or individual files greater than 4GB. You can, however, manually add any of these to your Carbonite backup.

How does Carbonite Online Backup keep my data secure?
Carbonite uses a combination of encryption techniques, similar to those used by banks, to safeguard your data. Files are encrypted twice before they leave your PC and remain encrypted on our servers, making it virtually impossible for anyone to access your files without your secret password. Users are also given the option to manage their own encryption key.

How much stuff can I back up?
There are no limits on backup storage capacity. Carbonite will back up all the supported files on your internal hard drive whether you have 1GB, 10GB or more. However, users should be aware that the speed of today's DSL and cable Internet services will make it very slow to back up more than, say, a few dozen GB of data.

How can I tell what's backed up online?
Dots on files and folders show you the status of your backup at a glance.

A green dot on a file means the file is backed up.

A yellow dot means the file is pending backup.

No dot means the file is not selected for backup.

A green dot on a folder means 100% of the folder's contents are backed up.

A yellow dot on a folder means that it contains files or subfolders that are pending backup.

A "green donut" dot — a green dot with a hole in the middle — means that some of the folder's files or sub-folders are not selected for backup, but all other files within the folder are backed up.

A folder with no dot is either empty or not selected for backup.

How do I restore lost files?
Carbonite makes restoring files fast and easy. Restore any file or folder from your backup with just a few clicks. Try it for yourself:

1. Double-click the Carbonite Backup Drive icon on your desktop
2. Locate the file or folder you wish to restore
3. Right-click on the file or folder and select "Restore" to restore it to its original location, or "Restore to" to restore it to a new location

That's it! Your file or folder has been restored.

If your PC crashes or is stolen, you can recover lost files to a new computer by visiting our website. Recovering small amounts of data (a few files here or there) will probably take only seconds or minutes. Restoring all of your data will take longer and depends on how much data you have and the speed of your Internet connection. Most DSL services will allow you to download about 600-800 MB per hour, or roughly 14-18GB per day. For an average user, complete data restoration is likely to take at most a day or two.

Will Carbonite Online Backup work on my computer?
The current version of Carbonite is designed for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Apple Mac's. Carbonite supports both the standard 32-bit and 64-bit versions of each. Carbonite will not support older versions of Windows (Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows ME).

How much does Carbonite Online Backup cost?
Carbonite is only $59.95/year per computer no matter how much you need to back up. No hidden fees. No limits on backup storage capacity.


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