Carbonite Automatic Online Backup
Speaking of good ideas for Windows users: if you use Windows (or Mac in this case), and you have important files on your system, you should probably use Carbonite. It’s an online backup service with unlimited storage for $5 per month.
I haven’t personally used it, because unfortunately there’s no Linux version. If there were a Linux version, I wouldn’t think twice about it. But I feel good about recommending it because I trust Leo’s judgment on these kinds of issues, and I know he uses it.
Of course you should be doing backups to an external hard drive already. But that won’t protect you in the case of a fire that destroys the backup drive too, or a thief who takes all your computer gear. That’s why offsite/online backup is so important.
There’s also the fact that backups are only good if you actually keep them up to date, and hardly anybody does. Carbonite solves that problem by running in the background all the time, keeping your online backup in sync with the files on your computer. So you don’t have to worry about doing backups; they happen automatically, continually.
As an added bonus, you can also log into the Carbonite website from anywhere and access your files.
To me, all of that for $5 per month is a no-brainer, especially in light of the old adage that there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data, and those who will lose data.