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Carbonite launches online backup service for Mac

updated 08:55 pm EDT, Mon March 16, 2009

Carbonite Online Backup

Carbonite has expanded its online backup service to support Mac systems. Individual users or small businesses can automatically back up an unlimited amount of data. The software runs in the background, continually copying new or changed files to the company's servers. Data is encrypted when it leaves the local computer, where it is then transferred to the secure data centers using the SSL protocol.

Users can check the status and settings of the backup operations through a preference pane. Colored dots indicate which files are included in the backup. If a file or folder needs restored, copies can be transferred into the original locations, the desktop or another location. Customers can also log into their account from remote computers to access backup files.

Bandwidth usage is automatically adjusted to prevent interference with the user's activities. For networks sharing one Internet connection, a low-priority mode can be used to further protect against lag.

Carbonite Online Backup requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and can be downloaded directly from the company. The subscription costs $55 per year, while a free trial is also available.

by MacNN Staff





  1. wzrdjr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nice logo

    you're making a product for what platform again?

  1. grimfish

    Joined: Dec 1969


    backblaze better

    I was hoping for Carbonite to come to the mac, but after their "paid reviews" i sort of don't trust them. I got the [url=]Backblaze for mac[/url] when it was still in beta, and have been with them ever since. It took awhile to back everything up (same with mozy and carbonite) but it has been solid. I think they were the first to do the unlimited storage for one price ($50 a year) and I love the option to have a big hardrive sent to me in an emergency! I used to love Mozy, but it just got too spendy.

  1. Timon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No PPC's

    You would think that they could go the extra mile and compile the program as a universal binary so it would run on both the Intel and PPC platforms. Shame on them.

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