Obviously, it is quite important for all of us to be backing up our computer data. If you are fortunate enough to work for a large company, they probably already have some sort of data backup plan in place, and chances are good that you will be well-protected. But what about your home computer, or if you run a home-based business? In these cases, backing up your files can be a bigger hassle.

Many of us aren’t exactly computer savvy, and for such people, it can be a headache to set up an elaborate backup system. For this reason, most of us end up just getting a backup drive and storing our backup files there. As long as you get a good quality hard drive and remember to back up your data each day, this can be a pretty good and reasonably priced solution. However, the one thing that’s important to note is that if your hard drive is at the same location as your computer, a natural disaster such as a fire or hurricane can potentially wipe out both sources of data. This is why many backup companies have their servers located in remote locations, away from the actual data source. Doing this on your own would of course end up costing a lot of money.

This is why online storage and backup services like Carbonite have become so popular. Services such as Carbonite back up your data automatically, and store them on remote servers. One potential concern for me was that the data, while being transmitted, could be intercepted by a third party. Upon doing some research, however, many of my worries were allayed. Carbonite encrypts all data and sends the over using a secured connection. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to intercept the data, and even if they did, they still won’t be able to make any sense out of whatever they get their hands on.

For the level of service provided, Carbonite is quite reasonably priced. A basic plan just costs $59 a year, which works out to about $5 a month. If you’re hesitate to put up money upfront, you can also get a free trial of Carbonite, which currently lasts for 15 days. What’s more, the service basically runs itself once the program is installed. Sure, setup can take a few minutes, but once you’re ready to go, you can simply go about your daily routine and not worry about making backups ever again.

Restoring lost data is a pretty straightforward process. I have not had to do it myself, but I’ve seen some videos on how to restore data, and it looks pretty simple. All in all, I think Carbonite is a great solution for people who work alone and don’t have the budget for a fancy backup or security solution.

While we’re on the topic of security and backing up data, I’d like to address the important issue of checking security. If you do not use secure checks or eChecks, you run the risk of having funds stolen from you through check fraud, which is all too common in this day and age. Securing your computer systems is vital, but you should couple this strategy by using the best, most secure checks you can obtain. The company I use for my checking products is Deluxe Checks Corporation. If you’d like to use this company as well, be sure to obtain the coupons for Deluxe checks available at FreebieBulletin.com.

If you are in an especially vulnerable business where check fraud is rampant, you should also consider high-security checks as well, which are also available from Deluxe at discount prices. These checks on the whole cost more than standard checks, but you will have peace of mind knowing that the risk of check fraud will be extremely low.