One of our favorite online backup services for small business is Carbonite Pro. Simply install a small utility on each desktop, laptop or server, and Carbonite instantly begins backing up files to the companys online repository. You can easily tell Carbonite which folders and file types to back up (and which to ignore).
File backup happens silently in the background as you and your employees work, and whenever a new file is created, Carbonite can back it up within minutes; if a laptop or other machine is off-line, the backup happens the next time the machine is connected.
The program encrypts files before they are copied to Carbonites servers, and they remain encrypted at the companys secure, distributed data centers so no one else can see them. If disaster strikes and you do need to recover a file of entire directory, the Restore Wizard guides you through the process.
For multi-computer use, Carbonite Pro offers an automatic invitation feature, where you invite your employees to join in and they simply click through the email to install the application. For the business owner or IT administrator, a Web-based dashboard makes managing the system easy. You see important information such as the backup status of every computer and how much data is backed up.
Carbonite Pro subscribers get unlimited phone, email and chat tech support for account administrators, and theres no charge for licensing individual computers or servers. You simply pay for the storage you use, starting at $10 per month for up to 20GB of data.
Keep and Eye on Things -- from Anywhere
When it comes to security, nothing beats an extra pair of eyes to watch over your physical premises. And thanks to the Internet and inexpensive webcams, you dont need to spend a lot to get a video security system.
The Logitech Alert 750i Master System is a complete video security system you can set up yourself to keep an eye on your place of business. The bundle includes a camera and all the software you need to configure remote viewing and recording. The system uses your existing electrical outlets and wiring, so installation is hassle-free.
Once set up, you can log in to a secure site to monitor your property live from anywhere via a smartphone or PC with a Web browser. You can even receive instant alerts to your email and mobile phone anytime there is motion on your property. And the built-in microSD memory card slot and included 2GB card lets you record up to a week of HD video even if your PC is off.The base system with one indoor camera costs $299.99, and you can add up to five additional indoor ($229.99) or outdoor ($279.99) cameras.
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