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McAfee Online Backup Review

Posted on May 15, 2011

If you don’t get into the habit of backing up your files, you could live to regret it. On that note, why not check out McAfee Online Backup?

Introduction

Everyone has files on their computer that are precious to them. Whether it is a half-finished novel or a photograph of your child, it would cause some serious heartache if it was ever lost. That’s why you need a backup solution in place. You could buy an external piece of hardware or burn regular discs but an online backup offers greater convenience. McAfee Online Backup is a versatile and reliable option with some very tempting features.

Installation

The installation is lightning fast but before you run McAfee Online Backup for the first time you will need to register and configure the product. It is quick and simple to do and shouldn’t present any problems. If you do encounter any issues McAfee support is excellent and they’ll guide you through the process if necessary.

Usage and Features

The first time you use the McAfee Online Backup, it will take quite a while to upload your files. This is dependent on how much content you are backing up and the speed of your Internet connection. The great thing is you’ll only need to do this once because subsequent uploads will only be necessary for new and updated files. The software will automatically detect when a file has been updated and initiate a new upload. It can even backup files that are in use so there’s no need to stop working.

Since the package offers unlimited storage capacity you don’t need to worry about selecting which folders and files to backup – you can just backup everything. It will take longer to backup everything and so you might prefer to select individually what gets backed up. McAfee Online Backup has a wizard you can use to select your backup files and it selects a good range of files by default so it’s ideal for inexperienced users. Your files will be stored on a secure server and your data is fully encrypted so there is no risk of anyone accessing or stealing it.

The beauty of this system is that you can access your files online from any location. All you need is your login details and a decent Internet connection and you can restore your files to any PC.

In addition to documents, spreadsheets, programs and saved games you can also backup your browser favorites and Outlook files. This ensures that your email and contacts are stored and can be accessed whenever you need them. In the event that your machine dies or you need to reinstall the operating system you can easily retrieve all your content.

There’s no need to worry about a drain on your system resources either because the McAfee Online Backup software will update automatically when your computer is idle. The automatic process also means you can just set it up and forget about it and it will continue to backup all your precious content. You can also limit the amount of bandwidth the software is allowed to use so it doesn’t need to tie up your Internet connection either.

Why Use McAfee Online Backup?

There are a number of different solutions for backing up your data. You could purchase an external hard drive, burn discs or use another online backup service. With an external hard drive or discs you have the extra hassle of making time to do the backups. You also run the risk of losing the data anyway in the event of a theft or fire. If someone steals your computer it is quite likely they’ll take your external hard drive too.

Online backup services are becoming quite popular and the ability to access your files from any PC or laptop with an Internet connection is obviously very useful. There are others available but the vast majority impose limits on the amount of data you can store. Many of them also restrict the types of files that can be backed up. The other advantage with McAfee Online Backup is that it runs automatically so, once configured, you can forget about it and it will go on backing up your files.

Conclusion

The McAfee Online Backup package is $59.99 for 1 year and they’re so confident you’ll be happy with it that they offer a 30 day money back guarantee. It is a cheaper solution than a new hardware purchase and infinitely more convenient to use. It also offers fewer restrictions than most other online backup solutions. If you think it’s time to update your backup routine then maybe it’s time to check out McAfee Online Backup.
 

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