Backing up to the cloud? Read the fine print

Some things never change. Back in July 2007 I had a “mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more” moment regarding cloud based file backup services.

One thing that backups are supposed to protect against is deleting a file by accident. Yet, multiple reviews at the time (Wall Street Journal, Ars Technica and the New York Times) failed to consider this.

And, the service that got glowing reviews back then, Mozy, provided poor protection. Files deleted on your computer would be deleted by Mozy after 30 days.

Fast forward to this week when Steve Gibson mentioned on his Security Now podcast, that someone he knows uses Carbonite to back up their files. That got me wondering. Sure enough, a look at Carbonite’s website turned up this

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