Get three years of online backup for $29
A wise relative who works for an enterprise storage company once
told me, "There are two kinds of people: Those who have lost data,
and those who will lose data."
Strong words, but I believe them. I'm in the former camp, and
trust me when I say there are few things in life as gut-wrenchingly
awful as losing precious documents, photos, emails, and other
This kind of data disaster can result from just about
anything: fire, flood, theft, hard-drive failure, or even a
havoc-wreaking virus. It's scary stuff, which is why I strongly
recommend making regular backups.
Fortunately, you don't need a lot of time, technical know-how,
or even money to put an effective backup system in place.
Especially if you take advantage of this offer: For a limited time,
you can get a three-year subscription to SOS Online Backup for
. How good a deal is that? Normally a single
year costs $99.99.
That subscription gives you 100 gigabytes (GB) of cloud-based
storage, which you can share across up to five devices. SOS works
with PCs, Macs, Android devices, and iPhones and iPads.
This isn't intended as a full-system backup (which wouldn't be
practical for a cloud-based system anyway), but rather for
preserving all your important data: the aforementioned documents,
photos, and the like.
Among the neat features offered by SOS: an automated, "smart"
backup utility that scans your hard drive and finds the files that
need backing up; online access to your data, which you can also
share with friends and relatives; and Android/iOS apps that can
protect your contacts, photos, and other mobile stuff.
This is an almost criminally good deal, especially given that
there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you decide you don't like
the service. But don't wait to give it a try: the offer expires in
just three days.
If you've found an online-backup deal you think is even
better, or you have some experience with SOS, tell me about it in
the comments!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.