A PLACE TO STORE IT

Our new favorite site for online backup is Mozy.com. It’s free, easy to use and lets you store up to 2 gigabytes.

To start, you download the Mozy software from the Web site and put check marks next to a list of items you want to back up — the “My Documents” folder,Mozy¬†word processing documents, photos, spreadsheets, etc. These are backed up and any changes are backed up every 30 minutes as long as you’re online.

The files stay there unless you go through a month or more without logging in. Then, everything but the latest backup is erased. You can restore your backups five times a month per free account. Joy had no problem backing up files from one computer and then restoring them to another. If you need more space, you can get 5 gigabytes for $2 a month or 30 gigabytes for $5 a month.

Mozy works quietly in the background, but is slow. This shouldn’t matter, and didn’t for us, because it doesn’t interfere with continuing your work. Mozy also sends one ad a month to an e-mail address you provide. You can create any e-mail address you want at Yahoo.com and give them that one if you want to avoid receiving even one ad.

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