All computer users are aware of the importance of backing up valuable data, but even if you remember to carry out this important task, there are often factors that get in the way. One potential problem is that of storage. If you have a large amount of data that needs to be backed up, you may simply not have enough storage space to duplicate these files elsewhere. Additional hard drive, both internal and external, are now very cheap, but it is all too easy to put them to other uses when they have been purchased.

Acronis Online Backup may be the solution you have been looking for. This is a backup solution that makes use of online storage space so you don't have to worry about having a spare hard drive to hand. It also helps to overcome some of the problems associated with storing backups locally - such as hard drive failure, theft or fire.

The service provides you with 250GB of online storage and this can be paid for on a monthly or annual basis (£3.95 and £23.95 respectively) and the backup process is made as simple as possible. By default, your My Documents folder is selected for backup, but this can be changed or added to by simply selecting additional folders. The only other setting to consider is backup scheduling.

Backups can be scheduled to run on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, or you could opt to backup data every few hours if you are in habit of creating or editing a large number of files in a short period of time. You can also opt to run a backup when Windows starts so you will never forget to secure you data. As the backups are stored online, it is possible to access your data from any computer with an internet connection, and as an added bonus, the program can be used to backup the data from up to five PCs.

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Simple and incredibly cost effective, Acronis Online Backup is the backup tool you have been looking for.