iStock_000008809159XSmall-thumb_Just about everyone has had the horrifying experience of losing data. You finish a big project, turn off your computer, and then pull your hair out the next morning as your hard drive fails to work. And of course your hard drive crashes at the most inconvenient times, right?

For this reason, it’s critical to have a good backup system. As a busy massage therapist, you don’t have time to plug in external drives, fiddle with cables, and worry that even your backup drive might get damaged by fire, theft, or flooding. You need cloud backup!

Cloud backup means that your data is securely transferred over the Internet to a data center outside your office. This is a good thing because it means that you don’t have to worry about on-site disasters. Even if your computer equipment is stolen or your office is damaged, you can still recover your data.

It’s also important that your backup system is easy to use. Most of us don’t have the time or desire to hire an IT company to help us with backup.

We’ve chosen the three best cloud-based backup services for massage therapists and will cover their features here.

Carbonite

Carbonite is a very popular backup service. It’s affordable (starting at $59/year) and easy to use. One nice thing about Carbonite is that it offers immediate restore, which means you don’t have to wait for your files to be prepared to start downloading them.

Another nice feature of this service is the unlimited backup space so you don’t have to worry about running out of room.

Carbonite also offers mobile access to files, which is a nice feature while you’re on the go.

Once thing we don’t like, however, is that the higher level plans only work on Windows. However, the base plan is Mac-friendly. Also, the user interface is not as good as some of the other services.

Mozy

Mozy is also priced well, starting at $5.99/month. Mozy has the same general features as Carbonite and also has mobile apps which lets you access your files on the go.

You can also request a DVD of your files in addition to web download, which some people would find useful.

We also like the fact that Mozy can back up external drives, while Carbonite does not offer this in its starter plans.

One disadvantage of Mozy is the storage limit. Mozy caps your storage space at 50GB on its cheapest plan. We’ve also had reports that Mozy is not quite as easy to use as Carbonite.

Backblaze

Backblaze is a bit newer than the other services but it’s a very nice backup system and especially Mac-friendly. Backblaze offers unlimited storage as well as external drive support, which makes it very competitive when compared to Carbonite and Mozy.

One nice feature of Backblaze that we could not find in the others is the “find computer” option. If your computer is lost or stolen, Backblaze will attempt to find it by mapping its coordinates next time it goes online. Pretty cool!

Backblaze also has a very simple, elegant user interface which makes it very easy to set up.

File restore is also easy with Backblaze and USB flash drive delivery is an option in addition to web restore.

Conclusion

Our assessment is that you can’t really go wrong with any of these backup services. If unlimited storage is important to you, you might need to go with Backblaze or Carbonite. If you need to back up an external drive, Mozy or Backblaze are the winners.

The nice thing about all of these services is that they handle your backups automatically, which is very important for the busy massage therapist.

Be sure to protect your data with cloud backup. The peace of mind and insurance against loss is well worth it.