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Norton Backup is an online storage and backup solution from one of the biggest names in computer security. However, despite all the years of experience Norton have in developing good software products, their backup service is poorly lacking in features. There are many services out there that can beat Norton on both price and functionality, but we accept that there is a cost that comes with such a respected name.
To get started with Norton Backup you purchase the software through Norton's online store which will let you download the software. The initial purchase gets you a license for 5 computers for a year, but you will need to renew your subscription annually to keep using the service. Downloading doesn't take long and we got the software installed very easily on both PC and Mac. Configuring the automated backup service is quite easy too as Norton tries to automatically detect where your most important files might be.
The first backup Norton does might take some time as all of your files have to be uploaded, so it's best to leave it to do its thing overnight if possible. After that only the changes to your files need to be uploaded so Norton is very easy on your broadband connection. With your files uploaded to your online storage space you can access them through a web browser from wherever you are in the world. If everything goes wrong and your computer crashes it's just a few clicks to begin the restoration process and bring back everything you backed up.
Although signing up to Norton's backup service does provide you with the peace of mind that you are backing up your files with a respected brand we feel Norton is lagging behind in terms of space and features. It seems to only be possible to sign up for a maximum of 25 GB storage space, which wouldn't even allow you to backup the whole hard drive of a netbook, let alone your desktop PC. Also lacking is any kind of mobile access, which is something many other services offer, but Norton promises it will be coming soon.
We think Norton's backup service works well, but is quite expensive for the storage space and features on offer. If you are the type of person who relies on the trustworthy reputation of a big name, and doesn't mind paying for it, then you won't go far wrong with Norton, but there are cheaper deals to be found elsewhere. Check out our top ten list for some of the best online backup services we have found.
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