Skip to comments.Carbonite: Will it back you up or stab you in the back?
Posted on 03/17/2012 10:18:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Question: When is a friend not a friend?
Answer: When his name is David... David Friend.
You may have heard the ads on the radio that Carbonite is the way to go when it comes to saving back-up copies of your computer files. Well it's not the only way to go. Take my Seagate one-hundred gigabyte back-up drive, it does everything that Carbonite does and for less. But I'm not here to shout out about Seagate nor any other storage device manufacturer...I'm sure there's other reputable builders out there. What I am here to talk about is the hypocrisy of Carbonite's CEO, David Friend.
Over at World Net Daily (WND) today there's a piece about Carbonite's stock taking a dive after the Rush Limbaugh incident (apparently investors are on Limbaugh's side but that's another story). What I find most disturbing about the WND article is the following:
"The Washington Times noted Friend has a long history of contributing to left-leaning candidates and causes. Citing Accuracy in Media, the Times reports Friend donated generously to the Howard Dean, John Kerry, and Barack Obama presidential campaigns, as well as several 527 groups such as "America Coming Together," moveon.org, and "Texans for Truth."
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
I just can’t get past the idea of trusting anybody, other than myself, with my data.
At some point, somebody body with a societal changing idea is going to lose that patent, because these storage-cloud companies will steal it and cover their tracks.
And there won’t be anything you can do about it.
Over many years, I’ve watched many rock-solid internet based companies come and go. I’m sure glad I didn’t trust them to store my data. BTW, what do you think will happen to all the data they have stored in the event they go belly-up?
I purchased my first computer in 1982 and have bought many more since then and NOT ONCE did I ever lose data or had a system crash. What’s the big deal? How often does this happen?
I totally agree.
A smart guy would invest in a Carbonite competitor, get them to pick up Carbonite’s Limbaugh spots and then watch their investment appreciate while Carbonite goes down in flames.
A bag of dried cow poo has more value than there product.
backup IS a good idea, and I do this for a living- I make backups by habit, and have been fortunate enough to have saved my own hide more than once
an off-site backup is so that if your house catches on fire you still have a backup off-site
People often do not see the need for backup until after their first major data loss. (i’e’ until its to late)
I would hate to lost all the pictures of my children, all the tax documents, all my professional work, etc... just because I didnt do a backup (and I would look like an idiot since this is what I do for a living)
Buy an external, buy two. transfer your data. Why anyone would do something like paying monthly for data back up is beyond me.
I just saw one of Carbonite’s scare commercials on TV where they have some mysterious person tell different people, “you are about to loose everything”.
I guess they are betting on a different market plan.
Your turn is coming. LOL
I thought the same thing and in 1997 my drive decided it had enough and spun.
Fortunately I had a program that could retrieve data (I don’t recall the name) . I tossed drive in the freezer for a couple of hours and then I quickly retrieved the data.
Now I back up to other computers, some off site and I own them. I also back up to portable drives and just recently began backing up my most vital information to 32Gig thumb drive
The world will probably have to end for me to lose all of my data.
Bing “safes with usb ports” and you will find lots of them that will keep a USB drive protected in an on-site fire while letting you control your own backups. We had Carbonite for several years and it worked well with our SecurStar full disk encryption. Then they “improved” Carbonite and it stopped working so we had to go with plan B. Much more comfortable doing it this way.
You could buy an external and give it to your mom, brother or sister and have them hook it to their internet connected PC. Have them then install CrashPlan.com and send each other invites. Now, you both have remote backups that can be restored if something happens to either of your homes.
That is my thought on all of the ‘cloud’ options. The company writes the software that does the encryption and there is noway to know if there is a backdoor to the system.
I just purchase a Synology 2 disk NAS. It is running at RAID 1 and allows me to access my data from anywhere in world thorough my laptop or my Android phone using HTTPS. True if the house burns down I would lose the data on the disk, but all of the important stuff is on DVD backup anyway and kept in a fireproof safe in the basement.
My data is never going to be out in the clouds.
The article asks a very good question: “On the one hand David Friend went out on a limb to build his company and on the other he’s supporting politicians that want to destroy the very thing that made him a success. Sounds hypocritical to me... What say you?”
Rush said: “Bye”
Americans do not do business with Liberals.
Ditto! Only a fool would farm out the data to 3rd parties, and LOTS of people and businesses are doing it. If a business wants a "cloud", they should build their own. People should do their OWN external backups. It doesn't take an IT genius to set it up. As a matter of fact, most external drives even come with software to automate the process, for those that can't do it themselves.
Giving all of your data to nameless faceless people on the other side of the world is worse than not having any backups at all.
I started using CrashPlan last August and two months later got a bug that could only be fixed by reformatting the hard drive. I was VERY glad I had it then.
After years and years of backing things up on DVD and external hard drives (self employed graphic designer/illustrator) and keeping a copy off-premises every month - it was nice to just know that my work files were being backed up minutes after they were changed....as well as 100+GB of photographs.
It backs it up every time a work file changes....files I’d worked on the night before my computer quit working were backed up. This wouldn’t have happened if I was just backing up once a month.
I was careful about what I sent over there. No one would be interested much with all my work files or photos. Financial stuff I don’t back up there - still do my backups occasionally for that. Well worth $50 a year (which was passed onto a client who wanted the reassurance!)
CrashPlan is great. I looked into Carbonite but read way too many negative things about them.
I have lost data, due to a hard drive failure. It was technically recoverable, but the local geeksquad charged alot to recover it...so I let alot of it stay lost.
I would never use an online backup system, though. It always struck me as an odd way to do it.
Some years ago, when 750 meg drive was a biggie, a free off-line photo storage outfit went out of business, but allowed members to buy their own photos back (on a CD). Lotta ticked off people. Never bothered with them for the same reasons mentioned here - don't trust the integrity of them or their system.
great find. thanks for posting.
libreals make their money off the backs of conservatives.
I'm with you. Banks, gubmint organizations, etc. can't even keep their databases safe. How many times do we hear about Megabank getting hacked? It's bad enough that the companies I deal with trust my personal data with buck-o-five-an-hour Indians and Filipinos.
I worked around an IT helpdesk for an Air Force organization for fifteen years....with 300 customers in the group. We had one guy who lost his data in that period of time. He had hooked up some external hard drive and was backing his own data up when he accidentally bumped the on/off switch. He lost six years of email data on his pst file....while we saved everything else.
I know of people who’ve had laptops that they lugged around and destroyed the hard drives on these...but that’s an accepted risk whenever you start walking around daily with your laptop....carrying it home from work, etc.
Acronis True Image. Inexpensive. Does a great job.
A 1T HD ($109.00 ) in a docking station ($20.00 ) is safer, faster and far more flexible than even Carbonite premier.
Its like getting FREE after the first year too.
Rush could start one up.
Exactly. However, I was too dumb to originally do this & signed up with Carbonite for a yr six months ago. My son is changing this soon as posssible so I can tell Friend & his lib buddies goodbye.
save for later once my current subscription runs out.
Bears repeating, Acronis saved me more then once!
Had a Dell laptop about two years when the HD developed a read head problem. Bought a new HD, installed it and used Acronis to restore the entire old drive on the new one and was up and running within two hours....with everything restored.
I highly recommend it.
I don’t understand why Rush was doing business with such people to begin with. They have no morals and they are unreliable. It’s simply not wise to do business with people of bad character.
The "cloud" is being promoted by the same folks that once promoted "Internet push" as the next great technology.
The biggest cloud users on the planet are the ones with a vested interest in the concept (although there are certainly some legit corporate users out there as well - but they are all foolish).
I listen to Rush on a station from Buffalo NY. Rush is doing ads now for LifeLock, which is in the same business as Carbonite. We’ll see how long this lasts.
So, David Friend supports communists and their causes. Wow. What a moron.
What a selfish freaking moron.
I hope Carbonite tanks and goes belly up.
I don't think so.
One is identity protection while the other is file backup.
There is simply no way I would trust anyone, much less an extreme left-wing company like Carbonite, with my data. I encrypt it myself and copy it up to secured backup sites. No way in Hell would I trust Carbonite to do that for me.
“fireproof safe in the basement.”
Basements, also known to fire departments as “Built In Swimming Pools”. They tend to get filled up by the fire department when they pour water all over your burning house. You might want to also ensure the backups are not only fireproof but water proof as well.
Basement=two car garage plus workshop. Those garage doors are not exactly watertight but I see your point. Of course the backups are to DVD disks so water is not an issue.
Yeah, I’m against just about anything that has centralized in it.
Centralized data, government, distribution, etc. Failure at that one point is failure of the system.
It happened twice in my life. One was an electrical issue and the other mechanical. One windows the other Mac.
The only thing offsite does better is, they are off site. The chances of your home and their servers catching fire is so rare, you would need to be a Clinton associate to beat the odds.
If you backup your data with a company that lets you specify your own private key, then your data is encrypted on your machine BEFORE it goes up into the cloud ... and not even the CIA can decrypt it with all the computers in the world.
If, on the other hand, you let the company provide the key, then yes they could in theory get at your data.