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Carbonite is an online backup service available to both Windows and Mac users that provides unlimited backup space to consumers and small businesses. It is named after carbonite, the substance used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Carbonite was the first online backup company to offer unlimited backup space for a fixed price. Prior to Carbonite entering the market in early 2006, all online backup services were priced by the gigabyte. Many other vendors have since changed to an unlimited model similar to Carbonite's.
Carbonite was named 'Best Windows Backup Tool' by Lifehacker, 'Labs Winner' by PC Pro, 'Editor's Choice' by NextAdvisor, but received only 'two mice' in a MacWorld review putting it second to last.
Carbonite Online Backup installs a client software program on the user’s computer that operates continuously in the background. This client software automatically seeks out new and changed files on the user’s computer and backs them using incremental backup. Each file is compressed and encrypted using a 448-bit Blowfish encryption before it is sent to remote servers at the company's data centers via the Internet. Data is transmitted to the servers using a secure https link. The encrypted files are stored on 15-drive RAID6 storage arrays. The client software also provides de-duplication at the file level.
Carbonite also includes a “remote access” application that allows individual files to be downloaded to any computer using just a web browser.
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See also: Online Backup Service Finder