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Everyone's got at least one horror data loss story to tell. Computer errors and hard drive crashes can hit at any time -- usually when it's going to be the most inconvenient -- so it's worthwhile to look into an online backup service to keep all your precious memories and valuable information safe.


If you're backing up your data but you're not saving it offsite, you're putting it at risk. If something happens to your home or equipment, all that data could be lost. That's where online backup services that send your data to the cloud for backup are so invaluable. This week we're going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations.


Windows/Mac/Android: Carbonite Currents keeps track of the documents you open and work with, and gives you access to all of them on any device. If you work on a file and forget to put it in your Dropbox folder or email it to yourself, Currents shows it to you. It's a handy service, and it's completely free.


Carbonite has been promoting its online backup services in Australia since May, but those activities have stepped up a notch with the launch of its full Australian Web site. Carbonite, which costs $64.95 for a 12-month subscription, is highly regarded amongst Lifehacker readers, regularly scoring kudos for its simple interface. Online backup eliminates the hassles of keeping a spare copy elsewhere, though the initial setup can have a nasty impact on your monthly download cap, and you may well need to allow a few days for the initial upload before incremental backups become possible. Carbonite Australia