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Symantec is offering consumers a backup to the cloud service through its Norton brand, with 25GB of space costing a smidgen under $50/year. Norton Online Backup can protect up to five household computers and operates via a software agent in the Windows XP/Vista PC or notebook. You can select specific files/folders to backup, or …

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Anonymous Coward

The Josef Fritzl of the anti-virus world

Symantec/Norton are the Josef Fritzl of the anti virus world, hiding their squalid secret away and raping your prized possession. They should be covering their face with the blue folder of shame.

(I *think* that's every last vestige of their filth removed from my gf's pc anyway. Let's see what re-sporns over the next few days)

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25GB? NOB?

"Norton Online Backup (NOB?) is available now in the US through the Symantec online store, costing $49.99 for 25GB of space and up to five PCs and notebooks protected. "

25GB wouldn't be enough to backup one of my PCs, let alone 5.

When's the KDE version being released :D

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Gates Horns

25GB of NOB?

25Gig for a full backup? are symantec nob's still living in 10 years ago?? This is surely only useful for netbooks these days!! 100GB would have been a more realistic starting point for modern computers.

I tried carbonite the other week and might sign up for that. unlimited storage for similar figure of $55.. now we're talking.

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How would it work ?

I am at lost as to why people would backup online, anything thats not important is not worth backing up, anything sensitive or confidential I wouldnt trust anyone else to hold it, let alone Symantec.

The next question is, how long ? most homes or even business are on xDSL with average upload speed leass than 1Mb if you are really lucky, so uploading say a batch of camera pictures from a 10Mp camera of around 2GB could take a whole day if lucky.

That $50would be better spent on an external USB2 2.5" drive that you can take it away at anytime.

I can see the advantage of making documents portable so can access anywhere, but for that money, you might as well use something like Rapidshare.

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Yes, NOB is what I thought too

and is also the reason why Linux and Mac users aren't supported (because, generally, they aren't as stupid).

(Caveat: am Windows user, but keep a copy of Norton Removal Tool on my USB key...)

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Stop

Not I

More shite from Symantec..... Surely the computers with this rubbish installed on it should have a little Wav/mp3 file screaming UNCLEAN UNCLEAN

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Horray for Competition

I use Mozy's service and really like it. Online backup isn't for everyone, however, I chose this option rather than an external HDD because I was never good at remembering/bothering to connect the HDD and backup on a regular basis. Mozy just automatically backs up all the time. It is also a good solution for me as I only have about 20GB of data to backup (I don't have huge amounts of video or audio - most of my data is photos and documents).

In terms of the Norton product, they really need the option of a DVD restore process - surely restoring 25GB over a DSL link would drive anyone to tears/drink. When my laptop's HDD gave up the ghost last year, it was a godsend to have the contents couriered out to me on DVD in about 2 days.

The problem with Mozy's service is that each computer you backup is an extra monthly subscription - I like that Norton has a pooled allowance across computers.

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