Boston—August 28, 2012 – / — As students and parents prepare for a new school year, Carbonite, Inc., a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small businesses, reminds people how easy it is to ensure that their digital files – including documents, photos, music and school assignments – are safe and accessible.

While back-to-school shopping has traditionally focused on clothing, shoes and notebooks, technology has recently started to top students’ wish lists. Increasingly, gadgets, smartphones and computers are the back-to-school must haves. These devices often store a great deal of valuable digital content – from school work, notes and term papers to libraries of purchased music and movies, making it very important to protect this digital content as you gear up for the school year.

Here are some statistics to keep in mind as you prepare your student for school this year:

  • A study from Carbonite* showed that on average, Americans have $400 worth of digital music, and that one in four people say that their digital music and movies are worth more than the actual computer they’re stored on;
  • Fifty-one percent of Americans have experienced a computer crash where they lost all of their digital files; and
  • More than one-third (39 percent) admit they have never backed up their computers, or haven’t done so in more than a year.

Carbonite automatically backs up computer files on Macs and PCs whenever the computer is connected to the internet, and features Anytime, Anywhere Access, so users can remotely access their protected files from any internet-connected device, including computers, smartphones and tablets, using an internet browser or Carbonite mobile apps. The remote file access feature is especially helpful for students, who can access school assignments from anywhere, including their home computer, printer lab or smartphone. Restoring files with Carbonite is quick and easy, whether it’s one document from an accidental deletion or a complete restore after a hard drive failure, so term papers, mp3s and photos of the first day of school aren’t lost forever.

Carbonite was founded in 2005 after David Friend’s daughter called him from college, upset that her hard drive had crashed while in the middle of working on an important term paper, which was lost along with all her other files. As a result of his daughter’s plight, Carbonite is dedicated to offering affordable and easy-to-use cloud backup solutions that automatically back up important computer files while continually running in the background.

To ensure that your student doesn’t lose their irreplaceable files, download a free trial of Carbonite at Now through October 15, 2012, sign up for a Carbonite subscription with offer code SCHOOL and get 2 bonus months with purchase.

About Carbonite
Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB), is a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small and medium sized businesses. Customers in more than 100 countries rely on Carbonite to provide easy-to-use, affordable and secure online backup solutions with anytime, anywhere data access. Carbonite’s online backup solution runs on both the Windows and Mac platforms. The company has backed up nearly 200 billion files, restored more than 7 billion files and currently backs up more than 300 million files each day.

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* Study conducted by Carbonite with Wakefield Research in 2011.

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Megan Wittenberger

SOURCE: Carbonite, Inc.

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