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How safe are Carbonite and GoToMyPC?

QCan hackers get to my data if it's stored by Carbonite? I have personal information stored on my computer. I don't want someone to bypass firewalls and security to get to my stuff. And what about GoToMyPC? Can hackers watch what I'm doing if I use the service?
—Bob in Sagle, Idaho, listening on KQNT 590 AM

AMost of us have sensitive information on our machines. We also have priceless things like home movies and photographs on our computers.

But I wouldn't worry about Carbonite or GoToMyPC. Both advertise in my newsletters. I've researched their security.

Let's start with Carbonite. Hackers could get to the data you store on Carbonite. But that would likely be the result of user error. It's the same type of risk you face with any service.

For example, you could disclose your password to someone. Or, your machine could become infected with keylogging software. If your password isn't safe, neither is your data.

But Carbonite has done plenty to ensure the security of the data it stores. Your data is encrypted on your machine with 448-bit Blowfish encryption.

Blowfish encryption has not effectively been cracked. Also, 448-bit encryption is very, very strong.

After your data is encrypted, it is transmitted to Carbonite's storage center. The transmitted data is protected with SSL. Again, SSL is very safe. It has not been cracked.

SSL uses 128-bit encryption. So, you don't need to worry that your data will be compromised in transport. This is the same type of encryption banks use on their sites. In fact, Carbonite says its security is as good as banks'. You can learn more about SSL in my informative tip.

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