Norton Online Backup Review | Protect Your Pictures, Videos, Files and More + a Giveaway! #nortonbackup

by Marcy on April 1, 2013 · 16 comments

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Update: This giveaway is closed. Winner is #11, Dawn.

Computers. They are a beautiful, wonderful thing when they work like they are supposed to, and a complete and total pain when they don’t. Like most Americans, I have become increasingly reliant on my computer (specifically my laptop), especially because I blog for a living. In addition to all of my personal pictures, addresses, financial info and other documents, I also store all of my small business info on my laptop – including detailed tax info.

Prior to becoming a blogger, we had a Dell desktop computer that we used for 7 years. After said 7 years, the hard drive blew up and we lost everything. This was particularly devastating because my oldest daughter was around 2 at the time. I lost all of the pictures and videos that were stored on that PC, except for those that were still on my camera card and posted on the blog I wrote for her. Even then – I can never recover those videos…I can only watch them on her blog.

After that devastation, we purchased our first laptop. My business had taken off by then and I needed a portable option. For the next year or so I used my new laptop for everything. And wouldn’t you know that after a mere year and half the hard drive of that laptop also blew up. And yes, everything was lost once again. By now you would think that I had learned my lesson. I ran out and bought a new laptop and the cycle started once again. I became more diligent in uploading my photos to Shutterfly, and occasionally I would copy a file or two off on to an external drive, but I still did not have a regular back up system in place.

Laptop #2 lived for almost 2 years, and then, you guessed it – it crashed (due to a virus). Almost everything was gone for the third time in 4 years. By that time we had another laptop that my husband had been using, so I started using it. I swore I would back up my data regularly because by this time I had no faith in my ability to keep a laptop alive. Everything was going great until two months ago. En route to my office from the kitchen table to the office to print something the unthinkable happened. I DROPPED the laptop. On my hard tile floor. And hard drive #4 was officially toast. While I was able to piece together most of my personal data and pictures, I lost ALL of my tax data for 2012. I wanted to cry. And so I began the tedious process of reconstructing all of it. And I just finished last week. :( (Since then we purchased a all in one unit desktop that will not move from my desk, in the hopes that I won’t be able to destroy it).

I tell you all of this not to bore you, but to illustrate the importance of having a regular back up system in place for your computer(s). (If you need more convincing, here are more reasons why you should back up your computer(s).) When Norton Online Backup recently contacted me and asked me to test their product I jumped at the chance – for very obvious reasons!

If you are in the market for an awesome backup solution for your computer(s), look no further than Norton Online Backup. This personal cloud service will protect up to 5 PCs or Macs in a single subscription! This is perfect for my family because we have a PC laptop and a Mac desktop.

I’ll admit that I did have some hesitation in backing up some of my financial info online, but the fact that Norton has been in business for 25 years put my mind at ease. A Norton online backup subscription comes with 25GB of storage, but you can easily purchase more storage space as needed. Although 25GB is a ton of storage – the average computer only needs 5-8 GB of storage. I found the process of setting Norton Online Backup extremely easy – it took me less than 10 minutes to install it on my PC and scan my files to see how much storage I would need.

I feel that the Norton Online Backup dashboard to be extremely easy to navigate as well. I was easily able to create the initial backup my PC and schedule my backup to run every day at the same time. The online backup runs in the background every morning when I’m sitting at my PC drinking coffee and catching up on blog comments, Facebook and email.

I’m still working to get my new desktop set up, and once I do it’s nice to know that I’ll be able to add it to my Norton Online Backup service. No running between computers with a flash drive to transfer data – all of my files, pictures, music and more will be backed up in one central location.

In the event that one of my computers crash, I will be able to easily search for and restore my files – Norton even makes a back up of my back up. That is a HUGE weight lifted off of my shoulders…especially when it comes to my tax info, pictures and videos!

You don’t have to just take my word for it – Norton Online Backup offers a FREE 30 day trial. After that Norton Online Backup costs just $49 per YEAR. In my opinion that is a small price to pay for peace of mind – especially if you have the same history that I do with computers. ;-)

Learn more about Norton Online Backup and try it for yourself here! You can also follow the “In the Personal Cloud” blog for updates and more great info.

WIN IT! 1 lucky winner is going to receive a FREE 1 year Subscription to Norton Online Backup!

What am I giving away?

1 winner will receive a FREE 1 Year Subscription of Norton Online Backup (25 GB)

How can you win?

You can enter up to 4 times:

1) Leave a comment letting me know if you currently back up your computers, and if not, why. (Note: Scroll to the bottom of this post and click “Post Comment”. You must be on my site – you can’t do this through a reader.)

2) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter:

@stretchingabuck is giving away a 1 year subscription to @NortonOnline Backup! #giveaway #nortonbackup

3) Fans of the Stretching a Buck Facebook Page. Just be sure to leave a comment here letting me know that you are a fan!

4) Subscribe to my feed or email newsletter and stay on top of all of the deals that I write about each week! If you already subscribe, please leave a separate comment letting me know that you are currently a subscriber (thank you!).

Who is eligible?

You must have a valid US address to be eligible.

When does this giveaway end?

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 5PM EST

The winner will be chosen via the random number generator at and will be notified via email. Please note that if I do not hear from the winner within 2 days that another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

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1 Marguerite April 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I back up my computer using software that comes with my service provider.

2 Lina April 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

no, i always forget too..

3 Lina April 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM
4 Lina April 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

subscribe to your feed

5 Lori S April 2, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Yes, I do back up computers.


6 Lori S April 2, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Email subscriber


7 Lori S April 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Facebook fan


8 Connie April 2, 2013 at 5:17 AM

I currently have trend micro that backs it up but it is about to expire.

9 Connie April 2, 2013 at 5:18 AM

I like you on facebook.

10 Connie April 2, 2013 at 5:19 AM

I’m an email subscriber.

11 Dawn April 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

We are pretty bad about remembering to back up our computer, too.

12 Dawn April 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I already like Stretching a Buck on facebook.

13 Dawn April 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I am an e-mail subscriber.

14 missy April 4, 2013 at 6:22 AM

i am a email subcriber

15 missy April 4, 2013 at 6:23 AM

i do the backing up

16 missy April 4, 2013 at 6:24 AM

am fan of stretchingbucklog on facebook

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