Once you've downloaded the software from Carbonite, you can set it up for automatic scheduled and incremental backups of all or selected files. Backups are double-encrypted and password-protected for security.
Once backed-up, your files can be remotely accessed from anywhere, or restored or transferred to a new computer with Carbonite installed. The program is controlled from a pane in system preferences, and can be paused or slowed to preserve bandwidth.
Carbonite is designed to run on Intel-based Macs with OS 10.4 or 10.5. Unlimited backup costs $54.95 (£40) per year, or around £3 a month in real money. A free 15-day trial is also available, which requires only an email address to get started. Other Mac back-up services include Mozy and ClunkClick, but if we wrote about them we wouldn't have been able to use a picture of Han Solo.