After years of steadfastly remaining loyal to backup solutions that I could hold in my hand - but which proved time-consuming and frustrating and annoying - I gave in.
I investigated online backup services, where you send encrypted copies of your files to be stored on their servers, and chose MozyPro.
I love MozyPro. It's easy to install. It will backup daily. Hourly. Whenever I tell it to do so. Quietly, in the background, it's protecting me right now.
And, if I want to see what's been stored and when, I just hit the little icon in the toolbar, and I see the long list. There are my emails. There are my Word documents. There is a spreadsheet.
PLUS - and this has to be the best part - if I get confused or scared or have a question, I can call and speak with a real, live human 24/7. 365 days a year. FOR FREE.
And, yes! One that speaks English as their first language. One who is patient and kind and knowledgeable, not a snoot doing his best David Spade impression.
Oh, and price. PRICE!! I'm paying less that $15/month for 20GB of storage.
I love MozyPro. So did lots of impressive reviewers, and I think you will, too.
(There's also a free version, but I'm not sure what bells and whistles you get tho I do know there's no 24/7/365 technical support.)