your treasured pictures, videos and documents may still be at risk. your computer could be stolen, destroyed by flood or fire or chopped into small pieces by a jealous ex-lover.
using a remote backup service is a good way to mitigate against this type of problem. for around $10 a month, you can find companies willing to store 10Gb of data for you. your data is usually accessible using a variety of methods, including
ftp. to see some of these services, type remote backup rsync service into google.
in this article, i discuss using open source software to take advantage of these services in an efficient and secure manner, allowing the backup of large directories over a dsl-speed line while you sleep.