Symantec, makers of Norton security software, has announced the availability of an online backup service.

Norton Online Backup, which automatically stores files and digital assets, is the first Web-based consumer offering delivered by Norton.

Intended as a simple-to-use backup system, it allows digital photographs, financial documents, music collections and archived e-mail to be stored through a website.

Up to five household computers can be safely backed up, managed and restored through a single, central, remotely-accessible account.

Once users have downloaded a small desktop agent, which manages a backup of the PC, a Web browser is used to restore or download previously backed up files from anywhere.

This sets it apart from many other online storage technologies that require the user to use the same PC for backing up and accessing online files.

Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Products, Symantec, said more and more of people’s most valuable assets are stored on computers.

"Norton Online Backup offers total peace of mind through a comprehensive, easy-to-manage backup solution that not only safeguards users from data loss, but makes valuable assets available from any Internet-connected PC in the world," he said.

Norton Online Backup is available now for purchase in the US. It will be available worldwide in the coming weeks.

The suggested retail price for Norton Online Backup is USD $49.99 per year, which includes 25 GB of online storage to backup files from up to five of family PCs.

Additional storage space can be purchased in increments of 10, 25, 50 and 100 GB.

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