Working with multiple computers isn’t always easy. Add a bookmark to your laptop-based browser and you forget it’s not on your desktop machine when you get in to the office. Write up presentation and forget to copy it to your USB drive. We’ve all done it.

One option would be to use the spare space you get as part of your homepage when you sign up to your broadband. Many of us get a small amount of free space, but often do not do anything with it whatsoever. You could use a simple FTP application to copy files to and from the space, making sure you have the same files on all your machines.

The alternative is to install a synchronisation application that enables you to setup an account, choose the files you want across your computers and then everything is done for you in the background. When you write a document to your ‘My Documents’ folder, the same document is then synchronised to your other computers.

SugarSync is one of the better backup and file synchronisation tools and they give you a free - and generous - 5GB account to get started. This is enough for storing your most import files, work documents and other data. If you need more than this, you can upgrade to paid-for account.

The best thing about SugarSync is that it is cross-platform, so you can synchronise your documents from both your Windows and Mac computers, as well as your iPhone.


Powerful backup and file synchronisation tool which will make sure you have the same files across your computers