I bought a 128MB USB "thumb" drive early last year and it has been very useful for transferring data files between work and home. It also serves as an additional backup of some of my more important files. However, although 128MB seemed huge at the time, it isn't hard to fill it up if I copy entire folders of uni programming assignments, my large PF spreadsheets and some graphic files I'm working on for the blog. Recently larger 1GB and 2GB have been available for around the $20 mark, so I'd been thinking of buying one. But having read about the free 2GB encrypted Online Backup available from IDrive-E (http://www.idrive.com), I've decided to save to $20 and use that instead. The only potential drawback of using this is that we aren't able to download files from the internet at work, so I may still have to use the old thumb drive moving files to and from work. But the online backup will be very useful for accessing my important files when I'm away from home on vacation.