Creating Secure Online BackupsWritten by Emil Malmberg
Today, many pc users are storing files on Internet by using some free online storage service. While these online locations can easily be used to store backups as well, you should be very careful when sending sensitive documents and emails across Internet. Since bandwidth and storage space is often limited, you should also consider compressing data before sending it to a remote server.
Encryption When transmitting private information across public networks like Internet, some kind of encryption is absolutely critical. Because internet consists of millions of computers connected together by an incredibly amount of wire, satellite and radio connections, there is no way of knowing who will be listening to your datastreams as they are transmitted across network. The only way to ensure that no one will be able to access your data is to encrypt datastream before it leaves your computer. Sometimes this is done by your browser using secure connections, but to ensure that data is always encrypted your should encrypt files yourself. WinBackup allows you to encrypt backups using up to 256 bit AES encryption, making it virtually impossible for anyone to access contents of your online backups. Since encryption is performed on-the-fly backup operations will be performed quickly and easily even when use strong encryption is used. To create an online backup using WinBackup you simply select an appropriate security level and start backup. The result will be a single compressed and encrypted file than can safely be transmitted to your online backup location.
CD Backup Made EasyWritten by Emil Malmberg
Today, CD Writers are very common and CDRs and CDRWs are cheaper than ever. While most people use their CD Writers to create music CDs or to copy files, CD-R and CD-RWs can also be to store backups in an easy way. A normal CD can store 650MBs of data. This number can often be doubled to 1.3GB using an efficient compression algorithm. Since most backups are often smaller than 1.3GBs this makes CDRs or CDRWs a perfect solution for storing backups.
Compression In order to use CD media more efficiently you will probably want to compress your backup before writing it to CD. Compression can often reduce size of a backup by 50% or more, doubling capacity of your CDs. If you have ever tried to compress a 1GB file you probably know that this will take a lot of time. Since WinBackup compresses files on-the-fly, backup operations will be performed considerably faster. The built-in compression also reduces need for a large temporary storage location and makes it much easier to run large backups to CD-R or CD-RW discs.
Encryption When storing backups on CDs, security can easily become a problem. Since CDs can easily get lost or even stolen, you will need to protect your backups from unauthorized access by using some kind of password protection or encryption. Backups often contains emails, important documents and other sensitive information, and in fact, if you backup your entire harddrive, your backup could even contain passwords to computers and websites. WinBackup allows you to password protect and encrypt your backups with 128 or 256 bit AES encryption, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to access your files. Since encryption can be performed automatically on all backups you do not need to worry about security every time to save a backup to CD.