How to create an Outlook Express BackupWritten by Emil Malmberg
Most Windows users should be familiar with Microsoft Outlook Express. This email program is usually installed with Windows operating system and is probably among most commonly used email program today. While using Outlook Express is fairly easy, finding and backing up emails can be a little more complicated. Since there is a large number of files and folders on a normal computer running Windows first problem is to find files containing your emails. Outlook Express stores emails in .dbx files and there might be several different dbx files depending on how many email folders you have created in Outlook Express. If you are using Windows 98 you can probably locate your emails somewhere in Windows directory. In Windows 2000 emails are usually stored somewhere in user data folder.
Locating email store folder The easiest way to find out exactly where your emails are stored is to start Outlook Express, go to tools menu and open options dialog. In option dialog select maintenance page and click on Store Folder button. Here you can find path to folder containing your emails. To open folder, copy path and paste in in address field of windows file manager. You should see a number of dbx files and possibly some other files too. When using WinBackup you can simply skip this step since WinBackup automatically finds your emails and adds an email icon to User Data section if you are using Outlook Express. WinBackup also locates and backups your address book which if often not included in email folder.
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.