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1.2 Back Up Your Data With CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS

In this lesson I’ll show you how you can create backup plans locally and in the cloud, use encryption and compression, and finally restore your data again. CloudBerry Backup provides all of the features I consider most important in a backup solution: encrypted and scheduled backups to a cloud provider with data compression and versioning.

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Back Up Your Data With CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS

1.2 Back Up Your Data With CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS

[SOUND] Backups are important. Even if you have all your data stored with a cloud service like GitHub, Google drive or Dropbox. There's no guarantee you have access to those services when you need it the most. Hi I'm Marcus Moberger, and welcome to this coffee break course. Back up your data with CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS. In this course I will show you how you can create back up plans locally and in the cloud, use encryption and compression, and finally, restore your data again. A very common backup strategy for businesses is to have at least two backups in at least two locations. I would recommend to do the same with your personal data. Cloud providers nowadays make this very affordable. Have a local backup on an external drive, and another one on a storage service of your choice. Be it Dropbox, Amazon or Google Drive. CloudBerry backup supports a variety of features like different cloud providers, scheduled and incremental backups, as well as compression and encryption. It comes in two different versions, a free one and a pro one. The free version doesn't support encryption or compression, which are very handy features. And I would certainly recommend you always encrypt your data if it leaves your hands. But it is the ideal way to try it out if it suits your needs. Okay, let's download it, and after doing so, you'll get an installer package that will install it on your system. When you first run CloudBerry Backup, you will get to choose if you want to already activate your product. There's also a 15-day trial of the pro version, which I would recommend you use if you are following along. I already have a license key, so I will activate the full product by entering my email and key. After activation, you will be presented with the main window. Here you can control everything. Let's create a backup plan of keeping a local backup. I'm going to call the plan local. Then I have to choose an account. You can see all the different providers CloudBerry Backup supports. The one we want to choose for our local backup is filesystem. I'm going to call this account Local Backup Drive. And choose a folder to store my backups in. Now I can choose this account and continue to defining my backup sources. I'm just going to use my user's Documents folder, as an example here. I can also specify to exclude system folders from the backup. Next we are choosing the retention policy. For instance, you could only keep files for ten days or, like I do, delete versions older than six months, but always keep the latest version. Then we have to set the compression and the encryption options. You should remember the password you are setting here. Otherwise, you won't have any access to your backup data in the future. Finally, a schedule needs to be defined, when to run your backups. You could choose to run it manually or define a recurring schedule that runs daily, every hour between 9 AM and 5 PM. You can also receive notifications about the backups. This is a good idea if you have an unattended system like a server, and want to know if a backup fails. Since this can be potentially dangerous. After creating your plan, and if it's set to run on a schedule, it immediately starts the initial backup. Now, let's also create a cloud backup plan. The process is quite similar. Use a cloud account. Here, I'm using S3. You have to provide a backup name that already exists, and your user has access to, the access key, and also the secret key. Some options vary depending on the account you've chosen. It gives me the option to also back up empty folders, since Amazon handles those differently than your normal file system. Then you can set encryption and compression options. And also choose some cloud specific ones, like reduced redundancy. Finally, you can add a schedule. Here, I'm going to back up to the cloud once a day at 4 AM. Okay, I have backed up my files and it's time to restore them. The process is quite the same as if creating a backup plan. But it works in the other direction. I will call my restore plan From Cloud. I want to restore from Amazon S3, and I want to restore everything to the latest version, and use the original location. Since I encrypted the data, I have to specify the password I used. I could even restore periodically to a specific location, which makes sense in some cases, especially for companies. I'm going to run it manually. When I click Run Now, you can see the files being restored. I'm going to remove them once again to show it to you in the background. On the top right of the Finder window, you can see some files reappearing. So now you know how to use CloudBerry Backup for Mac OS. It provides all of the features that I would consider important in a backup solution. Encrypted and scheduled backups to a cloud provider with data compression and versioning. I'm also very excited about some future features. Support for Amazon Glacier, which is a low cost storage or infrequent access. Data gets saved instantly, but reading it again can take up to several hours. There is also going to be consistency checking, to make sure your backup data is there and not corrupted.

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