Acronis True Image 2018: A Powerful Backup Alternative for Mac Users
Data protection is important regardless of your preferred platform. So while the launch of Acronis True Image 2018 is naturally going to attract attention from the PC crowd, we think it’s important to give a little love to Mac users. After all, we’ve included many new features in the release that are designed specifically for them.
Countless Mac users already rely on Acronis True Image as their backup of choice for a wide range of reasons. Many of them want the convenience of the cloud-based features and cloud storage that Acronis offers but Time Machine doesn’t.
Whatever their reason, with Acronis True Image 2018 for Mac they’ll get even more reliable backups and recovery, enjoy easier control over their data, and access cutting-edge technology designed to keep their system secure against a brutal digital threat that’s increasingly targeting Macs.
Reliable backup for Mac
In July, a survey revealed that 95 percent of Acronis customers choose and recommend Acronis True Image because the backups are so reliable. Mac users will find the newly released version improves on that core capability with enhancements such as:
- Faster recovery from the cloud, since we’ve optimized the new release for Wide Area Networks (WAN). For Mac users that means recovering full system backups and individual files from Acronis Cloud up to four-times faster than before.
- Live Update will ensure that you’ll have the most up-to-date version of Acronis True Image 2018. It will detect and deliver new updates automatically so you can install them as soon as they are released.
- Expanded protection of social media accounts, as Acronis True Image 2018 includes automatic backup of Instagram accounts. Your photos, comments and statistics – such as the number of likes, tags or comments a post gets – are now safe from accidental deletion or hackers. (This feature is being rolled out by region and will be available worldwide by early September.)
- Automatic mobile backup to NAS devices means that if you’re one of the many Acronis True Image customers who use a NAS device at home for a “personal cloud,” you won’t have to think about backing up your mobile devices – the process will automatically start when the device is on the same Wi-Fi as the NAS.
Acronis True Image 2018 is specifically designed to give Mac users a better experience and greater control over their backups. The macOS-style interface has been visually enhanced to show detailed information about backup activity and statistics. Through a color-coded graphic, you’ll be able to see how much data you have in your backup, the types of files in storage, and the status of any backups you’re running.
The new release is also designed with the MacBook Pro’s new Touch Bar in mind. Using the multi-touch display, you’ll be able to navigate between tabs, create and start new backups, monitor data transfer speeds, and track the progress of backups.
Securing Macs Against Ransomware Threats
For a long time, Mac users have boasted about how viruses and ransomware don’t affect their machines. But cybercriminals are expanding their reach – and Macs are their new target.
One Mac security researcher from Motherboard described cybercriminals’ new focus on Apple products as “a milestone.” There have already been several serious ransomware strains targeting Macs during 2017, including Patcher, MacRansom and KeRanger, and malware attacks against Macs increased 744 percent last year, according to MacAfee’s 2017 Threat Report.
Reversing the effects of ransomware is simple as long you’ve created a full image backup of your system. But what if you could prevent ransomware from affecting your system data in the first place?
As the first and only personal backup software with technology that actively defends your data against ransomware, Acronis True Image 2018 does exactly that.
Acronis Active Protection is our exclusive anti-ransomware technology, which is now included in every edition of the new release. When it detects unusual behavior, it will stop the suspicious activity and notify you. If any files are encrypted during a ransomware attack, you can quickly recover them from the backup.
There’s even a Security Dashboard so you can track the number of potentially dangerous activities have been flagged, see which ones were blocked, and manage a whitelist so your trusted applications can run without.
Obviously, there’s a lot for Mac users to love about Acronis True Image 2018, so we invite you to try it. And if you’ve got friends who are looking to protect their data, let them know about it too. Even if they do use a PC.