What This Article Will Cover:
- Why Backups of Your Data Are Essential
- Why Data Rescue Efforts Are More Common Than Ever
- While Simple File Storage is Not Enough
- Backing Up Your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC With Acronis
- Acronis Data Rescue and Recovery Options
IntroductionAccording to the independent IT-security watchdog group AVTest, more than 390,000 new malware threats are reported every single day. And, if that is not scary enough, Wired, Panda Security, and other industry publications are reporting that zero-day threats and ransomware exploits at are at all-time highs and only getting worse. So, what does that mean for you? Well, put simply, it means that if you have not experienced data loss due to a virus or hack yet, then it may only be a matter of time.
Although hackers, malware, ransomware should always be a concern, they are not the only threats to your data. While modern hard drives are certainly more reliable than they were in the past, countless thousands of drives die or fail daily. Therefore, to protect against losing your valuable data, you should prepare a data rescue plan ahead of time – before disaster strikes.
Creating a Data Rescue Plan – First StepsCreating regular backups of your data is the first step to implementing an effective data rescue strategy. However, simple backups to local or network drives (and even external hard drives) are no longer enough because of new ransomware threats that seek outs and encrypt backup files on both physical and virtual drives. And, in many cases, even cloud storage sites that use file synchronization (such as Dropbox) may not be safe from the ransomware plague, as your own sync/backup schedule could cause infection and encryption of backup files in the cloud. Therefore, in this article, we will discuss why implementing a data rescue is essential and how you can use Acronis’ award-winning backup software to safeguard your data.
Why Backups Are No Longer An “Optional Luxury”Back in the day, backups were generally considered only necessary for geeks and large businesses. After all, before USB hard drives and cloud storage sites were the norm, backups were associated with clunky, hard-to-use tape drives that were neither convenient or affordable for most home users. Hence, backups of computers were something most considered as a luxury rather than a necessity. Well, things have definitely changed, and that’s for sure.
Data Loss is Just Around the CornerWith so many threats to your data always lurking around the corner these days, establishing a data rescue plan with regular backups is not only smart, it is an absolute must. If the data on your PC is important to you, then you must also realize that creating a backup strategy, and then implementing it faithfully, is the only way to protect your files against loss due to hackers, malware, ransomware, hardware failures and other disasters. In short, not preparing yourself for an eventual data loss is just plain reckless.
File Storage Sites Are Not Really BackupsNowadays, there are many different file storage sites that enable you to store files and share them with others, and some of them are even free to use. However, while Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and other online storage sites are a convenient way of storing and sharing a few files, they are probably not the best backup solution for your data rescue plan if you need to safeguard a large amount of data or your entire system.
Limited Space, Limited ConvenienceIn most cases, online storage sites offer only a limited amount of space for your files, which makes backing up your entire system difficult, or (which is more likely the case,) impossible. Not only is storage space an issue with these types of sites, the lack of automation and scheduling also makes regular file backups a time-consuming chore that still ultimately fails in securing all of your data.
So, what is the solution to this dilemma? Well, Acronis True Image and Acronis Backup 12.5 both enable you to store complete and up-to-date backups of your data in the cloud or on physical media with a minimum of effort. That way, when you do need a data rescue solution, Acronis will always have you covered. In the next section, we will take a look at just how easy it is to use the best data rescue software available – Acronis True Image – to implement a safe, effective, and reliable backup strategy that will secure all of your data.
Securing a Windows PC With Acronis True ImageMicrosoft Windows is – by far -- the most popular operating system in the world. However, the fact that so many people use Windows to run their PCs is also the same reason that machines running the OS are the biggest targets of hackers and malware developers. When it comes to threats to your Windows data, it is not a question of if you will be targeted but only of when. Consequently, you need to be ready before disaster strikes at your precious data. Fortunately, Acronis True Image makes the task of safeguarding your data (and rescuing it if needed) extremely quick and easy.
How to Back Up Your Windows PC With Acronis True ImageAcronis True Image is the world’s fastest backup software and allows you to backup select files and folders or an entire system with just a couple of clicks. That’s why millions of Windows users across the globe turn to Acronis True Image software to protect their valuable data. Just how easy is it to secure your Windows system with Acronis True Image? Take a look at a quick step by step walkthrough to see just how simple it is to back up a PC with Windows using Acronis True Image.
Step 1 – Purchase a subscription for Acronis True Image 2018 and download the software to your computer. Alternatively, download the trial version of Acronis True Image 2018, which will allow you to access all the features of the software for a limited time. After you download Acronis True Image 2018 to your computer, run the setup file and install the application on your computer.
Step 2- Launch Acronis True Image 2018 after the installation finishes. When prompted, accept the license agreement to finish loading the application.
Step 3 – Fill in the form that appears to create a new Acronis Account. After submitting the form, check your email for a confirmation message. Click the link in the confirmation email to activate your new Acronis Account.
Step 4 – Log in to the application with your new Acronis account username and password.
Step 5 – in the “Backup Source” list, select the “Entire PC” option. The graphic updates to display “Entire PC” in the main backup window.
Step 6 – Click the “Change Destination” graphic in the main application window. Select “Acronis Cloud” in the “Backup Destination” list. The main backup window updates and displays “Acronis Cloud” as the backup destination.
Pro Tip – To encrypt your backup go to “Options” - "Advanced" - "Backup protection". Enter a password for the backup file encryption. Be sure to enter a strong password that is difficult to guess but easy for you to remember. Use a password that is at least 12 characters in length and contains both upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. Click the “OK” button to save the encryption password.
Step 7 – Click the “Back Up Now” button.
Step 8 – Wait for Acronis True Image 2018 to backup your system to the secure Acronis Cloud. Depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your Internet connection, the Windows computer backup could take a while to complete. A progress bar at the bottom of the main backup window shows you how the backup is progressing as well as an estimate of the time remaining before the backup finishes.
Step 9 – Click the “OK” button to close the notification window. You can use your computer normally while Acronis True Image 2018 completes the backup in the background. Once the backup is finished, the main backup window will display a green checkmark in the main application window.
Alternative – If you do not want or need to back up your entire Windows computer, you can opt to back up only selected files and folders. To back up only specified datasets, select the “Files and Folders” option in the “Backup Source” list.
Pro Backup Tip – When implementing a data rescue strategy, it is always best to store backups in several locations (to ensure you always have access to at least one no matter what happens.) So, in addition to storing a backup set in the secure Acronis Cloud, you should also consider backing up your Windows system to a local or network hard drive as well. To save a backup to a local or network drive, just select the appropriate drive location in the Backup Destination list.
Using Acronis True Image to Safeguard Your Mac Computer DataJust as it does with a Windows PC, Acronis True Image makes it super simple to backup a Mac computer. And, with Acronis True Image 2018, you can start backing up your system within seconds of downloading and installing the software. Better still, once you create a backup plan with Acronis True Image (which takes only a couple of mouse clicks,) your backups will run regularly and automatically based on scheduling preferences that you can configure or change at any time.
How to Back Up a Mac ComputerTypically, many Mac backup applications are a bit cumbersome and awkward to use. Therefore, if you have been wondering about how to back up a Mac without all the fuss and frustration, Acronis True Image is the best solution. Check out just how easy it is to use our software to back up your Mac computer.
Step 1 – Open Safari on your Mac, and then navigate to the Acronis website. Purchase a subscription for Acronis True Image 2018, and then download the installer to your computer. Note – You can also “try before you buy” by downloading and installing the trial version of Acronis True Image 2018.
Step 2 – Open your “Downloads” folder in Finder, and then double-click the Acronis installer file. When prompted to do so, drag the Acronis file to the “Applications” folder in the Finder window to complete the installation of Acronis True Image 2018. Click the “Open” button when prompted to do so. Also, if prompted to do so, enter your Mac system username and password to start the installation. (Note – If you install Acronis True Image 2018 in a folder other than “Applications,” the program may not function properly. Therefore, make sure to drag the program file only to the “Applications” folder.)
Step 3 – Launch Acronis True Image 2018 on your computer. Accept the License Agreement when prompted.
Step 5 – If you want to backup all the files on your computer, leave the graphic that displays the name of your Mac computer as it is. Otherwise, click the graphic, and then select “Disks” in the “Select Source” window. Select the name of the disk you want to back up, and then click “OK.”
Step 6 – Click the “Change Destination” graphic in the main application window. Select the “Acronis Cloud” option in the “Select Destination” window, and then click the “OK” button.
Step 7 – Click the “Back Up” button. Wait for Acronis True Image 2018 to back up your files to the secure Acronis Cloud. After the backup finishes, Acronis True Image will display a notification pop-up. Close the pop-up and then exit the application.
Tip – Just as you can do with a Windows system, you can choose back up all the files on your Mac with Acronis True Image or you can opt to back up only select file and folders. To back up selected files and folders with the Mac version of Acronis True Image, just select the “File and Folders” in the “Select Source” window. Then, browse to the folder that contains the files you want to back up and click “OK.” Next, just click “Back Up” as you normally would.
Pro Security Tip – To further protect your important files, encrypt them during the backup process. To encrypt your files, just click “Encrypt Backup” in the main application window, enter an encryption password, and then click “OK.” Note that with this option, though, you must always remember your encryption password or you will not be able to access your backup files.
Acronis Data Rescue Solutions for LinuxAcronis True Image is the data backup/rescue solution designed for home users of Windows and Mac computers. And, there is not a Linux version of Acronis True Image available. Nevertheless, this does not mean that our Linux users are left out in the cold – far from it. For business or enthusiast users of Linux workstations and servers, we offer our enterprise level Linux backup software solution: Acronis Backup 12.5.
Acronis Backup 12.5 offers all of the premium features included with Acronis True Image and also provides advanced enterprise-level features, such as Role based access control, multi-machine management, remote installation and backup, and much more.
To get started with Acronis Backup 12.5 for Linux, first purchase a subscription, and then download the Agent software for your distribution of Linux. Setup and use of the Linux backup agent for Acronis Backup 12.5 are relatively straightforward and simple. Nevertheless, if you need help, you can access detailed instructions for using the Linux agent here.
Acronis Data Recovery OptionsPreparing and implementing an effective backup strategy is the most crucial part of any data rescue plan. However, when a data disaster does strike, creating and storing your backups is only half the battle. When your valuable data is lost or compromised, nothing is more important than being able to restore or recover that data quickly and completely. With Acronis True Image, recovering your data is just as easy as backing it up; it takes only a few clicks. Check out the sections below to see just how easy it is to rescue data from a backup with Acronis True Image.
How to Recover Data in WindowsWith Acronis True Image 2018, recovering your files in Windows could not be easier. To rescue or recover lost or deleted Windows files from your Acronis Cloud account, just follow these steps:
Step 1 – Launch Acronis True Image 2018 on your computer. You can open Acronis True Image from the Windows Taskbar. First, right-click the Acronis icon, and then select “Open Acronis True Image.” Alternatively, you can open Acronis True Image in the Programs Menu, which you can access from the Start button.
Step 2 – In the main application window, click “Backup” on the sidebar menu. Then, click the name of the backup set you want to restore. Click the Recover Files button.
Step 3 – Enter the encryption password for the backup set. After you enter the password, click the “OK” button.
Step 4 – Browse to the folder(s) you want to restore. Alternatively, click the checkbox next to the “Name” label near the top of the “Select files and folders to recover” window to select all the files and folders in the backup set. After selecting the files and folders you want to restore, click the “Next” button to continue.
Step 5 – Click the “Recover Now” button to start the recovery process and restore your files from the data rescue backup set. Depending on the number of files you are recovering, and the speed of your Internet connection, the recovery process may take a while. So, just be patient. You can use your computer for other tasks while the recovery process is running. After the recovery finishes, Acronis True Image will display a notification in the main application window.
Pro Tip – By default, Acronis True Image 2018 restores files to the same original path and folder from which the backup originated. If you want to recover files to a different folder, click the “Browse” link in the “Select Recovery Destination” window, and then select the folder you want to use before starting the recovery.
Rescuing Backup Data on Mac ComputersMaking it easy to back up your Mac files is essential to an effective data rescue application. Nevertheless, it is only the beginning. Superior Mac data rescue software makes it as easy to recover your files as it does to back them up. And, with Acronis True Image 2018, that is exactly what you get: super-fast recovery with just a few mouse clicks. Here is how to rescue your files using Acronis True Image 2018:
Step 1 – Launch Acronis True Image 2018 from the launch pad or from the Applications folder in Finder.
Step 2 – After Acronis True Image 2018 opens, select the name of the backup you want to recover in the main application window, and then click “Recover Files.”
Step 3 – Select the folders in the backup set that you want to recover. Alternatively, click the folder name at the top of the list to select all the files and folders in the backup set. Finally, click the “Recover” button to start the recovery process. (Note – If you set an encryption password during the backup process, you will need to enter it before starting the recovery.)
Step 4 – Wait for Acronis True Image 2018 to restore the files from your rescue backup to your Mac computer. After the backup finishes, Acronis True Image 2018 displays a pop-up window that confirms that the recovery was successful.
Pro Recovery Tip – By default, Acronis True Image 2018 recovers the files to their original paths and folders. If you want to copy the backup files to a different folder, Click the “Change” button in the Recovery window, and then select the folder you want to use to store the recovered files.