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Computer security can be exhausting when you consider all the updates and scans you know you should do every day. Keeping all your data safe – not to mention website blocking, external security (keeping your password safe and your computer locked) and, of course, backing up important files in case you are actually infected with some new strain of malware or your hard drive crashes – is a tough job. Luckily, Malwarebytes has just released a tool that will alleviate some of these concerns and help you stave off some of these headaches. Malwarebytes Secure Backup, our newest malware security tool, not only helps keep your files safe with regular backups to either secure cloud storage or local storage but also makes sure that you do not back up any malware by scanning every file that you back up.
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- Eliminates worrying about lost files
- Remembers to back up when you don’t
- Removes the threat of saving or spreading infected files
- Uses backup technology named “The top-rated backup solution” by PC Magazine
- Automatically scans your important files for malware even if you forget to run your usual antivirus/anti-malware scan on your system. It is a malware “fail-safe.”
While any malware protection application would like to claim that their product could protect you against any malicious software threat, the truth is that sometimes things get through. When this happens, you might end up losing files to encrypted ransomware or malware that erases your personal files. If you have not backed up any of your files, well then, you have just lost them, maybe forever.
However, if you have backed up your files using any normal remote backup service, you will remove the malware any way you can then just download the files back to your system and everything can go back to normal, or can it? The reality is that the malicious file that resulted in your system becoming infected might have been backed up with your other normal files. Once you download the files back you also download the malware, and you might end up with the same problem you started with.
The threat of backed up malware is where Malwarebytes Secure Backup steps in. Knowing that your files are backed up and malware free using Malwarebytes Secure Backup will remove the fear that you have just lost your photos or music collection and/or your important documents.
This is how it works:
- Malwarebytes Secure Backup scans the file to be uploaded with your copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (PRO or Free).
- If the file is free of malware, it is encrypted and uploaded to the secure server. If the file is infected, it is skipped, and you are automatically notified that the file is infected.
- Your clean file is safely stored.
So not only are your files scanned for malware and stored safely but they are also encrypted so you know that your files will be safe and kept private as they travel to our secure cloud server or are stored on your local storage away from the reach of malware. In addition, when you back up files, every file is archived, and every backed up file that is deleted from Malwarebytes Secure Backup is archived, just in case you need to retrieve a deleted file in the future.
Where exactly is your data stored?
Malwarebytes Secure Backup consolidates both online and local backups under one program–so you don’t have to use separate products for each (online and local). For our secure cloud storage users, your data will be stored in a certified data center that includes:
- Manned 24-hour security and video surveillance
- Proximity security badge access
- State-of-the-art smoke and fire suppression
- Temperature-controlled environment systems
- Seismically braced construction
- Redundant backup power systems
In addition to redundant hard drive (RAID) configurations and real-time network monitoring, you can rest assured that even while stored remotely, your data is safe, private and always be available to you.
If you don’t always have access to an Internet connection and would feel more comfortable storing your files on local storage, Malwarebytes Secure Backup offers this option as well, encrypting and archiving the files you need, directly into local storage, in a form that malware can’t get to.
How is my data encrypted?
As stated previously, we encrypt your data before it even leaves your system so it is securely stored and kept private from malware or attackers who attempt man-in-the-middle network attacks to steal your outgoing data. We encrypt your files at all three stages of the backup process:
- Before files leave your computer or mobile device they are protected using a first layer of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption, the same encryption used by banks and military organizations.
- Files are transferred to our secure cloud using a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection that employs a second layer of AES encryption.
- Once files reach our data centers, your data is protected with a third layer of AES encryption.
Access from anywhere
Another great features of Malwarebytes Secure Backup is the web portal access that allows you to easily access your shared files from anywhere and download them to another system or share them with your friends.
Can I share my files?
There are many different personal file sharing options out there today, and people use them all the time to share pictures, music or files. However, sharing files puts your reputation on the line, especially if you accidentally share malicious files with the people who trust you.
Malwarebytes Secure Backup also allows you to securely share your personal files with your friends or family in a safe and easy way! Malwarebytes Secure Backup can send an e-mail to the recipient of your files with a download link to the file you want to share. You do not have to worry about copying links or attaching files ever again!
Malwarebytes Secure Backup provides an option to our users known as UltraSafe. UltraSafe is for users who do not want anyone but the password holders to have access to their backup credentials– meaning the user will not able to recover their password if it is forgotten or lost. UltraSafe ensures that your data is not available to anyone but you and those who you want to have access to it, however it is not recommended for the casual user who might need to recover their password in the future. Use with caution.
How much does it cost?
There are other secure backup options available to you for different prices, but most of them offer a high storage amount limited to only one device and a much higher price if you want to back up more devices. With Malwarebytes Secure Backup, you can get the right amount of storage for you for all of your devices (computer, tablet, phone, etc.) and all for a single price per year. Our plans include:
Basic – $29.95/year
- 50 GB
- Unlimited Devices
Standard – $59.95/year
- 100 GB
- Unlimited Devices
Premium – $119.95/year (our best offer)
- 200 GB
- Unlimited Devices
The plan you choose should be based on your needs. If you are the occasional or light user with only personal documents and a few GB of music and photos across numerous devices (Android, PC, iOS, etc) then the basic plan might be best for you. If you are a heavy user with more than one PC and/or numerous devices in your house and lots of music, pictures, documents and other personal files, Premium or Standard would be the best way to go.
Where do I get it / More Info
If you’d like to try out Malwarebytes Secure Backup for free, head over to our product page for a free trial. If you know that Malwarebytes Secure Backup is the right choice for you, click on Buy Now and select one of the buy options we talked about above.
However, if you are still unsure of whether or not our product is right for you and want to learn more about it, you can also check our product page or our datasheet, which lists all the features of Malwarebytes Secure Backup.
Malware will never stop finding new ways to infect your system and steal your personal data or destroy what you cherish on your computer. While computer security products will always try their best to defend your system from all threats, one of the best ways to ensure that your data stay safe is to take security into your own hands and back up important files on a regular basis. Using Malwarebytes Secure Backup you can ensure that your files stay safe, secure and protected from current and future threats.