If computers are an indispensable part of your life then I am sure you understand the value of data and what could be the consequences if you lose it. Whether it’s your picture files, music collection, videos, documents, wordpress blog or any other form of data, you’ll know that if your operating system ditches you and the computer goes down, your data is lost too (unless you can afford to pay the data recovery firms to get it).
If you are on Windows, it’s almost mandatory for you to backup your important data since it’s not an operating system which you can always count on (although it is the most popular one).
We have previously mentioned about top free programs to backup data on your PC and also about services which help you backup your data online. Another advanced and versatile backup software in this league is AceBackup. It was previously commercially available and has recently been made free of charge. It offers local and remote backup and also lets you encrypt files while backing up. There are many other features available which you’ll not find in other free backup software.
After installing AceBackup, you’ll have to first create a backup project which will help you streamline your backup tasks. You can create two kinds of projects :-
- (1) Acebackup Archive – This lets you backup within the Acebackup directory. You can store private files in a compressed and encrypted form.
(2) Acebackup Backup – This is the actual backup project which lets you backup important files in an external storage device like a CD or DVD or to a remote FTP server. It also lets you automate the entire backup process.
As I mentioned earlier, AceBackup gives you multiple backup options. You can select whether you want to back up to a local directory or a network drive, host your data at a remote FTP server or back it up on CD / DVD. You can also choose to backup simultaneously at multiple locations.
AceBackup also gives you multiple file security and compression options. If you understand the security standards then you can choose your preferred standard from a drop down menu depending upon the sensitivity of your data.
Once you’re done with selecting the type of project, the backup location and the type of security, you can schedule it to backup at specific time intervals and there you go! You’ve got a secured and automated backup running at your desired time.
The following are some of AceBackup’s unique features which you won’t find in any other freeware backup utility.
Secure FTP – As already mentioned, AceBackup lets you backup your data to a remote FTP server of your choice. You can use one of the five encryption algorithms and back it up to a FTP server which requires secure authentication.
File specific encryption – By specifying the file extensions, you can actually customize the file encryption process during the backup.
Another cool feature is the ability to launch applications before or after a backup project. This can help you shut down your computer automatically after a backup using a particular software for that purpose.
Multi File Versioning – AceBackup enables you to store and restore a file in several versions. This is a very useful feature because if by mistake you backup a wrong or damaged version of your document then using this feature you can easily restore an older version of your file.
There are many more features which you’ll discover, once you start using it. It’s no doubt a robust backup utility and since it’s now free, it is probably the best tool for the job. Give it a try and let us know what you think.