KLS Mail Backup is a useful tool for backing up and restoring your email and browser settings and profiles. It currently supports the backup of Windows Mail profiles, Windows Contacts, Outlook Express profiles, Windows Address Book, Internet Explorer Favourites and Accounts and Mozilla, Seamonkey, Thunderbird and Firefox profiles.
The application itself is free for personal use and it is very simple to use, as found in the guide below:
Backing Up Your Files
Firstly you will need to download KLS Mail Backup and install the application.
When you first run the program, you will be required to select which items you wish to backup:
Once you have selected which items you wish to backup, you will need to specify where and how the files will be stored. To do this, click the “Properties” icon on the top toolbar. Here you will be prompted to setup the profile options.
Inside the Profile Properties screen, you will be required to enter the settings for where you wish to save your backup. Here you are able to choose your backup location, whether it be a network or local file path, a CD or DVD burner or even an FTP server.
The options on the left panel will allow you to specify the compression method of the backup file, backup type and will also present you with a summary of the processes the application is about to undertake.
Once all your settings are applied as you would like, click “OK” and return to the main application screen, where you will be shown what you have selected to backup. The final step in the process is to run the backup and securely save your system files. This is as easy as clicking the “Run” button on the top toolbar.
You will be presented with a progress screen of what the application is saving. You can at any time cancel the process and change some of the settings. Once this is done, check that the file is located in the correct directory, save this to an additional storage location should just in case the worst should happen.
Restoring Your Backup
The restoration process can be initiated by clicking the “Restore” button on the top toolbar. KLS Mail Backup should automatically recognise where you saved your previous backup to, and will present you with a Restore Wizard window that should already have selected your saved file location.
If you wish to restore a backup from another computer, you will need to either copy the file to the location selected in the application or you will need to change the backup/restore location to the location of your saved archive file.
KLS Mail Backup is a very user friendly and powerful backup application that can save time and effort when saving your important mail and browser system files.
MakeUseOf had several other posts on backing your email and browser settings. Check them out as well:
- Back up your Firefox profile with MozBackup
- 5 Ways to Backup your Email
- Quick Tip: Backup Firefox Preferences
- Back Up Files To Email With Just One Click
- Amic E-Mail Backup – A Good Thing in a Small Package
- How To Backup Your Gmail Account To YOUR Hard Drive
What do you use to safeguard your mail and browser settings? Leave a comment below.