Protect Your Files, Data & Memories from Ransomware - and Every Other Threat You Can Think Of

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Ransomware is a particularly nasty type of malicious program that encrypts a user’s files, making them completely inaccessible. SyncBackPro by 2BrightSparks now includes multiple layers of protection against this.

Many users fail to realise that most anti-virus solutions offer at best limited protection against ransomware.

Businesses and individuals alike are equally susceptible to the risks of ransomware, and what's particularly galling is that paying the ransom doesn't guarantee the files are unlocked, or even that the user won't be targeted again.

Worse still, many ransomware variations write over backed-up versions of the files as well, leaving the user completely unable to restore their data.

Many users also fail to realise that most anti-virus solutions offer at best limited protection against ransomware. Even dedicated security solutions cannot guarantee that a user's data will be safe.

SyncBackPro offers several effective solutions to save a user's files and money from ransomware attack.

The first is that SyncBack allows quick and easy regular offsite backups - for example to the cloud or an FTP server, where they cannot be overwritten. Most ransomware is unable to find or encrypt files stored offline.

In some cases, however, the infected backups from the source may overwrite backup files, including version files or multiple backup copies without the user's notice, resulting in a complete loss of data.

SyncBack version 8 introduces two new features to detect this type of ransomware infection on the host system, and prevent it from infecting backups.

SyncBack's Ransomware Detection feature checks to see if a file has been modified, and if so, SyncBack will stop all backups - including automated backups.

As a secondary layer of protection, SyncBack can also be set to warn the user or abort a backup when a given percentage of files are going to be updated during a backup. For example if 20% or more of the files have been modified, the backup can be aborted.

SyncBack is not a dedicated anti-ransomware solution as such, but by taking advantage of these two features, a user's data and backups can be protected from being held to ransom. Even if a particular PC is compromised, the data and backups will be left intact.

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