Helpware: Don’t Wait To Back Up Your Files

By Harold Glicken
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Harold Glicken gives a pretty glowing review for the 2018 version of Acronis. Glicken says the latest version will help you to make essential backups.

Tribune News Service

Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

For one thing, in the world of personal computers, hard disks tend to crash at the worst times, and two, you probably don’t have a backup of your most important files, not to mention hundreds of photos of a moment in time that can never be replaced.

I’ve used cloud backups such as SugarSync, Carbonite and Dropbox, but they back up files only.

If you want a snapshot of your entire hard drive, there are several choices. Carbonite Plus, for one, can take a snapshot of your hard drive, and when the drive fails, that snapshot can be restored to the new drive, but only if it’s on the same computer.

These programs are easy to use and are reliable. But privacy freaks (count me in) might not want their sensitive files stored on servers in Montana or Romania. That leaves backup software that use external hard drives.

Acronis True Image 18 does both onsite and cloud backups, and quite inexpensively. For $50, you get the backup program only. Pay more, and you get cloud backup in addition to local backup on an external drive. Those drives cost as little as $50 for a terabyte.

I reviewed the 2017 version of Acronis several months ago and found it to be easy to use and dependable. The latest version, 2018, goes even further to help folks make essential backups. The graphical interface is more user-friendly. And as a bonus, Acronis 2018 uses artificial intelligence to ferret out ransomware from backups. That malicious virus demands ransom to unfreeze a computer.

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