Acro­nis True Im­age 2018 Backup soft­ware for true peace of mind

Back up your data

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There are lots of good rea­sons to back up your data, but one that’s been in the news re­cently is ran­somware. This is mal­ware that locks all your files, and dis­plays a mes­sage say­ing you won’t get them back un­less you pay money into a for­eign ac­count. This new ver­sion of one of the best backup tools pro­vides ex­tra peace of mind with ‘Ac­tive Pro­tec­tion’, which mon­i­tors your PC for any un­trusted soft­ware try­ing to mess with your files. Be­cause True Im­age keeps an up-to-date copy of ev­ery­thing you choose to back up, it can eas­ily re­store it all if you’re af­fected.

This fea­ture pre­vi­ously cost ex­tra, but it’s now in­cluded in the stan­dard pack­age, which costs £35 for a stand­alone ver­sion (which you can use for as long as you want) or ex­actly the same price for a one-year rolling li­cence that in­cludes up­dates and 250GB of cloud stor­age for back­ing up your most im­por­tant files re­motely.

Bear­ing in mind that out-of-date se­cu­rity soft­ware is less se­cure, the sub­scrip­tion deal seems the wiser choice. If back­ing up to the cloud is your pri­or­ity, Back­blaze ( www.snipca.com/25689) gives you un­lim­ited space for the same price.

But True Im­age has an un­ri­valled set of func­tions for keep­ing back­ups at home. It lets you choose what to copy au­to­mat­i­cally from your PC and all your your ios/an­droid de­vices to your hard drives. The only catch is that you’re lim­ited to one PC. The price rises to £56 for three or £70 for five.

While you can back up ex­actly those drives or fold­ers that you need to keep safe, and noth­ing more, True Im­age also spe­cialises in full drive cloning. You can make a com­plete im­age of a Win­dows PC even while it’s run­ning (no need to fid­dle around boot­ing up from a spe­cial drive), and even re­store this to a dif­fer­ent PC. What re­ally im­presses us about True Im­age 2018 is that it gives you so much con­trol over ev­ery­thing and lets you see ex­actly what’s go­ing on, which is re­as­sur­ing. It’s sim­ply the most ver­sa­tile backup soft­ware around.

VER­DICT: It still feels a bit more clut­tered than it needs to be, but this is an ex­cel­lent backup pack­age that’s now even more comprehensive

★★★★★

AL­TER­NA­TIVE: Easeus Todo Backup Free Free This pro­gram comes with ir­rel­e­vant ex­tras (untick them) and omits ad­vanced fea­tures, but it may be enough for you

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