Malwarebytes are undoubtedly one of the biggest names in internet security and anti-virus software, so it comes as no surprise to see the company make a move into the online backup business with Malwarebytes Secure Backup.
At first glance, Secure Backup seems like a fairly standard backup solution, especially as it has another company’s backup system at its core (courtesy of the very reputable SOS Online Backup). The user simply selects which files and folders are to be backed up, and chooses a regular backup schedule. Files are then encrypted using AES encryption, transferred over an SSL connection using a second layer of encryption, before undergoing a final layer of encryption and being stored on an extremely secure US-based server. Backed-up files are easily retrievable, and all past iterations of each file are saved on the server, meaning it’s almost impossible to lose anything that’s been uploaded.
However, Secure Backup has a couple of extra tricks up its sleeve that set it aside from the usual backup solutions.
The main draw is the unique protection filter, which is based on Malwarebytes’ acclaimed Anti-Malware program. This means that all files go through an Anti-Malware check during the synchronisation process, ensuring that any files that are downloaded or shared in the future are free of malware. It’s a very useful little feature, as infected files are a common problem for backup solutions of this type.
There’s also an optional ‘UltraSafe’ feature – for those who desire another layer of security – which makes the backed up data utterly irretrievable by anyone who doesn’t have the password. This, of course, means that forgetting the password means losing access to the data, so it’s not a decision to be made lightly.
Another advantage is that one software license will cover an unlimited number of devices, allowing users to backup and re-download files at number of PCs.
The program is currently in beta, and is available for Windows systems as a free 14-day trial, offering 5GB of backup storage. Satisfied users can then choose to upgrade to a paid account. It’s a little pricey for the casual user; subscription options start at around £40 a year ($59.95) for the 100GB option, and rise to around £200 ($299.95) a year for the 500GB option. However, it’s ideal for serious users who really need that extra piece of mind when it comes to managing, storing and sharing their data.