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MEGA Backup, a new Google Drive style backup feature

At this point in life, there’s no need to be reminded of the existence of MEGA, right? You know, the file storage and syncing service that came from the hand of the controversial Kim Dotcom, from which it could not be separated for a long time due to various problems, but whose trajectory since then, despite bad omens, has been quite consistent. Well, then comes MEGA Backup.

MEGA Backup is not a new application, but rather a new feature of MEGAsync, the desktop client of MEGA (Linux, Mac, Windows), which, as the name suggests, is used to manage the synchronization of files between the PC and the cloud. the same goes for MEGA Backup, with which you can create backup copies also honor his name. But what exactly does this feature consist of?

The question is legitimate because by syncing files in the cloud you are already creating backups in a way, except that MEGA has always had the ability to upload files or folders to the cloud one way and without return . So MEGA Backup consists of a new option one-way sync in the style of, for example, the one with Google Drive.

While regular MEGA syncing works both ways, this means that if you’re syncing a document folder to the cloud and you change something on one side (your computer’s documents folder) or the other (the cloud documents folder), the changes will automatically be reflected. This method is very efficient for having the same information in different places, but has a latent risk of data loss if a problem occurs.

For example, say you sync your Documents folder and accidentally delete it on your computer or in the cloud. In that case, the changes are replicated and you lose everything (not really, because there are insurances to prevent this from happening in such a simple way: there is a recycle bin where deleted files spend a while before they are permanently deleted, there is a version history of edited files…) .

On the other hand, the ability to upload folders and files is very convenient because it integrates with the desktop file manager and consists of a few clicks… but it is not permanent, meaning that you will have to manually repeat the exercise every time you edit a file. It is not used to automatically update an incremental backup.

To fill this gap in MEGA functionality comes MEGA Backup, a one-way sync that lets you choose a local folder that will sync all your changes to the cloud, but not the other way around. All the details about this new feature are explained on the MEGA blog.

Anyway, back to the MEGA situation, it has been stable for a long time and the service is well established in its category among others, just like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, but with client-side encryption and a “zero knowledge” privacy policy ahead.

Source: Muy Computer

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