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Protect Your Backup from Ransomware

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  • Fact Sheet One page fact sheet

Many ransomware strains such as WannaCry, already have the ability to remove both system restore points and your Windows backups altogether. Rather worryingly, experts also suggest that ransomware is expected to increasingly target backup files in the future.

What is the answer to avoiding paying the ransome? Should we invest thousands of dollars in Cyber Liablity Insurance or a few hundred and ensure you have protected backups?

CryptoSafeGuardCryptoSafeGuard to the Rescue!

CryptoSafeGuard is a proprietary technology that helps protect your backups so that your business can be recovered even after a ransomeware attack.

The CryptoSafeGuard feature is designed to do four important jobs:
  • Actively protect your backups from being encrypted by ransomware
  • Detect possible infections before running backups
  • Stop backups from running to avoid compromising backups
  • Alert you via email and SMS so you can take further action

The 'Detector'

CryptoSafeGuard executes a detection scan before running each backup, using a combination of complementary scan algorithms and signature based checks to detect infection.

It scans the system, and the specific backup job's selections, using a hierarchical approach so that the slower in-depth checks only happen on the smallest number of files possible.

If an infection is detected, immediate action is taken:

  1. Sets BackupAssist UI status to "blocked"
  2. Stops the backup, sends usual backup error notifications (if configured)
  3. Sends SMS notification if configured - recommended!
  4. Stops further backups from running

The 'Protector'

When a backup is executed, CryptoSafeGuard initiates write locking on each specific backup job's backup location (path).

The CryptoSafeGuard protector prevents unauthorized processes on the BackupAssist machine from writing to the backup.

It does not prevent other machines from writing to the backup - CryptoSafeGuard is not a replacement for good security practices.

The protection means that only BackupAssist processes can create, modify, or delete files at the backup location.

Please Note:

CryptoSafeGuard is NOT a replacement for your traditional antivirus and/or anti-malware applications - it's to be treated as an extra layer of protection.

Anti-virus and anti-malware
BackupAssist + CryptoSafeGuard
Focused on detecting viruses and threats, and cleaning up infections. Focused on providing and protecting a time machine to go back in time and restore data before the infection.
Like a bouncer at a night club - trying to stop threats from getting in, and cleaning up (evicting) any threats that managed to sneak in.


Protection against damage caused by threats that have managed to infiltrate and circumvent the perimeter security. "Undo" the damage caused.


Download the 30-day FREE trial version and test it out for yourself.

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