Backup and Sync from Google: Fight Ransomware Risk with Cloud Computing

July 13, 2017 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from 1RedDrop. Author: Shudeep Chandrasekhar.

Google today launched a much-anticipated desktop app called Backup and Sync. Not one to mince words, the company is encouraging users to sync whatever media they have on their local systems to a location in the cloud. Essentially, it’s going to act as a replacement for older Drive client applications, as well as for the older Photos app.

The tool will be mindful of any existing settings you have on your Mac or PC for backups, but you can basically sign into your Google account and specify which folders need to be backed up regularly to Google Cloud. Not only does Backup and Sync keep your desktop backed up at all times, but it can also access and sync data from external memory devices like USB sticks, hard drives, cameras and SD cards…

Google is advising business users not to install this tool for now, and that’s presumably because excessive usage could force the company into a different tariff tier. Great for Google, but not great for CFOs…

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