Developer Acronis Int. GMBH
Acronis International GmbH, simply referred to as Acronis, is a private technology company. Acronis develops on-premises and cloud software for backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share and data access. Acronis has 18 offices worldwide. Its R&D Centers, Acronis Labs, are based in the United States, Singapore and Russia. Acronis has Cloud data centers internationally, including the United States, France, Singapore, Japan, Russia, and Germany.
ABOUT ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2017 NG PREMIUM
Acronis True Image 2017 is the latest version developed by Acronis Int. GMBH. It is available in 3 different versions having the same basic functionality and interface, but each with their own additional extra’s:
Extra NEW features only available in the Premium version
- NEW Acronis Active Protection™ ( windows-only !! )
Protect data against ransomware
- NEW Acronis Notary™
Ensure data authenticity
- NEW Acronis ASign™
Acronis ASign to request an electronic signature for
an authenticated audit trail.
- NEW Acronis Active Protection™ ( windows-only !! )
Acronis True Image being a backup application can be used with your own backup device like an external NAS or Harddisk. Safety is a major factor nowadays as your backup probably stores all your private data.
You do not want to get compromised in any way with private data stolen. Just imagine you’re getting burgled and the first thing they will take are your laptop, iMac and external drives. All easy to sell and they will leave a note stating ‘Thank you for your information’. Now sit in the corner and start praying.
So IF you use an iMac, IF you use an external drive or NAS, ALWAYS use encryption and system password!! I just can’t say it enough times to readers Get yourself protected! Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium version, provides fantastic safety features which as stated are a must if you store and backup ‘ for your eyes only ‘ data. If you only want to backup your songs, and ordinary family pictures you also use encryption as most of us store a copy of their passport on their computer. And again you don’t want to be a victim of identity theft. So use encryption always.
This Premium version has some NEW and great safety additions ( especially for Windows users! ). ANY business should be using these features as they provide continuity in case of security problems. Ransomware is a popular virus
encrypting your computer files and leave you with just one option: Pay or loose all your datafiles ! The new Acronis Active Protection ( windows only! ) will make sure your data will always be safe and available. I contacted Acronis and asked why Acronis Active Protection is not yet available for this Mac version. Acronis product expert official stated implementing this feature was easier on Windows and more difficult on Macs operating system. They are busy testing and will be implementing this feature in future versions for Mac. ????
ACRONIS ACTIVE PROTECTION ™
Protection from future threats
- Attackers that try to infect or compromise local or cloud backups
- Attacks that are smaller and harder to notice, for example changing only a small part of a document or photo deep in your hard drive
- Attackers coming up with creative new ways to attempt to surreptitiously change your files without your knowledge
FEATURES ( All versions )
Full image backup
File and folder backup
No interruption backup
Multiple backup plans
Flexible backup schemes
Bootable media for restore
End to End encryption and password
Auto compression on backup
Backup comments & exclusions
Auto backup cleanup
Facebook backup: incremental Facebook backup is now possible to protect your timeline and photos.
Security: data is encrypted using the AES-256 standard.
Dual protection: local backup and cloud backup for dual protection ensures data and content is truly protected
Multiple device support: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Facebook can all be backed up
Local data center: you can select the location of your cloud data center; In Germany, in the US, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney etc
The most essential job for any computer user is Backup your files ! Your Mac has TimeMachine available which works easy and well but has no flexibility at all. Its backing up All or Nothing, Acronis however is doing tailor made backups to internal, external devices or Acronis Cloud ( 1Tb storage included in Premium version ). You may also backup to any other cloud storage if you already have storage available.
Acronis True Image 2017 NG is developed for all users, experienced or not. Its easy and when you look at the provided pictures it shows you exactly how to. IF you use ‘encryption’ make sure you NEVER forget the Password.
Keep it in a safe place! or you’re encrypted backup is useless.
BACKUP in PROGRESS ( speed / time left )
Acronis backs up to a local drive quicker then Time Machine, so thats one point in favour of Acronis True Image 2017. Acronis Cloud backup ( 1Tb storage included ), is saver option as their storage techniques are far better and saver then our home external disks. But you guessed it, everything has its price. The average transfer speed using the Acronis Cloud is in my case approx. 25Mb/s. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out your backup will take some time. But is handled in the background, just don’t switch off your computer before you made sure the backup has finished. The Acronis True Image 2017 application itself doesn’t have to stay visible when backing up, it will do its job in the background all the time. Even after a new startup of your system you don’t need to activate Acronis itself.
RECOVER DATA/FILES from BACKUP
Recovering your back upped files or data is easy. Once a ‘Backup’ has finished a message will be displayed on the interface( below ). To recover data just hit the ‘recover button’ see arrow in the image below and a popup screen
will show the back upped data from this specific session. Now select the files to be recovered and hit the ‘recover button’ and your done. Your files will be stored in its original location ! Job done.
RECOVER IF MAC DOESN’T BOOT
Prior to your first backup CREATE YOUR BOOTABLE media DVD or USB drive. If you haven’t prepared for the worst, you’re nearly too late now. GET IT DONE !
This is needed if your Mac won’t startup anymore. Main reason is a corrupted MBR of the harddisk. Time Machine is only useful, if a recent copy has been stored on an external disk or different partition. If your Mac won’t startup anymore probably your harddisks MBR section is corrupt or your HD itself is dead. In most of these cases a new full format is required to get access again to your harddisk, meaning you will loose all stored data of the HD. Now its time to make use of your Time Machine’s external backup OR boot from your created USB media and do a full restore from any external source. Acronis True Image 2017 NG will get your job done for sure.
From the Menu:
CREATE BACKUP PLAN FROM REMOTE COMPUTER & SEARCH FILES ON LOCAL or CLOUD
This is where you can setup your personal backup plan and scheduling. The only way to set a fully and personalised backup plan from a Remote Computer.
DOWNLOAD the ACRONIS user MANUAL
Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium version is an outstanding backup application. It offers safety, speed and backups your social media like Facebook and mobile device as well. The clean interface takes any user through the process in no time. Acronis New Generation however takes Data-Backup to the next level with the implemented Acronis Active Protection (windows only!), Acronis Notary, Acronis Asign, encryption features offering state of the art protection.
I can’t find any real flaws in Acronis apart from the Acronis cloud backup time, and the different Cloud/Account-web pages which could be made into one! Acronis Active Protection for now is only available for windows based machines which is a shame really as Mac’s are also not free from ransomware viruses/attacks. This feature will however be implemented after fierce testing in future versions I am told.
Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium ( with Acronis Active Protection) is easily the best backup software available. If you are looking for maximum protection, features and bootable backup media function, Acronis True Image 2017 NG Premium is the software to buy.
We also need to mention the low system load ( CPU load ) when backing up data. Another reason to choose Acronis as your default backup application.
ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE 2017 New Generation PREMIUM version