The rising threat of malware and ransom ware has made backing up your data more important than ever. Before we begin here are a number of easy steps you can take to stop malware and ransom ware attacks.

  • First, regularly update your operating system to ensure your computer is fitted with the latest security features.
  • Second, install antivirus software to detect and fight off malicious attacks.
  • Third, avoid opening suspicious files from unknown sources.
  • Finally, disable remote access when it’s not required as malware often targets computers that use remote desktop protocols.

Creating backups of your work at different locations means you can still access and restore important data in event of an attack on a single device. Using Synology’s Disk Station Manager, you can backup data from your computer to your NAS as well as from your NAS to an external device, another Synology NAS or public cloud service. Cloud Station Backup lets you create scheduled backups from a computer to your Synology NAS. All modifications will be backed up in real time, so long as your computer is connected to the internet. You can keep up to 32 historical versions of each file.

Cloud Station Backup

Cloud Station Backup’s Intelliversioning feature retains backup versions that contain the most significant changes instead of removing them in a purely chronological order. Using Hyper Backup, you can backup files and folders on your NAS to other locations to enhance data security. Hyper Backup also allows you to backup system application configurations, as well as schedule backup tasks to run automatically at a specific time or repeat according to a schedule.

Hyper Backup uses cross version and duplication, which means repeated data across multiple versions will be backed up only once, reducing storage consumption and bandwidth use. Snapshot Replication allows for the creation of almost instant point-in-time backups on Synology NAS models that support the Btrfs file system By only making a physical copy when modifications are found in a file or folder, Snapshot Replication also consumes less space and system resources than traditional backup methods. Now let’s take a closer look at how to use Snapshot Replication.

First, download and install Snapshot Replication from the package center if you have not already done so. To take a snapshot of a file a folder, click on Snapshot in the left-hand menu before selecting the shared folder or iSCSI LUN you wish to take a snapshot of. Click on the snapshot and select “Take a snapshot” from the drop-down menu. Click on the Settings tab to alter the frequency, timing and retention settings of Snapshots If you want to let other users browse Snapshots within a shared folder, go to the Advanced tab and check “Make snapshot visible”. In the event of data loss, you can use Snapshot Replication to restore backed up versions of your files.

Click on recovery, select the folder you wish to restore and click “recover”. Click on “action” and choose either to restore in place or create a clone under a new name. You can also recover your data from your local computer through various file service protocols including SMB, FTP, AFP. In this example, the shared folder “project A” has been mounted in Windows File Explorer. To restore the entire shared folder to a previous point in time, open the folder and right-click and select properties.

Click “previous versions” and choose the desired version before clicking restore. You can also recover a single file without restoring the entire folder If you have made Snapshots visible when in the shared folder you will see a subfolder called snapshot. Here you can browse all the previous versions of each file in the folder and can copy any of them to any location on your computer for immediate use.