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Easily Backup and Encrypt with Mega.nz

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10 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:03
    • 2. Mega.nz Overview

      0:55
    • 3. Create your Account

      1:33
    • 4. Web Interface

      3:05
    • 5. Sync Client

      2:44
    • 6. How Syncing Works

      2:02
    • 7. Mobile App

      0:43
    • 8. Restoring Files

      0:31
    • 9. Class Project

      0:31
    • 10. Conclusion

      1:10
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In this course you will learn how to back up your computer files to the secure cloud storage site Mega.nz for free. A cloud storage backup plan is an important part of anyone’s backup and recovery plan.  Today more than ever, your digital life of virtually unreplaceable documents and photos are threatened daily by Malware, Ransomware and even your own mistakes that can wipe out years of work, memories, and legal documents.  This course will cover creating an account, setting up the sync program, accessing your files from your web browser and your mobile device, and restoring your files from the cloud.  So don’t wait until it’s too late, join this course and let’s get started now.

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1. Introduction: welcome to easily backup and encrypt with mega NZ. In this course, you will learn how to back up your computer files to the secure cloud storage site Mega NZ for free. A cloud storage backup plan is an important part of anyone's backup and recovery plan. Today, more than ever, your digital life of virtually UNWRA place. Herbal documents and photos are threatened daily by malware, ransomware and even your own mistakes that can wipe out years of work memories and legal documents. This course will cover creating an account, setting up the sink program, accessing your files from the Web browser and your mobile device and restoring your files from the cloud. So don't wait until it's too late. Join this course and let's get started now. 2. Mega.nz Overview: Mega is an encrypted cloud storage provider that offers end to end encryption. This means that your files are encrypted on your device before being sent to the cloud storage, and when files were retrieved, they are decrypted on your device. Thus, Mega does not have access to your unencrypted files, their password or the password to your account. Nor can mega give that access to anyone. Mega offers several ways to access your files and your account through Web browsers, mobile APS and Desktop Sync program. This gives you secure access to your files virtually anywhere and is a great addition to any backup and recovery plan. Now let's create an account. 3. Create your Account: go to mega NZ backslash register and create your free account with your first and last name , your email address and a strong password now worried about your password. Your password is your encryption key. Thus your account security depends on the strength of your password. Also, keep in mind that there is no recovery procedure or reset for los passwords at Mega. If you forget your password, you will no longer be able to access your files. A good password uses upper and lower case letters, numbers and a special character such as the ones above your numbers on your keyboard. Using a phrase with the numbers and special characters mixed in would make a strong password that is also easy to remember. For example, what we think we become would be what we think we become at 2017 or W W. T. W B. At 17 if we took the first letter of each word and added the at symbol with 17 for the year at the end, another option would be to use the password generator at strong password generator dot com . It offers an option to show you your password as a memorable acronym to help you remember it. Now let's check out the Web interface 4. Web Interface: the mega website is very intuitive to use. We will quickly take a look at its main features. Here on the dashboard, you can see that it has a graph showing the amount of storage that you have to use. In my case, all of my files use 32 gigabytes, so the free plane is more than adequate. You should also note that on the left hand side below your name, there is a recovery key option. This is a special text file that you can download to keep in a secure place. Should you ever forget your password, the next menu item down list your folders and files. As you can see, I backed up my desktop documents, music and pictures. These were the folders that I would recommend backing up and perhaps the video folder in the download folder. If you have important files in them to, I would caution you if you have a large number of video files, as they will fill your cloud storage space quickly. If you click on the folder icons, they will show you a listing of all the files you have in each one. From there, you can easily download the files she need. This makes it very handy if you're at the office and you need a report that you've been working on at home or if you're a relatives home and you want to show them the latest photos of the kids. The next three menu items are shared contacts and chat, and they are handy tools. If you have friends, family or coworkers better storing files on Mega and are sharing them with you. Near the bottom is the rubbish folder, and it stores items that you have removed from your cloud storage until you choose to permanently delete thumb much in the same way as the recycling bin works on your desktop. The Settings area allows you to update your personal information, change your email or password and manager payments. If you have the pro account, the final menu item. It's the current transfers, and this lets you view the downloads or uploads that you have begun through your Web browser. If you choose the hamburger menu on the upper right side, you can open additional menu that contains some quick links to some important resource is such as the apse downloads, browser extensions, sync program and the mobile APs and that covers the website. I really like the clean and easy to navigate and that covers the website. I really like the clean and easy to use navigation and interface. Next, let's take a look at the same claim. 5. Sync Client: the same client is the software that you can use to keep the files on your computer. Backed up with the mega cloud storage. It makes it easier than using the Web browser because instead of choosing files one by one , you can just run the sink claim, and it will scan your computer for files that have changed. Go to mega backslash sink to download the program. I would demonstrate the Windows interface here, but it is also available for Mac and Lennox. The first time you run the program, it will ask you to log in and choose a default folder to sync. This will be a folder called Magas Ink, and it will be located in your Documents folder. I suggest changing this default local folder to your documents folder and creating a folder called Documents on the Mega website. Afterward, we will create more folders in the sink tap. The same client resides in your toolbar with your other notification icons. When you click on it, it opens up to a main screen that shows you how much storage you have used and the last few files updated and whether it is currently sinking or if it is up to date when you click on the gears icon in the top right hand corner, you can choose settings to view your options, such as which account you're using and whether you want the program to start on window startup. The Sinks tab allows you to choose which folders you want to back up. Here. You will see that the first folder you created called documents and then you can create more folders using the add button. It is a simple as choosing eight local folder that you want to back up and creating a folder named the same on the mega website. The Next three Tabs Air called Bandwidth Proxy and Advanced and all contain options that you would most likely not need unless you were experiencing issues. You can read more about these options on the mega website in their help section 6. How Syncing Works: on the cloud side. Locally deleted or over written files will be moved. A special Sinks debris sub folder in your cloud drives rubbish bin and can be retrieved from there until perched on your computer. The Sinks Root folder will have a hidden folder called Rubbish for Windows or dot debris for Mac and Lennox, to which deleted or overridden items from the cloud drive will be moved. You can restore the deleted over written data from thes locations. Because of the way the sinking program updates the files on the cloud drive continuously, I would recommend using the program on demand instead of letting it run in the background automatically. My reasoning is that if your computer is infected with Ransomware and the files become encrypted and unseen, usable, the sinking program may update the files in your cloud storage while, as we have discussed, you would be able to find the undamaged files in your rubbish folder. But it would be easier for you to not have to go through this extra step for myself. I run the sink program three days a week while I'm having my morning coffee. It's just one easy step of starting the program, and it gives me peace of mind that I essentially have a restore point to go back to should anything happen but letting it run in the background continuously, maybe a good choice for you. I just wanted you to be aware of the possible drawback. Now let's take a look at the mobile app. 7. Mobile App: the mobile app is a very handy tool for you to gain access to your important files while on the go. It is available on the mega website and in the APP stores for Android and Apple. It has a very intuitive interface that list your folders and files beautiful. It adds a camera folder to save your mobile photos to the cloud, which can be very handy if you choose to use it. The hamburger menu also gives you the option to take pictures or up load files. Next, let's take a look at restoring files. 8. Restoring Files: restoring files is a simple procedure. Using your Web browser, just double click the file or right click the folder and choose download. Your download will begin in the transfer tab, and once complete, you will be prompted to choose a location to save on your computer. You will also have the choice to save the file as is, or as a sip, which would improve download time. 9. Class Project: in this course, I listed a few of the basic folders that everyone should consider backing up while thinking about the important folders and files on your computer and setting up your sink programs list one folder that you believe your fellow classmates should back up as an alternative project. Tell us how maney folders and files you backed up to your mega cloud and how long it took for that first backup. 10. Conclusion: Well, that's it. You're at the end of this course, and I hope that you have found it useful and that you have done that one most important thing. Take action. Unless you physically take action and back up the files on your computer, they will always be at risk to malware ransomware and the inevitable human error. In this course, I want to show you a simple and free way to back up your files online. But I want to encourage you to also back up your files on a USB external hard drive. You can buy a really nice one for around $60 thes days. This will give you quick access to your files without having to download them. And it would also be an alternative recovery plan. Typically, you would just need to plug in a USB external hard drive, and your computer will prompt you to perform a backup. Thank you again for taking this course, and I hope you recommend it to a friend