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    Macrium Reflect Password/Encrypt: Yes/No?


    In the 1 in a million (at least) chance that I get nailed for ransomware (with Norton and paid Malwarebytes running), I thought I was protected having images stored on an external drive. But I guess you could increase those odds and say the attack came when the drive was connected and then all the images could be corrupted.

    To prevent this I could opt to use the Reflect encrypt option. Time is never a problem running the backup and although it would take a lot longer to restore I could live with it if it was a matter of having/not having the data.

    How do you all handle this?

    I think before I get too worked up about encrypting the backup I ought get up off my a** and finally change the passwords on the DSL modem and bridged router from their factor presets!

    Mark
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    markg2 said: View Post
    In the 1 in a million (at least) chance that I get nailed for ransomware ... I thought I was protected having images stored on an external drive. But I guess you could increase those odds and say the attack came when the drive was connected and then all the images could be corrupted.

    To prevent this I could opt to use the Reflect encrypt option...
    I'm not sure that would protect you. A far better option would be to buy Macrium in order to get the extra features, including...

    Macrium Image Guardian protects your backup files from unauthorised modification.
    MIG grants write access to existing backups file for Macrium Reflect 7.1, any image tools created by us, and optionally, MS RoboCopy. All other process attempting to update existing backup files will be denied access.
    https://knowledgebase.macrium.com/di...Image+Guardian
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    I think this is my last day of the paid home version trial.

    1. Do you use the paid version?
    2. So just because the data is encrypted doesn't mean that the encrypted data could be further encrypted by ransomware?
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    markg2 said: View Post
    I think this is my last day of the paid home version trial.

    1. Do you use the paid version?
    2. So just because the data is encrypted doesn't mean that the encrypted data could be further encrypted by ransomware?
    No, I just use the Free edition https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree but I make sure I never leave an external HDD connected.

    If ransomware can access a file it can encrypt it. Doesn't matter that it's already encrypted. You could do that yourself if you wanted, try using 7-Zip to make an encrypted .zip that contains one or more encrypted files, for example.
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    And I don't guess you're still are using the factory password for your modem/router!
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    markg2 said: View Post
    And I don't guess you're still are using the factory password for your modem/router!
    Actually, my particular model was given a unique admin password for each router ever made. But it's chosen from a restricted character set so is relatively easy to crack by brute force methods. Needless to say, I changed it long ago.
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    As well as changing the passwords on routers/modems it's also worth looking at changing your DNS there too, so any ISP weakness is somewhat mitigated.
    I'm currently using Cloudflare...1.1.1.1 — the Internet’s Fastest, Privacy-First DNS Resolver


    WRT to ransomware the only real option for offline is to keep the drive off any network until you need to create a backup, then remove it again, (and hope there isn't some new sleeper ransomware variant lurking in the background...)

    You can use online Cloud for file versioning for documents and files, people have recovered ransomwared files that way
    Avoid auto writing them back to the PC/NAS though (sync), and if it's sensitive information maybe only use zero knowledge encrypted providers like Spideroak et al.
    There are plenty of review comparisons for all the various mainstream and specialist cloud storage providers out there in webworld.
    I use cloud storage but not for anything sensitive that can be used for ID theft or fraud (financial, legal etc.)
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    markg2 said: View Post
    I think this is my last day of the paid home version trial.

    1. Do you use the paid version?
    2. So just because the data is encrypted doesn't mean that the encrypted data could be further encrypted by ransomware?
    The paid version is well worth buying for several reasons:-

    1) incremental images

    2) Macrium Image Guardian

    3) Ability to deploy images to different hardware.

    4) And probably best of all, Rapid Delta Restore. If you made a hash of something deleting some files, or bad installation etc, you can restore an image backup and it ONLY restores foles that have changed instead of everything taking up to 20% or less of the time in many cases.

    I also feel MR is so good, they deserved some payment.
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    Infrasonic said: View Post
    As well as changing the passwords on routers/modems it's also worth looking at changing your DNS there too, so any ISP weakness is somewhat mitigated.
    I'm currently using Cloudflare...1.1.1.1 — the Internet’s Fastest, Privacy-First DNS Resolver


    WRT to ransomware the only real option for offline is to keep the drive off any network until you need to create a backup, then remove it again, (and hope there isn't some new sleeper ransomware variant lurking in the background...)

    You can use online Cloud for file versioning for documents and files, people have recovered ransomwared files that way
    Avoid auto writing them back to the PC/NAS though (sync), and if it's sensitive information maybe only use zero knowledge encrypted providers like Spideroak et al.
    There are plenty of review comparisons for all the various mainstream and specialist cloud storage providers out there in webworld.
    I use cloud storage but not for anything sensitive that can be used for ID theft or fraud (financial, legal etc.)



    Hi there

    Cloudflare can (and has been) a problem quite a few times as that well known site using images of "the Jolly Roger" uses it for scrambling some of their servers to bypass some countries national blocks.

    Sometimes it's out of action while "T** Pi***E B** looks for another host address and FBI etc check the cloudflare servers.

    Also sometimes it wants those wretched Captcha things - I always have great difficulty with those and they just seem to go on and on without ever being satisfied.

    Seriously though IMO Google's public DNS servers are fine - especially the IVP6 ones.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    <<<<<I also feel MR is so good, they deserved some payment.

    That's precisely what I've felt for the past few years and really why I plan on purchasing the trial.

    I've never done well with incremental and differential images back when I was using Acronis. On the few times I tried restoring one or the other I'd routinely get the error 'can't find the original image' even though the original image was on the same drive, same directory (which, btw, was by far not the only instance of Acronis failing to restore verified images). I gave up on anything but a full restore and haven't been interested since.

    I thought that as long as a different drive was as big or bigger the free version would restore the image?
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