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[Guide] Data Encryption Solutions for Your Backup Environment

Updated on Apr 23, 2019 by Brithny to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
What's the best way to protect your data and avoid data loss? Why not backup and encrypt. You should back up all of your data files and encrypt the sensitive ones that you don’t want other people to read. Follow this guide, backup and encrypt your data in Windows 10 Now.

Why do we back up and encrypt data

Back up and encrypt. Those are vital habits for everyone in our digital society. Without a backup, each and every document, spreadsheet, photo, and video on your hard drive could disappear in seconds. And without encryption, your sensitive files could fall into the wrong hands, resulting in identity theft and other disasters.

In a word, you need to back up all of your files. You also need to encrypt the ones containing sensitive information. 

We don't use Windows 10’s built-in tools, because Windows Backup doesn’t support encryption on its own. You have to enable a separate encryption layer (like BitLocker) to store the backup in an encrypted destination. Unfortunately, BitLocker is a block-level encryption technology so it can’t be enabled on the network location.

Steps: Windows 10 backup encryption 

So third-party backup software from EaseUS is a nice choice. EaseUS data backup software conducts full/incremental/differential/schedule backups for the best overall performance of specific system environment. It helps backup, and encrypt data without difficulty. 

One important thing to remember is that you don’t have to encrypt everything. You only need to encrypt legal documents, tax forms, and anything else that requires real security. Criminals with access to your vacation photos aren’t going to hurt you. Now follow the details below:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup. On the home menu, you can choose to go with either "Disk/partition backup" or "File backup".

Disk/partition backup allows you to create a full backup image of an entire flash drive data and then encrypt.
File backup allows you to encrypt only the selected files or folders on the flash drive and then encrypt.
For full protection of the flash drive, you're suggested to choose Disk/partition backup.

Password Protect Files and Folders on Flash Drive

Step 2. Select the disk or partition to backup. Choose a destination to store the backup image, and enter a "Plan name" or "Description" to the backup image so that you can easily find it when trying to unlock.

Password Protect Files using disk partition backup

Step 3. In the lower part, click "Backup options". This is where you're going to encrypt the backup image with the unique password.

Step 4. To protect images with a password, click on "Encryption option" and check Set Password box. The password adopts AES256 algorithm, which should be less than 15 characters. 

click backup options

Note: keep your password confidential. If lost, data cannot be recovered. So, make sure the password is properly saved. EaseUS is unable to get encrypted images decrypted.

Step 5. After confirming the password, click "Save". 

Step 6. Go on with the wizard and complete the backup task, by then you'll make the encrypted backup with a password in success. 

Step 7. Completely delete your files off from the flash drive and leave only encrypted backup image there. Without your permission, no one could open or view your backups.