Encrypting ransomwares (also called cryptolockers) has been in the news a lot recently. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, cryptolockers are type of Trojans malware specifically targeted to computers running the Windows OS (operating system). These Trojans can encrypt a certain amount of computer files (mostly based on the file type). They then request a ransom (bitcoins) in exchange for the deciphering key. The biggest problem with these type of malwares is that even after you successfully remove the malware, the files will remain encrypted. If you don’t have a cryptolockers backup strategy, you will lose all your files. Worse, there are reports of people paying the ransom to get their files back, but still not receiving the deciphering key.

And cloudHQ is built with protection against cryptolockers in mind. When you create a cloudHQ backup sync pairs you also get a cloudHQ real-time data protection.

This means that cloudHQ is capturing every single version of your data and previous versions of your data are saved in cloudHQ_archive folder. So if some files get encrypted via cryptolocker the previous version of a file will be automatically saved in cloudHQ_archive folder.

This allows the user or administrator to restore data to a point in time before crypolockers started encrypting the files. You can think about cloudHQ sync as a very powerful version of Apple Time Machine for your data in the cloud.

The key here that you enable the option “archive files before they are deleted or modified” for your backup sync pairs.