Backing Up Files

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Instead of synchronizing files, you can archive them instead. For example, you may want to back up tax returns, old photos, and a scanned copy of your passport. These types of documents won't change and don't need to be kept in synchronization with other computers. Your backed-up files are uploaded to secure Webroot servers, which are accessible from your SecureAnywhere account.

Note: Once installed, Backup & Sync functions are enabled by default. However, your folders and files are not synchronized or backed up until you specify which folders and files you want included.
Use this procedure to run a manual backup. To create an automatic backup schedule, follow the Creating Backup Schedules procedure.

To back up files:

  1. From the system tray, double-click the Webroot icon.

    The main interface displays.

  2. Click the Backup & Sync gear icon.
  3. Click the Folders tab.

  4. Click the Add Folder button.
    The Add Folder window displays.

  5. Click the Browse button and select the folder you want to back up.
  6. Under Folder Type, select the Backup radio button, and click the Save button.
    The system displays the Change Backup Filter pane.

  7. Set backup filter settings using the following table.
    The default setting in the window is to back up all files in the selected folder.
    Directory To change the directory you already selected, use the Browse button to select a new directory.
    Name The default is the name of the directory you selected; you can change this name.
    File types selected This field determines which files are selected for backup from the directory. The default, *.*, selects all files. To narrow the backup selection criteria to certain file types, click the Change button. When the Filter Settings window displays, enable one or more selections.

    You can also enable Custom filter and type in a comma-separated list of filters. You can specify strings or partial strings; for example, you could specify *RPT*.doc as a custom backup string.

    Click the Save button to save your filters.

    Back up files from subdirectories Select this checkbox if you want all subdirectories backed up as well.
    Exclude files from backup that match this filter Select this checkbox if you want the selections made in the Filter Settings panel to exclude files rather than include them.
  8. To run a backup immediately, click the Run Backup Now button.
    On the Folders tab, the Shared Across column indicates that this is a backup folder.
  9. Do either of the following:
    • To edit the filter, click the Edit gear icon, make your changes and click the Save button.
    • To delete this filter, click the Remove button.