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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Secure Backup to Windows Azure Blob Storage

Perhaps you have considered backing up your data to Windows Azure, but wondered what assurance you have that your data will be secure when backed up online?

With the introduction of AES 256-bit encryption for files backed up to Windows Azure, Gladinet has an answer for you: The system encrypts your files before saving them on the Azure servers in their encrypted form.
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Using Gladinet Cloud Desktop, First you would need to map Windows Azure Blob Storage as a network drive.


To backup securely to Windows Azure, we have to first select a folder for encryption in the Virtual Directory Manager of the Gladinet Management Console:
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After clicking on the icon to add a new encrypted folder, select the Windows Azure folder that will be your backup target.
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The first time an encrypted folder is added, you will be prompted for a password that will be used to generate an encryption key. 
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Now everything that is uploaded to Windows Azure will be encrypted. We can now select this encrypted folder, or any of its sub folders as a backup target in the backup wizard.

For example, if you want to backup all documents to Windows Azure, first select the “Backup My Documents” option from the systray menu:
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The following steps for the backup wizard are pretty straightforward and self explanatory.
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Just make sure to select the encrypted folder as your backup target:
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And all backups to Windows Azure will be protected by AES 256-bit encryption.

For more information about Gladinet products and features, please visit http://www.gladinet.com/
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