Malwarebytes Secure Backup review

Malwarebytes Secure Backup review

There are plenty of backup applications available and nearly as many which back up to the cloud. Where Malwarebytes Secure Backup (MBSB) claims to differ is that it checks files for malware before backing them up. See all storage reviews.

Available in three versions, differing only by the amount of storage available, MBSB is sold on yearly subscription at prices ranging from £20 for 50GB, to £80 for 200GB, although there's no further discount for larger capacities. Visit storage software reviews.

Compare this with one of the best-known alternatives – Mozy, which offers 125GB for £88 – and it looks like good value. See all software reviews.

Once signed up, MBSB offers a simple, wizard-based interface, which starts by automatically scanning your PC and suggesting the data you should back up. This selection can be edited, to add or remove files and folders from the list.

You can also choose a frequency for backup, from hourly to monthly, and a schedule for when to start. There's no control over the type of backup and every version of a file is maintained. Malwarebytes also claims to archive files you delete from Secure Backup, which superficially rather defeats the purpose of deleting them.

Perhaps the oddest thing about MBSB is that the file cleaning only works if you also download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware separately. Although this is a free download – with a PRO version available for an extra £20 – why isn't it packaged with MSB and installed as one product?

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a bit of an oddball, anyway. Not you standard Windows anti-virus package, it's marketed as a product you run alongside regular AV software, to scan files on demand and remove the toughest malware threats – the ones regular software sometimes misses. The free product still doesn't have a real-time scanner though, so it's a manual run each time.
By its own admission, Malwarebytes doesn't detect or remove threats such as file infectors, so it's hard to see how it can claim only ever to back up ‘files that you know are clean'.

Malwarebytes Secure Backup review

This may be truer if you run another AV package alongside Malwarebytes Anti-Malware; but then you could use any backup software and cloud storage to achieve the same result.

The only real difference in cleanliness terms is that if you have either version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed, MBSB automatically runs it on the file basket before starting a backup.

According to Malwarebytes, three levels of encryption are applied to the files before, during, and after backup. A first layer of AES encryption is applied before files are sent, a second is added via a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection during the transfer and a third is used at the data centre.

If you opt for the UltraSafe feature when you open your account, files can't be decrypted by Malwarebytes, so even in the case of a US subpoena (the data centre is in the USA), your data will remain encrypted.

MBSB isn't just a Windows application. You can backup Android and iOS devices too, as long as you can establish a connection with the cloud server. You can backup from multiple machines, within your storage allowance, and each backup is kept separate.

Our test backup, of 20GB of files, took over 12 hours on a 5 Mb/s upload connection. This is pretty slow, but after that, of course, it'll only be incremental backups, which will be much smaller and quicker.

Malwarebytes Secure Backup: Specs

  • Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 512MB memory, 30GB HD, high-speed internet
  • Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 512MB memory, 30GB HD, high-speed internet

OUR VERDICT

MBSB is a competent online backup application and storage costs are more than competitive. It's a perfectly reasonable choice, if you want to store data securely in Malwarebytes' cloud. Don't be fooled by the attraction of malware scans before backup, though, as you still need separate AV software to stay more safe.