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mBackup User's Guide

mBackup is a free backup utility to create backups directly on your computer from mSecure 4 on iOS or Android. mBackup is not compatible with mSecure 5. mBackup has not been updated since 2011. We recommend using our encrypted email backup instead.


mBackup is a Mac or Windows desktop application that allows users to backup and restore their mSecure information to a desktop computer. With mBackup, you can restore your data without having to go through the full iTunes restore process. mBackup also allows importing and exporting of your mSecure data from various text file formats such as CSV, XML and other third party apps.


The most common thing for users to want to do with mBackup is to make a backup of your mSecure data. The general procedure for this is to do the following:

  • Install and launch mBackup on your desktop computer. Make sure you’ve set the same password as used in mSecure.
  • Run mSecure on your iOS or Android device.
  • Make sure that both the device and desktop computer are on the same local network and that there isn’t a Firewall blocking mBackup.
  • Go into mSecure Preferences/Settings (little “i” at the bottom of the main view or the mSecure logo on Android) and tap on the “Backup Data” item. (mBackup does not respond to the “Sync with Desktop” item.)
  • mSecure should automatically find mBackup on the local network.
  • Tap on the desktop name that it finds.
  • Confirm that you want to make the backup.


For more detailed instructions, please read the section, “Using mBackup.”


Features Summary

  • Easy backup of your mSecure data directly from your iOS or Android device to your local machine.
  • Industry-standard encryption to protect the confidentiality of your personal information.
  • Password protected.
  • Ability to backup via Wi-Fi.
  • Ability to restore via Wi-Fi.
  • Mac and Windows compatible.


Requirements

  • mBackup 1.0.7 (Mac)
  • mBackup 1.0.6 (Windows)
  • mSecure 2.0.1+ for iOS or Android
  • mBackup for Mac supports OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and OS X 10.6(Snow Leopard) and above on Intel or Power PC processors.
  • mBackup for Windows supported Windows XP (SP2 or better), Windows Vista (32bit or 64bit), Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit), or Windows 10.


Note: Before using mBackup for the first time, it is recommended that you backup your data with iTunes. For help in backing up your iPhone or iPod touch, please visit:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414


Installation


For Macintosh computers:

  1. Click HERE to download mBackup for MacOS file to your local computer.
  2. Mount the disk image by double-clicking the file.
  3. Copy the mBackup application to your Macintosh Applications folder.
  4. Double-click the mBackup app to start.

For Windows computers:

  1. Click HERE to download mBackup for Windows file to your local computer.
  2. Unzip the file with your preferred zip utility.
  3. Double-click the Setup.exe file and follow the instructions. Note: mBackup for Windows requires Microsoft’s .NET Framework 3.5 and will automatically install it if it’s not already present.
  4. After the installation is complete, launch the program by going to your Start menu and click on the “All Programs” item. mBackup will be listed in this menu.

Note: mBackup will require Windows 10 users to manually add the .NET Framework 3.5 optional files.


Using mBackup


When you launch mBackup for the first time, mBackup will prompt you to set a password. This password must match the password that has been set in mSecure on your iOS or Android device.

This password is used for four purposes:

  • Prevents unauthorized use of mBackup. mBackup will prompt you each time you launch it and will not continue without entering the correct password.
  • Prevents unauthorized connections to mBackup. When mBackup is running, it’s
  • broadcasting its services on the local LAN (Wi-Fi) connection and mBackup will refuse any connection requests if the password is incorrect.
  • Encrypts any data imported into mBackup from unencrypted sources. For example, if you import a CSV text file, mBackup will automatically encrypt the data when bringing it into mBackup. Please note that when you change your mBackup password, it doesn’t change the current list of backups. They will continue to be encrypted with the password set at the time of backup.
  • Encrypts any data sent over the network with mBackup and mSecure.


After you’ve set your password, you will see the main mBackup window. This view will list any backups that are made from the mSecure iOS or Android app and any imports that you’ve made.


Let’s start by making your first backup. To do so, run mSecure on your device and tap on the Preferences icon (little “i” at the bottom of the main view or tap the mSecure logo and tap settings in Android). In the Preferences/Settings view, you will see an item titled “Backup Data” or “Backup”. If you tap on this item, mSecure will search your local LAN for mBackup “servers” running on your desktop computer.


Note: In order for mSecure to find mBackup, your device must be connected via Wi-Fi on the same LAN as your desktop computer running mBackup. In addition, if you have a Firewall set on your desktop computer, you must allow mBackup to receive incoming connections. If mSecure is unable to find mBackup on the local network, please see the companion guide “Network Troubleshooting Guide” available here.


Note: mSecure also has a “Sync with Desktop” function. Sync with Desktop only works with our full desktop version of mSecure and not mBackup. Instead be sure to use “Backup Data”.

In the “Backup Data” view, mSecure will show any instances of mBackup that it finds on the local LAN. To make a backup to that computer, just tap on the computer name. mSecure you confirm you want to send the back up. Tap on the Continue button to send the backup.


If the backup is received on your desktop computer, mBackup will automatically update it’s list view and show the backup item.


That’s it! You’ve just made a backup of your mSecure data


Restoring From a Backup


In the event that you need to restore your data, you simply need to go back into the Preferences(Settings on Android) section in mSecure and tap on the “Restore Data” option. When doing this, mSecure will search for any computers running mBackup and display in the Restore Data view. You then want to tap on the appropriate computer to get a list of the available backups on that computer.


Note: if your mSecure password doesn’t match the password set in mBackup, you will get an authorization error when trying to get the list of available backups.


To do the restore, simply tap on the appropriate backup. mSecure will prompt you to confirm that you want to restore from the backup.

Note: doing a restore clears all current mSecure data and restores to the backed up data. It doesn’t combine the two sets of data.


When you confirm the restore by tapping Yes, mSecure will show that the data is being downloaded and then will display an alert that the restore was completed.


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