How to set up Backblaze to back up your Mac, and why you should do it now. By William Gallagher. Then it's true that it would take longer to download it all from an online service than from. Ideally, Backblaze would provide a native Mac app for restoring that would eliminate the need for the browser interface, provide the download functionality of the Backblaze Downloader app, and offer the option of restoring files back to the locations from which they were backed up, much like Time Machine. Click the Download button. A web browser, such as Safari, will open your Mac and you’ll be taken to Backblaze’s web site. Click on macOS to download the Mac version of Backblaze. If you’re asked if you want to allow the download to occur, go ahead and grant permission. Open the install backblaze.dmg file that was downloaded.
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Backblaze is a great cloud and on-prem backup tool for Mac and Windows. You can download Backblaze at
https://secure.backblaze.com/download.htm. Once downloaded, extract the DMG and open the Backblaze Installer.
At the Installer screen, enter your existing credentials or create a new account and click Install Now.
The drive will then be analyzed for backup.
By default, once the analysis is complete, the computer will immediately start backing up to the Backblaze cloud. Let’s click on the Settings button to configure how the Backblaze app will work.
This opens the Backblaze System Preference pane. At the Settings tab, you’ll see a list of drives to back up and an option to set when to receive warnings when the computer hasn’t completed a backup recently.
By default, performance is throttled so as not to cause your computer to run poorly. Click on the Performance tab. Here, you can disable that option,
By default, backups run continuously, as files are altered. You can use the schedule screen to move backups to a specific time (e.g. at 1am every night). I personally like having continuous backups if you have enough bandwidth to account for them.
By default, the whole system is not going to get backed up. Click Exclusions and you can see what will be skipped and disable some of the skips.
By default, backups are encrypted using public keys. I inherently trust the people at Backblaze. But I still use an encryption key to add an extra layer of security to my backups.
To set that, click on the Security tab.
At the Security screen, click on Enter Your Private Encryption Key.
Once you’ve got a good backup policy set. Click on the Reports screen to see what’s getting backed up!