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Arq 6: More power, more security, more storage savings

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Today we’re releasing Arq 6! We’re really excited about this. It’s been 4 years since Arq 5 first came out (although we’ve shipped 155 updates to Arq 5 in the meantime).

Our goal with Arq 6 was to make it work with the latest operating system features and the latest cloud storage options, make it more secure, and add the features people have been asking for, all while keeping it very simple to use, with smart default settings. We used our 10+ years of backup experience to try to make it the best backup app out there.

Perfect Backups

We worked with Apple to get access to the APFS API, so Arq 6 has native support for creating and using APFS snapshots.

This is great because it means Arq’s backup will be a perfectly consistent view of your files at a point in time, even if you’re modifying files as Arq is backing them up.

This is super useful for backing up things like virtual machines that are in use, for example.

On Windows, Arq 6 now uses VSS for the entire volume in order to achieve perfect backups.

More Power

Arq 6 is more powerful in a bunch of ways:

  • Arq 6 can run multiple backup jobs in parallel
  • Arq 6 scans and uploads files in parallel for faster throughput
  • it auto-mounts network shares on Mac for reliable backup of NAS data
  • you can limit the scheduled backups to certain days of the week
  • you can limit the transfer rate to certain times of the day and certain days of the week
  • Arq 6 has powerful new rules for selecting which files are included and excluded from backup
  • Arq 6 has time-based retention rules in addition to budget-based rules
  • you can optionally keep deleted files in subsequent backups for easy locating of deleted files
  • you can configure it to alert if there have been no backups for a certain number of days (instead of after every aborted backup)
  • Arq 6’s new data format eliminates the need for reading metadata before browsing and restoring from other computers’ backups

More secure

Arq 6 has a new password feature. You can set a password to prevent others from opening Arq and deleting backups.

It also switches to using SHA256 for checksums instead of SHA1 which is less secure.

More storage savings

Arq 6 takes advantage of the latest ultra-cheap storage available from AWS and Google.

AWS’s Glacier Deep Archive storage option is only $0.99/TB per month!

Google’s new Archive option is similarly inexpensive at $1.23/TB per month, and with no delay in downloading your data.

New Arq Premium subscription option

Our new subscription offering is called Arq Premium. It’s $5.99/month for all the features of Arq 6 for up to 5 computers, plus:

  • 1 TB of storage included
  • Super-simple setup
  • Secure web access to your backups if you need to grab files

Arq Premium is a great option for folks who want a simple, all-in-one backup solution.

Get It!

Arq 6 is a paid upgrade for Arq 5 users. Download it here or buy now.

As always, if you have any questions please email us at support@arqbackup.com.

Even More Features

But wait, there’s more!

  • All-new, modern user interface (with the same great native Mac and Windows agents)
  • Disk device tracking instead of path-based; multiple external drives with the same name are treated as separate volumes
  • Faster object cleanup
  • Faster validation
  • Faster search
  • System-level daemon on Mac so it can back up when you’re not logged in
  • Destination-agnostic, portable data format that’s open and documented
  • Progress bars showing percent complete
  • Wake-for-backup option
  • More informative SMTP test results — full SMTP connection log when an error occurs
  • Proper connection pooling for SMB and SFTP storage locations with a configurable number of maximum threads — useful for SFTP providers that limit the number of simultaneous connections
  • Option to start a backup as soon as a volume is connected to the computer

Next Steps

If you read this far, thanks! Head to arqbackup.com to see screen shots and download a free trial. Go

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peelman
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love me some arq.
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The Best Budgeting Apps and Tools

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After researching nearly 50 budgeting apps, having eight people test six of them in their daily lives, speaking with three financial experts, and reading through a half-dozen personal finance books, You Need a Budget (YNAB) is the only budgeting app we’d spend our own money on. Its guided setup helps you create an effective budget, and its user-friendly phone and Web apps help you stick to it better than anything else we tested.

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AaronPresley
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Love me some YNAB
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giggas2
178 days ago
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Love YNAB!
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Tim Cook Named Board Chairman of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management

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Not the best timing for this, I think we can all agree.

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AaronPresley
255 days ago
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Wow scathing criticism from Gruber.
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Apple Removes Quartz News App in China Over Hong Kong Coverage

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Nick Statt, reporting for The Verge

News organization Quartz tells The Verge that Apple has removed its mobile app from the Chinese version of its App Store after complaints from the Chinese government. According to Quartz, this is due to the publication’s ongoing coverage of the Hong Kong protests, and the company says its entire website has also been blocked from being accessed in mainland China.

The publication says it received a notice from Apple that the app “includes content that is illegal in China.”

The law’s the law. You want to do business in China, you obey the law.

The question is: Why do business in China if this is the type of shit they pull? No one is alleging that anything Quartz has reported on the Hong Kong protests is false. It’s just unflattering to the Chinese regime.

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AaronPresley
268 days ago
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> The law’s the law. You want to do business in China, you obey the law.

I know it's too much to expect Gruber to be at all critical of Apple, but Jesus.
Portland, OR
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SE Hawthorne Boulevard, 1971

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SE Hawthorne Boulevard sidewalk construction in front of Bergeson’s Coffee House between SE 37th Avenue and SE 38th Avenue looking east, 1971.

 

City of Portland (OR) Archives, SE Hawthorne sidewalk construction in front of Bergeson’s Coffee House_A2012-005, 1971.

 

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AaronPresley
281 days ago
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Based on the buildings, seems to be showing what is now Powell's. And Hawthorne Theater in the back.

https://www.google.com/maps/@45.5120619,-122.6254493,3a,36.9y,19.67h,95.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sUk-gzLEt3ysQj6oFxnie6w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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Naples Rolls Out A Fine-Tuned Dough, And The New 'Cloud Pizza' Is Born

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A handful of young upstarts are changing Naples

Bucking generations of tradition, some Neapolitan pizzaiolis are experimenting with new ideas, bolstered by a new flour that creates a charred, puffier and lighter crust. And the trend is catching on.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Carlo Sammarco)

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AaronPresley
382 days ago
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Great, now even my pizza is in the cloud.
Portland, OR
fxer
382 days ago
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I’ll eat the old kind. I’ll eat the new kind. I’ll eat whatever Space Pie is invented after that.
Bend, Oregon
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