Cobian Backup is a popular free backup solution for the Windows operating system. The program has made it into our free backup software list thanks to its feature set and the fact that it is regularly updated by the developing company. The developers of Cobian Backup have released a beta version of the upcoming Cobian Backup 11 today, which gives everyone an opportunity to test the new version before the final is released.
The program does not look that different on first start. Backups are still configured as tasks in the main program window. Here it is then possible to define the backup parameters, from sources to backup types security, notifications and whether you'd like to run the backups regularly or just once.
A new scheduling feature is the ability to run specific backups on the first, second, third, fourth or last day of a month, and to make full backups on a specific day of the week or every x backups if incremental or differential backups are selected.
Another new feature allows you to encrypt backups. Cobian supports 128, 192, and 256 bit AES encryption that need to be configured under Archive in the task setup window.
Many minor improvements and feature additions went into the beta version, from configuring task priorities and linking tasks to events, over a full rewrite of the remote manager, to improved impersonation options. If you are interested in all of the changes, check out the beta changelog at the official site.
The beta version of Cobian Backup 11 supports all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows from Windows XP on to the very latest versions. The beta did not cause any issues on the test system, but it is still not recommended to run it in a productive environment. Better wait for the final release before installing or upgrading. (via)