The archive represents ZIP File Version 5.2 with AES-256 encryption. Be aware that AES encryption is not widely supported by ZIP tools and archivers. For instance, Microsoft Windows Compressed Folders does not support AES encryption and isn’t able to open any AES-encrypted ZIP archive. Please consider using third-party software. We recommend you 7-Zip which is cross-platform and is free for commercial use (there are limitations, please refer to 7-Zip License for details).
Also, please note that we put one ZIP archive into another one. This is done to encrypt filenames inside an archive. Filename encryption is introduced in ZIP File Format Specification 6.2. We decided to keep version 5.2 for better compatibility.
ZIP archives without password protection
There is an option to disable archive encryption and switch to an unencrypted ZIP archive. This option is available for
customer managed storage only. The
Cloudback build-in storage is password-protected and this behavior can’t be changed.
WARNING: If you disable archive encryption, please take all necessary precautions to protect your backups inside your own storage from unauthorized access.
The option resides in the
Storage Editor dialog and can be set when you create or edit your own customer managed storage:
Sample of an archive
You can download a sample password-protected archive by the link below:
The archive is password protected in the same way as all Cloudback backups are. A new password is generated every time a new backup is created. Here is a password for this particular archive:
For a brief description of content please refer Metadata Backups