Step 5. Still in the Settings menu, click the Backup tab. Choose ‘Change Selection’ next to ‘Files and folders to back up’, then check that CrashPlan is backing up everything it should. You may need to double-check where applications store their data to ensure that the selections you make here are spot-on.
Step 6. You can exclude certain file types to save time and space. For example, backing up your music library is unnecessary if it’s already synched with a number of devices. Click Settings, Backup, then choose Configure next to ‘Filename patterns to exclude’. Enter here any file extensions CrashPlan can ignore.
Step 7. CrashPlan offers additional peace of mind by sending out regular backup status notifications via email. To configure how frequently this information lands in your inbox, click Settings, Backup, then choose Configure next to ‘Backup Status and Alerts’.Alternatively, you can switch off this feature in the same dialog box.
Step 8. If you choose to accept CrashPlan’s email notifications, it will send out clear and concise, at-a-glance updates of your backup status. Given that CrashPlan will also notify you of any issues it encounters, you shouldn’t find yourself routinely needing to log into the service to check everything is okay.
Step 9. Access to CrashPlan’s desktop client can be password-protected, which will prevent other users from accidentally messing up your backup schedule. Click Settings and choose the Security tab. From here you can also choose to encrypt your archived data using a dedicated password or your account login.