Back up your data with BorgBackup and Vorta

Keep It Safe

Article from Issue 267/2023

BorgBackup and the Vorta graphical front end take the stress out of creating backups.

If you want to keep your data safe, it is a good idea to think about a backup strategy and implement it in a consistent way. The more important the data, the more security you need for the backup. Experts recommend that you should back up irreplaceable data twice, with one backup location outside of your own four walls.

Linux offers a variety of backup applications – for both home and work environments. Some are limited to the desktop; others are intended for backing up data on remote servers. One solution that works well in remote backup scenarios is the powerful BorgBackup [1] or Borg for short. Borg can store backups on local drives or remote computers in a space-saving and secure way. Thanks to the intuitive Vorta graphical interface, Borg is suitable for home users as well as professionals.


Borg runs at the command line, but you can also control it using the alternative Vorta graphical front end. Written in Python 3, Borg offers features such as deduplication, compression, and authenticated encryption. The data compression supports the LZ4, LZMA, Zlib, and Zstd standards. When it comes to deduplication, it is worth pausing to consider what the term actually means in Borg speak.


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