To restore your backed-up data, you must log into your Elpha Secure Portal and find your machine on the Device Management page (try browsing or using the search bar).

Device Management screen on Elpha Secure online portal, highlighting selected device.

Begin the restoration process:

  1. Choose the device and click Download Backup on the File Backup card.

    Overview page for selected device on Elpha Secure online portal highlighting ‘Download Backup’ button on File Backup section.

  2. Click Request New Backup to initiate the data download. You will also be able to access and download previous backups from this window.

    Request New Backup button on the Data Backups popup window on Elpha Secure online portal.

  3. Specify the files you would like to retrieve by selecting a date range. The default will be two weeks prior to today's date.

    Request New Backup window on the Elpha Secure online portal prompting user to specify time period for backup request.

    Note: You must select dates using the calendar provided (you won't be able to enter dates manually).

  4. Click Request New Backup to confirm and begin download.

    Pending Backup Request downloading on the Data Backups popup window on Elpha Secure online portal.

    Note: Pending status means that the backup is still generating. If the file size is rather large, you can leave this window open and check back again later.

  5. Once the backup is ready, download the ZIP file that will appear in the window at the bottom left.

    Note: File name will end in .zip and feature a combination of random letters.

    Available backup request on the Data Backups popup window on Elpha Secure online portal.

    Data Backups popup window showing backup in progress, the backup key to copy, and the zip file downloaded.

    Extract your files:

  6. Once the download is complete, here's how to extract the contents of the ZIP file:

    1. Navigate to your Downloads folder.

    2. Double-click the ZIP file (1).

    3. Confirm the desired backed up folders are listed. In the example below, the Users folder (2) was backed up, containing all the files within three subfolders labeled "Documents", "My Files", and "Additional File Folder".

      Once you've located the backed up files, you can discard the ZIP file (1).

    Mac Finder expanded on the Downloads folder to show Zip file and encrypted Users folder.

    Note: Don't be alarmed if you can't access the files — they're still encrypted and will need to be decrypted to open and read the contents.

  7. Go to the Elpha Secure icon in your system tray (1), select Show agent window (2), click the Backup tab, and then Restore from backup (3) to begin the decryption process.

    Elpha Secure agent window expanded on Backup tab to highlight ‘Restore from Backup’ button after opening software from the Mac system tray.

  8. Click Use key from this machine.

    Note: You won't be able to type anything into this field. We've saved the Elpha Secure key in our software.

    Elpha Secure Backup Restore window prompting the user to decrypt files with ‘Use key from this machine’ option.

    8a. If your Elpha Secure software has been compromised in the ransomware attack, click Use saved recovery key instead.

    In this case, you'll need to use the original backup key you saved when you created an account in your Elpha Secure Portal. Copy that key into the Elpha Secure key field.

    Elpha Secure Backup Restore window prompting the user to decrypt files with ‘Use saved recovery key’ option.

  9. Click Decrypt folder.

  10. Go to Downloads (or where you would find the encrypted folder) and select the folder to decrypt. In our example, the Users folder in Downloads is the encrypted folder we're looking for.

    Note: Contents will be decrypted and placed into a separate folder with the suffix ".decrypted".

    Mac Finder expanded on the Downloads folder prompting the user to select the folder to open and decrypt; Users folder is selected.

  11. When decryption is complete, you'll receive a notification. Click Close to exit out of the backup restore window.

  12. You can now access your decrypted files!

    Decryption confirmation window alongside decrypted folder and decrypted files in Mac Finder.


    If you need help restoring a data backup, please reach out to our support team via our in-app chat or one of the options below:

    Phone: (332) 242-6776

    Support: help@elphasecure.com

    Sales: hello@elphasecure.com

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