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Internet Based Database to Enable Efficient and Automatic Backup of Computer Files by Local Agent

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013625D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Disclosed is a method of automatic backing up of files whose filename or extension or related application program is in an internet based database. It is done primarily on specific files and/or file types related to application programs run in a particular local machine. An internet based database is established that lists the type of files that each application program needs to have backed up. This program utis similar to, and accessed in a way similar to, the databases used by traditional anti-Virus software or Y2K readiness software. An agent is resident in a user's machine and coordinates the backing up of the machine's files. The agent either performs the back up itself or else works with either a new or modified existing automatic file backup program. When a new application is loaded into the local machine or a new file type is created, the agent launches an internet browser and down loads the list of files and/or file types that need to be backed up for the new application. The agent can also be configured to back up all files in a particular hard file directory. 1