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Today I received an email from my favorite online backup service Backblaze one that advised me that my online backup is currently no longer running. Mojave's new security measures require user intervention as the Backblaze program does not have the necessary permission to access the hard drive. The instructions in English that came with the mail may be a bit cryptic to some people. For this reason, I would like to briefly describe the necessary steps in more detail with screenshots.
If the detailed instructions with screenshots are too extensive for you, I have a compilation with short bullet points that describe the procedure:
First we go to the download or updates page of Backblaze and download the latest version for the Mac: https://secure.backblaze.com/update.htm
This is actually necessary because the Backblaze client does not seem to update itself. At first I thought that I had the latest version installed, but if you click on the backblaze symbol (this flame) in the menu bar above and select "About", a window appears with the version number that is currently installed - and here I was a few version jumps behind the currently available version:
Once you have loaded and started the Backblaze installer, you will be asked whether you really want to start the program from the Internet. Yes, we would! Then a few more steps follow and you have to enter your password so that the old client can be replaced by the new one. Once the installation is finished, there are brief instructions on how to give Backblaze the necessary access rights to the hard drive. I explain this in the following section.
Under macOS Mojave, programs are no longer allowed to access any part of the hard drive without the user's consent in order to protect the user's privacy. With a backup program, however, this restriction is a bit impractical, because every file must be able to read in order to save it. Accordingly, we are now giving Backblaze the appropriate rights.
You should now also see Backblaze in the list of programs with "Full access to the hard disk", as is the case with me above. I apologize for the "High Sierra" background. I hadn't changed the desktop background when I took the screenshot. But my system is already running on Mojave. : D
You can see whether Backblaze is running again if you click on the Backblaze symbol in the menu bar and then select "Backblaze Preferences". There should be a green tick in the top left of the window.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.