Can TIme Machine back up with encryption? I don't like the idea of some thief walking out with my TM drive and having all my client files exposed.<br><br>I'm not so paranoid that I use File Vault on my Mac, though. My login password will at least slow them down. But what's to stop anyone from hooking up to my TM drive (Time Capsule or standalone) and mining the contents?<br><br>nagr[color:red]o</font color=red>mme<br><br>I require stroyent!<br>TeamMacOSX.com | MacClan.net
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Have you considered putting your client files on an encrypted disk image? It is password protected to mount the image, with an option to automatically enter the password from the keychain of your user account. You can then back up the disk image. Without the password, a hacker cannot read the disk image file. You of course want to back it up, in case the disk image should become corrupted. I corrupted one once by remote mounting it and copying a file to it. Now I just copy files to an unencrypted downloads folder on the computer and manually move them locally into the encrypted image. Then I do a secure empty trash of the files in the downloads folder.<br><br>(I am required to encrypt all company data on the laptop that I carry out of the office, so the data is not compromised if the laptop is stolen. I wish the VA had done this with veterans' social security numbers.)<br><br>Who serves his fellows, is of his fellows greatest - Chingachgook (by legend) <br><br>Scout
_________________________ Who serves his fellows, is of his fellows greatest - Chingachgook (by legend) Scout
I could do that--but then (in theory) if the ONE disk image file gets corrupted I lose the whole thing. Time Machine would then save the day, but then every time the image file changes, Time Machine would have to re-back up the WHOLE multi-GB image! Of ALL my client files--or if I drove myself nuts unlocking multiple encrypted images for different clients, it would still re-back up ALL the work I'd ever done for that client... every hour that I work on any of their files. Which would be waste of disk space since 99% of the image would be unchanged. I'd rather have a long and useful TM history than only be able to store a few steps back.<br><br>At least, that's my understanding.<br><br>I could also separate old and new projects for each client--but that would really complicate my work flow, especially when old and new projects share some large media assets. TM isn't meant to complicate your work flow. Plus, even a single current project could sometimes be several GB in size, with only a few MB actively changing.<br><br>Encryption on the Time Capsule end would save the day. I hope they add that since I don't see it mentioned--if it's even physically possible. Otherwise Time Capsule would be giving thieves a small, quick and tool-free way to steal everything.<br><br>Maybe I just need to lock down and hide the Time Capsule--but if I have cords going into it (printer at least) that limits my options. And I do want to grab my Time Capsule on the way out the door during twice-monthly fire alarms (or when I travel--may as well have my data in 2 places). Fumbling with barrel locks or smashing the bust of Caesar I have hidden my TC in would not be ideal.<br><br>nagr[color:red]o</font color=red>mme<br><br>I require stroyent!<br>TeamMacOSX.com | MacClan.net
"I was an early adopter (very early) of the 802.11N Airport base station that one can buy today-- and I bought it for the explicit reason of backing up the contents of my MBP via Time Machine. I was told that I could do this wirelesly since the APEX had a USB port and I could employ an external HD as an air disk.<br><br>You can imagine my irritation when I learned that I couldn't employ an air disk for this function!"<br><br>Rumor has it that this will be addressed with the 10.5.2 release. Hang in there (if you trust the rumors).<br><br>http://babygotmac.com/a/leopard-1052-upd...-remote-backup/<br><br><br>
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