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dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 18, 2013 8:16 AM

i'm planning to use an online backup service (Carbonite) but i'm afraid to backup sensitive data. where do i find the files that contain website username and password information?

 

and here's a paranoid question: i can choose not to backup certain files, but how can i be sure they are not being copied against my knowledge?...

 

thaks!!!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 3.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 24"
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,325 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:00 AM (in response to dndn)

    I do not trust any sort of on-line backup services and use a combination of daily and weekly backups on several external Hard Drives.

     

    I manually update a daily backup drive any time I add new file's, but Time Machine also works well for those that want something more automatic. I also keep two other backup drives that are Bootable Clones and rotate them weekly in and out of the fire safe.

     

    Have a look at > My backup plan: Dan Frakes | Macworld it's a couple of years old, but still very informative.

     

    I'm not sure exactly what Carbonite cost per year, but you should first weight that cost versus buying a couple of External Hard Drives over the period of a year or two.

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  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:04 AM (in response to dndn)

    another thing would be most peoples upload internet speed is lower then their download speed so doing a backup could take days

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 9:18 AM (in response to dndn)

    Carbonite performs poorly on a Mac.

     

    There are no online backup services I can recommend, due to performance problems, security concerns, reliability, or all the above. Invest $100 in an external hard disk, preferably two external hard disks, keep them in separate geographical locations, rotate your backups, use different backup methods (e.g. Time Machine in addition to "clone" software) and you will be far better off than using any subscription service.

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to dndn)

    dndn wrote:

     

    Thanks, John! why does cabonite perform poorly on a mac? could you please explain?

     

    Carbonite Takes Over My Processor!

     

    One of many such reports.

     

    The reason it performs poorly can only be known by their programmers, who would probably fix it if they knew, or cared to know. There is no reason to suspect either one.

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  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to dndn)

    dndn wrote:

     

    ... could someone please tell me the name of the file that stores my website passwords and its location?

     

    ~/Library/Keychains

     

    System passwords are stored in /Library/Keychains

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 1:37 PM (in response to dndn)

    Yes. Those are in the first location

     

    ~/Library/Keychains

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