11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2013 1:39 PM by dndn
dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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"
  • 1. Re: safe online backup?
    den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,920 points)

    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.

  • 2. Re: safe online backup?
    Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (19,515 points)

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

  • 3. Re: safe online backup?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    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.

  • 4. Re: safe online backup?
    dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    wow, i see none of you seem to trust online backup...

     

    i do use time machine and back up files on another drive, but i don't have a safe space or a fire safe to store duplicate drives. it is also quite a cumbersome operation. it's true that the initial online backup takes a long time, but after that it backs up automatically and i won't have to think about it (if it can be trusted...)

     

    i don't really have that much info on my computer that someone else could benefit from, except for the passwords, and that's why i don't want to save this file online. could someone please tell me the name of the file that stores my website passwords and its location?

     

    thanks!

  • 5. Re: safe online backup?
    dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • 6. Re: safe online backup?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: safe online backup?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    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

  • 8. Re: safe online backup?
    dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks! this was enough to make me change my mind about carbonite....

  • 9. Re: safe online backup?
    dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    does this include passwords that i saved in safari?

  • 10. Re: safe online backup?
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,390 points)

    Yes. Those are in the first location

     

    ~/Library/Keychains

  • 11. Re: safe online backup?
    dndn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks