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Online Backup Encryption Key Concord NH

Many others like you are concerned about making the best decision on their online backup service. Be it Mozy or Carbonite, these backup services have their advantages and disadvantages but with the cons out weighing the pros. However if you are bent on choosing the most secure and convenient back up service, keep reading, this article will give you light on all you need to know about online backup services.

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Should you manage your own online backup encryption key?

Posted by kent on November 12th, 2009

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When you use an online backup service like Mozy or Carbonite , your data is encrypted before it leaves your computer. This makes your data essentially indecipherable to hackers, should they somehow be monitoring your Internet connection. The software itself manages the encryption and the service will have your encryption key. Now according to Carbonite's Help section they keep : "your encryption key in a database that is itself encrypted, isolated, and accessible only to a handful of trusted employees."

If you don't like that idea, there is another option: your own private encryption key. You create it, you maintain it, you keep it. This is different from a password; it's the virtual 'secret decoder ring' that turns the encrypted gobbledygook into readable data. While this sounds more secure, and really it is, there are disadvantages. The first one being the line above: "You create it, you maintain it, you keep it." In other words: if you lose it, you're sunk. Really sunk. Irrecoverably so. There's no option to have the key reset or sent to you. No one has it but you.

This is why Carbonite recommends against it for most users, and why they say that if you do want to manage your own key you should "store at least two separate copies of the key on removable media, and store at least one copy of the key in a separate physical location, such as a safe deposit box."

Another disadvantage is that it can limit your ability to access your files remotely from a web browser.

Of course there could be legal reasons why you need your own encryption key. Perhaps you backup sensitive customer data for your business such as medical records or credit card numbers (in which you case, you might want to look at IBackup ). Or maybe you're an international secret agent. Or a criminal. People have their reasons. We don't ask.

Still, for most people the trouble of creating the key, and risks of losing it, probably outweigh the advantages. So when you're installing your online backup service, chose to let the service manage the key for you. Of course you can always change your mind later (though you'll have to run your entire backup again).

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