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Carting, storing off-site external devices containing backup images


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#1 RolandJS

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:58 AM

Carting, storing off-site external devices containing backup images  (topic title)
Those of us who are carting and/or storing off-site (away from one's computers) external device containing backup images:
Make absolutely sure that you really know, at least weekly if not daily, where every HDD actually is - and still "is".
I had one of my offsite HDDs either lost, stolen, "borrowed", or sunk somewhere awhile back.
Even though the backups were MR7 and IfW3, the images were not passworded/encrypted.
Upon realizing one was missing - I scrambled to change first my major email accts passwords, then financial passwords, am still changing lesser important passwords.
Years ago, there was a television (and maybe also radio?) commercial -- "It's 10:00 PM, do you know where your children are?"
ReVisiting, rewriting that commercial:  "It's 10:00PM, do you really know where your off-site devices with backup images are?"


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 01:00 PM

Unless you created a file with passwords in it that's unencrypted a system image should not contain unencrypted password information and, in fact, should have no website password data at all.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:08 AM

Unless you created a file with passwords in it that's unencrypted a system image should not contain unencrypted password information and, in fact, should have no website password data at all.

+1!!  Absolutely, lesson learned.  I have much much tighter security in my using, storing, carting cycles of my twin thumb (flash) drives.  Thankfully, I have had no evidence yet that somebody accessed the lost HD's images and tried to use said information.  Again, lesson learned.


Edited by RolandJS, 25 April 2018 - 10:14 AM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)


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Posted 27 April 2018 - 10:02 AM

For those interested in what I am currently doing...
Each laptop has two dedicated usb external platter-driven pancake-sized hard-drive.
The laptop staying at home has its two HDs locked in the small home safe.

The laptop that travels with me from school to school:
-- one HD was locked in a small home safe
-- the other HD was in my rolling briefcase
Presently, both HDs are now locked in the home safe, they only come out during backup or restore operations.
No more lingering, the backups or restores are done quickly and efficiently - then returned to the safe.

Now, also, the traveling laptop has two designated 12GB flash drives for "sneaker-netting" folders and files between the two laptops.
-- one FD stays in the desk drawer (that might change to being stored in the small safe)
-- the other FD travels in my back pocket.
What has changed is that I plug in the FD, quickly get done what I need to get done, no more leave-it-in-all-classtime, and it gets put into a "car key pouch". I know where that pouch is at all times, whether in the house or at school in my back pocket.

The quite small safe holds very little, some paper originals and the backup HDs.


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)





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