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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Best choice for online backup? Reply with quote

I'm look for that best choice for online backup of my important files? I'm hoping to do the following:

make a back up of the files I select
encrypt them
tar.bz2 them
then upload the encrypted & compressed file to a server
Also, if people could give me any advise on the best place to get a server (my current thoughts are dropbox, but I'd like to hear others thoughts).

I'm a newbie at this so the easier the better, however, I don't mind getting my hands dirty as I know enough to make a script & set up cron, etc.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For unencrypted backups, I generally just use rsync.

For the encrypted backups, I use duplicity, which encrypts, then performs an rsync to save bandwidth.

In the past, I had been using my friend's server as a "free" off-site backup; however, I found the reliability lacking (unexplained downtime, but hey - it's his machine), so I just got an Amazon S3 account. Not too expensive, reliable, and supports all of the above.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For best results, bundle, compress, and encrypt, in that order. Encrypting first increases entropy, which decreases the effectiveness of compression.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're not from Canada, then a simple solution could be tarsnap which is in portage. The tarsnap software uses a few additional tricks to minimize data xfer even beyond rsync. Of course you need to trust the software really keeps your data private, or analyze the tarsnap program. Still I would find it preferable to Dropbox, probably less expensive, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I see :P

http://www.tarsnap.com/legal-why.html#NOCANADIANS
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions. How about for the people with their own scripts, what would you recommend, like what commands & what not?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, for my concern, I use all the time rsync to backup my stuff.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say, "Online Backup," do you really mean backing up to a 3rd party?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend CrasPlan www.crashplan.com
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use app-backup/duplicity. See http://www.nongnu.org/duplicity/features.html , e.g. rsync algorithm, gpg-encryption, many protocols, full and incremental backups, ... very easy to use.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, so it looks like duplicity is what I will go with. I was looking into uploading it to an S3 account at amazon. Does anyone know how secure S3 buckets are?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kasumi_Ninja wrote:
I recommend CrasPlan www.crashplan.com


wow, unlimited managed storage for $5 or less a month! the features are incredible as well! thanks for the recommendation!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can upload your encrypted files to any server.

There are alot of free webspace-servers:

http://www.free-webhosts.com/webhosting-01.php
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