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    Default Use as a Online Backup

    Anybody use Xara Cloud just as a backup for your personal files, i.e. My Documents, Desk Top, Xara drawings etc.?
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    This may just be me, but I do not trust the cloud to keep information safe. The cloud is just a fancy word for an internet site with servers and these can be hacked, some easier than others.

    External hard drives are inexpensive such as this 4TB drive from Seagate https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Backu...ackup+drivefor $99. This is what I use. It's slightly larger than a deck of cards!
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    One set back with that is you can only access this drive from your home computers Gary. So if you want to access a file from your mobile whilst away from home, you can't. I do agree re the security issues though.

    On Ron's issue with the Xara Cloud as a backup I'm not convinced it's the best solution. I prefer to access my files via Google Drive & Dropbox.
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    This backup drive that I have Egg as I said is old slightly larger than a deck of cards and 3/4" deep. So it is very portable.

    Considering that Google has kept copies of all Android phone calls and text, I would not trust Google any further than I could throw them.
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    Xara cloud connects to your cloud storage drives, we don't provide any storage options currently. I would always recommend syncing your critical designs to another storage device regardless. Cloud storage providers mirror your data across several servers for redundancy so it's extremely unlikely for you to lose any data if you do use them, privacy concerns aside

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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    Gary.. keeping your backups in the same physical location as your computer does not give you much protection from fire [unless you have a good firesafe and you use it], natural disasters, or from house theft

    If you are worried about security upload your data in an encrypted format - hackers rarely have time to mess with encrypted data unless they are targeting you specifically for some 'good' reason

    and remember to a computer there are no special characters, just characters.. the best encryption passwords are the really long ones

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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    I am going to move this to Off Topic Chat since as Rob has pointed out, Xara Cloud is not really a storage option.
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    Paul A wrote me and pointed out a few things about Cloud Storage I had not considered. I share it here.

    There are other things to consider besides the idea that people may
    access your cloud-based data.

    Data security is about having copies of data in more than one place so
    there is no single point of failure.

    So, with an external drive backup ( or a cloud backup ), there are two
    copies - one on your computer, the other on your backup device. If the
    computer fails your backup device (cloud or external drive) should save you.

    Commercial companies go a stage further - they take data copies perhaps
    having more than one backup device, offsite. So one backup at one
    facility and another backup at another facility. Why bother?

    When we have a backup drive we hopefully eradicate the single point of
    hardware failure, but our data is still in danger.

    We might get the bad guys pay a visit and it's highly likely that they
    take both the computer AND the external drive and so everything is then
    lost.

    We might be unlucky and have a fire and the computer and the backup is
    destroyed so everything is lost.

    All I'm saying is that data safety isn't completely solved by having an
    external drive. You can still lose everything.

    If a disaster happens with my machine and external drives (I have an
    automated backup saving to a home network drive), then most of my data
    will still be there for me to recover after all my computers and hard
    drives are gone.

    I understand your distrust of cloud-based services, but to be safe with
    an external drive you can't keep it in the house and if you live in an
    area where forest fires may strike, it would need to be located in
    another safe place.

    We all live in an era when so much data will be lost because there is no
    physical equivalent such as printed photographs and documents that will
    survive data carelessness.
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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    yep that is more or less what I said.. using a few more words...

    if you encrypt your data before you back it up, in a secure container such as veracrypt [do not use 7zip or similar] then you add to the complexity of the hacking operation - if you are paranoid you can put an encrypted container within an encrypted container, within.... as many as you feel necessary..

    and:

    i have a pig his name is billy he wears a wig and he looks silly because the wig he chose, slips down and bounces off his nose

    which I just made up would therfore be be a secure password - note no capitals or so-called 'special' characters that are trendy.. just lots of characters [spaces included]

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    Default Re: Use as a Online Backup

    This is true to a degree, but having to type a password that's 126 letters would get very laborious very quickly A mixture of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and special characters would be quicker to type and satisfy security requirements.

    http://resources.infosecinstitute.co...ity-vs-length/

    e.g. P8assw0rd!1991 - https://howsecureismypassword.net/ - would take a computer today 204 million years to crack

    p.s. don't worry, that's not my password :P

 

 

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