How safe is my Acronis tib file from theft

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by The Sand, Oct 9, 2008.

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  1. The Sand

    The Sand Registered Member

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    I have an external drive I have partitioned into two drives. One partition with documents and files and the other partition my Acronis tib backup image. I recently bought encryption software to protect my documents/files when I travel - I am hesitant to encrypt my entire Acronis image backup (I mean you can have enough problems with restore without adding this into the mix)... My Acronis backup image is password protected (it's my Windows user log on password.) If somebody did steal my external drive would they be able to literally download a trial version of Acronis - pound on my password using "Brute force attack" and then mount my image? Is that possible?

    If I don't encrypt the entire Acronis Image I could encrypt the documents/files on the computer before I back it up. At least that would help in regard to theft.

    I was just wondering how "safe" from theft is your Acronis backup image?

    Sandy
     
  2. seekforever

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    If you use TI Home you only have password protection and somebody with enough time could ultimately crack it. I think the TI Echo workstation provides real encryption of the archive. Most people, unless they know you have valuable data, would just sell the hardware and not even bother with the contents. Of course, you can't rely on that happening.

    I encrypt my personal data files with PGP and backup the encrypted files. You have to be careful that you don't create an archive with the decrypted plain-text files in the folder. To avoid this I have a batch file that runs as one of the TI pre commands that deletes all .txt files in that folder.
     
  3. mustang

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    TI Home 2009 includes an option for encryption.
     
  4. The Sand

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    That's a good idea... thanks for sharing what you do. Encrypting the data as opposed to creating an encrypted vault for the backed up image may be the way I go...

    It's nice Acronis has added the encryption feature - giving more power to the user as to how they want to handle their backup security.

    Thanks for the feedback to you both!:)
    Sandy
     
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