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10.6: Create networkable and copyable Time Machine backups
Authored by: zegor on Oct 17, '09 06:35:28PM
This is probably obvious, but it might be worth mentioning that if the password is stored in the system keychain to allow automatic backups, a password won't be required to get into the backups if someone has access to the system. For example, a sensitive file no longer on your system but stored on the backup will be accessible if both your computer and backup are stolen together.
That is certainly true. But not much of a concern (for me). If they steal both my computer and the backup disk then I am compromised anyway - direct physical access to my computer compromises all the non-encrypted contents on that computer.

Stealing the backup disk in addition exposes past material (as well as the current computer content), but for me the real disaster is the integrity breach of all my current stuff becoming available t to the thief. The incremental loss of integrity of material that is on the backup but deleted from the computer does not worry me too much in face of the main disaster.

But the point is well taken.

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