Browsing All posts tagged under »backup«

Google Drive is here!

April 25, 2012


Your Google Drive is not ready yet Well, almost here… Here is a quick comparison on some of the remote storage and file sync solutions that I consider important: Online Service Win Mac Linux Android iPhone Web Client-side Encryption Initial Space Client Source Server Source Google Drive Yes Yes No Yes Soon Yes No 5GB […]

Using getmail to backup Gmail on Linux

July 17, 2011


Even though Gmail has been proven quite reliable over the years, there have been isolated episodes of data loss. In any case, I backup my mail locally: better safe than sorry. On my Linux machine I use “getmail” to download my mail through POP and store it in a single “mbox” file. First of all, […]

Security bug management done right: Tarsnap

January 20, 2011


Tarsnap ( is a backup solution with emphasis on security; it is conceived, developed and maintained by a single author (Colin Percival). To put it simply, the user downloads and runs an open-source client software that encrypts the data to be saved, and copies it on remote servers recurrently. No one except the user can […]

Secure remote storage using sshfs and encfs

August 23, 2009


I was particularly impressed by Dropbox and its ability to backup, retrieve and share files so easily, but I am quite concerned about the security issues deriving from having your files on a remote, closed-source system. I think that a good remote storage solution should prevent the owner of the storage server from accessing private […]

Social Earthquakes

August 11, 2009


The users of the Web 2.0 rely on many sites to discover, share and publish content. But these days I think that many people felt the earth crumble under their feet, when they found out that the sites they rely on are in an unstable situation. For example: The URL shortener is closing. Friendfeed […]