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Time Machine Backups For The Moderately Paranoid

July 29th, 2009

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I have recently reworked by computer backup strategy to ensure a high degree of reliability by backing my Mac laptop to two drives in two locations using Time Machine. These backups are encrypted as well to allow me to store them in non-ultra-secure locations while not increasing my exposure to identity theft or snooping. While not a trivial process, it is one that is quite approachable with a little effort and a guiding purpose.

As a tribute to This American Life, I present you with an essay in three acts. In Act One we’ll see my older backup system and how it saved me, yet left me wanting more; Act Two discusses a philosophy of backups appropriate for the moderately paranoid; and in Act Three we’ll go step-by-step through the process of implementing that philosophy.
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