You've heard it, and we've heard it; "The Internet is not
a safe place for private information." Well, it's true, and
that is why InterBack has such a great encryption routine
built into it. Here's what a potential hacker would have to
accomplish to get to your InterBack stored data.
First, they would need to know where (on the Internet)
your files are stored. Unless you tell, they won't know,
and the Internet is a very big place to start
guessing. Sure someone can search, but your InterBack
encrypted data doesn't look like data to
any search engine.
Let us assume somebody knows your data is located on
a particular host computer. If you use a good password for your
host logon you just terminated the success of 99.9% of all potential hackers.
That's before they even find your file listings.
Let us further assume that someone has found, and has
access to your Internet host account. They are now faced
with the dilemma of cracking triple-DES (Data Encryption
Standard) encrypted data files. That's an extremely
difficult and costly task, unless you give them your
encrption key. Even the owner of the host
computer where you store your InterBack files cannot
access your data!
If you are wondering how good the
168 bit triple-DES encryption used in InterBack is, check this
Fact Sheet on DES.
InterBack uses a triple-encrypt
implementation of DES. Your data is encrypted
three times with the DES algorithm before it ever leaves
How difficult would all of this be for a potential
hacker? VERY! Not to mention illegal under US federal
law. Unless you keep your computers in a bank vault, it
would be much easier for a potential snooper to break in
and access your data directly.
InterBack is not for everybody! Events have shown that
most any encryption algorithms can be breached by a
determined and financially supported hacker. Here is a
little test that you can use to see if it is safe for you
to use InterBack.
Would it be worth more
than $300,000 for a potential hacker to invest to try to get your data?
Do you have competitors, or other non-friendlies who
have unlimited access, and the skill to use, a supercomputer (a superfast
computer the kind which only a limited number of government agenies,
universities, and large corporations have)?
If you can answer yes to either of
the above, then InterBack is probably not a secure
solution for you unless you are using it to backup
directly to a computer you control.
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