As the financial clerk I am not the only one who uses MLS, but some other users are not as good about performing backups. Additionally I sometimes forget one of the 3 steps:
- Backup to C: drive.
- Backup to USB drive locked in cabinet.
- Update to offsite backup (on USB drive in my pocket).
So the reason for my post is to start a discussion around using Mozy or similar online backup solution. Our stake recently added broadband to all the buildings (which I hear is becoming more common), so this is an option we didn't have before. I know the Church has a policy about not storing Church data on non-Church servers, but I am curious how encryption enters into the picture. There are 4 things that Mozy has going for it:
- They have 2 GB of free storage, enough for MLS - http://mozy.com/home/free/ (since a Church is not a business)
- They support the use of 128-Bit AES encryption with a user specified passkey - it is encrypted on the local machine, and the passkey never leaves the machine. Very secure!
- Mozy 2xProtect will also automate the creation of a local backup.
- The online backup is completely automated and doesn't require anyone to do anything. That means the offsite backup is always up to date!
I've done a lot of work with encryption (both as a software developer and a consumer) and 128-Bit AES with a good passkey is good encryption. However if that is not enough, then I am also willing to create a local utility using any level of encryption desired that could encrypt the data before Mozy encrypts it. That utility could validate the strength of the passkey as wells as test the encrypted file to make sure it is properly encrypted. And then when those tests pass it would allow Mozy to encrypt it again.
If the idea of using Mozy is not appealing (or the Church doesn't qualify for the free account), then I can certainly create an online backup solution from scratch that uses whatever grade encryption desired, and backs it up to any server desired. If the Church has a server we can use in SLC, maybe Amazon Cloud S3, or someone else could setup a server.
Looking for feedback on the idea. Any suggestions would be great too! Anyone else have luck with this sort of setup?