Cryptic Backup: a framework for automated compression, encryption, and backup of data
Hoff, Christopher D (2008) Cryptic Backup: a framework for automated compression, encryption, and backup of data. Masters thesis, Iowa State University.
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Historically, creating backups of valuable computer data has been arduous, tedious, and time consuming for the average computer user. The increasing concern of encrypting sensitive information has added another layer of complexity to the process. Existing products, used in conjunction, can solve this problem; but this comes at greater expense and complexity. The challenge is creating a single product that encrypts and backs up data on an automated schedule. Likewise, it must decrypt and restore the data with ease. To specifically address this problem, the Cryptic Backup daemon was developed. The Cryptic Backup daemon schedules and automatically runs backup plans based on user preferences. Files marked for backup are compressed, encrypted, and copied to a user-specified location or remote server. The daemon is also responsible for reversing this process when recovery is needed. As its name implies, the Cryptic Backup daemon offers its services to all users of the system. To demonstrate the power of the daemon, the Cryptic Backup client application was developed. The client application provides a graphical interface, allowing the user to take advantage of the functionality the daemon provides. The result is a Cryptic Backup suite that is highly versatile, reliable, and more than capable of fulfilling the encrypted backup needs of the average computer user.
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