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Why you don’t want to use a Time Capsule

Par le 04 sept. 2013, dans Non classé

Time Machine is a great backup solution, and very good for disaster recovery.

I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use a Time Capsule to do time machine on the network. Short answer : no.

To do a time machine over the network, you need to use AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) to transfer your file. As the reference manual don’t say, there is no encryption when transferring your files.

Don’t worry, everything is done to protect your password from eavesdropping… But nothing for your data (including emails in Mail/thunderbird, password file of firefox, pictures, office documents). Even worse, at some point Apple tried to implement a something to secure the data channel, via SSH tunneling : the doc says this is no longer supported

IP address (four bytes) with port number (2 bytes). If this tag is present and the client is so configured, the client attempts to build a Secure Shell (SSH) tunnel between itself and the server and tries to connect through it. This functionality is deprecated.

So, Time Capsule and any solution of time machine on network are non grata for me.

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