[Box Backup] Box Backup on Rails - Part 2

Martin Ebourne boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 21:29:33 +0000

On Mon, 2007-03-19 at 17:09 -0400, Fry, Joseph wrote:
> Any chance the web interface could be implemented in such a way that
> the data could remain encrypted until it is back on the client
> computer?  This might require a simple local GUI tool, or other local
> support to decrypt the data using your BB keys.

No. All the information on the server is encrypted using the key, not
just the file contents. Hence without the key you can't even tell what
directories and files there are.

> I love the idea, however in a situation where it is imparative that
> the data on the server be protected against the server admins as well
> as the public, this solution breaks down.

That will unfortunately always be true of web based front ends, and as
you say, makes the client part unsuitable for many of the situations
that Box Backup was designed for. Still it's a great tool and some
people will find it useful, even just the server side interface is