For details on Retrospect's security options, see Tech Note 310 at:


I've outlined the basics below.

There are four areas of security within Retrospect and its client software:

-    The Retrospect application password
-    Backup Set password protection and encryption
-    Client security codes
-    Network (Link) Encryption

The first two deal with securing the application and the data in your backup

Retrospect Application Password prevents unauthorized personnel from using
the Retrospect application. It requires that the user type in a password
when Retrospect launches or when the user tries to halt an operation in
unattended mode.

Backup Set Encryption can be set to three levels when securing a new Backup

- Password Only (no encryption): The data itself is unchanged, but a
password is required whenever the Backup Set is accessed.

- SimpleCrypt (fast): SimpleCrypt provides commercial-level security without
appreciably slowing the backup process on all but the slowest computers.

- DES (more secure): DES (Data Encryption Standard) is an advanced form of
data encryption that achieves bank-level security. The effect on backup
speed is entirely dependent on the processor, but may take three to four
times as long as an equivalent backup to a Backup Set that is not encrypted.

Retrospect can store the Backup Set password for you so you do not always
have to enter it to use the Backup Set. Go to Configure>Backup Sets, select
the desired Backup Set, click Configure, and then click the Options tab. You
may select from the following:

- Ask for any access: Retrospect will prompt the user to enter the Backup
Set's password, preventing unattended operation.

- Save for scripted access (default): The password is not required for
scheduled executions of scripts, but Retrospect still requires that the user
enter the password for all other uses of the Backup Set.

- Save for any access: You will never be asked for the password unless the
configuration file is moved, deleted, or lost.


Irena Solomon
Dantz Technical Support

> From: Tim David <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Retrospect also allows you to password protect an archive. When you create a
> new
> backup set, there is a button that says secure.  I just use the password only
> so
> I don't know what the other two choices offer. (the second choice sounds like
> basic encryption and the third choice sounds like even better encryption but
> slower.  I keep my tapes in a secure area so I feel comfortable just using the
> password protection.
> If you really wanted to be picky, you could use a combination of these ideas
> and
> have to enter a password several times.  I would test this idea before you
> implement it though. Who know what multiple encryption would do.
> Jim Cowing wrote:
>> Or you could just compress the files into a stuffit archive with password
>> protection, then back them up. I am surprised Powerpoint doesn't have built
>> in password protection the way Excel does.
>> Jim Cowing
>> Systems Engineer
>> Target Corporation
>>> From: Don Foy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>>>> I am trying to archive files (mostly powerpoint) from the server to a
>>>> cd.  The data contained is highly confidential.  I was wondering if
>>>> Retrospect is capable of password protecting files during an archive
>>>> process.  What I am hoping to find is that once the files are archived,
>>>> to open the files, you must know the password.  If Retrospect does not
>>>> have these capabilities, is there any other programs available to do
>>>> this?  Setup:  Blue and White G3, Retrospect 4.2, lots of RAM, up to date
>>>> firmware.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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