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Subject: Re: Quicken Backup Date: 8/18/2006 10:10 AM
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jeajr asked: Is there a way to set up Quicken to backup totally to a cd or ??? so that there is none of my personal info on my hard drive?

xSixSigmaMBB replied, in part: You could potentially keep your data file on a USB Flash drive, but I would think that it would be REALLY slow tyring to use the program on it.

And Lorenzo sez: Yes, you can keep your data file on a USB flash drive, and it's not slow at all. I've tried, and I really don't see any difference (speedwise) between operating from a hard disk and from a USB "removable disk". All you do is tell Quicken to back up your data to the flash drive, and then make that drive the default data drive.

Although it's not clear to me that putting data on a flash drive makes it any safer. Sure, it could be removed and locked in a safe or something, but it could also be removed and lost. It seems to me that it's much easier to misplace a flash drive than a computer! Of course, if what OP is worried about is simply having the data on the computer, then removing a flash drive works fine - the data is no longer on the computer. Just don't lose the flash drive!

Anti-virus and anti-spyware stuff is ok, and a software firewall is a good idea. An even better idea is a hardware firewall as well: put a router/switch between your computer and the internet, and that hides you pretty well. Another possibility is to encrypt your data - see, for example, http://www.truecrypt.org/

Lorenzo
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