Remote secure storage
Two examples using TrueCrypt and an SSH file system of remotely storing files securely.
TrueCrypt is a cross platform encryption software which allows you to mount an encrypted volume. It works in much the same way as a Mac encrypted voume which had been working well except it didn’t feel right using a format which wasn’t easily used on Linux as well. I had been thinking about moving away from Apple since they seem to be moving more and more towards restricting the software I can run on my Mac.
Anyway, TrueCrypt is excellent, it creates a single file which you can double click and after entering the password it mounts a volume which works like any other folder on your Mac.
The only problem is I needed to share the volume across multiple (well two) Mac’s. My first though was to stick the file in Dropbox. This worked well for a while until I noticed duplicates of the file suffixed “conflicted”. The problem was the volume, which is actually a single file was not sync’d until the volume was unmounted. So if I had the volume open on two PC’s and changed anything in both I would get a conflict after both where unmounted.
SSH File System
Now I’ve started playing with SSHFS, which is a OSXFuse extension which allows you to mount SSH as a volume.
Create new user on your server and add your SSH key
Create a new folder somewhere in your home directory, e.g ~/secure_storage
Create a script for SSHFS which mounts the volume,
chmod +x the script
#!/bin/zsh sshfs firstname.lastname@example.org: ~/secure_drive open ~/secure_drive
It you want a cool icon for the script, try here.