NOT saving backup

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John Baker

02 May, 2021 11:54 AM

I have a registered version of Moneydance, and for security reasons, I do NOT want to save a backup, since I have other ways of securely saving copies of the files. I can't find a way to turn off the backup process! Can you please point me in the right direction?

Thank you

John Baker

  1. 1 Posted by jeff_l on 02 May, 2021 02:35 PM

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    File → Preferences → Backups, take the ticks out
    or on the Mac, Moneydance → Preferences → Backups, take ticks out.

    Having said that, what you propose is not really a good idea. MD saves the Backups as a compressed solid ZIP files, these are unlikely to suffer any subsequent corruption.

    The MD Dataset is comprised of numerous small files that can suffer corruption easily by any backup software you intend to use. Not worth risking your financial history in this way, in my opinion.

    Fellow user

  2. 2 Posted by John Baker on 02 May, 2021 03:38 PM

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    Thank you for the information and the advice. I am using an encrypted drive
    for the Moneydance data file, which is saved as an uncompressed (but
    password protected) file part of the personal backup process. While I
    respect your view, I don't want to get in a situation where a backup file
    can be accessed and opened by someone unauthorized (such as a computer
    repair shop).

    Thanks again



  3. 3 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 02 May, 2021 03:50 PM

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    FYI - If you set your own Moneydance encryption master passphrase, then it will be impossible for anybody to open or view your dataset.....

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Ethan on 03 May, 2021 01:40 AM

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    As the above comment suggests, going to File -> Passwords and setting a password for your data file will prevent anyone else from opening it. If you do this, don't misplace your password, as we haven't built any backdoors into our encryption to help you reset your password. You don't have to use this or make backups, as long as you understand that our ability to help you resolve any issues that may occur without them will be limited.

    Infinite Kind Support

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