FileBunker is a file backup application which uses one or more GMail accounts as its backup repository.
Because each GMail account supplies 1000 megabytes of storage, it serves as an excellent facility for this purpose. Files are compressed and encrypted for security and efficiency, and can be restored on demand.
Before FileBunker can be used to backup your files, you need to configure the application. This is done by choosing Configuration from the File menu. The following describes the information that must be provided to complete this configuration.
First and foremost, FileBunker requires you to establish a password. This password is used to encrypt the data that you backup so that it is secure.
Longer passwords are better, and you should not use a password which coincides with the password to any of the GMail accounts that you are using for backups. Note in order to make sure your password is correctly recorded, you must type it again in the Confirm Password field.
FileBunker transfers files to GMail by sending them using the standard email transfer protocol SMTP. You must identify an SMTP server that will send your email. This is usually an address like smtp.mycompany.com, or mail.myisp.com.
If you are not sure what to specify, check the account configuration in your email application (such as Outlook or Eudora), or contact your ISP. Some SMTP servers require authentication in order to transfer messages.
This involves specifying a user name and password which is used to authenticate you to the SMTP server. If your server requires this authentication, check the Requires Authentication checkbox, and click the Configure button to specify the user name and password.
As with establishing your FileBunker password, you will need to confirm your password to make sure it is correctly recorded. Again, check the configuration of your email application, or contact your ISP, if you are not sure whether your SMTP server requires authentication.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, in order to perform any backups you need to specify one or more GMail accounts which your files will be sent to.
Clicking the New button will prompt you to specify the email address and password for an existing GMail account. Note the '@gmail.com' is already specified, so you will only need to specify the user name (e.g. jsmith).
As with other password fields in this configuration, you will need to confirm the password to ensure it is recorded correctly. After pressing OK you will be returned to the main configuration dialog, and you will see the new account in the Email Repositories list.
You can select it, and click Edit to change the details of that account, or Delete to remove it. Each GMail account gives you 1000 megabytes of storage. You can register multiple accounts at any time as your storage requirements grow.
FileBunker will automatically use a new account as old ones are filled up.
NOTE If you delete an account that already has files backed up to it, those files will not be accessible from FileBunker.