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Espionage 3 / Sync Data folder using chronsync
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:57:28 PM »

Can I sync the ~/Library/Application Support/com.taoeffect.Espionage3 between two macs using a program such as chronsync?

I want to keep all the disk images in sync on both macs. If it is possible should the images be locked or unlocked at the time of sync?

If this is not advisable, is it better to move the disk images to a different folder on my mac and then sync that folder?
A related question, are there any disadvantages to storing the disk images in a location other than the Data folder?

Espionage 3 / Backups
« on: May 31, 2012, 07:23:17 PM »
How do the disk images in Espionage3 get backed up?
I know that time machine etc can be used, but does it matter if the relevant folder is locked or unlocked (and the disk image mounted)?

If the folder is unlocked, what gets backed up if you are using time machine? Is it the folder contents, unencrypted or just the disk image.

On a related question is it possible to unlock the disk image for the folder without using espionage e.g if there was some problem with espionage3? It was possible with espionage2 where you could enter the diskimage/folder password to unlock it

Espionage 3 / Invalid password
« on: May 30, 2012, 04:31:34 PM »
I've been trying to upgrade to Espionage 3.
I unprotected/decrypted all my folders in Espionage 2 and then uninstalled using the uninstaller.
I then installed Espionage 3 trial and set it up. Chose a strong password- same one I've been using
When I go to unlock Espionage in the menubar, it says "invalid password".

I then uninstalled Espionage 3 and went through the setup process again, and chose a different strong password.
I still get the same error and I'm sure that I'm entering the correct password.

Any thoughts?

Espionage 3 / How does Espionage 3 differ from Espionage 2?
« on: May 28, 2012, 11:33:32 AM »
Long time user of Espionage 2, just stumbled across Espionage 3.

I can't see any release notes, or the differences between 2 and 3.

It would be great if the new features could be publicised fully. The help page at: ... s/new.html simply says everything is new but doesn't really tell us anything about the app



Found some more info at but detailed release notes would still be helpful.

Some questions:
1. It looks like app association has disappeared? Is there any way around this? It was one of the best features
2. How does backup work? Is the built in Espionage backups feature still functional.
3. Is Time Machine backup better implemented? e.g do you still need to consider what state the folder is in prior to backing up, e.g unlocked/locked etc
4. Has the Lion bug that restored all windows e.g Mail prior to launching Espionage been dealt with or is it no longer an issue as app associations don't exist anymore

Espionage 2 / Preventing superduper backing up espionage folders
« on: October 27, 2010, 06:30:13 PM »

Preventing time machine from backing up espionage folder's is straightforward.

Is there a way of stopping superduper doing the same thing? straightforward or not


Espionage 2 / What does this alert mean?
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:42:46 PM »

Very occasionally I get this alert for some encrypted folders:

Will not delete folder "Xxx" because it's not empty! Renamed it to "Xxx-saved"

Its not always the same folder can be a different one. "Xxx-saved" is an unencrypted folder, usually in the same location as the mounted encrypted folder. It may contain 1 or 2 items and I think remains accessible when the original folder locked.

No problems with the original encrypted folder or its data. I have been deleting "Folder-saved" without consequence

Just wondering what might be causing this and how to avoid it

Espionage 2 / Chronosync and espionage
« on: September 24, 2010, 10:27:03 PM »

I want to sync an espionage folder using chronosync.
I've read your tips page on using chronosync, but want to clarify the following point: "never do a bi-directional sync with an  espionage folder"

Can i therefore perform a left to right sync, and then perform a separate right to left sync a few minutes later, rather than using chronosync's built in bi-directional sync.

What are the problems with using bidrectional sync in the locked folder mode?

Espionage 2 / moving data to new mac with migration assistant
« on: September 14, 2010, 09:47:38 PM »

I have espionage on existing macbook. Is it possible to transfer data to new macbook using migration assistant? Is there anything particular I need to do first, apart from lock all folders? Is it better to disable encrypted folders first?


Espionage 2 / Backup strategy
« on: June 03, 2010, 05:52:25 PM »
I'm new to espionage and liking it very much so far. However, a little confused by backups etc.
Prior to espionage, I was backing up with both Time Machine & SuperDuper to separate hard drives on a once daily basis. I have read the backing up to Time Machine post but still have a few questions....

Is the main issue with Time Machine backups due to the locked/unlocked state of the relevant folder? For example, are there any disadvantages to using Time Machine to continue with backing up as usual, if the relevant folder is in the same state each time?

Does SuperDuper also handle things the same way?

What are the disadvantages to using the built in backup in espionage?
Can I backup to the same physical drives that I'm backing up to with TimeMachine and SuperDuper?


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