When to Export, When to Backup

Just a quick reminder – Export is not the same as Backup. Exported data can be easily read by humans and computers alike.

If you would like to make a backup of your data, you should use the Backup feature. Backups, unlike Exports, are encrypted and can not be read by anyone or anything without your Packing Key.

Backups are safe to store on your computer. Exports are not.

So what are Exports for?

Primarily for transferring data from one application to another. For example, if you’d like to switch from PassPack to a different password manager. If you can, it’s best to copy from PassPack, and paste into the other program directly without saving anything to your computer.

If you absolutely must save an exported CSV or TSV file, then do so for the shortest time possible, and delete it from your computer as soon as you can. You may also want to use a digital file shredder to completely erase all traces of the file from your computer’s memory.

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