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2 months of Strongspace free with yearly billing

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

A couple of weeks ago I emailed out asking for some feedback on Strongspace and a lot of you said you’d love to see a option for yearly billing. Yearly billing is now up and running and we’re offering 12 months for the price of 10 on all plans (16.6% off). To get the discount just log in to your account and head to [Plan & Billing](https://www.strongspace.com/account/billing), under account settings, and you’ll see a big button that lets you switch to yearly billing.

Enjoy!

Securely share files with shareable links on Strongspace

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

Strongspace is a great place for [secure offsite backup](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/basic-rsync-backup) over SFTP and rsync. But it’s a lot more fun to be able to share your files with friends, family and co-workers – what fun is backing up your iTunes library if you can’t easily pass a song to a friend? We’ve recently pushed a feature which lets you securely share any file in your Strongspace with a unique secure link. Simply hover over any file and a link button appears

Click the link button and you’ll get a popup where you can grab a secure link to that file. Send this link to whoever you want and they can download the file without a Strongspace account.

You will also notice the “Shared Links” tab at the end of your list of Spaces – clicking there will let you manage and remove shared links you have handed out.

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding the ability to set passwords on files as well as provide automatic link expiration. Also, if you’re not familiar you should really check out [Passion Pit](https://www.strongspace.com/shared/2i0ijn1d5e)

Simple hosting with your Public Space

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

Strongspace lets you [grab a unique link](https://www.strongspace.com/help/secure-file-sharing-links) to any file on Strongspace – but it also provides a simple Public Space, where all files are shared by default and are accessible by filename, if you know it. This makes for nice and simple asset hosting where you can easily toss files up to Strongspace with [rsync](https://www.strongspace.com/help/basic-rsync-backup), SFTP or SCP and then have a known link to that file without having to interact with the service. Here is an example:

Push an image to Strongspace
>$ scp lost_in_translation.jpg ss:/strongspace/expandrive/public

Now grab it using Safari

>$ open [https://www.strongspace.com/expandrive/public/lost_in_translation.jpg](https://www.strongspace.com/expandrive/public/lost_in_translation.jpg)

That was easy. You can still use the [link button](https://www.strongspace.com/help/secure-file-sharing-links) to grab the public link to this file

Coming soon we’ll provide the ability to browse folders as well as send down index files so you can serve up things such as sites generated with [iWeb](http://www.apple.com/ilife/iweb/).

Basic rsync backup to Strongspace

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

[rsync](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync) is a very popular and comes included on all Macs and is [available for windows](http://www.rsync.net/resources/howto/windows_rsync.html) and linux. It lets you efficiently backup files and folders over SSH and it is a great way to mirror data off to Strongspace.

However, it is one of those unix-y programs which has a [MILLION different options](http://ss64.com/bash/rsync_options.html) to twiddle and can be rather intimidating. I thought a basic post on how to use rsync with with Strongspace in the most general fashion would be useful.

### All you need to remember

`rsync -avz [source_path] [destination:destination_path]`

This is the basic command structure with a handful of basic options attached: compress the data, verbose output, recurse the source folders and preserve timestamps and user ids.

### Backup your Mac Desktop Strongspace:

`rsync -avz ~/Desktop username@username.strongspace.com:/strongspace/username/home`

One small bit to note is the difference between typing `~/Desktop` and `~/Desktop/` – the later way does not create a `Desktop` folder in Strongspace but sends all the *contents* of the Desktop into your destination. It can be a bit messy if that wasn’t your intention.

### Backup iPhoto to Strongspace:

`rsync -avz ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library username@username.strongspace.com:/strongspace/username/home`

Here is a simple example that sends the entire contents of your iPhoto library up to Strongspace.

### Making it simpler

Let’s admit, this isn’t a short command:

`rsync -avz ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library username@username.strongspace.com:/strongspace/username/home`

but you can shorten it down to this:

`rsync ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library ss:/strongspace/username/home`

First, do yourself the favor and setup a [SSH alias](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/type-less-with-a-strongspace-ssh-alias) and, if you want, [password-less login](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/password-less-login-with-ssh-keys). To make life even easier you can default rsync options by using a bash alias. Open Terminal and paste this line:

`echo ‘alias rsync=”rsync -avz”‘ >> .profile`

Now the next time you open a new Terminal window rsync will have those options set by default.

Happy sync’ing!

Securely share files with shareable links

Strongspace is a great place for [secure offsite backup](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/basic-rsync-backup) over SFTP and rsync. But it’s a lot more fun to be able to share your files with friends, family and co-workers – what fun is backing up your iTunes library if you can’t easily pass a song to a friend? We’ve recently pushed a feature which lets you securely share any file in your Strongspace with a unique secure link. Simply hover over any file and a link button appears

Click the link button and you’ll get a popup where you can grab a secure link to that file. Send this link to whoever you want and they can download the file without a Strongspace account.

You will also notice the “Shared Links” tab at the end of your list of Spaces – clicking there will let you manage and remove shared links you have handed out.

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding the ability to set passwords on files as well as provide automatic link expiration. Also, if you’re not familiar you should really check out [Passion Pit](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScC_pi3PJ9k)

Type less with a Strongspace SSH alias

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

If you have a long Strongspace username and are regularly accessing Strongspace from command-line tools you’ll often be typing out something like `jmancuso_expandrive@jmancuso_expandrive.strongspace.com` in your commands. After a while this can be a bit cumbersome. To save yourself a lot of typing you can replace that entire string with a short SSH alias such as `ss`. Combine that with with [SSH Key authentication](https://www.strongspace.com/blog/password-less-login-with-ssh-keys) and you’ve got a recipe for friction-free transfer to and from Strongspace.

To create an SSH alias on Mac or Linux:

1. Open up your Terminal application
2. Open ~/.ssh/config with your favorite text editor. If you don’t have a favorite editor you can use TextEdit which comes with your Mac `open -a TextEdit ~/.ssh/config`
3. I am going to name my alias to Strongspace `ss`. Call yours whatever you’d like. Add the following 3 lines:

>Host ss
>    HostName your_username.strongspace.com
>    User your_username

4. You can now use the alias `ss` whenever you’re connecting to Strongspace with the `rsync`, `sftp` or `scp` command-line tools. This alias also works in many popular Mac SFTP clients including [ExpanDrive](https://www.expandrive.com/mac), [Interarchy](http://nolobe.com/interarchy/) and [Transmit](http://www.panic.com/transmit).

Password-less login to Strongspace with SSH Keys

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](https://www.strongspace.com/blog)

Let’s say you want to create an automated nightly backup of your MySQL database to Strongspace but you don’t want to leave your Strongspace password stored directly in your backup script for all to see. Strongspace lets you create trusted relationship between your machine and Strongspace using SSH keys. You can think of an SSH key as two extremely long passwords, stored in a files, that SFTP and rsync will use to authenticate with Strongspace. You hold on to the private key and give Strongspace the public key. There is now a unique secure relationship between your machine and Strongspace that lets you safely authenticate without your primary account password.

Generating SSH Keys
—————–

Mac or Linux:

1. Open up your Terminal application
2. Type: `ssh-keygen` to generate the keys
3. You will then be prompted to enter a location to save the key pair. Feel free to use the default.
4. After generating the keys it will prompt for a passphrase. This will be used when accessing the keys, providing another level of security if someone were to obtain your private key (which of course you shouldn’t share). You can leave it blank for rsync backups to Strongspace to work seamlessly without requiring the user to type in a password. However except for this case you should add a passphrase.
5. Copy the contents of id_rsa.pub to the clipboard. On a Mac, with the Terminal still open, type: `cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | pbcopy`

Windows:

1. Download and run [PuTTYgen](http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html)
2. Click Generate public/private key pair
3. Save public key – save pick a name like `id_rsa.pub`
4. Save your private key. When saving your private key, PuTTYgen gives you two options, the default is to save in the PuTTY format [`.ppk`] or you click on the conversions menu and export an OpenSSH format key. Depending on what application you use these keys with you might want to export both.
5. Select and copy the public key to your clipboard

Using SSH Keys on Strongspace
————————–

Sign into Strongspace, head over to the Account tab, and select the [SSH Public Keys sub-tab](https://www.strongspace.com/account/ssh_keys). Click [Add a new key…](https://www.strongspace.com/account/ssh_keys/new) and paste in the contents of your public key, along with an optional nickname and click `Save key`.



To test our your key setup log into Strongspace using the command line `sftp` tool on Mac or Linux:

`sftp username@username.strongspace.com`

Where `username` is your Strongspace username. You should now be logged into Strongspace without having used a password. Good job!

Password-less login with SSH Keys

Let’s say you want to create an automated nightly backup of your MySQL database to Strongspace but you don’t want to leave your Strongspace password stored directly in your backup script for all to see. Strongspace lets you create trusted relationship between your machine and Strongspace using SSH keys. You can think of an SSH key as two extremely long passwords, stored in a files, that SFTP and rsync will use to authenticate with Strongspace. You hold on to the private key and give Strongspace the public key. There is now a unique secure relationship between your machine and Strongspace that lets you safely authenticate without your primary account password.

###Generating SSH Keys

Mac or Linux:

1. Open up your Terminal application
2. Type: `ssh-keygen` to generate the keys
3. You will then be prompted to enter a location to save the key pair. Feel free to use the default.
4. After generating the keys it will prompt for a passphrase. This will be used when accessing the keys, providing another level of security if someone were to obtain your private key (which of course you shouldn’t share). You can leave it blank for rsync backups to Strongspace to work seamlessly without requiring the user to type in a password. However except for this case you should add a passphrase.
5. Copy the contents of id_rsa.pub to the clipboard. On a Mac, with the Terminal still open, type: `cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | pbcopy`

Windows:

1. Download and run [PuTTYgen](http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html)
2. Click Generate public/private key pair
3. Save public key – save pick a name like `id_rsa.pub`
4. Save your private key. When saving your private key, PuTTYgen gives you two options, the default is to save in the PuTTY format [`.ppk`] or you click on the conversions menu and export an OpenSSH format key. Depending on what application you use these keys with you might want to export both.
5. Select and copy the public key to your clipboard

###Using SSH Keys on Strongspace

Sign into Strongspace, head over to the Account tab, and select the [SSH Public Keys sub-tab](https://www.strongspace.com/account/ssh_keys). Click [Add a new key…](https://www.strongspace.com/account/ssh_keys/new) and paste in the contents of your public key, along with an optional nickname and click `Save key`.



To test our your key setup log into Strongspace using the command line `sftp` tool on Mac or Linux:

`sftp username@username.strongspace.com`

Where `username` is your Strongspace username. You should now be logged into Strongspace without having used a password. Good job!

Bingodisk gets folded into Strongspace

For those of you out there who have [BIngodisk](http://www.bingodisk.com) accounts – please be aware that at the end of the month Bingodisk, an only disk service formerly run by [Joyent](http://www.joyent.com) – is being turned off. We are offering all Bingodisk customers a simple and hopefully painless migration path into [Strongspace](http://www.strongspace.com). Simply log in to www.strongspace using your username@bingodisk.com username and password and you will be presented with a path to migrate in. More on this soon, but we wanted to make sure the word was out. Thanks!

Strongspace v1 closes this weekend

In case you’ve missed one of the many many reminders we’ve sent – please note that Strongspace v1 [Joyent Strongspace] is closing down this weekend. To migrate over to the all-new Strongspace just sign in at www.strongspace.com and you’ll be presented a transition page. For those who get this notice late, we’ll still be accepting migrations through mid-August. If you’re having trouble logging in, please email support@strongspace.com letting us know you need help or a password reset – please include your username!

BingoDisk migrations will be starting in a few days, so be on the lookout for that. Thanks!