Ransomware is not new – it dates back to the 1980s – but it has undergone a renaissance throughout the 2010s, to the extent that it looks almost nothing like it did in its early days. Perpetrators have enhanced various strains with strong encryption (CryptoLocker), designed them to exploit protocols such as Microsoft Windows SMB […]
Ransomware is a scourge. It denies you access to important files while demanding you pay for the right to have them back. Maintaining regular backups is a great hedge against ransomware. Instead of paying the ransom (which doesn’t guarantee safe return of your assets anyway), restore from a backup.
Do you have lots of important data – family photos, copies of official documents, etc. – stored exclusively on a computer hard drive? If so, it’s time to diversify. The average HDD sees a sharp rise in its risk of failure after only 4 years. Store some of its data in an external drive, in […]
If you have a lot of photos, videos, documents and apps that you would never want to lose track of, it’s a bad idea to keep them all on one local system, like a PC or phone that hasn’t been backed up. Try to maintain multiple copies across different locations, using cloud backup solutions and/or […]
If you use an external HDD for backup, be aware that it won’t last forever. HDD failure rates rise sharply in the fourth year and beyond, so if you’re wary of losing a key backup, make sure to have other drives in the mix and/or use a cloud-based backup solution.
It’s always advisable to backup your data with a solution like Total Defense Ultimate. An added benefit is that you are at less risk when you update your applications and OSes. If there’s a technical glitch during the upgrade, at least you have a backup to fall back on.
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