20 Jan

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future?

One question a lot of people have is what is going to happen to hard disk drives (HDDs) now that we have solid state drives (SSDs). One might assume that SSDs are going to displace HDDs much like DVDs did to CDs and Blu-rays have done to DVDs. Before you start buying up all the HDDs on the market to have a supply in the future, you need to know HDDs are not going anywhere.

What Will Become of Hard Disk Drives in the Future

First of all, the cost for high capacity SSDs is quite expensive once you start taking about terabytes of storage space. Many people and businesses still cannot afford to cross over that threshold. Not surprisingly, HDDs with larger terabyte drives tend to cost less and fit the budgets of most people and businesses better. read more

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25 Dec

Email Flaw Makes Phishing Easier with “MailSploit”

Phishing email attacks are nothing new. You get a bunch of random emails that look like they were sent from known friends and businesses. Yet, when you hover over the actual email address you see that it is fake with some weird string of numbers and letters, so you know it is a phishing scam.

Email Flaw Makes Phishing Easier with “MailSploit”

Many email clients also have features where they look for these types of emails and move them to a “spam” or “junk mail” folder. Some clients even allow you to mark the emails as phishing scams. However, even with these advances, there is a new vulnerability that is making it easier for those individuals and groups that practice in “black hat” phishing scams called “MailSploit.” read more

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18 Nov

Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

The sense of protection knowing we have an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-spam software installed on our devices can lead to a false sense of security. Today’s hackers and cyber attackers are developing malicious apps and other hacks faster than the software companies that offer protection can respond.

Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

Knowing how to tell if you have been hacked sooner, rather than later can help stop potential data loss and avoid identity theft. Some telltale signs you might notice could include: read more

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24 Oct

Protect Yourself from Ransomware with Regular Data Backups

Ransomware has been a trending topic in the IT industry that is not going away. Initially, businesses were targets of these “black-hat” operatives, who would hold their data “hostage” until a ransom was paid.

Some businesses that were hit had their proprietary data held hostage. Sadly for them, they did not have a data backup to turn to. As a result, several of the businesses ended up paying out thousands to tens of thousands of dollars or more just to have their data released.

Protect Yourself from Ransomware with Regular Data Backups

In some cases, even after the business paid the ransom, the data was still not released and the ransomware remained on the computer. Today, ransomware attacks have expanded from businesses and now are also affecting individuals. read more

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21 Sep

Does Your Backup Need Its Own Backup?

You never know when you will go to turn on your computer and hear a “click, click, click” of the hard drive and nothing happens. But, computers are not the only devices at risk of failure. Your smartphone or tablet could also fail at any time from being dropped or some other type of malfunction.

Does Your Backup Need Its Own Backup?

Even though people have numerous options available to back up their data, there are still many who do not. In addition, there are different types of data backup methods and using the right ones are equally important. Depending on which ones you use, your backup might need its own backup, too. read more

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28 Aug

Are There Safety Issues with Cloud-Based Storage?

Apple’s iCloud has been under attack recently by hackers with different incidents going all the way back to January of this year. The more recent ones, were a series of threats that made the news in late March. This raises the question of just how secure Cloud-based storage really is and whether uploading all of your data to the Cloud is truly safe.

Are There Safety Issues with Cloud-Based Storage?

 

Here’s what you need to know: read more

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20 Jul

Are Personal Computers Going Extinct?

In recent years, the number of personal computer (PC) sales for both desktop and laptop computers has been on a steady downward decline. Part of the reason for the reduction in sales stems from people being able to do most everything they want on their smartphone or tablet device, and even some things they cannot on a PC.

Are Personal Computers Going Extinct

Some analysts are predicting the PC will be extinct within the next ten to fifteen years as new and emerging technologies continue to change how people access content offline and online. Others have a more reserved look at this technology market segment and believe the PC will still be around for quite some time. However, the PC as we know it will be transformed to make it more competitive with portable devices. read more

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10 Jun

Computer Repair: Securing the Data on Your Hard Drive

We all store important and private information on our computers, whether we use them for business or personal reasons. While our computers are reliable most of the time, one of the biggest fears we have is when we push the power button and nothing happens. The computer will not start up and just sits there, or worse it displays an error message stating the BIOS cannot find a bootable device.

Computer Repair: Securing the Data on Your Hard Drive
At this point, it is obvious something has gone wrong and the computer needs to be repaired. For many small and medium sized business owners, this means having to ship the computer off to the manufacturer or take it to a local computer repair service. Whichever method you use, it is not uncommon to be asked to include the user name and password to log into the computer.
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26 May

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

If you like having the latest model of your favourite brand of smartphone, whether it be Apple, Samsung, LG, or Sony, you will most likely invest in the newest model every year or two. Initially, you may decide to keep your current phone as a “back-up” phone in case your new one gets damaged. However, eventually, you will end up with a collection of smartphones sitting around your home.

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

What do you do with all of those smartphones? There are several different options to get rid of them. With each of these, it is important to take certain precautions before disposing of the phone to ensure your data and personal read more

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26 Apr

Warning Signs Your Hard Disk Drive Could Be Failing

The hard disk drive in your desktop or laptop computer, and even the ones used in modern video gaming systems do eventually start to wear out for various reasons. One of the more common reasons for failure is from the numerous times we make changes to the data on the drive, from reading existing data and writing new data to deleting data we no longer need.

Warning Signs Your Hard Disk Drive Could Be Failing

There is a limit to the number of times the drive will successfully perform these operations and before bad sectors start to develop and eventually lead to complete drive failure. There are two different types of bad sectors you can encounter: software bad sectors and hard drive bad sectors. With bad sectors related to software, these are easy to fix by using a utility program as they are normally related to data not being written to the drive correctly when you installed the software app. read more

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