22 Mar

Celebrate Fraud Prevention Month by Reviewing These Tips

The entire month of March is designated Fraud Prevention Month in over 24 countries around the world, including here in Canada and the United States. In Canada alone, fraud has become a billion dollar industry for white collar criminals. Fraud is a criminal offence punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada, so long as the suspects can be caught, which is often difficult to do.
Celebrate Fraud Prevention Month by Reviewing These Tips

The goal of Fraud Prevention Month is to raise awareness about different fraudulent schemes and remind people to protect themselves and their personal information. By increasing awareness about fraud and educating people on various scams, they are better enabled to protect themselves and reduce risks associated with certain types of fraud including:
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14 Feb

Toronto Data Recovery Company Warns Against Risks of Using Geotagging

One recently developing trend in online environments, most notably social media sites, is the use of geotagging to let others know exactly where you are located. Geotagging, or geolocation, as it is sometimes referred to, utilizes specific data on your computer or mobile device to determine your current location, and then feeds this through specific GPS algorithms to display it on a map.

Toronto Data Recovery Company Warns Against Risks of Using Geotagging

For businesses, geotagging can be a wonderful marketing tool to use to increase awareness of the location of the business. Geotags make it easier for potential customers and clients to find the business whenever they do a local search for particular products and services. For instance, you want to find a data recovery service in Toronto, and those with geotagging enabled are often displayed at the top of search results, along with a map. read more

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24 Jan

The Past, Present, and Future of Data Storage and Data Recovery Services in Toronto

In the past, storing data meant saving it to a floppy disk or external tape drive since an internal hard disk drive was initially a costly optional feature on the first personal computers to hit the markets. It was not until the late 1980s that computers started to become “standard” and include an actual internal hard disk drive. Even then, these initial drives only held megabytes of data, rather small compared to the large gigabyte and terabyte drives we use today.
The Past, Present, and Future of Data Storage and Data Recovery Services in Toronto

At that time, one of the biggest problems was whenever a floppy disk drive or internal hard drive failed. For many people it meant having to start all over since all of their data was gone, as data recovery services were just beginning to develop technologies for accessing nonworking disks and hard drives.
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23 Dec

Tips for Creating Secure Passwords

Everyone has heard the horrific stories of hackers breaking into some big company’s database and stealing their customer data, usernames, and passwords. After they get that data, they turn around and try the usernames and passwords on a variety of different websites. Unfortunately, for most of us, we have rather bad habits of reusing the same passwords for all of our apps and online sites or use weak ones, which puts us all at risk.
The reasons companies are being hacked and we are hearing about these data breaches are the same reasons people rob banks: Hackers can make money on the black market selling usernames and passwords. So how can you protect yourself online? read more

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04 Dec

What Is the Difference between High Level and Low Level Formatting?

When you want to format a hard drive, for instance, to install a new operating system or dispose of the computer the drive is in, there are two different methods used. It is important to understand the differences between the two in order to ensure your data is not recoverable.

High Level Formatting

High level formatting can be performed on a hard disk only after the sectors and tracks have been formatted using a low level format (see below). This type of formatting is where actual data, like the operating system is written onto the drive sectors to create file and system structures so you can use the drive to install other applications and store data and files. read more

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02 Nov

Samsung Galaxy Note 7s Are Banned on Airplanes

If you were one of the million people that rushed out to get the Galaxy Note 7 when it was released, you now have a potentially harmful phone in your pocket that could catch fireoe even explode. When incidents started coming in with the new phone, Samsung initiated a recall after 35 different reports. However, not everyone was convinced there was an actual issue with the phone.

Some people thought those experiencing problems with the Note 7 was due to how they were using and abusing their smartphone, not with its actual design. Although, after Samsung made the announcement for the recall, the number of exploding, overheating, and fire-catching phones quadrupled!
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24 Sep

How Secure Are Your Devices?

While it is difficult to predict how long a hard disk drive, USB flash drive, memory card, or digital drive will last, one thing that is important is securing the information on your laptop and desktop computers, network servers, and mobile devices. To help protect sensitive data, personal information, and other files stored on your business and personal devices, take the time to review the following tips and suggestions provided by Taking It Mobile.

Use Strong Passwords/Pin Codes

Never use repeating letters or numbers in a password or pin code. You should attempt to use a series of letters, numbers, and special characters when creating passwords. Pin codes should be created using random numbers and never use birth dates, anniversaries, or other digits someone could easily learn. read more

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09 Aug

How to Dispose of Old Hard Drives

As technology continues to advance, so too does our collection of outdated computers and mobile devices. How you dispose of your older equipment and hard drives is important. There are numerous disposal methods you can find online, some of which suggest unsafe and non-environmentally friendly methods such as:

  • Tossing the equipment and hard drive into a fire.
  • Using hydrochloric acid and other dangerous chemicals.
  • Drilling holes or hammering nails into the hard drive.

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09 Jun

Tips for Keeping Your Personal Information and Data Safe and Secure

One of the most effective ways to protect personal information and data on electronic devices secure is by using passwords. Passwords prevent others from accessing your devices and help reduce the likelihood of obtaining information you do not want them to have. However, passwords do not always provide a 100% protection if you are not practicing proper password etiquette.

Therefore, it is vital you take the time to evaluate your passwords and determine what steps you need to take to further increase security and protect your data and personal information, by asking yourself these questions: read more

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09 May

Could You Be the Victim of Identity Theft?

Identify theft is a major problem people need to be concerned with and take steps to help protect their personal information. There are numerous ways for unsavory people and hackers to obtain your information and steal your identity. Recovering from identify theft is costly and time consuming. For some people, they spend countless years trying to undo the damage caused from having their identities stolen. In some cases, the damage never really goes away. read more

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