Category Archives: Data Safety

Systematic Backups

Are your pictures, financial data, letters, music, videos and other critical data protected? Is it protected if your disk drive dies? Is it protected if your computer is stolen? What about if there is a fire at home that destroys everything? If you corrupt a file? What about the data changed or added within the …

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Privacy and secure data

James Comey, the Director of the FBI in a 60 Minutes interview last night discussed the issues with Apple and Google’s new restriction that doesn’t permit them to respond to a federal warrant since the data on one’s phone can now be encrypted without either Apple or Google having access to the key. Here’s the segment from 60 …

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What is the “Cloud”?

So, I was at a gathering of friends and one of them asked me: “I keep hearing about the “Cloud”, but I don’t understand it.  What is the Cloud?” It’s an interesting question, because like it’s meteorological namesake, its existence is ephemeral and changing all the time. Let’s start with the name: Cloud. Like many …

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Securely erasing those old drives

A while back, I wrote a post entitled Spring Cleaning old electronics (AKA Crap).  In this article, I focused on what to do about cleaning out old phones, tablets and other devices, including methods to wipe them clean of sensitive information.  Though this post is a year and half old, the information contained is still …

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FLASH: CryptoLocker malware is on the loose …

There is a new version of ransom malware called CryptoLocker.  It started showing up in October, 2013 and to date only infects MS Windows systems (though like all malware, MacOS can be a carrier).   It works the traditional way: An legit looking attachment is opened and it proceeds to hunt down data files including …

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Anti-virus — Is it needed for Macs?

I’ve been poking around the issue of whether Macs need an anti-virus, or more specifically an anti-malware solution.   It’s been somewhat entertaining because nothing brings out the religion fervor of pro and anti Mac forces like this topic.    Search the web and Mac forums to observe.  Note: I’ll be using the terms malware …

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Data safety: Backups

OK, now for the topic that most folks treat like going to the dentist: Backups.    You almost certainly have several types of data who’s loss would at worst be devastating and at best be time-consuming and a pain to recover. However, my guess is that you also are not currently safeguarding this data adequately …

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