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How to Protect Your Smartphone from Online Threats

Every day, hundreds of people have their smartphone hacked, exposing important data like contacts and even credit card details to criminals that prey upon poorly protected phones.

Whenever your phone connects to the internet, it is at risk from hacking by data thieves that target phones in particular, as they contain nearly all of our important information such as passwords, emails and even the login details to online banking apps.

Fortunately, there are a few steps anyone can take to protect their phones from harm and recover their data if their smartphone is damaged or locked my malicious software.

Use a Virtual Private Network App When Connected to Public Wi-Fi

When you are using public Wi-Fi, such as when you are at a hotel or café, your phone is at risk of being hacked by someone else using that network. Some data thieves are known to connect to these networks regularly in order to steal credit card information from shoppers and tourists.

Virtual Private Networks encrypt and conceal your web traffic, even when using a public Wi-Fi network. These services can also be used from home to protect your online shopping and browsing there, giving you extra peace of mind.

Use an App to Securely Back Up All of Your Smartphone’s Data

Sometimes when a phone is hacked, it can suddenly become corrupted and unusable, trapping your files like your phone numbers and personal photographs on the device. There are apps available that can back up data to an online cloud service, but sometimes they can be missing important and more recent files.

If you have data on a damaged or corrupted smartphone, there are services like mobile data recovery by Secure Data Recovery that can recover data from your device, sometimes even if it has been deleted by a hacking program.

Use a Password Manager to Encrypt and Generate Your Passwords

Our passwords are gatekeepers to a lot of our sensitive information such as emails and bank accounts. Too many people rely on using the same password, or maybe two or three, in order to log in to all their different accounts.

Password managers use encryption algorithms to generate complex passwords for you, and store them in a ‘digital safe’ in an app on your phone and online on a secure server. The password manager will auto-complete passwords on all your accounts, or they can be copy-and-pasted from the app to the login form. This means you have only one password to remember, the one that logs you into your password manager, and you can let it safely and securely do the rest.

We keep a large amount of sensitive data on our phones, and not just banking details and contact information. Your phone probably has hundreds of photos of friends and family, as well as pictures from social media accounts. This information needs to be protected, not just from theft, but also from accidents and problems with a smartphone’s components. With a few apps and the help of professionals, anyone can protect the data on their phone, and recover it if the worst happens.

Transfer your data from iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover

It is a pretty cool app, which is the world’s first completely FREE iPhone data transfer program. It can be used to transfer data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, supporting iOS 11. Synchronize files from computer to the iPhone and vice versa.

You may need it if you want to upgrade your iPhone and keep your old data.

 

First, I would like to introduce the Free version, EaseUS MobiMover Free v3.0.  It has full functionality and features, but no technical support.

  • Using EaseUS MobiMover, you can do following jobs.
  • Migrate data from one iPhone / iPad to the other one. For example, from old one to a new one.
  • Doing the backup, data backup to a computer as an insurance.
  • Move the data to another device to free up space, because even 128G is still not big enough. If you don’t agree with it now, you will agree on it in a year.
  • iPhone / iPad data sharing. With other iOS devices.
  • Transfer multiple categories of data between two iOS devices or between iOS device and computer.
  • Adding or deleting the iPhone / iPad items freely.

Second, let me have a look. See what kind of data can be moving.

  • Contacts
  • Messages
  • Notes
  • Calendars
  • Voice Mail
  • Books
  • Safari Bookmark & History
  • Photos
  • Ringtones
  • Playlists
  • Voice Memos

Now, the Free version has no limitations on items and data for transferring.

 

Look at some pictures

I installed it on my Windows 10 Pro and get some screenshots for sharing.

  1. Download the EaseUS MobiMover Free installation file, which is about 33MB.
  2. Run it and just click the next until finishing the installation.
  3. Launch the installed program. It will detect if you have an iOS device connected to my Windows.

This is the screenshot when I have no iOS device connected.

 

You can also download the trial version of MobiMover. It can be found at this page: https://www.easeus.com/phone-transfer/mobimover.html

 

 

A Broken Western Digital 1TB Hard Disk

It is a WD10EXEZ SATA,64MB Cache 1.0TB hard disk. I bought it in the end of 2012. Now it is almost three years.

I found it is not working yesterday morning.  The Windows 7 can not found the hard drive when I boot up it. It can be found after a reboot.

But, some files are not able to access.

So I tried to do the backup all the important files. Most of the files can be copied to the backup media. The error of some missing files are shown as below.

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I have to skip these kind of files to continue. And during the backup, the disk error shown randomly.

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Dreamhost retired Backup service for Shared hosting users

Dreamhost retired Backup service now.

A month ago, we let you know that the DreamHost Personal Backup feature was retiring. That day has come, Personal Backup has been turned off permanently.

Please feel free to submit a support request through the DreamHost panel if you have any questions or concerns! Please include “personal backup” in the subject.

Happy DreamHost Improvement Bot

 

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End of Life of Dreamhost Personal Backup

Got an email from Dreamhost this morning. It announced that Dreamhost Personal Backup is retired. The last day of access of the data on my backup account is 2015-7-24.

I was using Dreamhost Personal Backup to backup my website database and sites periodically.  The free capacity is 50GB. It was a wonderful place to do the backup with ftp protocol.

Let us look at the email from DreamHost.

 

We’re writing to tell you that the Personal Backup feature you’ve been using has become too dated to be sustainable, and is being retired. Please note that starting 2015-07-24 Personal Backup will be turned off permanently. If you decide you don’t want to keep your data, no action is necessary.

If you would like to preserve your data, you should download it before 2015-07-24. Instructions for how to do so are available here.

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Switch to bzip2 compression on my server backup scripts

Previously I used gzip as compression tool to compress the web site files and mysql database.  It is still working on my Linode server. I learned something from the compairasion from this post .

So I tried to use bzip instead of gzip on my backup script.

Here is two examples.

1) Mysqldump file, which is a text sql file.

The original sql file is 52,317KB

  • gzip with level 9 (best) compression:  23,227KB  – Compress Ratio 44.39%
  • bzip2 with default (I think it is level 9) compression: 19,666KB – Compress Ratio 37.59%

Bzip2 is smaller than gzip file. It reduced about 15%.

2) Website files, including php, jpeg, png, css, any files used in web site.

The original tar gile is 187,670KB

  • gzip compression: 42,101KB – Ratio 22.43%
  • bzip2 compression: 34,753KB – Ratio 18.51%

Bzip2 is better. Backup file size is reduced by about 17%.

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A different kind of storage solution

Every modern company needs the best data storage possible. With all of the exploits of common operating systems as well as the malicious entities that are constantly attempting to infiltrate your defenses for inside information to your company, you owe it to your employees and your customers to protect your company.

For the best in all data storage and protection systems including the top notch SATA raid/SATA raid storage system components, be sure to go to Nexsan (nexsan.com). Nexsan has quickly become one of the top companies in data storage because of its ability to adapt with the modern business landscape. No matter what needs a business may have, Nexsan is always one step ahead of the competition when it comes to data storage. It was one of the first companies to implement true virtualization technology for small and medium sized businesses.The SMB community has given its loyalty to Nexsan ever since.

Currently, Nexsan is a brand with several solutions for all kinds of data storage challenges. In the modern globalized economy, businesses need solutions that combine top notch encryption with the ability for remote access and Cloud implementation. Nexsan is on the cutting edge of this industry with many data storage solutions that fit the bill. If you have not checked out the website, you should visit today and give your company the data storage and protection options that only Nexsan can give.

Backupify -TweetBackup service retired

I am using Backupify to backup my tweets. Now it announced that this service is discontinued.

Your TweetBackup account will continue to back up for the next 30 days, until June 13th. Access to the service, and your data, will be disabled on June 28th. You will have the full 45 days to export any data. Please visit our Tweetbackup service shutdown FAQs answers to common questions, or you can also contact support directly with your questions.

Actually, when Twitter provide Twiter Archive service, it is not necessary to use the third-party backup service.

It is easy to do it.

  • Sign in Twitter.com
  • Click Settings
  • Under Account tab, scroll to the bottom, click the button beside the Your Twitter archive.
  • Then you will receive an email with the archive download link.

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How to download your Facebook data

A lot of people are heavy users of Facebook. If you are the one, you may want to know how to Get a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook. It is as easy as 5 steps. Here is a how-to for downloading your Facebook data.

1) Signin Facebook, Go to Account Settings.
Now you will see the following page, click the link Download a copy
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2) Click the green button, Start my Archive.
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Eye-Fi Explore X2 8GB

I bought a new toy which can work smoothly with the digital camera.
Eye-Fi Explore X2 8GB

Have photos & videos fly from my camera to your computer & favorite sharing site – and see them land already organized by date.
It is simple and easy to use.
Now, I take pictures or videos. Then all these photos and videos will transfer to my DNS-323 FTP server for backup, and if my computer is on, to the designated folder.
There are tons of features you will like.

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