Why WCry Marks a World Turning Point

May 29th, 2017

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I’m going to say something controversial, so brace yourself—the WCry ransomware was a good thing.

Now make no mistake about it. Ransomware is evil. It’s used to literally hold people’s lives hostage. Just like a tornado, it destroys businesses and lives. But it’s far worse, because people make ransomware…and knowing what it does, deliberately inflict it upon other people.

If you haven’t heard of the WCry ransomware (A.k.a. WannaCry or WannaCrypt), you must have been living under a rock. Just over a week ago, the WCry ransomware worm attacked more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries.

And when it did, something changed.

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Memorial Day 29th May 2017 – US Office closed

May 25th, 2017

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Our US Office will closed on Monday 29th May due to Memorial Day.  As such, our US Support and Sales services will be unavailable on this day. However, Australian Support and Sales will both continue to operate as normal.

For any urgent inquiries, please contact the Australian Support team or email us at support@backupassist.com

Here’s some more information on our Australian Support Center contact info and opening hours.

 

BackupAssist 10 is Released! Download Now

May 23rd, 2017

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BackupAssist 10 is now available for download! But what are the new features—that’s what you really want to know, right? Well, never before has there been such a gulf between software versions, making the upgrade truly worth it.

There are nearly a dozen new features in BackupAssist 10! Each one is designed to save your business time and money, and increase your data security. For those of you hanging out for a truly ‘major’ release before updating, it doesn’t come bigger than this.

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Best Practice Backups with BackupAssist

May 17th, 2017

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Whether you’re a first-time user of BackupAssist or a long time veteran, we’ve written a handy guide for you on how to create a best practice backup strategy. You can use it to create a new strategy, or to see if your existing one has you covered.

This guide lists different data disasters you may face, and what backup jobs and media will suit these best. Make sure your strategy covers you in all scenarios, whether it’s disaster recovery (Fire/Flood), ransomware, sabotage, restoring old versions, or just meeting your compliance regulations.

Read the Best Practice Backups Guide Here.

BackupAssist Announces Cloud Independent Data Protection for the Small and Medium Enterprise

May 16th, 2017

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BackupAssist 10 Delivers Cost-Effective Backup and Recovery Featuring Flexible Cloud Storage Options with Increased Speed and Security

BOSTON — May 16, 2017 – BackupAssist, a leading provider of automated Windows server backup and recovery software for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), today announced version 10 of the company’s popular BackupAssist backup and disaster recovery software. With the availability of version 10, BackupAssist customers will be the first with the choice of using their preferred public cloud infrastructure for the storage of their backup data. The new software allows customers and partners to cost-effectively leverage existing cloud accounts and infrastructure with their choice of redundancy level and backup vault locations to meet cost, compliance, and performance requirements.

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The Top Seven Backup Mistakes Your Business Can Make

May 12th, 2017

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Let’s face it; we all make mistakes, right? It’s part of life. And when you’re running a business, sooner or later, human error is going to occur.

That’s what backup software is all about; it’s the safety net when you or another make that inevitable slip. Without it, things tend to go the way of Humpty Dumpty—the overwhelming odds say you’re not going to be putting those pieces back together again.

Of course, having the safety net is one thing, but you’ve got to properly set it up! Here are the biggest business mistakes we’ve seen people make when it comes to backing up their data; our stories straight from the IT trenches.

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BackupAssist Announces Strong Revenue Growth as Company Expands Global Reach into 165 Countries

April 27th, 2017

Company Software Deployments to Small and Medium Businesses Surge with MSP Revenues Driving Increase of 34% Quarter over Quarter  

BOSTON — April 25, 2017 – BackupAssist, a provider of automated server backup software for small and medium businesses (SMBs), today announced global expansion of its operations with a growing customer base in 165 countries. Further expansion of company sales operations is highlighted by robust growth of 34% quarter over quarter, driven by managed service providers (MSPs) who deliver BackupAssist-powered cloud backup to SMBs.

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Reduced Australian Support – ANZAC Day, 25 April 2017

April 18th, 2017

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Each year on the 25th of April, Australia takes a day off to remember soldiers who have died in conflict.

This day – which we call ANZAC Day –  is a national holiday and as such, our Australian support and sales team will not be in the office on 25 April. Support in our US office will be operating as per usual.

ANZAC Day is similar to Veteran’s Day in the US or Remembrance Day in the UK. There is a great Wikipedia article if you’d like to know more about the history and traditions of the day.

If you have an urgent inquiry please contact our US support team via support@backupassist.com

Brute Force Ransomware Costs County $100k & Risks Lives

April 11th, 2017

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After the failing to score $18k from shutting down hospitals and endangering lives, the makers of the Samsam ransomware have decided brute force is best.

Going back to basics, they’ve begun scanning for open ports on people’s servers, and conducting forced password cracking attacks. Once they’ve smashed through, they drop their infamous Samsam ransomware—an extortion software—on the system, and wait for payment.

And when they hit the Bingham County government servers in Idaho with their brute force attack, it may as well have been “Bingo” County.

Keeping in line with their “threatening lives” policy, the makers of Samsam struck the county’s 911 emergency systems, shutting down the infrastructure needed to send ambulances, police and firefighters to people literally in mortal peril.

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Backup Statistics By The Numbers (Infographic)

April 5th, 2017

 

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Doubting the need for backup software for your business, or got a manager who just doesn’t see the value in it? Then you need these chilling data loss statistics, which show just how much a major data loss incident will cost your bottom line.

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