Archive for the ‘News’ Category

BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: Insulated Encryption

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017


In this BackupAssist 10 feature article, we’ll be talking about how Insulated Encryption. This is a feature that protects your data sovereignty, even when it’s in the cloud, and makes sure it’s completely private.


Your Forbidden Drives: Are they IT’s Biggest Taboo?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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They’re there to be used, but nobody ever speaks of it. Instead, both home users and IT professionals alike just pretend they don’t exist. For some, it’s ignorance. For others, it’s tradition.

In the end, though, there’s no logic behind it – they’re there to be used. But suggest this to many people, regardless of IT credentials, and they recoil like you’ve suggested something sacrilegious.

“You don’t use those. You just don’t!” They cry. But ask why not, and they stare at you in stunned silence. That’s because they’ve never asked the question.


BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: Cloud Independence

Friday, June 23rd, 2017


In this BackupAssist 10 feature article, we’ll be talking about how Cloud Independence. Specifically, what it is, how it benefits you, and how this compares to other cloud backup software models.


Strangest IT Support Ticket Names

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017


Ever manned a help desk? Even if you haven’t, you’ll find these unusual ticket names amusing. Here are some of the things users tried to ask for help with, and worded very badly. (more…)

Improving Your Google-Fu: How To Find Anything You Want

Monday, June 19th, 2017


You’re looking for something. Of course, you go to Google and look it up. But that pesky page you want to find is being elusive. You probably know someone who could find it in a heartbeat; but you want to be able to do it yourself!

You know the diagnosis: your Google-Fu is weak. The good news is, it doesn’t need to be terminal. With just a few simple tricks, you can stop wasting hours searching for answers, and find what you’re looking for on the first try.

It’s time to learn, young grasshopper.


BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: Data Deduplication

Friday, June 16th, 2017


With BackupAssist 10, when you send your backups to the cloud, your data is deduplicated. But what does that mean? In this article, we’ll cover what deduplication is, and how it saves you time, storage space, and money.


Twelve Tacky Tech Ties For Father’s Day

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017


Father’s Day. The day in which you show fathers how much you appreciate them raising you for about two decades… by getting them a single clothing accessory. Seems legit.

If you’re almost anywhere else in the world other than Australia (A June father’s day? Naw mate, we’re doing it in September), Father’s day is just around the corner. And you’re probably either looking for something to buy your dear old dad, or if you have kids, subtly hinting to them what you really want.

(Of course, if they’re young enough, you’ll just be searching for a father’s day gift to give to yourself).

Ties, of course, are a great gift for dads. Many men subtly express themselves through their ties. I have a friend who has a completely normal tie, until you flip it around and find a superhero emblazoned beneath. It gives him confidence in meetings, and also speaks to his inner geek. It’s often the only piece of clothing in a business environment you get to make your own.

For those looking for a gift for father’s day, or simply looking to express their love of tech through a simple neck-tie, here are some fantastic* ties that are worth checking out.

* Fantastic is relative. 


Harrowing Messages from Ransomware Victims

Friday, June 9th, 2017


If you needed any evidence that ransomware makers have no shame, here it is. The creators of one ransomware strain set up a ‘technical support’ page for their victims—and the messages they have left are truly distressing.

A father with little cash, robbed of his baby’s pictures; a non-profit that raises money for curing blood cancer, pleading for a refund; a housecleaning business set up by maids who can’t afford to pay the ransom.

The site not only shows victims pleading directly with the ransomware makers. It also shows an exceptionally rare event; the ransomware makers speaking back to the victims, giving a glimpse into their psychology.

Warning: Confronting.


BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: The Cloud Backup Job

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017


If you haven’t heard, BackupAssist 10 is now live, and with it comes a whole slew of new features. We’ll be covering them all in a series of articles over the next few weeks, so you can find out just how much value this latest release has to offer your business.

The biggest addition, by far, is the introduction of the Cloud Backup job. In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

  • Why perform a Cloud Backup?
  • What and where can I backup to Public Cloud?
  • What sort of Restore and Recovery options are supported?
  • What sort of speeds can I expect for Cloud Backup and Cloud Restores?
  • How do I perform a Cloud Backup or Cloud Restore job?


Why WCry Marks a World Turning Point

Monday, May 29th, 2017


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.