Archive for the ‘Interest’ Category

Virus Injected Into DNA and Used to Hack a Computer

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017


Researchers have successfully proven that viruses can be weaponized to infect computers and take them over. And if that’s not the premise of a dystopian sci-fi novel, I don’t know what is.

The University of Washington recently baked malware into a genetic molecule and then infected a system analyzing it. If it sounds like DNA data storage, you’re right; the premise is a natural expansion.

If you can put good code on DNA, then naturally you can put bad code on it – and any system that reads it is going to be at risk of infection. Which begs the question – since scientists have just learned to store data on atoms, will there one day be atomic-level malware?


Backup Jobs in BackupAssist: Which One To Use?

Monday, August 14th, 2017


When you first open BackupAssist’s backup tab, you may be surprised by the number of different backup jobs you can perform. But which one do you choose?

This article answers that very question. In it, we go through what each backup job does, and when you should use it. It’s a great refresher for software newcomers and veterans alike.


Is Tape Dead Or Not? IBM Record Break Raises Questions

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017


IPM have broken a world record in data storage; and they’ve done it on tape.

IBM fitted a whopping 330TB of uncompressed data on a palm-sized tape, smashing the record for magnetic tape storage density. It’s not quite DNA or Atomic storage, of course, but it’s pretty amazing given the storage media. That’s 201 gigabits per square inch!

The tape is a new Sony “spluttered magnetic tape” prototype. And this new technique is believed to be the key to “doubling the capacity (of tape) every two years, at least for the next 10 years”, according to IBM’s researchers.

So what does this mean for the future of tape backup media and your business?


How To Successfully Maintain Your Server

Monday, August 7th, 2017


Even the best set-up server requires occasional maintenance. Here’s a ten point checklist on how to go about performing your own server upkeep and monitoring. Ticking these off can greatly minimize instances of server failure.


Found a Windows Bug? You Could Get a $15,000 Bounty

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017


Found any kind of Windows flaw? Then you could be able to claim a big bounty from Microsoft, who announced all Windows flaws were now fair game.

While the company has been running bug bounty programs since 2013, it has expanded it year after year to include bugs in Hyper-V, Microsoft Edge, and exploit mitigation systems.

The company has released a list of payouts to bugs found, with some of the targeted schemes paying up to $250,000 for finding serious software weaknesses the developers overlooked.

So if you feel up to going ‘Full Fett’ on any part of Windows, you can turn that skill into some serious cash.


BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: Advanced Dynamic Help

Thursday, July 27th, 2017


A single source of information, where you can find everything you need with just a click.

BackupAssist 10’s Advanced Dynamic Help makes using our software easier than ever before. In this article, we discuss exactly how this new feature benefits you.


BackupAssist 8 EOL is Coming: Upgrade Now For 40% Faster Backups

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017


We’ve developed a lot of new features since BackupAssist 8 first came out. So much so that our latest version of the software, BackupAssist 10, feels like a completely different product.

And so, we’re urging all of our users to shift to the most up-to-date protection for their data. The End-of-Life for BackupAssist 8 will be on the 30th November 2017. After this date, no further product updates, fixes or technical support will be provided for this version.

If you’re not sure what version you’re running, we encourage you to take the following steps:

  • Open BackupAssist, if it’s not currently running.
  • Click on the ‘Help’ tab in the menu.
  • Click on ‘About’
  • If the version is 8 or earlier, upgrade your software right now.

It’s also worth noting that by upgrading from BackupAssist 8, your backup speeds could be 40% faster. There are also 21 new product features to make your life easier.

Thankfully, upgrading is really easy! If you’ve got valid Upgrade Protection, just download the new version.

Not sure if your Upgrade Protection is valid or not? See if it’s active, and if it’s not, renew it here.

Read this article to see all the features you gain by upgrading from BackupAssist 8 to 10!


Thirteen Everyday Technologies That Once Terrified Humanity

Friday, July 21st, 2017


Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic. And humanity has spent a great deal of time terrified of both. Even in 2017, many people are still suspicious of common household items, whose inner workings are mysterious and unexplained.

This is a portentous list of thirteen technological terrors humanity has been afraid of. Read on, and see if any of these wired widgets make you a little nervous.


The Coolest Ways to Destroy Backup Media

Friday, July 14th, 2017


Okay, we’ve discussed the sensible, adult ways of destroying backup media. But what about the really fun and cool ways? Here are a list of ways to destroy your obsolete backup media that are definitely not work friendly and not advised.


The Best Ways to Destroy Backup Media

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017


When you write backups to any sort of media, eventually that media is going to wear out and need to be replaced. So the question is, how do you dispose of it properly?

If you’re creating business backups—as you should be!—there are three really good reasons you should have a great media disposal plan:

  • Eliminating the risk of data theft.
  • The economic benefits.
  • The environmental benefits.

This article talks more about these benefits, and the best disposal methods you can use to achieve them.