Ready to Go (Windows 10) Pro?

When Windows 10 was released in the middle of 2015, it came out with three versions – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows Pro 10 for Workstations. Like previous Windows release, the public was quick to conclude that the Home version is, as its name implies, best for household use by the family. Individual contributors and office workers will benefit from the Pro release, and large working groups is the obvious target for the Pro 10 for Workstations.

But then, people that have been using the Pro version have been singing it praises, this despite the constant bugs to updates. So now, people who want more than what the Windows 10 Home provides and even those who still have Windows 7 (which has been de-supported in the middle of January 2020), ask, “Is updating to the Windows 10 Pro worth it?” and “What would the differences be between Windows 10 Home and pro?

 

Remote Desktop

Take note that all versions of Windows 10 can remotely connect to another Windows 10 PC. However, if you’re looking for remote access, only Windows 10 Pro has that. Staying with Windows 10 Home edition will not let you find settings to enable remote desktop connection, although you can connect to another PC, if that PC runs on Windows 10 Pro.

The Remote Desktop or RDP feature is disabled by default so you will need to enable it in the settings.

(Via: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/setup-use-remote-desktop-windows-10/)

 

Bitlocker

For those who prioritize their security and keep their data safe from possible intruders, it’s time to consider switching to Windows 10 Pro even with its extra cost. Also, for those who have gotten used to Filevault of MacOS’, the Bitlocker found in Windows 10 Pro is the most similar to that service you’re looking for.

BitLocker is the name given to the full disk encryption software that’s built into Windows. First introduced with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, BitLocker is now available with the Pro editions of Windows 8 and Windows 10.

(Via: https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/getting-started-with-bitlocker-windows-10s-built-in-full-disk-encryption-tool)

Trusted and Secured Boot

Working in tandem Secure Boot and Trusted Boot aids in keeping your system away from malware and rootkits, allowing you full control of it. Trusted and Secured Boot, as their names suggest, works by checking each component of the startup process before it is loaded.

By working with Windows 10 device manufacturers, Microsoft hopes to make firmware security compromises, those that happen before Windows itself boots, a thing of the past.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/10/25/windows-10-security-microsoft-announces-a-new-before-windows-boots-strategy/#2a5ff5056f26)

 

Hyper-V

Virtual machine fans, rejoice! Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro allows you to run virtual machines on CPUs that support virtualization.

There are many reasons to use a virtual machine. In most cases, they are used to run software that does not work on your OS. Whether you’re using a Windows, Mac or Linux OS, a VM will remove its limitations. For example, if you have a Windows machine and want to install an application that is only available for Mac, you can run a macOS instance on your Windows laptop to install it.

(Via: https://www.cloudwards.net/hyper-v/)

 

Windows Sandbox

Anyone active on the World Wide Web will, at one point in their online lives, get a suspicious file. Whether your suspicions about a certain file are founded or not can be put to rest, thanks to Windows Sandbox that will “quarantine” a file, let you open or run it, and finally discover whether it is harmful or not.

Microsoft is trying to address the fear of running an unknown .exe on your PC, by developing a simple way for anyone running Windows 10 to launch apps in an isolated desktop environment.

(Via: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/22/18635282/microsoft-windows-10-may-2019-update-features-review)

 

While these differences may convince you to join the Windows 10 Pro bandwagon, you may most likely be all alone when dealing with data loss and recovery. But do you really have to deal with it all by yourself? Not on our watch! Allow us to help you with our expertise in data recovery. Take a look at the services we provide by clicking here.

 

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Is Windows 10X a Threat to iPadOS?

When the iPadOS was released in September 2019, a lot of people believed that this might already be the endgame for mobile operating systems. People were impressed with the iPadOS, claiming that it has made iPads that powerful to the point that iPad owners can already consider their Apple tablets as their main computer. The addition of new capabilities may have been overwhelming at first, but as the users got used to it, it only became a testament to how Apple has incorporated a lot of improvements to it, particularly in the areas of touch gestures and multitasking.

But then comes Microsoft with Windows 10X. Windows 10X is not really something new; it is a version of Windows 10X that is, as of February 2020, still a work in progress. This reengineering of Windows 10 has so far (at least according to those who have experienced it through an emulator for developers) resulted in a sleeker look and a system that is specifically catered for dual-screen devices, such as Microsoft’s own Surface Neo and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold. And by the looks of it, Windows 10X may give iPadOS a run for its money.

 

What you see when you boot it up   

While Windows 10X is indeed a new “expression” of Windows X, you won’t necessarily get tiles and a taskbar when you open it just like what you see when you turn on a device running on Windows 10. What you’ll see is a Start menu that is centered and a thicker Taskbar, which feels like the dock on iPads.

Windows 10X is designed exclusively for foldable and dual-screen hardware, and Microsoft has customized it as a result. One of the biggest noticeable changes is the new Windows 10X Start menu. It no longer includes the animated Live Tiles found on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows Phone, and it now includes a more simplified look.

(Via: https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/11/21132826/microsoft-windows-10x-features-dual-screen-foldable-hands-on-developers)

 

Multitasking gestures  

One of the current selling points of the iPadOS is making multitasking and its associated gestures easier for users. This is one area that Windows 10X also wants to also be recognized in, and so far, reviews on how multitasking can be done with it are promising.

Gestures for multitasking also exist, where you swipe up from the bottom of the display to access the Start menu or list of running apps on the taskbar. You can also access an updated Action Centre from the taskbar that includes quick access to settings like volume, brightness, Bluetooth, rotation lock, and more.

(Via: https://www.criticalhit.net/technology/emulators-give-a-glimpse-of-what-windows-10x-will-be-like/)

 

Notifications

Microsoft has reportedly made controls and notifications look better by not making it as heavy as what is currently seen on Windows 10. Although there’s been an improvement in its looks for Windows 10X, the iPadOS may still be better in not letting controls and notifications be too distracting and allowing them to be more accessible through gestures.

Notifications are now separated in their own dialog, each displaying the name of the app that generated it, along with the typical message included in a notification.

(Via: https://news.softpedia.com/news/a-closer-look-at-notifications-in-windows-10x-529204.shtml)

 

Apps

In this regard, it is obviously iPadOS on the advantage, with its plethora of apps available in Apple’s App Store. The Windows 10X can still support Win32 apps, Univeral Windows Apps, Microsoft Store Apps, and Progressive Web Apps, but as we all know, the availability, much more the variety of apps in the Microsoft Store cannot compete with Apple’s. Finally, having all the apps working on dual-screen devices has created more issues for Windows 10X.

Microsoft’s goal is to ensure that most existing Windows applications will “just work” with no developer modifications required, on Windows 10X. For developers who are interested in making their applications work better and in a more customized way on 10X, Microsoft is making available the programming interfaces, information about hinge positions, transitions and new proposed Web standards in that space.

(Via: https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-shows-off-how-containerized-apps-will-work-in-windows-10x/)

 

Now, if you’re thinking to get a dual-screen device once they are released, consider the factors we laid out for you above. If you need a new device because you ran into a problem with the hard drive of your current one, we can help. Our team of experts can assist you with hard drive problems, so reach out to us here.

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Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes New Post On Data Security

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, an Irvine, CA based hard drive recovery service, would like to announce the publication of their new post on data security. The post is aimed at helping readers better understand how to avoid becoming a victim of data hacking or deal with cybercrime. With the year only being about halfway through, the number of cybercrimes has already, according to the post, reached alarming rates.

“In the third week of February, MGM Resorts declared that the personal information of its close to 11 million guests who have been at one of their hotels and resorts was dumped and released on a hacking forum,” the article says. “Published on the hacking site were millions of complete names, addresses, contact numbers and birthdates. Members of the tech press were quick to confirm the accuracy of the released information by getting in touch with the published names in the forum and, true enough, the information is accurate.”

This massive data breach occurred months ago and has only recently been brought to light. Anyone with any sort of online presence is at risk of having their information accessed and used by people or entities that have no business using said information. There are ways, however, of ensuring that no one can access another party’s information without their permission.

The first step is to determine whether or not one’s data has been breached. Using certain online resources, one can find out which data breaches their information has been involved in and whether or not these data breaches have affected them. Once one has determined whether or not their data has been leaked, one can then start working on finding out what data has been leaked. “If you are now 100% certain that your data has been leaked, it is time to determine what information about you has been leaked. Leaked information can be classified as least sensitive (your full name, street address), more sensitive (payment methods, email addresses), and most sensitive (security codes of your payment options, social security numbers),” the article says.

Once one has identified what has been taken, they can look for outside help. Many companies whose data has been breached will offer assistance to those whose information has been compromised. Recovering from identity theft can be a very expensive and time consuming process, and it is nearly impossible without some sort of assistance. If the company offers to help with the recovery process, it is often in one’s best interests to accept this help.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates has been helping consumers and businesses recover hard drives for over 15 years. With a team of highly qualified technicians, the hard drive recovery company brings a great deal of knowledge of experience to every project. “We have seen a wide variety of hard drive failure causes—from major fires to damaging floods, from dropped laptops to simple hard drive malfunctions—each with its own conditions and its own solutions,” the company’s site says. “We take pride in the fact that our data recovery rate is around 98%, which means if you contact us with a hard drive failure problem, we guarantee you that we can recover your data—or there is no charge. We feel confident that we can make this guarantee because 20% of our business comes from people referred to us by other companies in our industry. You can say that we are the ‘data recovery service company’ choice as well.”

A large number of customers have worked with the company to recover their information and many of them have gone on to leave great reviews of their experience. One Google review states, “I really had no idea that SSD data recovery was even a thing, but I was lucky to have found Hard Drive Recovery Associates. Louis was very helpful and walked me through the data recovery process quickly and easily. The whole thing was finished really quickly, and the price was just right. Thanks again!”

For more information on Hard Drive Recovery Associates, visit their website. The company is ready and willing to help with any and all hard drive related issues.

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Free Yourself From AirPod Woes

Do you still remember the time when everybody made fun of AirPods as early as when Apple teased it in late 2016? One of the most scathing and funny commentaries about it was Saturday Night Live’s little skit about it, when it ridiculed the way Apple promoted these cordless earphones as the best device to jam to your favorite songs. How are you supposed to dance and jump to your heart’s content when they will most likely fall out from you ear with all the movement?

Fast forward to three years, AirPods and wireless earbuds have become almost ubiquitous as their wired counterparts. Everyone suddenly wants the convenience of listening to music from your smartphone without being bothered by cords getting in your way. Somehow, no one seems to be laughing at how popular AirPods are, that people want to own one despite their steep price tag. But then, as the technology is still relatively new, there are still problems users must deal with when enjoying wireless earbuds. What are these problems and are there fixes to them already?

The most common problem: Lost AirPods

They may not be directly related to the device itself, but then users would consider misplaced earbuds the most common problem they encounter. May it be because of an earbud popping out of the user’s ear while in use (which is actually not as common as a lot of people might think) or because it rolled over from where the user placed it last, there are a good number of solutions.

Your iPhone will show you the last known location where they connected to your iPhone, right on a map. This will let you know if you accidentally left them at work or if they’re still cruising around in an Uber you rode in.

(Via: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/17/how-to-find-lost-airpods-and-make-them-ring-if-theyre-hiding.html)

 

Problem pairing?

Another common problem AirPod users experience is difficulty connecting the device to your iPad, iPhone, or other Mac devices. Experts advice putting them back in the charging case, let it stay there for ten seconds, then try using them again. If that doesn’t work, look deeper.

If you’ve never connected these AirPods to your iPhone or iPad before, make sure that the devices meet the minimum system requirements. If you have first generation AirPods, your iOS device must be running iOS 10 or later; for the second generation AirPods, you need at least iOS 12.2.

(Via: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-wont-my-airpods-connect)

 

Uneven connection

Another issue that’s common among AirPod users is an uneven connection. The left side may play the music while you can’t hear anything on the right. As with the pairing problem, it is advised that you put both in the charging case and try them after 10 seconds.

There is no one definite cause but there is one definite suspect and that’s Bluetooth. We might suspect this anyway because Bluetooth is startlingly wobbly, but in this case we always seem to get it soon after we’ve changed a connection.

(Via: https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/12/07/how-to-fix-one-airpod-not-working)

 

Continuous disconnection

Of course, there’s also the issue of AirPods that keep disconnecting from the device you’re supposed to be listening to. Although bad Bluetooth connection is the common culprit, there may be other factors.

Fixing AirPods connection issues isn’t a clean cut-and-dried process, though. There’s not a definitive way to know for sure why your AirPods keep disconnecting. It could be the sensors inside the AirPods, or maybe the microphones or Bluetooth interference.

(Via: https://www.gotechtor.com/airpods-keep-disconnecting/)

 

Audio quality

As mentioned earlier, the technology behind AirPods is still relatively new. Thus, subpar audio quality may still be a problem. There are a lot of factors that can cause this problem, and you will need to look deeper into what’s causing the audio from your AirPods to not be perfect.  Just this year, though, a firmware update has caused the active noise cancellation feature to adversely affect sound quality.

It seems that a recent firmware update has had an unintended effect on the Apple AirPods Pro’s active noise cancellation feature. Instead of improving their ANC performance, some observers and customers are saying that it made it worse. While the same update appears to have improved overall sound quality, Apple has nonetheless reportedly pulled the update.

(Via: https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/apple-airpods-pro-noise-cancellation-problems-what-to-do/)

 

There may be quick fixes to problems you may encounter with your AirPod but having to deal with lost data in your laptop can be a huge challenge. Read on to know how we can help you: https://www.harddrivefailurerecovery.net/laptop-data-recovery. For MacBook users, click here to better understand your options.

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The Case of Bad Love: Getting Scammed on Romance

With thousands (if not millions) of people getting into the digital and online economy every single day, it is not surprising to see the rise in cybercrimes as well. Scams, frauds, and hacks have victimized internet users by the thousands every year, making everyone susceptible, even those who don’t consider themselves as risky.

There are victims of extortion, where cybercriminals take money or other material objects from their victims who they have coerced. Extortionists online can employ methods such as ransomware, bomb threats, and even sextortion conditions.

There are also victims of phishing scams that have not only taken the form of emails but also SMS and instant messages. The scammers usually pretend to be established and legitimate business and persuade customers to make their account information updated. Of course, when updates are done, personal information is provided.

Finally, there is a rise in what has been termed as love scams. In these online dating scenarios, virtual relationships blossom between a fraudster and the unsuspecting victim. Armed only with a fake profile on one or more dating sites, these scammers earn their victims’ trust and before they know it, the latter would already get swindled to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. Let’s look deeper into this and see if there are any solutions.

 

How do romance scams begin?

Here’s the deal: According to the Better Business Bureau, victims of online romance scams in the US and Canada have lost more than $1 billion. What’s worse, because of embarrassment and other personal reasons, victims tend to not report these scams. As a result, cybercriminals get more emboldened, gathering more victims who they scam hundreds of dollars until everything piles up and they end up getting thousands.

Romance scammers use dating websites, apps, Facebook, and other social media. Many use stolen credit cards to join the sites and post fake profiles. They meet victims, interact with them, and quickly try to get them to move to a different form communication such as email or texting. This way, if the dating site identifies the scammer as being bogus and shuts them down, they are already in contact with their victims elsewhere. The scammers will often make fake Facebook pages for their aliases to help bolster their fake identity.

(Via: https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20200219/bbb-beware-of-online-romance-scams)

 

Are senior citizens at the most risk?

Here’s an extreme case: an elderly (80 years old, to be exact) widower in Oregon lost $200,000 to an online romance scam. That’s how grave these situations can go.

The elaborate con job started with an unidentified person stealing a Florida’s woman identity, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation said in a statement. The scammer then used the stolen identity to befriend the 80-year-old widower through an online dating service, and worked to steal his heart and his money.

(Via: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/14/us/happy-valentines-dont-fall-for-romance-scams-trnd/index.html)

 

How romance scammers work

So, how do these scammers operate? They build a pretty believe profile for themselves. However, there are tell-tale signs of a romance scammer. They are not agreeable to meet-ups even if there are no inconveniences, they almost always have physically attractive profiles, their English isn’t on a native speaker level despite them claiming that they have university degrees and have traveled around the world, they want to talk in other platforms to avoid scam detection by legitimate romance apps, and they are not too keen on video chats.

Scammers tend to use stock images of models, who may be styled to sell a specific product. Photos of them posing with beverages and electronics may feel staged and unnatural because indeed they are. If you already suspect something, request a family photo – they will have a hard time producing one since the model they’re impersonating may have not shot a family-themed campaign. Alternatively, they have been known to steal pictures of real people, to make themselves seem more believable.

(Via: https://www.welivesecurity.com/2020/02/14/how-romance-scammers-break-your-heart-bank-account/)

 

A platform shift

Since last year, crafty scammers have slowly shifted from online romance platforms to apps that appear to be neutral and safe, like Google Hangouts and Words With Friends. The public deems that being in such wholesome apps won’t make them victims, but scammers like those in Australia are somehow always ahead of the game.

A new trend emerging in 2019 involved scammers increasingly turning to apps like Google Hangouts, or online games such as Words with Friends and Scrabble to con their victims, the ACCC warned.

“No longer are dating websites the only contact method for dating and romance scams, with an increasing number of reports coming from these emerging websites and apps,” said the ACCC’s deputy chair Delia Rickard.

(Via: https://au.news.yahoo.com/aussies-fleeced-in-words-with-friends-love-scam-230152367.html)

 

FBI offers love advice (on how to avoid online romance scams)

For people looking for love and get victimized by scammers instead, the FBI offers a number of tips.

First, people should only use reputable, nationally-recognized dating websites, though it is still possible for scammers to use these as well.

Photos and profiles should be researched using other online search tools and people should ask questions.

(Via: https://www.cbs19news.com/story/41648101/fbi-offers-tips-to-avoid-scammers-on-dating-sites-apps)

 

We hope that nobody falls victim to these unscrupulous activities, just like we hope for everyone to not be victimized by data recovery concerns. If you feel like you lost data, we can help you recover it.  Visit us here: https://www.harddrivefailurerecovery.net/laptop-data-recovery and see how we can save you from worries of missing files.

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Leading Hard Disk Recovery Firm Highlights How The Right Apps Can Help People Sleep Easy

Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA), a leading expert in data safety and recovery, has published a new article that highlights how installing the right apps on computing devices can help a user sleep easier. With fears circulating on COVID-19 and how it will impact both health and a person’s financial future, this has never been more important.

Waking in the middle of the night in a panic without knowing why has never been more prevalent than during the current pandemic. While there are many fears that occupy a given individual’s thoughts throughout the day, such fears tend to impact the ability of many to sleep through the night and get the rest they need to meet the challenges they face the next day. Lack of essential rest can impact concentration, affect coordination and cause emotions to run high, for instance, adding further stress and strain in these uncertain times.

HDRA has summarized some of the leading apps they recommend for helping anyone get more of the rest they need. Those looking for recommendations will appreciate saving a lot of time and effort they would otherwise need to spend finding something that suits their needs. Getting sufficient sleep is vital, and all their recommendations can help anyone ensure that they get a deeper, more restful sleep.

The first app HDRA recommends is Calm, an app that can be accessed on multiple devices and is available on both iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices. They state that Calm’s ‘sleep stories’ are effective for many people, helping them gently ease into an easy slumber. Calm has an additional subscription service for those who want a wider variety of these stories and other features.

Those who are looking for sounds rather than stories may want to check out HDRA’s recommended app for this purpose: Prizz. The application uses psychoacoustics (the psychological effects of sound) to treat insomnia. Prizz can help put users to sleep using any of their sleep sounds, which can be custom mixed and incorporate voiceovers and other music. However, following the trial period, there is a monthly subscription charge.

Sleep Sounds is another straightforward application that provides a variety of background noises to help people fall asleep. It also allows users to mix sounds. Sleep Sounds is currently only available on Android, and ads can be removed for a fee of $1 per month.

HDRA rounds out their recommendations by highlighting that Spotify, one of the world’s leading music streaming services, is also a great application to use to help sleep better. They recommend searching for sleep playlists, which are available in virtually every music genre to be given a wide range of curated playlists. Of course, people may also create a personalized playlist of their own.

While there is no doubt that the current pandemic has disrupted sleep patterns for billions of people around the globe, the recommendations HDRA have made can help anyone find the best way to get eight hours of restful sleep. These four recommendations, Calm, Prizz, Sleep Sounds and Spotify provide something for everyone’s individual preference and help them relax as they drift off into a restful sleep. Some of these apps even have timers so that they can be switched off automatically.

Anyone interested in reading the complete article is invited to explore the HDRA website. There, they will find a wide variety of useful information, including a recent blog post on how COVID-19 initially affected the tech industry and the possible effects the pandemic will have on the tech industry and the global economy in the future.

HDRA published their recommendations because the last thing anyone needs right now is more stress trying to decide which of the thousands of apps available can be trusted and which ones also work well for them. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event, HDRA is pleased to offer their assistance and expertise to all those who need it.

Further inquiries may be directed to Jack Edwards of Hard Drive Recovery Associates. The company can also be reached through their social media platforms.

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Take Advantage of User Profiles

With how our internet lives almost depend on it, we may think we already know all there is to know about our web browser. However, there’s one feature of it that gets pretty much ignored, if not taken for granted. You know what user profiles are, but chances are high you overlook this feature, not giving it the time of day and not utilizing it to its full potential. The thing is, most browsers, whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, Opera, or Edge, allow multiple user profiles that can make your web browsing experience all the more enjoyable. Once you get the hang of using user profiles, you will wonder why you didn’t use it before.

As the name implies, user profiles allow separate browser profiles for different users, exactly like how you can have different user accounts when you log into Windows. The difference is that this is working at the browser level, so there’s no need to log in and out of the user accounts set up on your OS. What profiles do is that they separate the stuff different users collect as they use the browser to surf the web. This information includes saved passwords, browsing history, installed extensions, and bookmarks, among other things. This allows you and whoever may user your laptop separate browsing experiences. Take note though, that user profile switching in browsers can be done easily, so having a separate user profile is not a guarantee of your browsing life’s privacy.

What’s more, you as a user can have multiple user profiles. You can have a work profile and personal profile, which lets you keep your two worlds separate. When you serve for leisure using your personal profile, for example, you won’t be bothered with anything work-related like bookmarks and suggestions.

On Chrome

Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world currently, but not a lot of its users take advantage of creating their user profiles. What’s great about doing this on Google is that you can actually have not just one, but multiple user profiles.

If you use Google Chrome as your main browser, you probably didn’t know it, but you can create multiple profiles. You may want to do this to share your device with other people without the need to create a new Windows 10 account.

Also, the ability to use multiple profiles can come in handy if you have more than one account, and you want to keep your things (such as work and personal) separate.

(Via: https://pureinfotech.com/add-new-user-profiles-google-chrome/)

 

On Microsoft Edge

The new updates of Microsoft Edge have continuously excited netizens, thanks to its newly introduced Chromium engine. With the change comes convenience, as it is now way easier to use a new user profile in Microsoft Edge, with process comparable to that of Google Chrome’s. But of course, you will need to have the new Edge Chromium installed.

When you install the new Edge browser, your user profile will default to a standard profile called “Profile 1” with no personalization. Signing in to your Microsoft account will link this profile to your account, allowing you to share bookmarks and settings across devices.

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/525303/how-to-use-multiple-user-profiles-in-microsoft-edge/)

 

On Mozilla Firefox

It used to be that profile making on Firefox is as easy as the others. However, updates in 2019 made people panic a bit because when they opened the then-newly released Firefox 67 in May 2019, they were given blank profiles. Many users initially thought there was data loss, and therefore, a data breach.

The problem that these users experienced is that Firefox assigned a new default profile to the installation; this should not have happened, but it appears to have happened to some.

Good news is that the user data is not deleted or gone. All that is needed is to assign the old profile to the installation of Firefox to restore it.

(Via: https://www.ghacks.net/2019/05/27/how-to-fix-firefox-starting-with-a-blank-user-profile/)

 

Firefox users were later assured that their information did not get lost. But if you lost files in your hard drive because of some glitch or because you accidentally deleted them, you may not get the assurance you need from everyone… but us. Click here to know how we can help you with your hard drive problems.

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Don’t Be Scammed on Your Phone

Phones these days are ubiquitous to the point that our lives are quite tied to them. Our phone has our social media accounts, which means our social network is with then, as well as online banking, shopping, and delivery, which means our addresses and places of work are in our phones as well. This is why keeping our phones and the information they hold secure and safe is of utmost importance.

However, we cannot stop unscrupulous people from trying to victimize unsuspecting phone users. By hacking into your phone, they get your information as you may end up swiped of all your money, not to mention your identity may also be duplicated. So, without further ado, here are the common scams on your phone and ways you may stop them.

 

Phones can also be “phished”

We usually associate the term “phishing” with email, but crafty cybercriminals have expanded their activities to include instant messaging and SMS, too. In other words, various electronic communication methods can also victimize you on your phone, and before you know it, a stranger can access your device.

Security researchers have discovered a phishing campaign that specifically targets users of Android devices, which could result in compromise if unsigned Android applications are permitted on the device.

The campaign seeks to deliver Anubis, a malware that was originally used for cyber-espionage, now retooled as a banking trojan. Anubis can completely hijack an Android mobile device, steal data, record phone calls, and even hold the device to ransom by encrypting the victim’s personal files, said a blog post by researchers at Cofense.

(Via: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/phishing-attack-infects-android-phones-anubis-infostealer/article/1673350)

 

More on “smishing”

In fact, there is already a word specifically for smartphone phishing – smishing. Recipients do not get a scam email, but instead a scammy text message on your smartphone. In a new wave of smishing scams, text messages allegedly from FedEx contains a tracking code with a link that allegedly lets you “set delivery preferences.”

If you tap that link on your phone (and you shouldn’t), you’ll end up on a fake Amazon site (a phishing site) with a fraudulent “free reward.” The site will request your credit card information for “shipping fees.” If you provide payment details, you’ll be billed $98.95 every month.

(Via: https://www.howtogeek.com/526115/what-is-smishing-and-how-do-you-protect-yourself/)

 

Smartphone fake calls

Of course, instead of messages, there are some scammers that result in good ol’ call. What sounds like a legitimate call can turn out to be a scam with you already giving away sensitive information. Also, there have been an increase in the number of scammers posing as FBI or government agents trying to extract information from unsuspecting people who answer their calls.

But, anyone can fake or spoof a number and make it show up on your smartphone. If you let the call go to voicemail, when you listen, you will know it is a fake call if the caller is making threats of arrest or demanding money.

(Via: https://www.winknews.com/2020/01/29/how-do-i-know-if-a-phone-call-is-spam-a-former-fbi-agent-says-how/)

 

The SIM Swap

A SIM swap scam happens when someone imitates you and convinces your carrier to redirect your number to theirs by requesting from the carrier to activate a SIM card that is under the control of the impersonator. If not used to scam people, this service is supposed to be really helpful to phone owners, as the request is supposed to allow you to still use your existing number even if you lose your phone or if you’ve signed a new contract with the same carrier.

SIM swapping doesn’t require you to do anything wrong. Even if you’ve done an excellent job of keeping your online identity secure, you can still be a victim. These scammers gain control of your phone number by convincing your cellular carrier that they’re you. They simply ask the carrier to transfer the number to a new phone, much like you would if you were upgrading your phone, or bribe a worker at a carrier retail shop. The scammer doesn’t have to hack or break into anything: your cellular carrier does all the work for them.

(Via: https://www.techlicious.com/blog/sim-swapping-scam-how-to-protect-yourself/)

 

You may educate and protect yourself from these scams but dealing with a faulty hard drive may not be something you’re ready to face. But we are ready to help you.  Follow this link to see how our services can get you through the challenges of your hard drive.

Don’t Be Scammed on Your Phone is courtesy of Hard Drive Recovery Associates

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How to Clean Up Your Cookies in 4 Browsers +1

Cookies can be a good thing when you’re talking about satisfying your sweet tooth. But for our online lives, it can be both a good and bad thing. Cookies in internet-speak happen when web browsers write these short text files containing information about your interaction about specific sites. Your log-ins, usernames, and things you may have purchased on retail websites would be included in these cookies. Having cookies is supposed to make your web surfing life more convenient as they make loading times for websites you frequent faster. Moreover, you don’t have to keep on typing in your information every time you try to log in a site, as the cookies have your information ready.

Quite harmless, right? But then, these cookies tend to accumulate, taking up space on your system. Moreover, with the current situation of heightened privacy and security concerns, cookies aren’t particularly the poster kids of web safety. Advertisers have access to these cookies, which is why you may notice the same things you look for on the internet get advertised to you on your social media and email accounts. Thus, removing them on a schedule is recommended.

If you’re the type of web user who is security conscious, then we have something for you: Steps on clearing your cookies depending on the web browser you’re using.

Google Chrome

The most popular web browser makes it easy for you to delete cookies, control the data that comes out when you are browsing data, and point out which files are accepted or should be blocked. However, take note that Google will be doing away with cookies in two years.

Like other browsers, Google Chrome tracks your history — but you can easily clear that history.

You can clear your browsing history in Google Chrome in just a few simple steps by accessing the “History” menu. You can choose to delete your history from the last hour, day, week, or month. You can also clear all of your history since you started using Google Chrome.

(Via: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-clear-history-on-google-chrome)

 

Mozilla Firefox

The browser more known for its add-ons, the open-source browser Firefox is one of, if not the most, customizable web browsers when it comes to privacy settings.

The open-source browser has tons of add-ons and actually offers more options than Chrome when it comes to customizing these settings. Here’s what you need to know to clear the cookies it stores.

Visit any web page and click on the Cookie Quick Manager button on the Firefox toolbar to view the add-on’s menu; it displays six options. The first one is Manage All Cookies which opens the manager dashboard in a new tab in the browser. The dashboard lists each and every cookie that has been stored by your browser. Use the search bar to quickly find a particular website’s cookie to manage it.

(Via: https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/18/cookie-quick-manager-is-a-firefox-extension-that-lets-you-search-delete-protect-site-specific-cookies/)

 

Safari

In the interest of fairness, of course, we have to also talk about the built-in web browser for Macs. The biggest difference for Safari on the topic of cookies is that the cookies it stores are only from your visited websites. The process of wiping out cookies from Safari is pretty easy and straightforward as well.

It’s a straightforward process to clear history/cookies and the cache in Safari on a Mac. While the button in the menu bar is labeled “Clear History” it also clears cookies and your cache.

(Via: https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/03/mac-how-to-clear-cache-history-cookies-safari/)

 

Opera

Opera may be a browser-based on Google Chrome, but its users may have to undergo a slightly unique process when it comes to going to its options for cookies.

Opera isn’t the first browser to put the brakes on unwanted third-party cookies. Mozilla introduced the option to block them by default when it released Firefox 63 in October 2018, and made it the default setting when Firefox 69 launched in September 2019.

(Via: https://www.techradar.com/news/opera-gets-one-click-tracker-blocking-on-top-of-its-free-vpn-service)

 

CCCleaner

Now while this is not a browser, it got a place in our list because (1) it is free to download, (2) it is powerful (3) you can use it to get rid of files made by your web browser and apps. The best thing about CCCleaner is that it can simultaneously get rid of cookies from all the browsers you have on your laptop, and not just on one.

CCleaner is great for dealing with the easily-accumulated clutter clogging your computer. For avid web users, CCleaner wipes data stored in browsers, including temporary files that can take up precious space, history logs that make it easy to identify you, cookies that store information like login credentials, and more.

(Via: https://time.com/5784495/computer-cleanup-software-mac-pc-clutter/)

 

In the process of cleaning your laptop, you may have overdone it and also deleted files you shouldn’t have. Don’t worry, we have you covered! Talk to us and see what services we offer to help you recover those important files.

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HDRA Explores Online Safety And Phone Data Protection

Irvine, CA based Hard Drive Recovery Associates (HDRA) has published a new blog post regarding internet safety on their website. The post, Being on the Safe Side of Being Online, explores a subject many will find useful in the present climate as the COVID-19 pandemic leads them to spend more time on their electronic devices, especially their phones and computers. While the internet may not seem as dangerous as going outside in such circumstances, HDRA hopes that their article will help their community learn of the real risks they face online and how they may keep themselves from harm.

The world wide web, “has opened us to a whole new dimension of information we had no access to before,” says the post. “But then, just like any other place that’s worth exploring, there may be dangers that lurk on the sides that, if you fall victim to, will damage your entire experience. So, you need to be aware of these hazards and keep yourself safe when surfing online. What’s great is that you don’t really need to be a computer science genius to know how to amply protect yourself when exploring the internet. Minimize your risk by taking note of these tips to enjoy a safer web experience.”

The tips in question begin with a process that many will take little note of since modern programs tend to handle this aspect of security by themselves: updating. These “silent upgrades,” as the article refers to them, play an important role in maintaining a device’s security and teaching it to stay vigilant against emerging digital threats. As such, the longer a program goes without receiving an update, the more likely it is that the system as a whole will be compromised at some point in the future. This is true of the Operating System (OS), its antivirus utility and even its miscellaneous applications.

Software developers prefer to have their updates installed automatically for a variety of reasons. On one hand, this allows them to offer better service and eliminate bugs or glitches that were present in older versions of their programs. However, one crucial aspect of such updates is that they can also be (and often are) used to patch vulnerabilities in the program in question. Given the nature of software development and the ever-rising number of threats online, HDRA states that it is absolutely vital for users to keep their programs as up to date as possible. Fortunately, all they have to do is allow each of these programs to update themselves automatically. Modern applications are also far better at doing this without bothering the user or intruding on their experience.

Another step that internet explorers can take to protect themselves is activate two-step verification (also known as 2 Factor Authentication on Macs) on all their accounts. This adds a much more effective layer of security to a user’s online accounts as it forces any party trying to log in through an unknown device to provide two “factors” of evidence that they are the actual owner of the account in question. One factor involves what the user should know: their password or other login details, for instance. The other factor has to be an independent type of verification, such as a fingerprint scan, a text message with a unique code sent to a number associated with the account and so on.

The article also cautions users against relying on public Wi-Fi. “When you access public Wi-Fi,” HDRA says, “take note that a lot of other users can, too. This means that you will have to be careful of what you are sharing and what websites you go to, as other people may see it. You may consider installing VPN software if you’re fond of connecting to public Wi-Fi.” Those who use public Wi-Fi are safer today than they may have been just over a decade ago due to the widespread adoption of better internet security protocols, but the company advises users not to take the risk if they can avoid it. This is particularly true when logging into accounts of critical importance, such as those that contain bank details and other financial information.

The full article explores other aspects of internet safety, such as end-to-end encryption, in greater detail, and it can be freely read on the Hard Drive Recovery Associates’ website. The company specializes in data recovery and is known for their ability to pull data from damaged computers and other devices. Interested parties may contact Jack Edwards of Hard Drive Recovery Associates for further details.

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