Fixing A Corrupted Hard Drive

The computer needs the hard drive in order to store and retrieve data needed by its user. It is a non-volatile memory hardware that also goes by the name HD, HDD, or hard disk drive that works even when the computer is off.  It is comprised of one or several platters within an air-sealed casing where you write data through a magnetic head. A data cable connects the hard drive to the computer and a separate power cable leading to the power supply. Hard drives contain all sorts of created or downloaded files as well as support software programs and the operating system used.

Hard drives contain movable parts making it prone to mechanical failure. It can easily sustain corrupted areas on some parts because of overexposure to static electricity as data is written on spinning platters. You can still see it as a disk but are unable to access it once the hard drive becomes corrupted. And because it contains precious data more often than not, you are probably wondering how you can recover this lost data if ever it is possible at all.

If the hard drive you’re trying fix contains your important data, then you should use a data recovery software to extract the photos, music, videos and other files before they’re gone forever. Here are some great data recovery tools you can use.

Now, in order to fix a hard disk drive that’s gone rogue, we should start with the basics because we have to make sure that the hard drive is corrupt or not in the first place.

It might be possible the problem was nothing but a loose screw, and we repaired the whole bicycle. Here are some ways which might help you repair corrupted hard drive.

Check the power supply

If you’re using an external hard drive, then it’s possible that the storage media is taking the power from the USB port itself. Try to unplug the hard drive and connect it again in the process of hard drive fix. You can also try another USB port on your computer, maybe the one you’re using isn’t working properly. Make sure haven’t disabled your USB ports.


Unknown to many, hard drives actually have a hardware monitoring system known as S.M.A.R.T. that is built-in in computer desktops although you can’t easily check its status in Windows. Fortunately, you can see it through the WMIC or the Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) in CMD or the utility CrystalDiskInfo as an alternate option that gives you an idea how well your hard drive is doing.

To keep it simple, there are two different ways to retrieve corrupted data: using a data recovery software tool and getting help from a professional data recovery service provider.

In some cases the damage is not that severe and data recovery software can successfully find fragmented parts of the file on other sectors of the disk and rebuild it.

Be warned, though, as DIY data recovery is always a risky business. Using data recovery software (as well as trying other DIY methods) can be hazardous when used incorrectly. As a rule, these tools shouldn’t be used on the original drive – instead they should be used with an image or copy of the drive. By doing so, there is still a chance for data recovery experts to forge a successful recovery if DIY attempts fail. What’s more, it prevents more damage to the drive and eliminates the chance of destroying the files for good. Files recovered by software tools should also not be written back to the original volume until they have been fully tested and verified.


Losing precious data can get on your nerves and bring out the worst in you but try to keep calm and stay level-headed or risk inflicting more damage to your already failing hard drive. Aside from the use of certain software, a sure-fire way to fix a corrupted hard drive is by hiring professional data recovery engineers that won’t only help you recover lost data and rebuild corrupted files but even repair the damage to make your hard drive usable again using highly specialized tools and their extensive understanding of hard drives and computer systems.

If ever you see a hard drive error popping on your screen, hope this can help so it doesn’t get worse over time. If your hard drive is already broken and you badly want your data back, may be the one you are looking for.  While there is a possibility you can get your lost data back, there is also a likelihood that you won’t, so be cautious when using it and also be wary of signs that indicate it may fail you sooner rather than later.

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Lost Your Data? Here’s What You Should Do (Or Probably Not)

Technology rules the world. There’s no point denying that. Everywhere you look, you’d see various tech gadgets and knick knacks dominating our life. As important as technology is, another equally important piece of commodity is data. Data pertains to all sorts of information that has been input on a computer system or even on the web. Hackers would resort to all tricks of their trade to steal valuable personal data for their personal gain.

If you suddenly find yourself unable to access important personal data because it was accidentally deleted, your file or system was corrupted, or the computer or laptop is now beyond repair, do you know what to do to salvage your data or do you just think of it as one of those things you have to deal with in life. Whether you are using a hard disk, SSD or flash drives, there is still a chance to save your data if you know what to do (or perhaps what not to do).

Hard drive failure is an inevitable fact of life — whether its your own fault or just an unfortunate byproduct of age. There will also come a time in your life when you’re going to want to recover a thing or two from said dead drive.

Your computer’s hard drive stores everything from your precious baby photos and financial data to your coveted illegal music catalog and work documents, among other things. To put it simply, your hard drive is essentially your life housed in a little mechanical box that functions as a data vault, one that can leave you utterly broken when it decides enough is enough. Although discouraging, hard drive failure doesn’t necessarily mean all is lost (though it can), it is possible to salvage and recover information and data contents from that expensive paperweight of yours. It just takes a bit of effort and a hell of a lot of luck.


Be rational and level-headed when faced with data loss issues. Sometimes you do more harm in your attempt to salvage the situation in a panic than taking a little time first to assess the situation. You may inadvertently lose the chance to retrieve your data by acting so callously.

We’ve all been there at some point in our lives; you accidentally delete your most recent copy of that presentation you’ve been working on for the past few days. You didn’t mean to click ‘yes’ on that popup and you accidentally format your external hard drive with all your photos on. You drop your iPad in the bath while you’re watching your favorite Netflix series… any of these sound familiar?

In most cases, if you’ve lost data there is still a chance that it can be recovered. However, for that to be possible there are some things you should and shouldn’t do in order to preserve your data. Here’s a quick bite-sized overview of the things you should remember when you think you may have been affected by data loss:


  • Stop what you are doing
  • Keep calm and make notes
  • Check for backups
  • Notify a specialist
  • Package your device properly


  • Don’t panic

  • Use your device further


  • DIY methods

  • Open your hard drive


Most computers/laptops these days use hard drives for data storage. When that hard drive fails and your data ends up corrupted, you need not panic right away but still, maintain a presence of mind to prevent permanent data loss. While the Internet may offer you lots of tips about the matter, you should not always act on it especially if you don’t have previous know-how about computers and these technologies or risk inflicting more damage than what was previously.

You’ll get more ideas about data recovery through this link: Your data is precious and some can’t be replicated anymore, so it just makes perfect sense that you want it back at all cost. But if possible, try addressing the issue of, so you save yourself from the woes and stress brought by the consequential data recovery after.

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Beware Of This New Mac Malware

Computers have overrun the world. Everywhere you look, there’s a computer nearby and a computer is likely to be running most of the technologies we now enjoy around us. The cream of the crop is undoubtedly the gadgets made by Apple. Whether in computers or smart phones, iMacs, Macbook pros, iPads, and iPhones are just simply to die for yet not catered to the masses.

Unfortunately, cyber criminals have also leveled up their game and exploits. No matter how much we try to protect our gadgets from these cyber criminals or how much we advocate for improved cybersecurity measures, they still manage to bypass them all and introduce dangerous malware into our systems. Apple computers used to be safe from this malware but not anymore.

Computer security is science, yet it sure seems to traffic in enough beliefs to make it seem like a collection of warring cults. And no matter which infosec church you’re most swayed by, you’re probably one of the many who believe that Macs don’t get malware. Even if you’re not totally on board with this, chances are good you at least behave like Macs are immune.

In fact, the number of malware attacks on Apple’s operating system skyrocketed by 744 percent in 2016. Despite this, most people still believe that Macs don’t get viruses. Add to this the fact that, despite the seeming ubiquity of Apple’s products, the company’s user base is still growing. There are nearly 100 million Apple users worldwide, myself included.

It makes sense that a large user base equals a larger target. To cybercrime rings, Apple users are a beggar’s banquet of trusting, sitting ducks. But McAfee Labs found something really interesting about the malware Mac users are ending up with. It’s coming from the other Mafia of nonconsensual tracking, recording, and surveilling innocent users: the ad industry.


The funny thing is that ads are all over the web right now. Wherever you go, especially on social networking sites, you can see various ads that are specifically targeting you for the product or services they are selling. You may inadvertently click on a certain ad and introduce a harmful malware to your iMac without you knowing. Just imagine how expensive an iMac is, only to be corrupted by a malware that you have no idea on the extent of damage it can cause to your system.

The initial malware package is loaded by a standard phishing attack. The hackers send an email saying that there’s issues with your tax return, with details in a .zip file attached. When you try to open the .zip folder, the malware package instead installs a small executable named AppStore.

That program then runs every time you boot the computer up, until the full malware package has been installed. Once that happens, users will see a fake macOS update page which looks decently close to the real thing. The “update” page sits on top of every other window, and prevents you from using your computer until you hit update.

Once you hit update, you’re prompted to enter your password. That’s where the really nasty stuff starts. Using the administrator privileges just granted, the malware installs dark-web surfing program Tor, and changes your web settings using a developer certificate, so all your web traffic gets routed through a third-party proxy server.


Through this malware, cyber criminals can access data that should normally be secure. What’s even scary is that all your login details for every site you visit can be stolen by the attacker including important banking details for those who do online banking. You may think of antivirus as your first line of protection but that is not the case. Ensuring a strong account security and not trusting any email attachments you receive are your best bet in protecting yourself from these cyber criminals. Hackers will have an even harder time breaking into your precious iMac by equipping all your accounts with a two-factor authentication.

Meanwhile, if you lose data on your iMac regardless of the reasons, can help you salvage important data you can’t live without. If the problem has to do with your Mac hard drive and you can’t afford to lose it now considering how much you paid for it, can help. Remember that ignorance is never an excuse and you only have yourself to blame if you become a victim of this Mac malware.

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The Future Of Computer Servers

Computer servers are crucial in providing functionality for other devices or programs known as “clients”. If you’re clueless about it, it is actually a computer program that supports other computer programs whether they are on the same computer or not. There are various types of servers including the web server, application server, proxy server, virtual server, blade server, file server and policy server. They all serve a specific purpose and are indispensable tools in storing valuable data.

Today, cloud technology dominates the world. When it comes to computer servers, they are also copying the technology of the cloud that has no shape and is always changing. Data centers are likewise gearing towards the use of energy efficient equipment that is not sensitive to the changing weather or temperature fluctuations.

Iliad’s cloud hosting division Scaleway is launching a new type of server today. In just a minute, you can launch your server with its own dedicated ARMv8 processor, 2GB of RAM, 50GB of SSD storage and unlimited bandwidth. And it only costs around $3.25 per month (€2.99).

If you’re not familiar with processor architecture, your computer and your smartphone use two different chipsets. Your laptop uses an x86 CPU manufactured by Intel or AMD, while your smartphone uses an ARM-based system-on-a-chip.

ARM-based devices don’t need a lot of cooling and are quite efficient when it comes to power usage. And they are also becoming increasingly powerful. That’s why it’s a smart bet to use those chips for servers.

In many ways, using Scaleway as your cloud hosting provider feels like using DigitalOcean, Linode or any typical VPS provider. But there’s a big difference as Scaleway provides BareMetal servers (and a few virtual server options as well).


Unfortunately, the need for physical computers is likewise decreasing as more businesses make use of the cloud unless they really have excessive data storage needs. However, virtual servers are increasing in demand right now.

It’s been a long while since we’ve seen any meaningful update to Apple’s iMac line, but as the company revealed a few weeks ago, there are some new and exciting updates in the works.

As Apple executives told a handful of journalists recently, the company is working on a brand-new iMac Pro model. And while the company didn’t provide any significant details, they did make a point of stressing that a touchscreen iMac is notin the works.

“Touch doesn’t even register on the list of things pro users are interested in talking about,” Phil Schiller said. “They’re interested in things like performance and storage and expandability.”

Now comes word via Digitimes that Apple’s new iMac Pro models—which will still measure in at 21.5 and 27-inches—will feature “server grade” internals.


Like the influential innovator that it is, Apple continues to dream big with plans of beefing up storage capacities of iMac models in the future by equipping it with server-grade internals. We don’t even have to wait long to see these high-tech gadgets with our own eyes as production have probably already started this month. Apple users are probably excited about this upgrade since many complain about the lack of meaningful updates to their computer line for a while now.

Another type of server you should be aware of is RAID servers. It is popular among small business owners and has been all the rage several years ago when hard drives used to be so costly and less capacious. If you’re still stuck with it now and it is failing you much to your horror, may give you some insights on what to do to retrieve important data you’re afraid you might have already lost. If you are using a more modern one with an SSD instead of the traditional hard drive, learn more about problems you may encounter through this link:

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Business As Usual in the Face Of Disaster

We often hear the phrase “the show must go on” during theatrical presentations or recitals, even in the movies too. It means that no matter what happens, the show must go on. It’s that simple.  No matter what happens in the surrounding or problems faced by the actors/actresses themselves, they should not abandon the show and finish what they have started.

It’s also the same mantra observed by many entrepreneurs. In their case, it is “business as usual” instead of the term the show must go on. The business will go on as usual regardless of what is happening around them. However, many things have changed now and should be taken into consideration in continuing business operation in times of disaster.

Natural disasters often strike with little to no warning, but their operational and economic impact to organizations can be devastating. As scientists expect the future will likely include more cases of extreme weather, organizations should leverage the calm before the storm to ensure that business continuity plans address key impacts of a natural disaster event. Preparation is the best defense against these disasters, and the time for preparing is now – before disaster strikes.

Key elements that business continuity plans should incorporate include the potential operational and economic impact of such events, particularly in light of previous natural disasters. Specifically, the aftermath and losses of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the more recent mandatory evacuation of the Eastern seaboard during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 highlight the importance of business continuity planning and preparedness.

A recent study conducted by a leading insurance provider found that 48 percent of all small businesses do not have a business continuity plan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster, and another 25 percent fail within one year. The factor underlying this failure rate is business’ fundamental under-preparedness. Compounding the problem is the lack of understanding of the scope and breadth of insurance coverage or government provisions.


All business establishments have their own business continuity plans or disaster recovery plans to help them cope with natural calamities or other changes in the environment. Aside from protecting the lives of the people working in the company, company property and equipment should also be protected to reduce the loss of revenue and further financial loss to the company.

After a traumatic experience like a natural disaster, people want to get back to normal life: work, routine and the things they enjoy. However, the effects of events like these can be long-lasting, especially if your home and other assets are not properly insured.

You can’t just close your store and wait for things to clear up. If the calamity isn’t as big and your store/business wasn’t directly affected, you can still continue your business, not only to support yourself and keep the business going but also to provide a source of income for your employees who need money to help them get on their feet once more.

A proper plan for what to do the moment calamity strikes can ensure the years ahead aren’t more stressful and frustrating than they have to be. This goes beyond the immediate needs of evacuation, or having enough food and water for everyone in your household to get through the first 72 hours after a disaster. 

If you do need to evacuate, knowing the location of personal identification, insurance policies, medical prescriptions, contact information, computer backups, and other documents is essential so they can be grabbed at a moment’s notice. Having cash on hand can be useful in a widespread catastrophe because debit and credit card payment systems can suffer outages. Internet service, cellphone reception and electrical power can also be interrupted.

In the long term, insurance can be the best tool you have available to stave off the lasting pain of a disaster. When an incident harms a large area, a community takes much longer to get back to normal. After all, construction crews cannot roll in and begin rebuilding the next day, says Dolan.


The world is changing and we all know that. Weather systems act up now and then and you can never tell when it will hit your town next. You can’t just sit idly and unprepared as the whole world experiences global warming and climate change especially if you have a business to protect. You spent a great deal of your money on capital and your time and effort in planning for the business and eventually running it, so you don’t want all your efforts to go down the drain in a snap when the weather decides to go against you.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your stuff organized and establish your company’s own disaster recovery plan and communicate it clearly toward all employees, so they know what to do when it happens. Get that business and risk analysis done to help you make a comprehensive and fool-proof business continuity plan that is specially formulated for your business alone. Survive all disaster with its help without losing your business in the process.

If a fire ravages your business, check this link: to help you cope with the disaster especially that tech gadgets are vulnerable to the elements. In the case of a flood, can help. There is always a solution to your problem if you prepared for it beforehand.

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Will Humans Ever Outgrow Smartphones?

Have you ever seen a human being right now who doesn’t own a smartphone? It’s probably unlikely, right? Even kids have their own smart gadgets to tinker with and pass the time. Indeed, smartphones have become a crucial part of our lives and we can’t imagine living without it. From the moment we wake up until the moment we sleep at night, it’s the last thing we hold and treasure dearly.

Now, the question is will it ever run out of style? Who knows? Technology evolves and it is ever changing; upgrading, rather. When you look back on the proud history of smartphones, you’d notice how pretty tame most mobile gadgets now are unlike older mobile phones that varied in size and shape. Almost everything looks quite the same now despite how powerful they have become internally.

In the past few weeks, two top tech companies have said smartphones will soon be obsolete.

Microsoft’s Alan Kipman made the boldest statement, saying smartphones are already “dead”. 

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, was a bit more generous, giving smartphones about five years before they were replaced.

There were two things in common about the companies behind these statements.

First, they both missed the smartphone bus. Microsoft has repeatedly tried to make phones and an operating system and has failed each time.

Facebook also tried to make an operating system and tanked even worse than Microsoft.

Second, they are both bullish on augmented reality. In fact, both statements came while promoting their AR tech. AR is the integration of digital information with your environment in real time. The Pokemon Go app is the most common example.

Kipman is responsible for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset and he predicts this type of tech will kill off our love for smartphones. Zuckerberg agrees and outlines a world where everyone wears glasses which allow virtual screens to be everywhere.


People will always be curious and want to innovate. Some will defy the norm and come up with crazy ideas that may actually work or maybe not but we can never tell unless we give it a try.

That five-inch phone in your pocket, the one you absolutely can’t live without, does damn near anything these days. It’s the Great Usurper, rendering everything from newspapers to music players to actual human interaction all but obsolete. People embraced smartphones faster than any other gadget in the history of the world, creating a trillion-dollar industry that is expected to reach more than six billion people in the next four years.

And yet some people dare to ask, “What’s next?” I hear this question from smartwatch manufacturers and light bulb companies and headphone makers and so many others in tech. They’re all trying to find The Next Big Thing and figure out what the world looks like when smartphones finally go away. Some are betting on the ‘internet of things’ to blanket the world in computers, making the one in your pocket moot. Others say the future lies with computers on your body. Or in your body. Everyone is in the spaghetti-throwing phase, searching for the iPhone (or Pixel) killer. But here’s the thing: Smartphones aren’t going away. Not anytime soon. Smartphones are, and will remain, the hub of a new wheel, the sun around which the universe orbits.


Smartphones are roughly 10 years old now but it’s not showing any signs of becoming obsolete soon. The truth is, it’s actually becoming more popular by the day and experts estimate that almost everyone in the planet now owns one.

But I don’t think the smartphone will completely die off. Instead, I believe it’s more likely to morph into a mobile computing device that provides the smarts of whatever interface device is feeding you information, whether it’s a pair of smart glasses, a digital voice, or even something connected directly to your brain. (Some might argue that mobile technology is getting small enough to pack the necessary smarts into the interface devices themselves, but that will be challenging given the new functions we’ll expect these new devices to perform.)

In fact, I believe smartphones, or the core technology powering them, will become even more essential to our daily lives in the future. Whether that tech stays in the rectangular-slate shape we know today or it morphs into some kind of wearable “brain,” the technical wizardry that powers today’s smartphones will evolve and make it possible to walk around and access information without ever needing to look at a screen.


There is no truth then that smartphones will run out of style soon but it will probably evolve into something more efficient than it already is and look a little different too. Some makers may be leaning into the technology of augmented reality soon and it’s something we should all watch out for. Whether it will be a hit still remains a question, though, as the technology is yet untested in real life.

While we can’t help but gush over the latest smartphone model out in the market today, there’s a tech staple that has been around for roughly four decades and remains to be useful to this day – the computer. Unfortunately, data loss is still a problem faced by many when it comes to tech use. Before it happens, can help you address hard drive failure issues to protect your data from getting lost or corrupted ever. If you are using an android phone, though, comes to your rescue and save whatever needs saving. A lot of aspects of your life have now become valuable pieces of data that you may lose forever if you are not careful enough.

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How The Environment Suffers From Too Much Technology

Mother Nature isn’t always happy when technology comes knocking on her door. We can’t just ignore how the environment suffers from the production of technological gadgets and its use and disposal too. Lands are converted into manufacturing plants and the nearby surroundings are exposed to deadly chemicals and toxins among others. People are exposed to more pollution – water, air, noise, etc.

Mother Nature dies in the presence of technology. We have witnessed it time and again. And we are suffering from her wrath when the usual calamities we face each year have been worsened by global warming and climate change. The people are still yet to learn their lesson. Even the government is clueless on how to address relevant and pressing issues like these and waste time and precious government resources on things that do not really matter.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says are hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court.

The decree’s main target is former president Barack Obama’s clean power plan that required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants — a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

The so-called “energy independence” order also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions.

“I am taking historic steps to lift restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations,” Trump said at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, speaking on a stage lined with coal miners.


While the country’s leaders focus on the economy and the topic of defense, they fail to give equally important issues enough attention like government efforts in protecting the environment because they don’t see its ROI right away.

Flanked by coal miners and Cabinet members, Trump vowed to spark an “energy revolution” that would put coal miners across the country back to work. 

“Today’s energy independence action calls for an immediate re-evaluation of the so-called Clean Power Plan,” he said during a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency that lasted less than 30 minutes. “We’re ending the theft of American prosperity and rebuilding our beloved country.” 

And without fully realizing the implications of such actions, President Trump dooms the world to more harm and destruction aside from increasing the nation’s carbon footprint. Perhaps it is not clear to him the outcomes of his decisions or else he’ll likely think twice before passing and enforcing such drastic counter policies.

Trump’s executive order will likely kneecap the federal government’s most important policy for reducing carbon emissions. Doing so would also hamper U.S. efforts to meet the commitments made more than a year ago in the 195-country Paris Agreement ― the first global climate deal to include the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest polluters. 

The long-expected order gives teeth to Trump’s America First Energy Plan, a vague policy outline he issued after his inauguration to eliminate Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Obama’s plan, launched in 2013, set a strategy for combating climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The utility sector accounts for the greatest portion of the U.S. carbon footprint, producing 30 percent of all emissions, according to 2014 data from the EPA. That’s largely because coal, by far the dirtiest-burning fossil fuel, has long served as the country’s primary source of electricity.

The core of Obama’s initiative was the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping EPA rule that aimed to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels. The policy set new standards for new natural gas-burning power plants, and put stricter limits on coal-fired, steam-based plants, forcing them to be fitted with controversial carbon-capture technology. By implementing the plan, the U.S. hoped meet its emissions reduction goals as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. (The failure of previous global deals, such as the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, hinged partly on the United States’ refusal to implement emission cuts.) 


It is not clear to many Americans what the goal of the Trump administration is. Is President Trump really determined to make American great again or is he just adamant to undo any progress the progress administration has made so far and establish policies that are clearly the opposite of what former President Obama pushed for?

We should know the limits of technology. While we greatly benefit from many things offered by these advancements, let us not be blinded and forget what really matters in the end. When we no longer have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, will technology provide us with what we need no matter how 3D or 4 D they appear?

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Why Take Data Security Seriously?

You should not take the security and protection of your data lightly whether online or offline. Accidents can happen and you may end up losing precious data without even having the chance to save a backup copy that you can access from another device. And at a day and age when personal data of millions of people are scattered all over the web, it is more important than ever to protect your data at all cost.

There are various cyber security measures you can adopt depending on your needs. But before that, among the first measure you can take is to transfer and save another copy of important files/ data you have in a separate storage device for safekeeping or risk having your personal data in the wrong hands, or worse, lost forever.

Consumer Reports has announced it is to launch the first phase of a collaborative effort to set up a new standard for digital security for consumers, in an attempt to boost consumer confidence in privacy and data security.

The new initiative will aim to bring out the positive aspects of previous similar schemes, and will be carried out in conjunction with several partners within the industry.

Safeguarding the security and privacy of consumers will be the end goal of the new measures.

The US-based nonprofit organization is hopeful that the industry will adopt the standard in the development of various digital products, including connected devices, software and mobile apps.

The aims of the new standard include ensuring all products, whether they are laptops, security cameras or even cars, are built with the robustness needed to withstand security threats.

The standard will also aim to inform consumers about what data are being collected by their products, while at the same time offering more clarity when it comes to the idea of ownership.


And cyber security should be taken seriously not just on a personal level. As more and more businesses establish their online presence, it is more important than ever to protect the company’s data and prevent thieves from gaining access to both company and consumer information.

The data privacy and access discussion gets all the more complicated in the age of IoT.

Some organizations might soon suffer from data paucity — getting locked, outbid or otherwise shut out of critical new data sources that could help optimize future business. While I believe that every data-driven organization should start planning today to avoid ending up data poor, this concern is just one of many potential data-related problems arising in our new big data, streaming, internet of things (IoT) world. In fact, issues with getting the right data will become so critical that I predict a new strategic data enablement discipline will emerge to not just manage and protect valuable data, but to ensure access to all the necessary — and valid — data the corporation might need to remain competitive.

And the problem is more complex than it seems. Just look around you and take in just how digital our world has become, where the personal and work lives of people all revolve around the web and the machines they are using.

You might counter that there are ways to ensure some basic privacy by aggregating and anonymizing personally identifying information out of such data, but we already know it’s difficult, if not impossible, to truly anonymize stores of big data. Accumulated masses of IoT data can easily contain deeply embedded clues that can be correlated with public data sets to restore identifying information.

Imagine that your car reports where it’s parked most nights. Or that smart components within the car can track when they were last serviced or upgraded. A business that makes clutches might learn about a car owner’s home address — and thus their identity — travel patterns and driving habits.

Some supply chains already push the monitoring and proactive maintenance for embedded — or even merely associated — components back up their chains. Wal-Mart made a fortune offering its suppliers some transparency into sales in exchange for having those suppliers maintain their own inventory in stores. This seemed fine, since the traditional goods we’ve bought didn’t keep reporting on us once we carried them home. But now, new, intelligent devices we buy and plug in keep up a continual connection and data flow up to a third-party service. Who’s got eyes on all that big data about us that we unwittingly generate?


One can never stress more than enough the value of cyber security and the importance of protecting your data. You input personal data in every social media account you have – and all of them are also connected to one or more email accounts. You share photos of yourself and the people you love in these platforms, and at times, even the location you are in, in real time. You not only endanger personal details but even your physical security when criminals are aware you are out of the house and on vacation somewhere far away by simply posting photos of your mini-getaways on the web.

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Why Buy An External Hard Drive?

Our daily life revolves around the multiple use of technology. From smartphone use to the use of household appliances, we all have learned to incorporate their use in our daily lives. Back in the days, only a handful of people had personal computers or laptops of their own. There was really no need to own one since there is not much to do with it aside from encoding data and files. However, a lot has changed today that owning one simply is a must.

All computers and laptops have a built-in memory albeit not that big. Storage space may be somehow limited; it is why computer and laptop owners who require plenty of storage purchase an external hard drive where they can save and store extra files. Having an external hard drive also protects your files from cyber criminals who are after your precious data. They are not flawless, however.

One afternoon last fall, Kevin, an engineer who works for a Florida power company, was quickly checking emails on his home computer when he spotted what he thought was a message containing the mailing label he needed to return some headphones he had recently bought.

The attachment came up blank, so he moved on. Soon his computer began to run a little sluggishly. Then, three hours later, his screensaver—a photo from a South Pacific vacation he and his wife had enjoyed—disappeared. When he checked the directory holding all his photos, he was startled to find them all renamed with strings of gibberish.
ALSO ON HIS SCREEN was an icon for a document he didn’t recognize. He clicked on it and panicked as he read a chilling message: “All of your files are encrypted,” it began. And they would be lost to him forever unless he made a ransom payment of $2,400.

This is a reality an unfortunate few experiences when they encounter experienced cyber criminals who will take advantage of you and your computer’s vulnerability. If you haven’t protected your data or stored a backup somewhere else, then you’re a goner.

What happened to Kevin and thousands of other people last year could easily happen to you. Your computer or smartphone could be attacked by what’s known as ransomware, a fast-growing online scourge that can cost you thousands of dollars if you pay to regain your files—and thousands of dollars if you don’t. Also at stake: documents critical to your business or personal finances, priceless family photos, and the days or weeks you might spend trying to replace what you have lost. Want to recover your photos or financial records? You could be ordered to pay anywhere from $200 to $10,000—the range of ransom money typically demanded of individuals, according to a recent IBM Security survey. And nearly a quarter of businesses hit by a ransomware attack end up paying $40,000 or more. As the Department of Homeland Security warned last year, ransomware’s effect can be “devastating.”

Ransomware has spread with terrifying speed. This type of malware—short for “malicious software”—accounted for fewer than 2% of emails with malicious links or attachments in the fall of 2015, according to PhishMe, a cybersecurity firm. By last fall, ransomware’s share had zoomed to a shocking 97%. Total ransomware losses in the U.S. hit $1 billion in 2016, up from $24 million in 2015, the FBI estimated.


It is never wise to store all your important files in one place. So if you have the money to spare, buying an external hard drive can save you from all these headaches. You have somewhere safe to store all your important documents, photos, and even songs and movies that you painstakingly downloaded from the web.

It may not be a widely celebrated holiday, but World Backup Day — celebrated on Mar. 31, just ahead of April Fools’ Day — aims to encourage computer users to regularly back up their data.
That appears to be something many users don’t do.
CBC Radio technology columnist Dan Misener explains why it’s important, and offers some strategies to keep data safe and secure.
It’s a day all about backup awareness, and getting more people to start backing up their computers if they don’t already, or — for those who do — to take a serious look at their backup strategy, and make sure it’s up to snuff.

Why is there a need to backup your computer?

Whenever I talk about the importance of backup, I always think about my friends Mike and Catherine, who lost every single photo of their twin sons’ first year because of a hard drive crash.
We’re talking about protecting your most precious digital documents. The kind of stuff that’s heartbreaking to lose, because it simply can’t be replaced.
And to be clear, backups don’t just protect against hard drive crashes — there are many, many ways to lose data. You can lose data in natural disasters like floods or fires, for example. Or you can lose data if your computer is stolen.
And then there’s ransomware.


Those are just some of the reasons why backing up your computer with an external hard drive, for instance, can save your files/ data (and even your life). Make a conscious effort to protecting your data because the web is not a safe place at all and that hackers are just around the corner waiting for you to click that one suspicious spam mail that can be your undoing.

Invest in your data security and free yourself from the constant worries of cyber crimes that happen all around you with the help of a trusted external hard drive where you can transfer and store important files from your phone, tablet, laptop, and computer.

Why Buy An External Hard Drive? Read more on: The Hard Drive Recovery Associates Blog


Level Up Your Computer Memory With A New SSD

Most computer and laptop owners are aware that their gadgets have a hard drive in place, where data and files are saved and stored. Some even go to great lengths and purchase a backup – an external hard drive where they transfer precious data to free up space on the computer’s hard drive itself.

What many are not aware of, there are other storage options for your computer aside from the conventional hard drives we know of. If you haven’t heard of an SSD or a Solid State Drive, now is the best time to give it a try and enjoy the same benefits offered by a hard drive and some more minus the minor flaws of using an HDD.

If your new Windows 10 computer takes a long time to boot up, that’s likely because it runs on a regular hard drive. This is also the case of most older computers. Do you know that replacing that hard drive with a solid-state drive (SSD) will make the machine run much faster? It’s true, a 5-year-old computer with an SSD boots much faster than even a brand new rig running on a regular hard drive. The good news is that swapping out the drives is quite easy to do and not too expensive either, thanks to the fact that SSDs are now much more affordable than they were a few years ago.


There is good news about SSDs and you are probably wondering what’s in it for you – a regular computer/ laptop user.

Hard drives are getting a much deserved kick in the pants with Intel’s new Optane Memory.

The processor maker claims its newest technology will give old-school spinning drives solid-state drive-like (SSD) speeds today and eventually transform computer storage forever. 

Intel Optane Memory might sound like RAM, but it’s actually a specialized storage product that hooks up to the M.2 storage slot (PCIe Gen 3.0×2) on a PC motherboard. You’ll find them on the latest motherboards designed for Intel’s latest 7th generation, or Kaby Lake, processors and the 200 series Intel chipset.

The connected storage drive endows you with 16GB or 32GB of Optane Memory for blazing fast cache.

Cache that can make, say, your 1TB, 7,200 rpm spinning hard drive twice as responsive in performing daily tasks and booting up or launch your browser up to five times faster. Oh, and how about 67% and 65% reductions in game app launch and game level load times, respectively?


And Intel is offering everyone a chance to upgrade their computer’s storage with an SSD that promises to work even better than the good old hard drive. It can even store data for an even longer time without the constant risk of data loss.

It definitely feels like Intel is on to something here, for the simple reason that most computer users look for the larger hard drive. It’s one of the most important factors to the casual user, and they definitely notice when storage space is lacking. What system builders know is that using an SSD improves the minute-to-minute usability and responsiveness of any system, to the point that we’ve taken to harshly criticize modern systems that don’t at least offer it as an option.
The bottom line is that Intel is offering up a product that makes some impressive promises to a market that already had to answer them.


There’s no harm in trying this new technology from Intel. Technology is evolving. Newer developments are designed to help us keep up with the various technological advancements the best way we can. And we will never really know if something works unless we give it a try. SSDs have been here for a while. Your computing and data needs will tell you whether you can benefit more from an SDD or an HDD.

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