Hard Drive Recovery Associates Publishes Post on Internet Privacy Concerns with Browsers

Hard Drive Recovery Associates, a data recovery services company in Irvine, California, has announced that they have recently released a blog post that focuses on Internet privacy concerns with browsers. It is good that developers of today’s browsers have been making some changes to help protect users’ online privacy. The most popular browsers have introduced several tools that can help in protecting the user from first-party and third-party tracking cookies. Other efforts have been focused on fingerprinting, which tracks the user by gathering details about the user’s system configuration, which are then converted into the user’s “fingerprint.”

Jack Edwards, a representative for Hard Drive Recovery Associates, explains, “The most used browsers have come up with a number of tools to help in protecting you from first-party (used for things such as retaining your login information) and third-party (mainly used by advertisers to get information and track your behavior online) tracking cookies. Other efforts are directed towards fingerprinting, which tracks you by collecting details about your system configuration, which are then turned into your ‘fingerprint.’”

For its part, Mozilla Firefox has introduced Enhanced Tracking Protection, which is a customizable feature. Firefox has already been blocking trackers as early as September 2019. The new feature blocks trackers based on a list of known trackers, known as the Disconnect List, which means that not all third-party trackers are blocked. However, this feature also blocks those cookies that track across websites.

Meanwhile, Google Chrome’s December 2019 release, known as Version 79, had to do with improving the security of passwords. In the February 2020 update, known as Version 80, Chrome introduces a new system for sorting cookies and blocking them. This new feature will still allow first-party cookies but third-party cookies would need to have a same-site setting. This will make sure that secure connections are utilized to access the sites.

With regards to Microsoft Edge, its latest update also focuses on user privacy. Many people have praised the privacy settings of the new Edge because they are supposedly easier to use and understand compared to the privacy settings for Chrome. However, in January 2020, Google announced that the Chrome browser will no longer be supporting cookies in 2022. Observers noted that the decision to no longer accept cookies may encourage browser fingerprinting. This is a technique by which websites are able to identify a particular user through a digital fingerprint, which is based on the unique characteristics of the user’s system. Fingerprinting can occur because websites can force the browser to provide innocent-looking but mostly unchanging technical information about the computer system, such as the operating system, the screen resolution, or the fonts installed.

Meanwhile, Hard Drive Recovery Associates is a company that provides a broad range of data recovery services. Since their establishment as a server repair shop in 1992, they have been providing their services for various kinds of computer storage devices, ranging from digital backup tapes to external hard drives, and portable music players.

There are three primary types of hard drive data recovery services that they have focused on. These are the laptop hard drives and external hard drives; Mac hard drives; and server and RAID data. They have been offering data recovery solutions to a wide range of customers, from the simple housewives to the CEOs of the top companies worldwide. They have been providing their services to a wide range of business types, from convenience stores to huge manufacturing facilities. They know that all customers, big or small, are basically concerned on how the data can be recovered safely and effectively, and this is what they provide.

Because of their broad experience, they know various recovery methods that not all data recovery firms know about. As such, they are able to differentiate themselves from the crowd by offering a guarantee that there will be no charge if no data is recovered.

Those who would like to know more about the hard drive recovery services being provided by Hard Drive Recovery Associates may want to go to their website, or contact them on the phone, or through email. They are open 24 hours a day, from Monday to Sunday.

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Data Recovery Specialist Shares New Post About The Best File Sharing Platforms Online

Irvine, California based Hard Drive Recovery Associates is pleased to announce that they have recently published a new blog post about the best online platforms that provide digital file sharing services.

Jack Edwards, a company spokesperson, says, “In this digital age, there is no denying the fact that sending files through the internet has become an essential part of our everyday lives. In fact, online sharing platforms play a vital role in schools and workplaces alike. Thanks to such services, students are able to submit their homework, teachers can post their lessons online and employees can view and edit their work files any time and anywhere they want. Personally, we also benefit a lot from using online file sharing platforms as they enable us to share memories in the form of pictures and videos with our family and friends. We understand that choosing the best file sharing service provider online is not a straightforward task, so we have published a blog post on our website to help you find the best online file sharing platform that is suitable for your needs.”

Edwards explains that there are three major factors that need to be considered when choosing an online file sharing service. First, the server’s connection should be strong and reliable and the rate of file transfer must be quick as well. Next, it is important to choose a file sharing platform that has an excellent reputation when it comes to online security and enhanced policy regarding personal data privacy. Finally, Edwards states that the file sharing platform’s websites and mobile apps also need to be as flawless as possible. “Fewer hiccups are synonymous with more reliable software and lesser chances of losing files unexpectedly,” he says.

As noted on the blog post, the first file sharing service that online users can consider choosing is Dropbox because it provides users with 2GB of free storage. The next one is iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage, which gives 5 GB free of iCloud storage to every user with an Apple ID. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s cloud storage, OneDrive, is also a good cloud service because it comes with 5GB of free storage and has a Personal Vault, which is an area of storage that can only be accessed with a two-step identification process. Hard Drive Recovery Associates also highlights Google Drive, which offers not only free space but also access to file creation tools. Last but not least, the company recommends the file sharing service WeTransfer, which allows multiple files to be sent through a custom link. Each service has its own level of data security.

As noted on the company’s website, Hard Drive Recovery Associates is a data recovery company that has been recovering important data from consumer and business hard drives since 1990. Over the years, the company has had experience with a variety of hard drive failure causes, including everything from major fires to floods as well as dropped laptops and simple hard drive malfunctions. The company further acknowledges that every hard drive failure situation has its own unique conditions that requires unique solutions.

Edwards adds, “Our company takes pride in the fact that our data recovery rate is around 98%, which means we guarantee that we can recover your data if you contact us with a hard drive failure problem—or we don’t charge you at all. We feel confident that we can make this guarantee because 20% of our business comes from referrals from our satisfied clients.”

In order to fully accommodate the needs of their clients, the company is open 24 hours a day. Edwards also encourages people to give them a call as soon as possible, once they think they have a hard drive problem, to prevent any file damage. He explains that a support call with Hard Drive Recovery Associates is always free, and they can provide a good action plan for retrieving valuable data even over the phone. Furthermore, interested parties may also avail the company’s free hard drive failure evaluation by filling in an online form.

For 20 years, it has been the mandate of Hard Drive Recovery Associates to provide their clients with the safest and most economical data recovery solutions on the market. The company has built a strong client base of customers and has had several major clients, such as Princeton University, Pepsi and UPS. Those interested may find more information on the company’s website or connect with Hard Drive Recovery Associates via social media to stay abreast of their latest news and announcements.

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The Costs of Ransomware

Businesses, beware! Ransomware attacks have developed through the years, with attackers implementing more covert and advanced techniques, while at the same time learning from the mistakes in implementation that occurred in earlier generations of attacks. Moreover, a number of attacks have become more devious with a new component that involves data leaks, which in turn makes companies vulnerable, as they are exposed to graver threats than traditional data loss that used to be the only threat posed by ransomware.

So, how has ransomware threatened so many institutions?  How has it evolved into a more threatening event? Are businesses ready and have they equipped themselves with the necessary tools to combat these attacks? Finally, can the government do anything about this, since there have been some government institutions that have been affected?

Not just business, but whole towns!

The trends that have been prevalent in 2019 indicate that not only will these attacks be more present, but they are likely to happen more. And this will not only affect businesses, but also entire towns. In fact, it has been reported that for every six towns in the state of Massachusetts, one is a victim of ransomware.

Many towns recovered their files from backups, but at least 10 handed over taxpayer money to hackers to unlock their data, records obtained by the NBC10 Boston Investigators show.

Inside the Bay State, a handful of attacks against cities and towns have garnered widespread attention, though the problem may be more prevalent than many imagine.

(Via: https://www.nbcboston.com/investigations/1-in-6-massachusetts-communities-hit-by-ransomware-attacks/2076600/)

 

The academe is not spared

Even higher institutions of learning have also fallen victim to cybercriminals peddling ransomware. Niagara University had to cancel classes on the second week of February as their computer system came under attack. The university’s IT personnel discovered on February 12 that ransomware attacked has caused some of its email servers to lockdown.

These attacks can be very serious, like the attack which crippled Erie County Medical Center recently. Some companies have been driven out of business because they can’t gain access to their own computer systems.

(Via: https://news.wbfo.org/post/niagara-university-recovering-ransomware-attack)

 

The new danger

What sets the new wave of ransomware cybercriminals apart from the older generations is that they have taken extortion to a new level by exposing data that they stole online and threatening whole batches of data if they do not get paid by the companies in exchange of unencrypting the data they got.

The Italian foods company Fratelli Beretta saw all the data exfiltrated from 53 systems (a total of 3GB) posted online by Maze. And more recent victims have had smaller dumps posted. Stockdale Radiology, a radiology clinic in Bakersfield, California, saw screenshots of affected systems and data from the clinic’s fax server posted—including patient data transmitted from another MRI clinic.

(Via: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/dozens-of-companies-have-data-dumped-online-by-ransomware-ring-seeking-leverage/)

 

Recovery comes with a price

Not only is being victimized by ransomware an expensive experience, but recovering from it is also more expensive as well.

It’s getting more and more expensive for victims of ransomware attacks to recover. The average cost more than doubled in the final quarter of 2019. According to a new report from Coveware, a typical total now stands at $84,116. That’s a little over double the previous figure of $41,198.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2020/01/26/average-cost-to-recover-from-ransomware-skyrockets-to-over-84000/#13d42db413a2)

 

It can close your shop

A few businesses have become bankrupt because of ransomware. This is because ransomware can cost a business their data, cash, and accounts, which in turn will make their customers look for other options. Direct costs in the form of ransom cybercriminals can reach thousands of dollars, and more losses are incurred because of indirect costs. But then, there are ways businesses can adopt to lessen their risk.

But you can limit your losses if you take precautions before someone tries to attack you. Those precautions can include protecting your networks and computers from being attacked, preventing the attack from proceeding and allowing you to recover if the attack was successful.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/waynerash/2020/01/29/how-to-reduce-your-chances-of-getting-hit-with-ransomware/amp/)

 

While a ransomware attack might make you feel helpless, trying to recover lost data shouldn’t. We can help you with our full suite of services. If you have a Mac, click here to see how we can help you.

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Samsung’s Updated Flip Phone Gets Teased in the Oscars

The Oscars on February 9 was one for the books. For the first time in its award giving history, the Academy gave the Best Picture recognition to a movie that is not in the English language and produced outside the USA. Parasite, a South Korean film about a poor family trying to infiltrate the lives of a rich family also took home trophies for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

But then, that wasn’t all South Korea’s appearances during the televised (and streamed) ceremonies. During one of the commercial gaps, another South Korean brand claimed the spotlight, none other than phone maker Samsung. To tease its upcoming unboxing event, Unpacked 2020, to be held on the 10th in San Francisco, the phone giant showed off its next foldable phone to the delight of the TV viewers. Not to say that Samsung still doesn’t have foldable phones, as it already has. Looking back, their first release of the foldable phone in September last year, had people wax nostalgic, although a lot were still unimpressed with their fragility.  But whether you’re a Samsung-stan or not, the ad sure got a lot of people talking!

Did the ad show anything new?

From the 20-second ad, we saw the device’s homage to retro fashion. The clamshell clicks are there, but there also seems to be the addition of new things like the degree of opening that would allow for facetime-style chatting.

The ad shows the flip phones from all angles, opening and closing while the Comic Strip sounds of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot pop and crackle in the background.

(Via: https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/10/samsung-teases-videocalling-on-its-next-foldable-during-the-oscars/)

 

But wait… what was that?

So basically, the ad tried to make retro-chic again, and that for sure appeals to a lot of people on the lookout for a phone that brings them back to both the 1906s (Bardot and the quirky soundtrack allude to that) and the glorious 2000s when everybody had a clamshell phone. But then, eagle-eyed viewers of the commercial were able to spot a disclaimer.

One thing that became clearer though is what will happen to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip’s screens across the globe: They’re gonna get fucked up fast.

https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2020/02/10/samsung-galaxy-z-flip-phone-oscars-trailer-had-some-weird-small-print/)

 

One tall phone

Other than the ad, some pictures of the Galaxy Z Flip (yes, that’s what the phone is called) were also leaked and the first impressions centered on how long the model is and how there’s a crease in the center where the phone folds (pretty much the point of the second entry here).

Now, considering that plenty of renders and even a brief video claiming to be a hands-on with the Galaxy Z Flip have already surfaced, a few new pictures may not seem like much of a big deal. But they do appear to clear up a few rumors, including what a monster of a phone this guy is.

(Via: https://gizmodo.com/leaked-photos-confirm-samsungs-new-flippable-phone-is-o-1841533311)

 

Sizing up the competition  

Of course, when we talk about foldable phones, it cannot be helped that people will mention the brand that is almost synonymous with clamshell phones – Motorola. With this trend of flip phones re-emerging, Motorola’s new Razr has been touted as the more durable option, especially with complaints of the Samsung Flip having a flimsy screen emerging during its launch last year.  But then, is the Razr as durable (aka flip-able) as it is marketed to be?

But problems started to arise the minute the test began when the FoldBot couldn’t even close the phone all the way with each fold. Four hours of folding and unfolding later, and the phone wouldn’t even close at all.

(Via: https://sea.mashable.com/tech/9037/motorola-razr-fails-cnets-durability-test-breaks-after-only-27000-folds)

 

Motorola fights back

Not to be silenced, Motorola releases its own video proving that once and for all, the Razr is still the king of foldable phones.

Motorola responded with a statement and the below video, which shows its own folding machine fully opening and closing the phone. The FoldBot only partially closes the phone before opening it again.

(Via: https://sea.mashable.com/tech/9044/motorola-puts-out-a-foldable-razr-test-video-in-response-to-durability-concerns)

 

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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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