The Burgeoning Smartphone Addiction Shows No Signs Of Stopping

Kids don’t stand a chance against the dangers of excessive technology use yet they are also too young to decide on their own what they can and can’t handle when it comes to modern digital living. They may be surrounded by technology and it seems normal for them to live and breathe with it but that’s not what nature designed humans to be – to be slaves to the modern trinkets that give them pure enjoyment but at a high cost. For starters, these devices are expensive and they end up badgering their parents to buy them the latest gadgets so they can keep up with their peers. Second, they can access the web with it. The Internet may be helpful a lot of times but there are hidden dangers. Their smartphones give them the freedom to navigate the web on their own, often without parental guidance and this can be a scary thing on a lot of levels.

Kids these days can usually be seen with a smartphone or a similar smart gadget on their hand most of the time. They are addicted to these devices and use it as much as adults do. They play games for hours on end and tinker with all the latest apps that promises them a boredom-free life. And because the world is highly becoming digital, we can only expect more of these gadgets to rise in the coming years, along with our children growing up. As early as now, many of today’s youth can no longer live without their smartphones and thrive in their own little virtual bubble where they can be whoever they want to be and portray a life unlike their own. If kid’s don’t learn how to deal with the presence of technology in their lives as early as they can, then they may have a hard time coping with life later on because one thing is for sure, modern technology is here to stay for good.

It’s a logical move — even their designers admit smartphones are built to be addictive, slowly trickling out “likes” users have received so they keep checking their phones, in one devious example.

And they’re distracting. As the Globe and Mail recently reported, the University of Texas business school did an experiment last year where three groups of people took a test. One group had their phones face-down on their desks, one had them in their bags or pockets and the last group had them in another room.

The group that performed the worst? The one with the phones on the desks.

In fact, even though no one was allowed to check their phones, the further away the phones were, the better they did.

(Via: http://www.timescolonist.com/life/smartphones-they-re-addictive-distracting-and-have-no-place-in-the-classroom-1.23150108)

The very existence of technology has made our lives easier yet in a way also harder. We no longer have to work on things manually as before and we now have access to a wide-range of information at the tip of our fingers but it comes at a price especially for the young ones who still know so little of this world. We lose essential skills because of our over-reliance on machines to do things for us. Kids, for instance, develop poorer cognition because they are too preoccupied with their smartphones while browsing their various social media accounts day in and day out.

For some teens, the constant potential feedback loop from notifications and messaging might create a fear of missing out, or FOMO. And although there is currently no official medical recognition of “smartphone addiction” as a disease or disorder, the term refers to obsessive behaviors that disturb the course of daily activities in a way that mirrors patterns similar to substance abuse.

(Via: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/well/family/is-your-child-a-phone-addict.html)

In as much as we care about the amount of time our children spend on their smartphones, we must also give attention to the types of materials they access on these devices especially on their own. It can give you an idea as to the types of dangers your children may be exposed to, so you’re not necessarily clueless about it and you can intervene at any given time. There is no doubt that smartphone has evolved to become an addiction and the best thing we can all do now is to put some limitations to your child’s smartphone use and most importantly make them understand why you are doing it. If you don’t, they may rebel and everything else backfires on you. Also, offer other interesting activities and hobbies they can pursue so their minds aren’t always thinking about their smartphones and the web when it can be avoided.

Apart from smartphones, youngsters can also connect to the Internet through computers. If there’s one major headache from the use of PC, it has to be the technical glitches one may encounter when using one. The hard drive is the most susceptible and it can render your device unusable until you get the problem sorted out. Avoid https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/hard-drive-failure-recovery-three-major-user-mistakes/ so there is no need for you to deal with https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html anytime soon.

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Your Mac Is No Longer Safe

Mac PCs have the reputations of being classy, sturdy, and generally safe against cybercriminals. Very little incidents relating to cybersecurity issues have been recorded over the years in comparison to the multitude of problems plaguing the majority of Windows users. Well, gone were the days when Mac users can sleep soundly at night without the lingering fear of some nasty digital bug corrupting their device leaving them unable to access their most precious of files. Well, it wasn’t as if they were invincible in the first place. It’s just that the population of Mac users is far too small than that of Window users that cyber hackers don’t just think it’s worth their efforts after all. So yeah, a reality check for all you Mac users out there but these crooks finally figured it out and realized there is money in it for them too so better exploit it now than miss out on all the fun.

The recent vulnerabilities discovered just strengthened everyone’s belief that all PC users are at risk of who knows what on the web. The problem is that the vulnerability discovered affects all chips powering these computers whether they are Windows or Mac PCs. So, imagine the disappointment among Mac users at the thought of having to deal with all these things after they have felt assured for years that Mac is relatively safe from most cyber attacks. Since the problem lies with the computer’s processor, all PCs don’t stand a chance and we’ve seen increasing incidents of both Windows and Mac PCs succumbing to Meltdown and Spectre.

Technology companies are working to protect their customers after researchers revealed that major security flaws affecting nearly every modern computer processor could allow hackers to steal stored data — including passwords and other sensitive information — on desktops, laptops, mobile phones and cloud networks around the globe.

The scramble to harden a broad array of devices comes after researchers found two significant vulnerabilities within modern computing hardware, one of which cannot be fully resolved as of yet. Experts say the disclosure of the critical flaws underscores the need to keep up with software updates and security patches and highlights the role independent research plays in prodding tech companies to minimize security weaknesses.

On Thursday, Apple confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected. 

(Via: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/04/tech-companies-work-to-patch-major-computer-vulnerabilities-meltdown-and-spectre/?utm_term=.482e3f57e205)

Not only are Mac PCs at risk but even their iPhone line can also be infected by this nasty digital bug that is causing widespread panic among tech makers and users. It is easier for cybercriminals now to remotely hack your device, including your Mac PC, by the use of malware. We are not new to malware and various types of this bug have been the cause of frustration of many a computer users. However, we are seeing it more proliferated now and in different forms that they’ve finally managed to come up with something that can affect both spectrum of computer users: the Window users and those loyalists to the Apple Mac line.

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are vulnerable to a major security flaw that leaves the devices open to hacking.

The “Meltdown” and “Spectre” bugs, which were disclosed earlier this week, impact every device running the company’s iOS and macOS operating systems, as well as the Apple TV, the tech giant revealed overnight.

It means Apple devices are potentially vulnerable to hackers using malicious software to steal sensitive data such as passwords or private photos.

It said the first of the two bugs, Meltdown, had been partially solved by software updates released in December and that it had seen no evidence of cybercriminals exploiting the flaw. Spectre, which affects the Arm microchips that the iPhone and iPad use, is more difficult to guard against.

(Via: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/05/iphones-ipads-mac-computers-affected-microchip-flaw-leaves-devices/)

It is high time Apple users face reality. They just need to level up the way they safeguard their device from potential hackers and to always be careful when browsing the web. Do not just easily open emails that look suspicious at first glance as they may introduce the bug to your system once opened. Simple things like this can go a long way when protecting yourself and your Mac PC from the dangers of cybercrimes. There is nothing we can do about this problem right now except to beef up our defences against these hackers since it can only be resolved until chip makers come up with an entirely new design of microprocessors that overcomes this existing vulnerability.

The rise in malware attacks has left thousands unable to access their data. It has caused an increase in the need for data recovery services as not everyone has the presence of mind to regularly back up their files. If you’re a Mac user and you’ve suddenly found yourself devoid of your data after your device succumbed to either Meltdown or Spectre, you’ll find this one useful https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/. At times when the attack is more widespread like with most ransomware attacks as of late that affect servers of big organizations and institutions, https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html may be your best bet to overcome this problem with the hopes of getting all your lost data back.

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Increasing Computer Literacy For The Young Ones

We all acknowledge this widely-accepted truth that the youth is the hope of our nation, of any nation actually. They are the ones who will soon lead the world and shape the future. And seeing how highly global and digital the world is fast becoming, it makes perfect sense to educate the kids to the ins and outs of the computing world so they don’t have a hard time digesting all these facts as they grow up. It’s not even challenging to do that anymore as you can see their genuine interest in these modern contrivances on their own. More often than not, these youngsters know their way on the web than their parents.

This is a great indicator of the changing world we live in. It is very different from the environment most adults today grew up in. And knowing that this is the direction we are all taking, everyone should take computer literacy seriously and integrate this to the education system so manipulating these devices feels like second nature to the youth and they have the knowledge and skills they need to survive in the coming years of digital boom.

Free hands-on, computer programming workshops are underway at the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista.

The series is called “Sensational Science Saturdays,” and is aimed at children in grades 5-8, although all ages are invited. All classes will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Power Vista Classroom and are limited to 15 participants. Students may participate in one class or the whole series.

3D Printing will be the topic Saturday, while Minecraft is the Jan. 27 class. The Feb. 3 class will focus on Robotics, and JavaScript is on the agenda Feb. 10. Micro Bits will be featured Feb. 17, which will round out Session One.

(Via: http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/20/students-can-engage-in-free-computer-workshops-at-power-vista/)

In different parts of the globe, institutions both private and public are taking initiatives in further educating the youth about digital technology. It is not that big of an issue now as devices are almost always available and the Internet is likewise accessible. Some are even conducted for free and targets some of the underprivileged children who have the potential and likewise show a genuine interest in learning more about tech advancements. With the popularity of the web and of social media, children are already exposed to technology at a young age and they often learn how to use it on their own but they still need formal education and practical application of technology in the real-life setting.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to broaden the access Bermuda’s young people have to the digital learning that will enhance their competitiveness as they progress through school and on to higher education.

“Their exposure to technology, computer science and computational thinking will be an invaluable tool, not only in our young people’s educational development, but in the ongoing development of Bermuda as an international business centre.

“As a company that depends on a sophisticated, multitalented workforce to achieve its mission, and that prefers to hire local talent, this investment in Bermuda’s future workforce and the Island’s overall competitiveness makes good sense for many reasons.

(Via: http://bernews.com/2018/01/hamilton-insurance-support-youth-digital-literacy/)

It is but a must to do this because computers already run the world today. In the next few years, we are expected to see more mind-blowing technologies to become our reality. We need the youth of today who are literally our future to have a good grasp of all these technologies because it will ultimately be their own reality. Children with the right set of skills are more globally-competitive and ready to face the modern challenges of our changing times.

Along with what they need to learn is the background knowledge regarding possible problems they may encounter and troubleshooting steps they can do on their own to solve their problem/s. Unfortunately, it may not always work to your liking and some problems may persist despite your gallant efforts in fixing it. Find out how to overcome this problem here https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/ and choose from the different data recovery tools https://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/ you may need and use when worst comes to worst. Hopefully, things will be better later on as digital awareness and computer literacy is at the forefront of 21st-century learning.

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Should You Be Worried About The Blue Screen Of Death?

Many of us love technology and it is easy to see why. It lets you do a lot of things all at the same time and it has essentially bridged gaps and distances and made the world one cohesive living space regardless of where you live in the world. Entertainment-wise, many tech gadgets are proving to be a hit to the majority and one gadget after the other has been selling like hot pancakes for over a decade. If you think about the amount of money you have spent on these tech gizmos, you probably have lost count by now. Middle-aged adults these days have likely gone through all the phases of mobile technology and have used big bulky handsets of the 90s to staples from Nokia until the modern delights of smart technology that we continue to enjoy until today.

While we love the comfort and convenience our smartphones offer us, we still can’t live without computers – as in actual computers. In reality, we are more dependent on it than ever as the world becomes more digital and invisibly connected. Most of our information is now in the form of data that are easily stored in various tech storage devices and is likewise shared with others through different online platforms. However, our joy is quickly replaced by stress and frustration once we encounter a tech difficulty especially if you have no prior tech knowledge. The blue screen of death is one of the dreaded problems of many computer users as it may mean you need to spend for a pricey service check or a replacement.

The causes for a BSOD are extremely numerous and can range from a faulty hardware component such as RAM or a hard drive to driver conflicts in older programs to major corruption to the operating system from malware, among dozens of other possibilities.

One of the reasons that resolving BSOD issues can be so complicated is that just about every computer on the planet has a unique combination of hardware, software and program settings.

Generally speaking, you should see some type of stop code that helps narrow down the problem. Microsoft has more than 350 stop codes that can come up on either a blue or black error screen.

(Via: https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/tech/2018/01/19/what-do-if-your-computer-crashes-dreaded-blue-screen-death/1038765001/)

Rest assured it is completely understandable if you worry about seeing this awful blue screen on your computer. Tech experts themselves admit that this is one of the most complex issues they encounter as it takes a while for them to get it fixed since different factors can cause this issue. We are actually now seeing a rising occurrence of  BSOD since Microsoft are dealing with more malware concerns that they tend to rush their patches in response to these cyber threats that inadvertently lead to BSOD.

We’ve seen a significant uptick in the number of computers being brought to us stuck in a BSOD loop and we suspect that in Microsoft’s rush to patch the recent Meltdown and Spectre flaws, their normal process of testing the update was compressed.

Microsoft is now pushing out the Fall Creators Update to all machines on a staggered basis automatically.

We do know that if your anti-virus program has not confirmed that it’s compatible with the Jan. 3 “flaw” update or if your computer has one of the AMD processors that has a known issue, Microsoft won’t offer you the update.

(Via: https://wtop.com/tech/2018/01/data-doctors-blue-screen-of-death-woes-how-to-get-back-up-and-running/)

We can’t be sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that Microsoft provided us with a list of stop codes to fix this blue screen since there are several hundred to choose from you literally have to try one stop code at a time to determine if it is the solution you are looking for. It does not help that today, a lot of anti-virus programs do not match with the current release of software updates and patches released by Microsoft. It is why you should always back up your data as your hard drive will likely be affected by this dreaded blue screen. You can’t always rely on your hard drive to safely store your data for safekeeping because any technical glitch can leave it rather useless.

Keeping yourself up-to-date of these issues can help you navigate your way through this modern digital world we live in. https://www.harddriverecovery.org/errors/disk_read_error.html can come in handy in case of a BSOD so you can save yourself from this https://www.harddriverecovery.org/repair-hard-drive.html but if necessary, do not hesitate to get your device checked by a professional rather than risk losing all your data because your device no longer works as it should be.

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Is An External Hard Drive A Must Buy For You?

Can you imagine the anguish you may feel when you suddenly realize that all your beloved files are gone and never to be seen again? Whether it is from your phone or your computer, the threat of losing data is always there especially if you are not cautious about using your device. You may accidentally delete photos from your gallery or empty your recycle bin only to find out that your life depends on a folder you deleted last week. It really is a major problem especially if you don’t make it a habit to back up your files or you did not have the common sense to buy a backup storage device that can save you out of tricky situations such as this. If you have files stored in another device, then you won’t be that stressed whenever your phone or PC experience tech issues because you know you have the same exact file that is still intact and safe from harm.

Well, if you have the means to buy one, having an external hard drive isn’t only nice to have but a must especially if you are someone who is fond of using the web or have lots of digital files that you need to be stored somewhere without having to constantly worry about it getting stolen or deleted for good. USB sticks are good enough although their storage capacity is far smaller than your usual hard drive, there are newer models that boasts of higher storage without costing as much as the traditional external hard drive sold in the market today. But if you have the cash, it makes perfect sense to invest in a superior quality storage device that can hold more data that can last you a long time.

While much of the world is moving toward cloud storage, a great external hard drive can still be an extremely helpful tool, especially if your internet connection is spotty or you simply want to move files around without having to rely on cloud storage.

Of course, there are a ton of external hard drives to choose from, and they’re not all equal. A lot of work and development has gone into building on storage technology over the last few years, and as such, they’ve gotten a lot better.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re in the market for a new portable hard drive. For starters, you’ll want to consider the type of hard drive you want.

(Via: http://uk.businessinsider.com/best-external-hard-drive)

Some of the factors you may want to look into when buying an external hard drive is storage amount, type of storage (HHD or SSD), operating system, and connection among others. You’ll have to know your preferences for these things first before even scouting the market for your external hard drive of choice. It will save you from headaches later on when you find out something about your device that you weren’t aware of or prepared for early on. But despite your hesitations, there is one thing that is clear, you need to get one if not for the peace of mind it can give you concerning your stored data that keeps on growing by the minute.

Using an external hard drive is an affordable way to back up data on your PC and keep it safe from system crashes and other potential problems. Here’s everything you need to know when looking to buy one.

Storing absolutely everything on your PC can be handy if you have space to accommodate it all, but even if you don’t slow your Windows installation down to a halt, you’ll be running the risk of losing everything stored on the PC if you do not backup. The easiest (and most affordable) way of backing things up on your PC and hosting media files on the go is an external hard drive. This can come in the form of a traditional mechanical Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a new Solid State Drive (SSD).

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/everything-you-need-know-buying-external-hard-drive)

Whether you are online or offline, you can effortlessly access your files from your external hard drive because you do not need an Internet connection to do it. It’s just there, stored exactly where you left it. Moreover, you only have to pay for the device itself one time and no more recurring fees for your data storage unlike when you use cloud-based storage services that charge you depending on how much data you save and store in it for the month. Personally, individuals aren’t thrilled at the thought of having to add something to their bill each month since it is such a financial burden but it is not the case if you go with a physical external hard drive that you only pay for once – upon purchase.

With an external hard drive, you lessen the stress you may experience once your device starts to malfunction because you know that the same data you have stored there is safely saved somewhere. But nevertheless, it helps to know about the following issues concerning hard drive use https://www.harddriverecovery.org/damaged-hard-drive.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html because while external hard drives may save you from a data emergency, it is still vulnerable to bugs or physical damage if you don’t take care of it properly.

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The Costly Business Of Data Recovery

The modern world we live in thrives on big data. We already lost track of the number of devices we use on our own, at home, or in public and we likewise access various online platforms for school, work, and recreation. Social media is so popular that it has become an extension of our personal lives. Not only that, we take so many pictures, videos, and all sorts of multimedia that we have files stored on our phones, computers, handy flash drives, or even up in the clouds. However, life is not always a bed of roses. Technical problems arise either by accident or over time. The issue now is now everyone has prior tech knowledge on how to deal with these problems and they may end up paying more than necessary for data recovery services in their desperate attempt to retrieve their lost files.

Data recovery services can be offered to individuals, groups, or organizations and it usually comes at a hefty price. However, it is a precaution everything is taking now with the rising prevalence of online bugs like malware that threatens to steal other people’s information and valuable data that is not always replaceable. It is why these services become more popular because there is a high demand for it and people are willing to shell out the cash as long as they don’t lose any more of their precious data. Big organizations even the ones running the cloud invest in reliable data recovery services because they understand the value of data both to them and their customers. As we all know, disasters can strike anywhere and anytime of the day both manmade and natural, so the least we can do is to be prepared for the time when it comes and to have a backup plan in place.

Backup, disaster recovery, and virtualisation management firm Veeam has announced the acquisition of N2WS, a Florida-based enterprise backup and disaster recovery firm focused on Amazon Web Services (AWS) workloads.

The all-cash deal, valued at $42.5 million, is expected to strengthen Veeam’s disaster recovery offering, combining Veeam’s existing capabilities in protecting virtual, physical, and cloud environments with N2WS’ AWS-specific data protection.

(Via: http://www.zdnet.com/article/veeam-invests-in-aws-disaster-recovery-with-42-5m-n2ws-acquisition/)

The digital game is robust and strong. If the rise of services like this is any indication that we all take data seriously, so is data recovery. It simply follows that we don’t want to lose the data we have created, taken, and have saved because of technical glitches or a lack of foresight on our part. If you are not careful enough, you may lose years’ worth of memories and have all your files gone in a snap. It is even more crucial now that most processes and services are web and cloud-based. Businesses and organizations must be cautious in securing their data or face costly consequences and the wrath of their customers, something that has happened quite often than we wanted to in the past years.

Veeam has struck a takeover deal to boost its cloud-centred enterprise availability for AWS workloads. Veeam shook hands on a $42.5m all-cash buyout of N2WS, an Iaas data protection firm specialising in disaster recovery solutions with Amazon cloud.

As part of the deal, N2WS will continue to exist as a standalone organisation with its main offices in Edinburgh, UK as well as premises in Florida, US and Haifa, Israel. Jason Judge will stay as CEO of the business and all teams are to stay intact. Cloud-native enterprise backup specialists at N2WS are poised to strengthen Veeam’s ability to protect AWS deployments for business.

Iaas is the fastest-growing cloud segment, with the market set to hit $88bn by 2022. Big hitter AWS leads the sector, standing astride 44.2{42c07f7f4ed3da5e2b17ff80184aca1c09c0d2cc98cfc328fb1b32a3f56d2786} of the market, according to the latest figures from Gartner. Companies across the board are demanding improved data protection guarantees to reduce costly downtime.

(Via: https://www.cbronline.com/news/veeam-aws-backup-data-recovery-software)

You can’t just ignore the risks anymore when you see malware attacks occurring in all parts of the globe more often now. No need to be surprised anymore of major investments like this since it is a must for everyone to protect their businesses especially that it involves working on people’s data 24/7. People will feel at ease working with these businesses if they feel that they can trust them with their personal details that it will be there when they need it and that unauthorized people won’t be able to access it without their permission.

If they do their job well, then they no longer have to worry about common complaints most tech users experience. Pricing for data recovery is here: https://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-pricing.html. Even smaller servers may experience data loss now and then especially when 3rd-parties try to bypass security measures they put in place and retrieve files they want to exploit and use for their own benefit.

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Computer Servers Make The World Go Round

When we were younger, we used to think that the world is such a big place. There are so many places to go to and sights to see. People’s language is not the same in different parts of the globe and that used to scare us from going out of our comfort zones. Yet that thought does not scare us anymore. While the world may still be big geographically and cultural and language differences are still as big of an obstacle as it was before, it has become somewhat closer and interconnected. What made it possible? Technology. The rapid rise and popularity of the Internet has bridged thousands of miles of distance and made a lot of things readily available in real-time regardless of the time zone.

What makes all these things happen then? We may talk about the Internet as if we know it like the back of our hands but in reality, what powers the web are countless computer servers that serve as the backbone of the World Wide Web that we know. The web itself and all the multitude of websites and pages populating this virtual platform are supported by PC servers that work nonstop in collecting/gathering, storing, and processing data and making sure everything is readily available when the need arises. What it is capable of doing right now is already mind-blowing but the upcoming innovations to it will definitely get you shook all the more.

A company’s technology stack functions much like an orchestra; many parts working together in harmony, but if one instrument is too slow or out of tune, the entire company runs less effectively. Concertio, previously known as DatArcs, serves as an AI-driven maestro that optimizes and orchestrates your software and hardware deployments. When deploying and maintaining your server, there are a myriad of options that can be configured and optimizing this architecture across your technology stack ensures that the show runs smoother.

AlleyWatch chatted with CEO and cofounder Tomer Morad to learn more about the company, the need its solving, and where it plans to go next.

(Via: http://www.alleywatch.com/2018/03/concertio-uses-ai-to-optimize-your-servers/)

The web and everything else connected to it can work effectively and efficiently if all parts are working perfectly or else your system will suffer alongside the overall user experience too. Users will experience connectivity issues or constantly get interrupted when accessing specific sites because the servers can’t meet user demands. With AI expected to hit the mainstream in a decade or so, servers are gradually upgraded and AI technology is integrated to optimize server features and performance. Only servers that are able to innovate and adapt to the rapidly progressing technology will make it big later on.

Does something need checking out in your data center? Before you send out a technician, why not send out a robot?

That’s the upshot of a newly published Amazon patent for mobile robots that are designed to respond to the report of a glitch, check out the computer server that may be having an issue, hook into it if necessary and gather data for a fix.

The system, described in an application that was filed back in 2014, even calls for having the machine use its robotic manipulator to pull out a suspect part and install a replacement if need be.

There’s no sign that Amazon Web Services already has robotic IT workers on the job, servicing the hundreds of thousands of computer servers it has in data centers around the globe. Plenty of patents never get implemented, and Amazon didn’t immediately respond to GeekWire’s emailed inquiry about its intentions.

(Via: https://www.geekwire.com/2018/service-computer-server-send-robots-amazon-patent-says/)

And seeing how many servers are needed right now to power the web and everyone else that is using it, it is common to see servers breaking down more often than we’d like it to be. To prevent this from happening, the idea of mobile robots being used to fix it first instead of technicians is something that Amazon entertains. These servers ought to work round-the-clock as people are constantly using the site for a variety of services and having them down can prove costly to the business. The robots can effortlessly do the job of periodic maintenance, something that humans have a hard time keeping up with. Some people may try to fight off innovation but perhaps they’re not that bad at all especially when done right.

In the case of smaller servers unlike the ones backing up Amazon, services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raidcenter/dell_poweredge_data_recovery.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raidcenter/hp-proliant-data-recovery.html can save it from breakdowns and help it get running back up again to keep the business going at more reasonable prices. We can’t stop technology from pushing forward, so the least we can do is ride the tide and embrace all these innovations while we are at it.

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Data Recovery Makes All The Difference

No matter how careful a person is, accidents still happen. You might miss something without knowing and it could prove to be a costly mishap on your part. However, making mistakes actually makes life more exciting as you learn more from the wrong things you’ve done than the ones you got right. These mistakes can be petty or life-changing depending on the circumstance. The same thing can be said to your computer whenever you make errors. Some can easily be thrown into the recycle bin or it can render your device useless leaving you unable to access your PC and important data stored in there. At times it is possible to salvage it through data recovery services but you still have to pay for it and it can be quite costly too.

But you can avoid all the troubles data loss or a malfunctioning device leaves you by being well-versed on the topic of data recovery. Knowing the basics definitely helps and when you are knowledgeable about these things, you won’t get scammed or charged for overpriced services, unlike the rest who are clueless how these things work. You have no choice but to hire an expert to do this since not everyone is handy with computers or have the prior know-how. If you dabble in DIY fixes, you may end up creating a bigger damage than what was previously, so better let the pros deal with the problem in the first place.

Prevention: The Best Medicine

“The single best practice for data recovery is to avoid it entirely,” Zimmerman said. “This means to put in place processes that back up and protect data from loss. Recovery is time consuming and can be expensive, so it’s best avoided at all costs.

“Avoiding this situation means having a proactive plan for data management. This includes a formal written plan that details the responsibilities of everyone in the organization. The document should detail what are the company’s data sources, where they reside, and how they should be stored, accessed, and shared. “

Cloud storage should be an integral part of this plan, because storage is generally inexpensive, secure and reliable, Zimmerman said. “No company should be caught without backups in place, especially for the most important data,” he said.

Despite the best laid plans, there’s still a chance for data loss, Zimmerman said.

(Via: http://www.eweek.com/storage/how-to-select-a-reliable-secure-data-recovery-firm)

While service is your number one priority, money is also an issue to the majority of computer users. Not all the time you have spare cash to pay for an unforeseen crisis like this one. Do your research first on data recovery pricing. This https://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html may be of help to give you an idea about common issues involving data recovery and how you can spare yourself from falling victim to certain disaster recovery service scams.

  1. Go With Reputation

Problems with hard drives or with portable memory cards and devices require expert assistance. Don’t go the DIY route, and avoid using free online software that promises results but may leave you with malware and frustration. A quality recovery firm will have a sterling reputation, be forthcoming with referrals and have many positive online reviews. It will have the right personnel and technology to open devices carefully and extract information safely.

  1. Check Industry Certifications

Industry certifications aren’t a guarantee of competency (that’s why you check referrals), but they do point to overall adherence to processes and best practices. Data-recovery workers should be able to highlight their certifications for secure handling of data and recovery. Certifications add another layer of trustworthiness, which is especially important if the provider is handling personal data, medical information or other sensitive data.

(Via: http://www.datacenterjournal.com/five-tips-picking-data-recovery-service/)

Having a backup plan in place is your best bet but not all the time you have the foresight to prepare for such a disaster since a lot of things can also go on with your life. These things are the reason why many people are caught off guard because it is time-consuming to make copies of your files and storing them in different places. Whether it be an internal error or an external intrusion, your excuses do not matter because in the end you lost your data and you can’t access your computer either. It’s a lose-lose situation for you unless you turn things around by paying for professional data recovery services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-pricing.html that can save you from your digital misery.

Choose who you work with. Make sure they have a clean and solid reputation aside from skilled staff to do the job the soonest time possible. Moreover, certifications also matter because it means these pros are aware of industry standards and meet them too. They should be able to get down to the root of the problem and not leave you hanging without overcharging you either. The bottom line here is that you get your data back at the minimum price so everyone is happy at the end of the day.

The blog article Data Recovery Makes All The Difference was initially published to Hard Drive Recovery Group Blog

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BTC Mining Servers Gone Missing

Bitcoin mining is not just a passing trend. It is probably the future. It’s true it has been around for quite some time but only in recent years has its popularity exponentially exploded. Suddenly, a large number of people are interested in alternative currencies or digital currencies like Bitcoins. One bitcoin can cost around $8,000-$10,000 today. It is really a luxurious investment if you had the foresight to invest in it early on. However, there is more to bitcoin mining than it being a lucrative means to earn a big amount of money fast. Mining bitcoins require a lot of computing power and strong computers to do the job 24/7. It is especially draining to any device, which is supercomputers are often used or computers with extensive servers because they are constantly required to solve endless mathematical questions to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Hence, the rise of malware attacks that either cripple devices and systems in exchange of payments in the form of bitcoins or the introduction of malwares into various devices in order to tap these devices for power and mine bitcoins without the owner realizing what is going on. Once the owner realizes what is happening, they won’t hesitate in going after services like https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html to get their lost data back and also get their computer fixed. This has been going on for quite some time but perhaps the demand for bitcoins and other alternative currencies still can’t be satisfied as recently hundreds of servers used to mine Bitcoin were stolen in Iceland. It is interesting to note that these servers that are already used to mine bitcoins will likely be used for the same reasons too by the thieves.

About 600 computer servers used to mine bitcoin were stolen in Iceland in a series of large-scale robberies in December and January, according to police.

The servers were taken from data centres in Reykjanesbær, near Reykjavik airport, and Borgarnes on Iceland’s west coast.

About 10 people have been brought in for questioning, and two Icelanders in their 20s and 30s are being held on suspicion of involvement in the thefts, a police spokesman for south-west Iceland told AFP on Wednesday.

He suggested the thefts could be linked to organised crime, saying: “Everything points in that direction.”

(Via: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/07/hundreds-of-bitcoin-mining-servers-stolen-in-iceland)

We are talking about servers here not just one computer. It takes a lot of planning in order to pull off this heist since servers are usually bulky and difficult to transport around. Moreover, we are dealing with servers that are already used in mining bitcoins. What are the odds for an ordinary thief to steal these serves if they do not already have prior knowledge about these things? It is one thing to get a server infected because you can easily just have it fixed with https://www.harddriverecovery.org/server-recovery/ but losing the actual device is also one thing.

The stolen equipment is believed by police to be a part of organised crime.

A spokesman said: “Everything points in that direction.”

About 10 people have been brought in for questioning over the missing servers and two Icelanders in their 20s and 30s have been arrested.

Police are now contacting internet service providers as well as electricians and storage units to ask them to contact the police is they experience a sudden spike in energy usage.

Since Bitcoin was first mined in 2009, the virtual money has seen its value surge and it reached an all time high of more than $17,000 (£12,000) in December 2017.

(Via: https://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/928742/bitcoin-latest-news-cryptocurrency-mining-computers-stolen-iceland)

To say that these servers are expensive pieces of equipment is also an understatement because you do not just use ordinary computers and servers in running a bitcoin mining business. And since it is common knowledge that bitcoins can be mined more easily when the servers are placed in cooler places like Iceland, most bitcoin miners have properly relocated to such countries to take advantage of the cool weather that supports optimal bitcoin mining, so everyone’s happy. Iceland, for instance, is the number one choice for alt miners and you can find countless data centers and blockchain technologies located there. People are perhaps taking advantage of the situation while bitcoin is still hot and profitable because this is a volatile currency whose value can suddenly plummet without warning.

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Mac Users Are No Longer Safe

Not everyone can afford a Mac computer. It is a status symbol that speaks of wealth, class, and affluence. More often than not, only people from the higher echelons of society uses Mac computers since the very first time Apple released their own set of computers. And for the longest time, Mac users have felt secured thinking that their device is almost virtually safe from hackers and other virtual attacks that most Window users have to deal with far often than they want it to be. But it is proving to be such a big lie today as we continue to see one malware attack to the other directed at Apple computers. The premise here is this, hackers saw how big of a market the Windows PCs are and exploited it to their heart’s content. It was easy money for them and they can also target more victims at once.

However, they haven’t forgotten about Macs. It’s just that the Windows market is bigger, more vulnerable, and easier to access. Macs aren’t immune to outside attacks and we are seeing it now. It has actually been going on for years although not as widespread as malwares directed at Windows computers. And now, the statistics have spoken. Cybercriminals are releasing more malwares that target Mac PCs. These attacks won’t just damage the hardware your Mac is built of but even endanger privately stored data into leaking and get in the hands of the wrong people. When such a thing happens, you better come prepared by knowing the basics about data recovery and related services such as https://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/.

Apple used to boast that its Mac computers were a virus-free utopia, but that was before hackers and criminals decided to focus their efforts on the operating system. Now, your Mac is just as vulnerable to viruses as any Windows PC, and a new report reveals that hackers can get access to your computer through an entryway that you might think would be better protected: the Mac App Store.

According to software developer and privacy expert Felix Krause, third-party apps can spy on everything you’re doing on your Mac, even if they’re running in the background. 

(Via: https://lifehacker.com/how-mac-apps-can-spy-on-your-computer-1822928525)

It is inevitable for you to lose important files or even be unable to access your own computer like in the case of a ransomware attack where your device is encrypted and the hacker gains remote access to your device locking you out. It is no longer just simple phishing or the likes. Last year alone hundred thousands of devices were affected by ransomware even that belonging to hospitals and other public institutions causing global panic and hysteria. These attacks have grown alongside the growth in Mac users as well as if knowing by instinct that they have more people to victimize. We now face the harsh truth that using a Mac isn’t an assurance that you will be safe from such attacks.

Malwarebytes has released figures that show that in the year 2017 alone, Mac threats increased more than 270 per cent, while malware targeting Mac operating systems more than doubled from 2016 to 2017.

In a supporting blogpost, the company highlighted four case studies from 2018 that demonstrated a ‘similar pace of malware development’. The first, OSX.MaMi, changes DNS settings on infected Mac computers, and also installs a new trusted root certificate in the keychain. “By redirecting the computer’s DNS lookups to a malicious server, the hackers behind this malware could direct traffic to legitimate sites, such as bank sites, Amazon, and Apple’s iCloud/Apple ID services, to malicious phishing sites. The addition of a new certificate could be used to perform a “man-in-the-middle” attack, making these phishing sites appear to be legitimate”, said the researchers.

(Via: https://www.scmagazineuk.com/mac-malware-rockets-270-percent–users-warned-safe-perception-is-wrong/article/750725/)

There is even such a thing as a developer featuring taking advantage of a Mac app being able to take screenshots of your PC without you knowing. It works quietly in the background and you are essentially clueless that your safety has already been sacrificed. Through this, cybercriminals can steal your most precious data and either steal from you or worse, take on your identity. This is just one of the many cybersecurity issues Mac PC users now faces. Apple should take this cue and beef up their security measures to counter these attacks or scare away their loyal Mac fanbase from continuously using their devices.

However, understand that these things happen on a wider scale, so don’t just go and complain to Apple if you happen to fall victim to a Mac malware attack. Even big servers are targeted too and they have to face the music and work on getting their data back with services like this: https://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html. Everyone is at risk. That’s the bottom line, so take extra precautions in protecting your device and security when using your Mac computer, for instance. That’s the least you can do if you don’t want to go through all the costly and time-consuming hassles of getting your device fixed and salvaging your lost data back.

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