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Backups… Again

Backups… Again

It’s time for me to preach about backups again… Again! Please backup your data by any means. Yet another customer has come to me crying after their hard drive crashed.  20 years worth of family pictures are gone.  The drive is too far gone, even for a data recovery specialist.  This could have easily and […]

Why you need a Disaster Recovery Plan

Why you need a Disaster Recovery Plan

This has been a trying time recently for those of us down here in Texas, especially those on Texas’ Eastern coast. Hurricane Harvey wreaked its havoc, pummeling the coast with wind and rain. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the anyone affected by the storm. Many found themselves without a home and some are […]

Backups

Backups

I have written several blogs on the importance of backups of your data.  I recently completed an audit for systems and servers that we backup.  The two major issues I found were first, backups failing due to software problems and second, backups running but not backing up the correct data.  Between viruses and hardware failure, […]

Cloud Backups

Cloud Backups

We talk quite a bit about backups here at Frankenstein.  Without proper backups, when disaster hits your precious data is lost forever.  Whether that disaster takes the form of catastrophic hardware failure, natural disaster or a serious infection like ransomware, the only way to safeguard against it is to back-up properly. Not only your files […]

Cryptowall

Trojan.Cryptowall is a Trojan horse that encrypts files on the compromised computer. It then asks the user to pay to have the files decrypted. The Trojan is mainly distributed through spam campaigns, compromised websites, malicious ads, or other malware. Several of our big clients have recently been infected with the Cryptowall viruses. This is a […]

Battery backups – not just for your computer….

Years ago, I lost a computer to an power outage; since then, I have always used a UPS battery backup for all my desktop computers.  But then, I realized I spend as much money (OK, way more) on my HD television, Playstation, Xbox, and other electronics.  We all spend a ton of money on our […]

Welcome Comodo Dragon!

Can you imagine a browser that helps you stay safe and secure …. One that provides unsurpassed speed and has a friendly user interface …. Freeware that has customized plugins and add-ons … With no more crashes or frozen screens…… Welcome Comodo Dragon! Comodo Dragon is a freeware web browser based on Chromium, the open-source […]

Is my computer hardware failing?

We all wonder how long our computer equipment will last, and the truth is… it’s already starting to fail. All hardware is going to fail at some point in time, whether by factory defects, random failures, or parts wearing out. Sure, I have a laptop that is over 10 years old and is still running, […]

What is CryptoWall?

CryptoWall is a file-encrypting ransomware program, released this past April,that targets all versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This program is very similar to the CryptoDefense ransomware, in that CryptoWall’s decryption service is almost identical to the one for CryptoDefense. When you are first infected with CryptoWall, it […]

Backing Up Your Business

With so many threats to business data, from inside technical problems to outside environmental scares, there is no reason that every business should not have up-to-date, reliable back-ups. There are options to fit different needs and styles, and different levels of automation. Backups typically come in two forms; on-site and online. With on-site backups, there […]