Test Your Restores

This mornings paper had an article about a website owner who's server was taken over by hackers. In the process the server contents and database were ; The unfortunate thing was the backups the owner thought were working failed during the ; So in addition to having to deal with the hassle of having websites down and rebuilding, the website owner now has to pay thousands to a data recovery company with no guarantee that…
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Hotmail Outage and Some Lessons

As already reported quite a bit in the tech press, a number of users of Microsoft’s Hotmail service have discovered that all their stored messages are now gone. Usually storing your email in the clouds seems like the best solution instead of trying to manage it ; As we have seen however, having data in the cloud does not always guarantee it’s safety. Like backing up other types of data it is best to have…
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Xmarks Survives

In a previous post I said that Xmarks; an excellent bookmark backup and sync service was in danger of being shut down. Recently the company announced that they have been purchased by LastPass a online password manager service. This seems to be a good fit for both companies and will ensure that users will still keep the ability to synchronize and backup bookmarks across browsers.
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Offsite Backup Example #1

Here’s a perfect example on why you need to get your data offsite. Francis Ford Coppola, yes the same one who brought us “The Godfather”, several years ago had a burglary in his house in which his laptop and his onsite backup were stolen. Items lost included a script for a movie he was currently working on as well as family photos and other irreplaceable files. This shows a excellent reason why you should be…
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