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Thanks for another interesting article & food for thought. But, my rant is not so much about that Kaspersky AV is Russian, or possibly in bed with t...
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I'm not sure ANY Anti-Virus software today will . protect anybody against aggressive virii. AV software best protects us against virus attacks from th...
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OpenSource (a real "FREEBIE"] password-manager program called KeePass had the following at their masthead (2006/10/16): "Is it really free? >> Yes, K...
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@Carol Shin Get your head out of the sand. There is plenty evidence of Russian meddling; it's been going on for years. Yes, the U.S. is just about as ...
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Pretty sad to see so many comments here proving that propaganda works. So even the 'smart' ones... the DP types - fall for it. Have you seen ANY EVID...
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Backup Articles

 

[NEW] Google Backup & Sync

Google Drive just got a lot more useful and user-friendly, with the introduction of an app called Google Backup & Sync. It combines features of the Google Drive and Google photos apps, and adds some finer controls over what is saved to the cloud and when. Let’s see how it works...

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Why Backup? Here Are 9 Good Reasons

It's a great question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've never experienced any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of NINE reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions I've received about backups...

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Yes, You Need Image Backups (and here's how)

Did you know that online backup services like Mozy or Carbonite don't backup ALL your files? If your backup strategy only covers what you've got stashed in your Documents folder, you could be in for a rude awakening if a data disaster strikes. It's the same with manual, haphazard "pick and choose" local backups you make on a flash drive or external hard drive. Here's what you need to know about system image backups...

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What's YOUR Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...)

I want to say THANKS again to all those who have sent comments and questions about backups. I'm really excited about the launch of my new ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About BACKUPS' and since I mentioned it last week, lots of you have been asking how and when you can get it. I'll answer that question in today's issue, but I also want to share some Backup Success Stories and talk to you about my Personal Backup Strategy. Read on!

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Should You Backup Everything?

All I can say is THANKS... and Wow! Since my Tuesday post laying out 9 Good Reasons for Backups, I have received so much positive feedback about my upcoming ebook 'Everything You Need to Know About Backups'. Since we've covered the WHY, today I'm going to talk about WHAT you need to back up. (Do YOU have all the bases covered?) Read on...

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Why Backup? 9 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

It's a good question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've never experienced any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of NINE reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions submitted by those who took my survey on backups...

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Should You Backup Your Google Data?

If, like many people, you use Google’s panoply of services heavily, you may wonder if data stored on Google’s servers needs to be backed up elsewhere, just as data stored on your local drives should be. Nobody expects to lose their data, but stuff happens. Let's take a look at some of the best Google backup solutions out there...

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iDrive Universal Backup

iDrive is one of the oldest online backup and storage services, tracing its roots back to 1995 when it was known as iBackup.com. But that doesn’t mean the service is outdated. On the contrary, iDrive continually refines its features and offers at least one that no competitor has, to my knowledge. Read on to learn more about the online backup that I use and recommend...

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Cloud Storage: Is it Secure?

Are you using cloud-based services like online backup, webmail and document sharing? Most people don't know much about the safety and security of cloud computing. Are your files and sensitive data safe and secure in the cloud, or are they vulnerable to hackers and other threats? Here's the scoop on cloud storage security...

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Will Your Files Last a Thousand Years?

Would you be surprised to learn that standard CD and DVD discs have an expected lifespan of just 3 to 5 years? If your precious memories are backed up on optical discs, you might want to go looking for a medium that will protect your documents and photos a bit longer. How about a solution that promises 1000 years? Read on...

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Windows 8 File History

If you've used the Time Machine feature on a Mac (or had to listen to a Mac owner brag about it), and wished there was something similar for Windows, here's good news. File History is a cool feature in Windows 8, that can save your bacon by automatically making multiple backup copies of your important files. You should know how it works, even if you haven't moved to Windows 8. Here's the scoop...

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Free Online Backup and Software Options

Did you know... March 31 is World Backup Day? You know you need to backup your computer, but who has a lot of money to spend on getting it done? Here's some good news -- I've got some FREE options for online backup, and free backup software that you can start using today. Read on to learn more about backup options now...

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Demystifying the Backup

The apparently simple task of backing up one’s data is not so simple when you start reading advertisements and reviews of backup software. “It does full, partial, and incremental backups; mirrors and clones disk drives…” Let's take these terms and explain them all in plain English...

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Ten Free Cloud Backup Services

All of the best-known cloud backup and storage services give you a free taste of a few gigabytes, but most users want more and that can cost money. However, there are a few lesser-known cloud storage services that offer very generous or even unlimited space, subject to a few rules. Read on to learn how you can get over a terabyte of free online storage that you can access without ever whipping out your credit card...

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Back Up Your Social Media and Webmail

Stop and think about your social media and webmail accounts. How important to you are all the conversations you have had, all the photos you have saved, all the contacts, friends and followers you have made? If the answer is 'pretty important' or better, you need to back up that data just as much as the data on your local hard drive. Here's how...

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Online Backup or Local: Which is Best?

When it comes to backups, you have two fundamental choices: local or online backup. Local means making backup copies on removable or external media that you keep nearby. With online backup, you're transferring your files over the Internet to a remote server. Here are the pros and cons for online backup, local backups, and two things you MUST back up, in addition to your hard drive...

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Free Tools: Recover Deleted Files

There is almost nothing worse than losing important files when you experience a finger fumble, brain freeze, or computer crash. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free...

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HOWTO: Clone Your Hard Drive

To clone a hard drive means to make an exact copy of it. This is more than simply backing up data files; even hidden, protected operating system files are copied in a clone operation, and the exact position of every file on the original drive is preserved. Hard drive cloning (also called imaging) is useful for backup, disaster recovery, and other applications. Read on to learn more...

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Five Easy Backup Drives

A reader asks: 'I am so confused about backups. Do I need to back up everything on my hard drive, or just certain user files? Backup software is complicated and I don't understand all the tech terms that are tossed around. Isn't there a backup device that just plugs in and does the job automatically?' Well, yes, actually! Here are five external hard drives that are easy to use...

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Secure Backup: Solves TWO Problems

A backup copy of your data is not insurance against viruses and other malware infections, if the backup copy is also infected. The obvious solution is to scan and clean your files before they get backed up. Now, a popular Internet security developer makes that easy, and throws in cloud storage as well. Here's what you need to know...

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Backup for Smartphones

I have an iPhone and my wife uses a Samsung Galaxy Android phone. We're both a little nervous about losing all the data we store on our mobile phones, such as contacts, messages, and apps. Can you recommend any good backup utilities for smartphones?

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BACKUP: Carbonite, Mozy, or Crashplan?

Online backup services are becoming quite popular, but it can be daunting to sort through all of the options. Can you get by with a free backup option? How much backup storage do you need? And are there any gotchas if you exceed your storage allotment? Read on to learn more about three popular cloud backup services...

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How to Backup iTunes

If you've spent years (and your hard earned cash) building your iTunes library, it makes good sense to ensure that it's safely backed up. There are several ways to make backups of your iTunes library. Unfortunately, some are incomplete or cumbersome. It’s important to understand the differences in order to choose a backup method that’s right for you. Here's what you need to know about backing up your iTunes music, movie and audiobook collection...

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Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

There is almost nothing worse than losing important files when you experience a finger fumble, brain freeze, or computer crash. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free...

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Save Your Bacon With Acronis True Image Backup

One of the most important tips I can offer any computer user is this... sooner or later, something terrible will happen to your hard drive. But if you have a backup, there's really nothing to worry about. For years, I've used Acronis True Image to backup and restore my own hard drive. Here's my review of the latest version, and some alternatives you should know about...

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Carbonite, Mozy, or Crashplan?

Online backup services are becoming quite popular, but it can be daunting to sort through all of the options. Can you get by with a free backup option? How much backup storage do you need? And are there any gotchas if you exceed your storage allotment? Read on to learn more about three popular cloud backup services...

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Backup Your Text Messages

How many text messages are stored in your phone? Which ones are important enough to keep? What if some are deleted accidentally, or you lost your phone? You never know, so it's a good idea to backup your text messages. But how? Here are some text message backup solutions for Android and iPhone smartphones...

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Free Online Backup With CrashPlan

In the crowded field of online backup services, Crashplan is often overlooked. Crashplan is a bit cheaper than most of its competitors, and it has a couple of unique features that make it worth a look. You can even use Crashplan to do unlimited online backups for free. Here's how it works, and what you need to know…

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Backup Your Device Drivers?

Is it necessary to backup my device drivers? I do backups for my important documents and photos, but I've never been convinced of the need to do a full hard drive backup. I can always re-install Windows if my hard drive fails. But I read recently that it can be very difficult to find all the correct drivers after doing so. Is this true, and if so, how do I backup my device drivers?

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Carbonite Versus Mozy

Which online backup service is best? I'm convinced that I need to back up my hard drive, but not sure which backup service to use. Have you done a comparison of pricing and features for both Mozy and Carbonite? If so, do you have any recommendations?

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Should You Backup Or Sync?

What's the difference between backing up my files and syncing? If I sync files from my desktop computer to a laptop or website, isn't that basically the same as a backup? I'd like to know if there are benefits to one approach or the other...

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Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Microsoft has a long history of bundling really bad backup software with its Windows operating system. That's why many people are pleasantly surprised to learn that Windows 7 Backup and Restore is actually pretty good. Here's how it works...

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How I Got Hacked... And Why You MUST Have a Backup!

Last week I heard from a friend who thought she might have been infected by a virus. When she visited her own website, it was redirecting her to another web address. It sounded like a simple Javascript redirect, so I assumed it would be safe to visit her site and see where the problem was. Turns out that was a BIG mistake! Find out what happened to my computer, and how I finally managed to recover from the damage...

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Hard Drives Are Not Forever

Yesterday during startup I got an error that said 'Drive Seek Failure' but then it seemed to start up okay. Now I'm worried that my hard drive may be failing. What do you recommend for backing up my files?

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How Do I Backup My Gmail?

I've been using Gmail for over a year, and it works great. But I'm a little nervous that there's no obvious way to backup my contacts and email messages, just in case. Is there a solution you can recommend?

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Free Online Photo Storage and Backup

Digital photos, like all important files, need to be backed up regularly. But rather than hide your photos away in an online vault, why not share them with friends and family? A host of online photo storage and backup services double as photo sharing tools. Here are some tips for storing and sharing your photos online...

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How to Backup, Sync and Share Your Bookmarks

I have several computers, a smartphone and various web browsers running on them. I'm tired of trying to keep my bookmarks in sync. So I'm wondering if there is a way to backup my bookmarks to a central location, and then have each device pull from there. What do you recommend?

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DiskInternals Data Recovery Software

I accidentally deleted two folders that contained some very important files. I tried one of those free undelete programs, but it didn't find my files. Can you recommend a more powerful recovery tool? I'm willing to spend a few bucks if it really works.

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Backing Up Multiple Computers

I have three computers in my house, and only one external hard drive. How can I create backups for all three computers, and still keep the data separate? I've thought about using an online backup service, but the amount of data I have would make it difficult. What do you recommend for a multiple computer backup solution?

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How To Backup Thunderbird

I've been using Thunderbird for my email program almost a year, and it's a big improvement over Outlook Express. But now that I've got all these emails, contacts, custom filters and settings, how do I back it up, just in case?

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Recovering Data From Online Backup

Online backup services, such as Mozy and Carbonite, may seem like the perfect solution to your data backup needs. But online backup has limitations that may not be apparent until it's time to restore your data. Here are some things to consider about online backup and restore services...

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Should I Backup ALL of My files?

Every so often I backup my documents to a CD, but I worry about losing my programs and carefully tweaked system settings, in the event of a hard drive crash. Should I backup my entire hard drive, or is it sufficient to keep copies of just certain important files?

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Online Backup or Local Backup?

When it comes to making backup copies of data, you have two fundamental choices: local or online data backup. Local means at your desktop, making backup copies on removable or external media that you keep nearby. Online backup involves transferring your files over the Internet to a remote server, which might be on the other side of the planet. Here are the pros and cons to online backup versus local backup...

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Online Free Storage

Online free storage is one of the greatest innovations to arise from the Internet. There's no need to buy a bigger hard drive or burn stacks of CDs; just upload your photos, videos, documents, and other files to someone else's storage space for free! Here's the scoop on free online storage...

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Backup Storage Devices

Having learned (perhaps the hard way) that backing up your data is a vital chore that must be done regularly, you may be looking for the best backup storage device. Here are some tips to help you find the right choice for your needs...

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Are Online Backup Services Safe?

The recent hack of Google by Chinese espionage agencies has raised concerns about the security and safety of online backup services. Is the protection provided by Mozy, Carbonite and other popular backup services enough to keep your files safe from prying eyes?

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Backup Software

Do I really need backup software? Hard drives are so much more reliable now than years ago, so a good drive should last longer than the useful lifespan of a computer. Right?

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Free DVD Burning Software

I want to create a backup of my photos and home videos, but I have several gigabytes of data, so I want to put it all on DVD discs. Can you recommend any free DVD burning software?

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External Hard Drive For Backups

I'm planning to buy an external hard drive to use for backups. What hardware and software do you recommend for reliable and simple backups?

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Backup Your Mobile Phone

Recently I lost my phone, and along with it, all my contacts, music, text messages and apps. It's been expensive and time consuming to reconstruct everything, so I'm looking for a way to back up all the data on my cell phone. What do you recommend?

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Is Cloud Storage Safe?

I'm using cloud-based services like online backup, web-based email and document sharing. But I really don't know much about the safety and security of cloud computing. How vulnerable am I?

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Which Online Backup Service Is Best?

If you listen to talk radio, you've probably heard online backup services like Carbonite, Mozy and iDrive advertising incessantly. Let's take a look at each of them, to see what they offer...

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Free Online Storage

I'm running out of storage space on my hard drive. On a tight budget, I'm considering using a free online storage tool to offload some files. But which ones do you recommend?

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Automatic Backups

My hard drive failed last week, and my latest backup was a year old. So I lost pretty much ALL of my important files. Can you recommend an AUTOMATIC backup that just works?

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What is a Terabyte?

I just saw an ad for a Terabyte hard drive. What exactly is a terabyte?

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Backup Outlook Express

How can I backup my Outlook Express emails and address book? I tried the Export function but that doesn't work. I can't even drag and drop from the Inbox folder to a diskette or CDROM. Help!

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