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Encryption – What Would it Take to Crack It?

Due to the recent rise in ransomware attacks, encryption has become an important issue.  The history of the encoding information began about 4,000 years ago.  Egyptian scribes used special hieroglyphs to encode grail inscriptions.  News – be it war or simple love letters – were written in such a way that an unintended reader could not grasp the meaning. One of the simplest methods is moving characters in the ABC …Read More

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

2016 was the year of blackmail ransomware.  Data is encrypted by smuggling malicious programs into the infected system and making them useless.  Only after payment of “ransom” money the data is usable again. This kind of blackmail is not new.  Back in 1989, the Trojan “AIDS.exe” was able to hide files and by this way making them unusable.  However, the program changed only the file names while the contents remained …Read More

Storage Trends and Predictions for 2017

Storage Trends and Predictions for 2017 Working for the leading global data recovery company, Kroll Ontrack specialists see a variety of storage devices and technologies come and go over the years when they fail to function and data loss occurs.  As older storage technologies make way for newer technologies – and since no medium or technology is failure-proof, one day it will come into one of our several data recovery …Read More

10 Ways to Improve Smartphone Performance

We know all too well that our smartphones aren’t indestructible.  During the life cycle of a phone, there are undoubtedly going to be issues such as deteriorating battery life and slow performance brought down by many different factors. As such, there really isn’t much we can do to prevent our smartphones from giving up on us at some point, as both electronic and physical parts will start to fail over time …Read More

Secure Data Erasure Management with Hosted Erase

Revelations of data leaks are now part of the daily business news.  Whether large Internet providers or telecommunications companies or the customer database of a global player are affected – the statistics show alarming figures regarding the frequency and success of cyber attacks and attacks on sensitive information from illegal data collectors.  This increases the pressure on large corporations and companies that are obligated to protect and prevent their electronic …Read More

It’s Time to Rethink Tape Storage

Keeping data “just in case” is no longer an option The death of tape as a corporate storage medium has been greatly exaggerated.  The vast majority of organizations still use tape storage to back up data either onsite or off-site.  As the volume of data continues to rise exponentially, off-site tape capacity is only expected to increase significantly. Historically, the low cost of tape storage has only encouraged organizations to …Read More

Newly Implemented Technologies in Windows Server 2016: Better for Data recovery or Not? (Part 2)

In the first part of this article, we explained the benefits and challenges concerning the new file system, ReFS v3, intended for storage use in Windows Server 2016.  We now want to focus on another technology which has a deep impact on data recovery in case of loss – Storage Spaces and Storage Spaces Direct. Storage Spaces Direct: Microsoft´s answer to VMWare vSAN making data recovery even more complex Storage …Read More

Newly Implemented Technologies in Windows Server 2016: Better for Data recovery or Not? (Part 1)

Microsoft released its final Windows Server 2016 version a few weeks ago.  It comes in three editions  – Windows Server 2016 Standard, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, and Windows Server 2016 Essentials.  Additionally, two Windows Storage Server 2016 Editions – Workgroup and Standard – were also released.  Those editions are bundled with manufacturer hardware only.  Microsoft claims it to be the basis for the future and many experts say that it …Read More

Who you gonna call? Myth busters!

Beware! Home remedies can sometimes go wrong and make data loss even worse… or actually make no difference in trying to get the data back. Not knowing how to distinguish between what’s true and myth when it comes to data recovery could potentially risk your data even further. Test your knowledge as we dispel the most popular data recovery myths. Let’s tackle some of these myths and set a few …Read More