Smashing Security podcast #123: Backups – a necessary evil?

With Graham incapacitated, we drag an episode out from the archives. In this special “splinter” episode of the “Smashing Security” podcast from September 2017 we tackle the tricky subject of backups – when did you last backup your data? how and what should you backup? and where should you store them?

Lots of questions and Graham gets to do his Tina Turner impression.

All this and more is discussed in this edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Myspace has lost all the music users uploaded between 2003 and 2015

You cannot trust the likes of Myspace to look after your data securely. Use internet services to archive your content if you wish, but you’d be wise to have your own backup too.

VFEmail suffers ‘catastrophic’ attack, as hacker wipes email service’s primary and backup data

There will be many angry customers of VFEmail who will be distraught at the thought that years’ worth of irreplaceable personal and business correspondence may have been wiped out. It’s understandable that some might turn their fury towards VFEmail.

But VFEmail is a victim too.

Smashing Security podcast #043: Backups – a necessary evil?

When did you last backup your data? How and what should you backup? And where should you store them?

All is revealed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Maria Vamarzis.

Buggy backups! Unplug your WD My Cloud until these flaws are fixed

Consumers who use a Western Digital My Cloud for data backups should unplug their units for the time being due to a series of unpatched vulnerabilities.

David Bisson reports.

How to create a robust data backup plan (and make sure it works)

With ransomware running amok, backups have never been more important.

David Bisson describes a strategy for safely backing up your data, and testing that your backup works.

From the ‘everybody should have an off-site backup’ department…

The Internet Archive, which stores copies of billions of webpages, is planning to backup its data to Canada… just in case.

I love how San Francisco’s metro system responded to its ransomware attacker

Backups make sense. Sensible people make backups.

Check out my latest video.

iOS 10.2 will make your local iPhone backup much much harder to crack

In late September, when Apple released iOS 10, it also took a dramatic step back in at least one aspect of iPhone and iPad security.

Now it’s trying to make things 1000 times better.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Upgrading to iOS 10 may have made your backups a lot faster to crack

Password cracking a local iTunes backup is now 2,500 faster than with iOS 9, claims Russian firm.

Online backup firm Carbonite tells users to change their passwords now

Carbonite is the latest firm to have issued a warning that hackers are attempting to break into its customers’ accounts, and are prompting all users to change their passwords as a result.

The new economics of data protection in a world of ransomware

In pure economic terms, the authors of the 7ev3n ransomware may have overpriced their product. Backups will cost you less than falling victim to an attack.

Bob Covello reports.

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks is out. It’s free. And I’m not installing it

Call me “chicken” if you like, but I’m not rushing to install Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which was just released by Apple.

Because, like any major software upgrade, there are bound to be problems…

German ministry replaced brand new PCs infected with Conficker worm, rather than disinfect them

After computers in Germany became infected with the notorious Conficker worm, 170 of them were disposed of and replaced with new equipment at the taxpayers’ expense.

Wouldn’t it have been easier (and cheaper) to have wiped the drives and restored from…

Backups are good – but don’t forget to check your backups work [VIDEO]

The “Toy Story 2” movie was nearly lost forever because of failing backup software.

Watch the video to find out the story, and how the classic animated movie was recovered.