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The Sky Is Falling!

TweetWith a nod to Chicken Little… Massive Ransomware Outbreak! By now I’m willing to bet good money you’ve all seen the various news articles telling you to bend over and kiss your ass goodbye if your computer is connected to the Internet today. In point of fact, the ransomware issue is getting worse by the Continue Reading

iCloud and iCloud Drive Problems Solved

TweetIf you are an iPhone user… Your life is probably more complicated than it used to be, And iCloud is to blame. Let’s start by asking some basic questions first: Do you find yourself emailing photos from your phone to your email account just to get the photos on your computer? Are you frustrated trying Continue Reading

Ransomware Attacks Apple Platform

TweetRamsomware!  What the hell is that? For the last few years, the worst-case scenario for computer “infections” has been Ransomware. Ransomware (CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense) is malware delivering a payload that encrypts Every.Single.File. on your computer.  Once infected, you will NOT be able to open any photos or documents after the infection has fully deployed.  The Continue Reading

Why You Should Avoid Seagate Hard Drives

TweetSince 2003 or so I have owned and operated my own data recovery (and computer forensics) business.  As I have been telling people this entire time, when it comes to hard drives with catastrophic failure, I see more Seagates than any other brand.  Period. That continues to be true today. Just this week it was Continue Reading

Happy New Year from DFWCI

TweetWell folks, it’s the end of another year and the beginning of a new one.  It is very popular to set up New Year’s Resolutions in an effort to correct what the individual perceives to be negative behavior.  While I have never been a big fan of postponing positive change until the beginning of the Continue Reading

Win 10 Upgrade = Total Data Loss

TweetAs you all may know by now, I try to make a point of documenting avoidable disasters as an educational tool.  Today’s complete clusterf*ck comes courtesy of Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade process and was further enhanced by Microsoft “Support” (if you want to call it that).  If you don’t want your data to go up Continue Reading

DFWCI Partners with AVG

TweetFebruary 10, 2015 PRESS RELEASE DFW Computer Investigations Partners with AVG For many years, DFWCI has recommended AVG products for virus / malware removal and protection. In an effort to offer a more convenient and thorough computer security solution, DFWCI has recently partenered with AVG to provide their suite of CloudCare products. The CloudCare suite includes Continue Reading

You do have an off-site backup, right?

TweetYou do have an off-site backup, right? A local external hard drive backup is a very good idea, but only if you take it off-site weekly and swap it out with another drive so that your most recent backup is somewhere else. Why? Because disasters happen every day where both your computer and backup drive Continue Reading

Beware of Dell RAID Workstations

TweetRAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives).  It’s supposed to be a Good Thing, right?  Sometimes yes and sometimes no.  There are several kinds of RAID, from Raid 0 through 5 or more.  You can have a RAID that stores exactly the same thing on both drives (a Mirror) – which is slower, but fully redundant Continue Reading