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Locky Ransomware Emailed to 23 Million Users

TweetRansomware is not new, as anyone with a reliable electrical supply knows by now.  Variants are many.  Results are the same.  Ransomware encrypts every data file on your computer, rendering them unusable until you pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals who infected your computer.     The delivery mechanisms are very simply: Infected 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

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

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

IOS 9 Upgrade Nightmares and iPhone Hack Alert

TweetJust Avoid IOS 9 Until Apple Releases a .rev Last week Apple turned their latest IOS update loose on an unsuspecting public with some disastrous results.  IOS 9 has caused a massive headache for many users who have decided to take Apple’s advice and update their devices.  As of 4 PM last Thursday, roughly 16% Continue Reading

LightScribe Drive Warning

TweetSomething we’ve recently discovered with more computers outfitted with LightScribe drives is corrupted writable CDs as a result.  We use CDR disks for our diagnostics and tools in the shop, since the latest (since mid-2008) viruses started infecting USB drives when they were inserted.  On three different occasions, we have had every disk inserted into Continue Reading