The Register: Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back. ” Paying off a ransomware demand is a great way to end up losing both your money and your files. This according a study from security company CyberEdge, which found that for those hit by a ransomware infection the best bet is probably to just restore from a backup. The survey, based on a poll of information security professionals, found that less than half of those who pay a ransom demand end up getting their data back.”
PC World: The best free backup software and services: Reviews and buying advice for protecting your data. “True backup means retaining data indefinitely no matter what’s happening with the data elsewhere. Read on for our top picks in free online backup and free backup software, and of course the reasons why we picked them. You can get the skinny on paid backup software and online backup services by clicking those links.”
Techradar: Here are the best ways to backup photos. “Digital photography has many advantages over traditional film, but unfortunately, security isn’t really one of them. Unlike prints or negatives, digital images can be lost forever in a catastrophic hard drive failure, or even accidentally deleted with a few clicks of the mouse. Here are a few ways for Apple users to make sure those digital memories don’t vanish before their eyes.”
Simon Willison: Recovering missing content from the Internet Archive. “When I restored my blog last weekend I used the most recent SQL backup of my blog’s database from back in 2010. I thought it had all of my content from before I started my 7 year hiatus, but in watching the 404 logs I started seeing the occasional hit to something that really should have been there but wasn’t. Turns out the SQL backup I was working from was missing some content. Thank goodness then for the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive! I tried some of the missing URLs there and found they had been captured and preserved. But how to get them back?” Neat!
Gizmodo: The Best Cloud Storage For Every Need. “Thanks to dropping storage prices, speedier internet, and slicker software, you’ve now got a plethora of choices when it comes to keeping your files in the cloud, safe from harm and ready on demand. Yet there are a lot of different services, and while they can all handle your storage needs, they are not all created equal. Some work better for photo fans, while others are a better option if you’re hoarding thousands of MP3s.”
CNET has a walkthrough on how to use Google’s new Backup and Sync software. “Google’s new Backup and Sync app replaces both the company’s Drive and Photos desktop apps for Windows PCs and Macs. You can use the app to back up the contents of your entire computer — or just selected folders.”