Hongkiat: 10 Free Data Recovery Tools For Windows PC

Hongkiat: 10 Free Data Recovery Tools For Windows PC. “When you delete a file, you don’t actually ‘delete’ it. The system marks the area the file resides as reusable, removing the file from its index. This means that there is a period where it is possible to restore the file. To help you with your deleted data dilemma, we have for you 10 free data recovery tools for Windows, which will help from simple file recovery to a total partition rescue.”

Wired: How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails

Wired: How to Back Up Your Most Important Emails. “It might not matter for all those newsletters, special offers, and account notifications that clog up your inbox, but what about emails and documents you really need access to? It helps to have at least some of your emails backed up in another location so that you can always get at them, offline or otherwise.”

EurekAlert: Illinois researchers add ‘time-travel’ feature to drives to fight ransomware attacks

EurekAlert: Illinois researchers add ‘time-travel’ feature to drives to fight ransomware attacks. “One of the latest cyber threats involves hackers encrypting user files and then charging ‘ransom’” to get them back. In the paper, ‘Project Almanac: A Time-Traveling Solid State Drive,’ University of Illinois students Chance Coats and Xiaohao Wang and Assistant Professor Jian Huang from the Coordinated Science Laboratory look at how they can use the commodity storage devices already in a computer, to save the files without having to pay the ransom.”

Lifehacker: How Do I Recover Old (or Lost) Emails?

Lifehacker: How Do I Recover Old (or Lost) Emails?. “I’m the kind of person who hates losing old copies of digital things—photographs, messages, emails, videos, etc. While I doubt I’ll ever take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over random emails I sent in 2007, I don’t like feeling as if I couldn’t do that if I wanted or needed to. In other words, I’m a digital pack rat. And it’s possible that this week’s Tech 911 letter-writer is as well. And you know what? I don’t fault them in the slightest. I get it, I do.”

ZDNet: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them

ZDNet: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them. “For some unknown reason, moving up to Windows 10 version 1809 may delete all the files in user folders. The folders remain, but the files within them are gone, leaving users in potentially a worse pickle than ransomware victims experience. However, there is a chance that early Windows 10 upgraders who encountered this problem might be able to recover lost files by using the free version of Avast-owned Recuva recovery software.”

Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist (Times Union)

Times Union: Grondahl: Russian hackers no match for digital archivist. “When a ransomware cryptovirus that originated in Russia struck the Fulton History newspaper website Sept. 7 in Oswego County, it caused one of the world’s most extensive newspaper digitization projects, more than 44 million pages worth, to crash. In an instant, Tom Tryniski’s astonishing accomplishment — homegrown and hand-built across 20 years of relentless toil and an investment of tens of thousands of dollars – seemed to have been obliterated by rogue hackers.” I have so much admiration for this man.

Backblaze: Protecting Your Data From Camera to Archive

Backblaze: Protecting Your Data From Camera to Archive. “On occasion, data corruption happens in camera, but more often than not, the file gets corrupted during the transfer from the media to the computer or hard drive. These kinds of problems aren’t entirely avoidable and are inherent risks users take when working with digital media. However, as with all risks, you can take proper steps to assure that your data is safe. If a problem arises, there are techniques you can use to work around it. We’ve summarized our best suggestions for protecting your data from camera to archive in the following sections. We hope you find them useful.” This was a guest post from the folks at LensRentals.com and I waffled about including it, but it’s a deep dive with a lot of info, especially you do plenty of photography.

TechCrunch: Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability

TechCrunch: Instagram will let you download your content after criticism about portability . “Yesterday we reported that Instagram lacked data portability, knocking the app for the absence of an equivalent to Facebook’s Download Your Information too. Now an Instagram spokesperson tells me ‘We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.’”

The Register: Less than half of paying ransomware targets get their files back

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.”

BetaNews: Top 5 free data recovery tools for Windows

BetaNews: Top 5 free data recovery tools for Windows. “In a sense it can be hard to judge the quality of a data recovery app. To a large degree success rates are determined by the quality of the data that you’re trying to recover. If you’re relying on software to get your data back, you will have to accept that there are some situations that apps simply cannot cope with — such as when data has been overwritten numerous times, or in the case of severe physical damage. You may still be able to get your data back by calling in the experts, but this can be an expensive option. It makes perfect sense to try going down the free route first of all, so here — in no particular order, as different situations require different apps — are five free data recovery tools that might just do the trick…”

Spotted on Reddit: Archivarix

My IFTTT-based Reddit-monitoring tool spotted this. Unfortunately I don’t know how recent it is, but it’s interesting: an online tool called Archivarix. It’s designed for downloading Web sites from the Wayback Machine; the first 200 files are free, additional files are $5 per thousand, or a half-cent per file. From the tutorial page: “Archivarix provides complete restructuring and arrangement of the content of websites that are publicly shared in the Internet Archive. Archivarix proceeds and arranges data in such a way that all the addresses of web pages become available at previous addresses, including also the dynamic ones. The pages code can be fully processed to be brought into full conformity with all applicable standards; all missing or unclosed tags will be fixed. All counters, trackers, suspicious third-party frames and advertisements are cleaned out; CSS styles and JavaScripts are compressed if needed. Images are optimized and reduced in size without […]

Simon Willison: Recovering missing content from the Internet Archive

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!

How to Recover a Deleted File: The Ultimate Guide (How-To Geek)

How-To Geek: How to Recover a Deleted File: The Ultimate Guide. “It’s happened to most of us. You delete a file, and then realize you need it back. This guide explains when you can get that file back and how to go about it. We’ve covered a variety of tools for recovering deleted files in the past, but this guide goes more in-depth. We’ll cover everything you need to know if you want to successfully recover deleted files.” Very extensive. Some of the strategies are definitely not for beginners.