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Apple Fix OS X Security Hole

Apple has finally released a security fix through its software update service which closes a security hole in its OS X operating system.

Before the security fix was released, thousands of Apple computers were left vulnerable to a security hole which could have resulted in confidential data dropping into the hands of a hacker.

The vulnerability in the code for the OS X operating system meant that security certificates weren’t being authenticated properly when a secure connection was being made to a website. This meant that hackers could pose as a website and gather the data that was being sent before it was received by the real website.

The security hole was first found on Apple’s mobile devices which run on the iOS operating system and the same problem was then seen with the OS X operating system. A security fix was released for the mobile devices running on the iOS operating system last week but as the fixes weren’t released simultaneously, thousands of Apple computers have been left exposed.

Ryan Lackey who founded CryptoSeal expressed his disappointment with this on Twitter and that whoever made the decision should no longer be employed by Apple.

Lackey stated, “Whoever at Apple decided to wait 4+ days for 10.9.2 to patch the OSX vulnerability needs to no longer be in that position.”

Researchers believe that the security flaw has been present for months but that no one had reported it publicly.

Graham Cluley who is a security analyst believes that Apple has seriously dropped the ball and that there is no telling whether hackers have exploited the security hole.

Cluley stated, “It’s pretty bad what Apple have done, they’ve seriously dropped the ball. How much the problem has been exploited is hard to say. Hackers may now be trying to take advantage while users wait for the security fix.”

Have you applied the security fix? Do you think that security fixes for the OS X and iOS operating systems should have been released simultaneously?

Technology Firms Demand Change in Surveillance Reform

Some of the leading technology firms in the USA have come together and formed an alliance called Reform Government Surveillance group.

The group consists of eight companies, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Yahoo with their main aim to persuade the US government to drastically change its surveillance programmes.

The group has been formed after Edward Snowden who is an ex US intelligence contractor revealed the extent of the surveillance that is carried out by the US government. Such surveillance methods involved tapping fibre-optic cables, collecting phone records and hacking networks.

In an open letter to Washington which can be found on their website, the group stated, “We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”

Members of the group believe that the level of surveillance that is going on has got out of hand and needs to be controlled.

Mark Zuckerberg who is the chief executive of Facebook stated, “Reports about government surveillance have shown there is a real need for greater disclosure and new limits on how governments collect information. The US government should take this opportunity to lead this reform effort and make things right.”

Since Snowden revealed the extent of the surveillance methods, the Reform Government Surveillance group is campaigning to have the permission to publish details of data requests. At the moment, some companies such as Apple and Google have revealed that they have had requests from the US authorities to hand data over but they are unable to detail just how much user data has been handed over to the authorities.

The Reform Government Surveillance group stated, “Transparency is essential to a debate over governments’ surveillance powers and the scope of programs that are administered under those powers. Governments should allow companies to publish the number and nature of government demands for user information. In addition, governments should also promptly disclose this data publicly,”

Are you concerned about how much data has had to be shared with the authorities?

Fake Advert Fools iPhone & iPad Owners

An advert that has been circulating around on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter has fooled some iPhone and iPads owners into believing that their device is waterproof with the latest iOS version installed.

The fake poster that has been circulating around has been designed to look very similar to Apple’s traditional methods. With a white background, a picture of an iPad and iPhone with neat text, it is understandable how owners believed that the advert was real.

Such statements on the poster read, “Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof.” The explanation of how the device was suddenly waterproof because of the new iOS version. This statement read, “In an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry.”

To further entice owners to test this new feature, a statement at the bottom of the poster read, “Waterproofing covered by Apple’s warranty policy”

Naturally the iOS upgrade hasn’t made the iPhones and iPads waterproof and has left some owners very disgruntled as they now have a broken device.

Some owners have taken to Twitter to express their outrage. On person wrote, “Whoever said ios7 was waterproof **** you,” and another person also wrote, “Wtf iOS7 isn’t waterproof!! Now my phone’s at the bottom of the river.”

It is believed that the fake advert started on the 4chan forum which has a chequered past. Last year, fake screenshots which were made out to be written by Adam Lanza were posted on its message boards before he attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Naturally, those who fell for the ad and decided to submerge their device in water have been left angry, frustrated and out of pocket as many warranty policies do not cover water damage.

Something else to consider is whether the owners had backed up the data on their device before submerging it in water. It is important that if you are ever going to be testing or adjusting any configurations on a device that can result in the device failing altogether, that a successful backup is taken before. This is also relevant if you are planning on making significant changes to a computers or server if you do not want to run the risk of potentially losing data.

Backup Technology‘s Online Backup for Word Press Plugin Exceeds 100,000 Downloads

Leeds, UK, and Houston, Texas – 11/09/2012 – Backup Technology, world leaders in fully managed Online Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Services, today announced that its free Online Backup for Word Press Plugin has now reached an important milestone with in excess of 100,000 downloads. This makes Online Backup for Word Press the most popular fully featured, free Word Press backup plugin.

With the vast amount of time and investment that currently goes into running a blog or a website, the plugin was created by Backup Technology under the pretext of offering a simple backup system that provides protection for Word Press sites and their data. What began as a small project has increasingly grown since its inception in 2009, to become a trusted backup platform that users rely on.

Backup Technology’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ritchie Fiddes confirms this:

“We are proud to have produced a completely free service that so many people use and trust to protect their websites. The response from the Word Press community has been fantastic and we continue to add new features and functionality based on our users feedback.”

Unlike other plugins, Online Backup for Word Press can even encrypt your backup data to keep it secure while it is downloaded, emailed, or stored on Backup Technology’s Secure Servers.

The plugin can backup your site’s database (containing settings, pages, posts and comments) as well as its file system (containing media, attachments, themes and plugins) to any one of three places:

  1. Backup Technology’s secure data centres with 100MB free online storage space
  2. Your email inbox
  3. A downloadable ZIP file

Other Online Backup for Word Press features include:

  • Easy to use
  • Configuration checklist to help you get started
  • Schedule daily or weekly backups to email or free online storage
  • Downloaded on-demand backups in ZIP file
  • Only backs up files that have changed since the last backup
  • Full AES encryption support
  • Exclude files and folders
  • Exclude comments in trash or marked as spam
  • Backup the Word Press parent folder if your Word Press blog is only part of your website
  • Free 100MB online storage available in secure data centres
  • Support forum is actively monitored to help users with any issues

Download the plugin and protect your blog now at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wponlinebackup/

Visit Backup Technology’s website for more information on their services for Word Press, Online Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity: www.backup-technology.com.

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Business Continuity Planning and the Cloud

IT operations are a crucial aspect of most organisations. One of the main concerns therefore, is business continuity, since companies rely on their information systems to run their operations. If a system becomes unavailable, company operations may be impaired or stopped completely. Consequently, it is necessary to provide a reliable infrastructure for IT operations, in order to minimize any chance of disruption. Information security is equally a concern.

As a consequence of these concerns and the increase of the uptake of cloud computing, businesses and government organisations are now scrutinizing data centres to a higher degree, as it is imperative that they assure the integrity and functionality of their hosted computer environment as much as they do their local environment.

It is notable then, that data centre problems have been prevalent in the news recently. In July, for example, there was a major power cut at Level 3’s data centre in East London, which knocked dozens of company’s offline, as well as many websites and hosted solutions. The outage was allegedly due to an electrical fault which occurred at 3.35am, yet the ADSL customers were still offline at 8.21am.

IT infrastructure company Pulsant experienced a similar power outage at its data centre in Maidenhead at the end of May. Consequently, many websites were cut off from the internet and were left to sort themselves out the following day, once the electricity supply had been restored. In both cases, the Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) device that is supposed to protect computers and network equipment from unexpected power failures, failed.

Even giants like Twitter have hit the headlines for data centre failures. And while it is tempting to just accept that these things “happen”, this is little comfort for companies in the event of a data centre failure, network breakdown or power outage.

This not only emphasizes the need for an effective business continuity plan which covers your business’s live environment, but also its hosted infrastructure, i.e. the data centre. As we have learnt from the examples previously cited, data centres are not always completely disaster proof, so the need to implement an effective business continuity plan which covers all areas of your business is imperative.

A further step to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster is to ensure that business continuity planning and testing is a priority of your chosen data centre. For example, problems such as those noted above can easily be prevented by routine testing of UPS devices and power generators as part of a stringent business continuity plan. Ultimately, a company’s data is its biggest asset, and it is therefore in a company’s best interests to use the most secure, efficient and resilient hosting facilities.

Are your cloud provider’s business continuity plans sufficient?

Asigra & BTL Present in Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Summit

Reducing Organizational Risk with Cloud-Based Data Protection

Leeds UK – March 21, 2012 – Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™ and recovery software provider since 1986, today announced that its partner, Backup Technology Limited (BTL), will present on minimizing organizational, employee and customer risks with cloud-based data protection. In a presentation titled, “The Business Case for Investing in Cloud Backup Now,” BTL will examine the importance of data protection redesign with modern and dependable cloud backup to safeguard valuable business information. As part of the Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Summit hosted by BrightTALK, the webinar will provide educational information for business and IT professionals on the advantages of cloud backup and recovery deployed as a public, private and/or hybrid cloud.

Tweet This: @Asigra and Backup Technology to Present the Business Case for Cloud Backup during Business Continuity and DR Summit – http://bit.ly/w12bAX

WHO: Ritchie Fiddes, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Backup Technology Limited

WHAT: Session titled “The Business Case for Investing in Cloud Backup Now” will focus on the importance of data protection redesign to ensure modern and dependable business continuity and disaster recovery. BTL joins Forrester Research and others in a new series on Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery.

WHEN: March 22, 2012, 1:00 – 1:45 pm ET

WHERE: Registration is available at http://bit.ly/w12bAX.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the volume of data worldwide is expected to increase

50 times by 2020[1]. However, many organizations are experiencing a high level of data growth today as

they struggle to keep up with the rise in data volumes. Businesses today must identify more comprehensive, yet efficient, approaches to data management, retention, storage, sharing, access and security in order to effectively deal with this growth.

Advanced cloud backup, recovery and restore solutions take advantage of existing infrastructure, eliminating the need to buy or install expensive equipment. Cloud backup software integrates with IT environments to locate and prioritize files for backup, and then securely transmits encrypted copies of those files to offsite data centers. This results in a lower total cost of ownership compared to the purchase and maintenance of complex tape backup systems.

Join this no cost Summit as Asigra and Backup Technology discuss how an automated, secure cloud backup solution can remove the burden of managing complex and error-prone data protection processes.  Access the webinar athttp://bit.ly/w12bAX

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About Backup Technology

Backup Technology is one of the world’s leading providers of fully managed online backup and disaster recovery services. With offices in Leeds, UK and Houston, US, Backup Technology protect over 8 Petabytes of data for companies with data sizes between 50GB and over 100TB in their European and US data centers.

Working with clients across all industry sectors, Backup Technology’s impressive portfolio of customers includes The British Red Cross, Liverpool Football Club, The Government Offices, Cheshire Police, Lloyds Register, WPP, Masterlock and LK Bennett.

Backup Technology’s partners include global integrators such as Fujitsu, Logica, CSC and Colt and nationwide companies such as TSG, The Internet Group and K3.

Backup Technology’s solution is powered by Asigra and all services are ISO9001, ISO27001 and BS25999 certified. For further information please visit: www.backup-technology.com

About Asigra
Asigra is the leading Canadian cloud computing vendor focused on backup, recovery and restoration with more than 550,000 customer sites deployed globally. Asigra Cloud Backup™ transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering seamless end-to-end data protection that efficiently scales and easily adapts to any IT environment. Asigra Cloud Backup is built for progressive Managed Service Providers who focus on driving growth and increasing their total addressable market to better service their customers, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, proven and flexible cloud backup and recovery


[1] International Data Corporation (IDC), Digital Universe Study, June 2011

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