Microsoft users upgrading to Windows 8.1 were in for a big shock when they opened their trusty Windows Easy Transfer tool.
Microsoft’s latest version of Windows has significantly reduced the usefulness of Easy Transfer. Previously, Microsoft allowed users to transfer files and settings directly from one Windows PC to another across a network or using an Easy Transfer Cable. Now, in Windows 8.1, users can only transfer data files using only external media, like an external hard drive or USB stick.
It’s even worse if the old PC is running Windows XP. In that case, Microsoft will not allow Easy Transfer to be used at all.
All around the nation today people are taking the pledge to recycle in honor of America Recycles Day. Already, over 48,000 people have taken the pledge, with many businesses joining in on the cause. Our national recycling rate currently sits at 34.7% and avoids greenhouse gases that equal removing more than 34 million cars from the road each year. Together, people are pledging to increase that percentage to save energy, protect the environment, and create green jobs for millions of Americans. So, how can you join in?
As if right on cue for Cyber Security Month, a new malware named “CryptoLocker” has been hitting people’s hard drives with force.
This malware installs itself into your “Documents and Settings” folder under a randomly generated name. It then adds itself to the list of programs that run every time you log on and eventually creates and uploads an ID for you online. After your ID is created, a public-private key pair is generated, with the public portion being sent back to your computer.
Soon after setting you up, CryptoLocker encrypts all of your files. From important work documents, to spreadsheets, to family photos, CryptoLocker scrambles and locks it all. A pop-up then greets you with a “pay us or lose all your data” message. Typically, CryptoLocker gives users about 100 hours to pay a fee of $300 for the private key to recover their data. If this fee isn’t paid, the key is destroyed and the files are lost.
October is National Cyber Security Month and we at Laplink want to make sure you’re protected. According to research done by the National Cyber Security Alliance, 80% of adults use the internet, 49% of them accessing it from their smartphones. With the influx of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it’s never been easier to be connected. But with an increase in internet access comes an increase in security risk.
Most smartphone users have never backed up their mobile devices, and a full 64% have never installed security software or apps to keep their mobile devices more secure from malware and viruses. Nearly half of all targeted cyber attacks are directed at companies with less than 500 employees, and weak mobile security can be a major point of entry. So how do you stay protected on the go?
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission released a report today titled “Red Cloud Rising: Cloud Computing in China.” This report takes a look at China’s growing support for cloud services and the implications that may lead to for US companies and consumers.
According to the report, “the Chinese government plans to make more than $1 billion available over the next few years to drive cloud computing development.” Cloud computing companies around the US are exploring the possibility of expanding overseas, but what does that mean for cloud users?
Recent analysis compared Laplink Sync to a variety of competitors. Although Laplink Sync™ was released just one month ago, it has already proven to beat out competitors with superior peer-to-peer connectivity options, more secure synchronization, enhanced features (like easy conflict resolution), and the most comprehensive, free customer support available.
As a peer-to-peer synchronization product, Laplink Sync offers a safer sync process than cloud-only solutions. Where cloud-based options are vulnerable to server availability and forces you to rely on Internet connectivity, Laplink Sync gives you the option to connect their devices directly. This keeps your information more secure and greatly reduces the risk of losing your data.
Laplink has also partnered with Intel to give even more connectivity options to users like you. By integrating with Intel’s Common Connectivity Framework, something no other sync product does, you are able to connect and sync your music, photos, and other files with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more.
You’re probably multi-tasking while you read this blog. Whether you’re reading on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, chances are you’re checking one of your other devices for an email, project update, text, or Facebook notification. The reason for this, according to a study done by Google, is that we’re rapidly becoming a world chock full of multi-screeners.
What exactly is a multi-screener? A multi-screener is someone who owns and is using more than one device at the same time. Do you play games on your tablet while you watch TV? You’re a multi-screener. Do you check your phone for texts while working on a project on your PC? You’re a multi-screener.
According to the study, 90% of all our media interactions are screen-based. These interactions are divided primarily between four different types of screens: smartphone, tablet, PC or laptop, and TV. While the study shows that each device has its own personal benefit (smartphone for communication, PC or laptop for work, TV and tablet for entertainment), it also shows that 90% of consumers use multiple devices sequentially to accomplish something over time. Maybe you take a cool photo on your smartphone and transfer it over to your tablet for some editing. When you’re done, you transfer it over to your PC to print it off on professional, glossy paper.
The new school year is just around the corner and although it may be for different reasons, both students and parents are dreading it.
According to the Huffington Post, parents are expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping just this year. Factor in the costs of new technology, like a new computer, and that number will be much higher.
Laplink is hoping to make this school shopping season less stressful for everyone with a special, limited time offer. Until September 4, 2013, PCmover Professional can be downloaded or bought in-store at your local Best Buy for free with mail in rebate.
In an age when people rely on technology more than ever, everyone has had disaster strike at an inopportune moment.
Server not found.
We’re experiencing technical difficulties.
Your heart sinks as a connectivity issue affects your social life or even worse, your job.
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Technology is meant to make our lives easier. While cloud computing services are convenient for people on the go, its reliance on internet connectivity leaves users vulnerable. Whether it’s an unexpected natural disaster, a small electrical storm, or a simple server error, the smallest hiccup can leave users unable to access their files.
So, what’s a tech geek to do? You have your smartphone, tablet, PC, and laptop, but how can you sync your files without having to worry about the next big server crash?
March 31 was World Backup Day. It is a good reminder every year that most people do not back up their PC data regularly.
We forget that some of our data is fairly unique: family pictures, financial data , important write-ups, music, and videos. The hardware has become very reliable, but hard drives and PCs (or Macs) do fail. Often the first sign of a failure is too late and the data is corrupted and irretrievable. According to some well-known research, only 6% of users back up their data on a daily basis. Daily backups might not be the answer for most of us, but a regular backup is as necessary as locking your house or car.