Why Dropbox Isn’t Made For Business Backup

Your business is made up of data, records, statistics, and confidential information. The value of that data goes up with its volume – as does the cost and time spent storing it. So it’s no wonder that you might be drawn to syncing software such as Dropbox Business. The service that’s primarily known for file sharing and collaboration is now launching efforts to promise cheap space, regular backups, and simplified syncing – Something that sounds like a no-brainer for busy business owners that would rather not think twice, or pay extra, to store records that are rarely used.

Having your data automatically synced with multiple devices and sent off to a repository in the cloud sounds great in theory – until you take a second glance at some common legal requirements that make quick and accurate data recover a must: retaining your vital information and records for extended periods of time, the ability to recover data in its original, unaltered form, and even limitations on what information can and can’t be stored across international borders. These requirements should all be considered when seeking storage for legal compliance and indicate that cloud services intended for collaboration may better be left to syncing.

The Myth of Cloud Storage

The number one reason cloud storage isn’t a viable archiving solution? Those terms and conditions agreed to when initializing your storage account ensure that the company isn’t held responsible for your data! But isn’t “keeping it safe” why you’re putting it there in the first place?

We’ve read through the fine print and found our fears confirmed through Jeff Pederson, manager of data recovery operations for Kroll Ontrack. He informs customers that cloud storage isn’t a secure contingency plan as “virtualization contracts often claim no liability for data corruption, deletion, destruction or loss.”

But My Cloud Storage Claims to Backup Data

While they may promise big, cloud storage services seem pretty reluctant on the whole to backup your data regularly.

A professional photographer’s experience highlighted in Forbes explores her frustrations when trusting 2.5 terabytes of data work to the service Carbonite, only to find that six months later the initial backup still hadn’t been completed due to limitations placed on data uploads.

When contacted “a Carbonite spokesperson confirmed the bandwidth throttling and sent me a link to where it is clearly spelled out in the Carbonite customer knowledge base. Carbonite claims that average users actually only achieve upload speeds of 3GB to 4GB per day for the first 200GB.”

The article states at that rate your data could take up to 360 days for the initial backup! That’s an entire year of unprotected data just waiting for a disaster.

The Big Backup

Cloud storage solutions are great for short-term offloading or conveniently syncing with multiple devices, but still can’t be considered a reliable solution for long-term data retention no matter what they name the service.

So while they remain great for sharing family photos, corporate files deserve more careful treatment when ensuring the durability of your data is a must. Until Dropbox and similar services can confirm they will shoulder responsibility for any data that’s lost or damaged, the services remain short on delivering the key requirement that any business owner should demand of their archiving solution: reliable storage data for easy retrieval in its original form.

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down

Here at Digistor we’re aware of the concern over recent high-profile data breaches – but did you realize the same scalable solution Facebook is implementing for a complete revamping of their secure storage backups is already available to you as a consumer? The need for worry-free systems that offer as much – or as little – space as you need is growing for companies and individuals, alike.

Repeated Violations of Privacy Are More Scandalous than Leaked Photos.

Right on the heels of the cringe-inducing publicity of several high profile hacked iCloud accounts that left a nation of casual cloud-storage users feeling vulnerable, comes another system attack that should have every responsible vendor searching for more secure options.

Home Depot has confirmed that on Monday that hackers were able to break into the chain’s in-store payment systems in what could be the largest known data breach of any retail company’s computer network. According to recent coverage by the NY Times, affected customers could number over 60 million.

Data Breaches Cost More Than Your Reputation

The sheer scale of customers affected by Home Depot’s data breach surpasses last year’s title-holding hacker attack into Target’s systems – An ordeal that affected 40 million customers across the US and Canada.

And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Home Depot’s attempts to offer reconciliation include a paltry offering of identity protection and credit monitoring services, which hasn’t deferred customers in Georgia from already filing a class-action lawsuit against the retailer for failing to protect customers from fraud or alerting them in a timely manner.

With companies being held legally liable for the security of their customer’s data, is it any wonder that Facebook kicked off this year by building a Blu-ray storage system? Their 10,000 disc strong system amounts to over a petabyte of energy-efficient, secure data storage.

Digistor’s Solutions Back Up More Than Your Data

The NY Times has reported that

“The Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service recently estimated that more than 1,000 businesses in the United States had been infected with malware that is programmed to siphon payment card details from cash registers in stores. They believed that many of these businesses did not even know they were sharing customers’ credit card information.”

NPR’s All Tech Considered has coined the phrase Data Breach-Fatigue` when discussing the overwhelming feeling of numbness consumers have regarding the repeated notifications businesses large and small to keep an eagle eye on their accounts.

“We are in the trough of disillusionment,” says Gartner security analyst Avivah Litan. “Over 1,000 retailers have been hit; it’s not limited to Home Depot. There are 999 others that no one’s talking about.”

As a business owner, the fear of a data breach increases with the knowledge that your system’s security is depended upon by others. And when faulty security has the capability to both cripple a company’s good name, and their bottom line if found responsible for restitution, you may find yourself turning to alternatives for secure data storage and archiving.

DIGISTOR REWIND covers Windows 8.1 data archiving needs

One of the biggest headaches that PC users must contend with is updating all of their software when they make the move to a new operating system. Eventually, everyone needs to migrate to a newer OS as older versions will become outdated and lose vendor support. Microsoft’s recent efforts to phase out Windows XP are a great example of this. Anyone who continues to rely on XP will have to cope with vulnerabilities and other coding issues without the assistance of the OS’s creator. As such, many Windows users have moved on to the platform’s latest iteration, 8.1.

Windows 8 and its subsequent update – Windows 8.1 present a notable shift from older platforms. While Windows 7 was essentially XP with a face lift, Windows 8 has been designed with future user preferences in mind. Specifically, Microsoft designed its latest OS to work seamlessly and effortlessly on tablets and other mobile devices. By bridging the gap between traditional PC systems and mobile layouts, Windows 8 is a wholly distinct OS. That means that consumers need to take care that their software is compatible with this latest PC platform. There’s arguably nothing more frustrating than investing in an application that won’t even run on the most current hardware.

Archiving data on Windows 8
One area that consumers should take particular note of is data archiving software. PC users don’t want to run the risk of being left in the cold when their outdated product fails to back up one-of-a-kind documents and files. Data loss can happen in the blink of an eye and without warning, so having an effective tool in place should be a primary concern. As an industry-leader in this field, DIGISTOR is always on the forefront of the latest data archiving solutions. Our REWIND software enables Windows users to back up their important photos, videos and other files with ease. Because REWIND is compatible with Windows 8.1, consumers don’t need to worry about losing functionality when making the jump to the latest PC platform.

Getting the most out of REWIND is easy as pie. All you need is a Blu-ray burner and discs to get started on archiving your collection of irreplaceable information and documents. REWIND has been designed to eliminate any potential headaches, providing consumers with the most user-friendly data archiving software on the market. Navigating the REWIND interface is a breeze, helping individuals avoid any missteps that could derail the backup process. Any Windows 8 users who want the peace of mind knowing their most important files are securely archived should download the free REWIND trial and see what all the fuss is about.

DIGISTOR Joins the One-Blue Licensing Program for Blu-ray Disc

We’re pleased to announce DIGISTOR has joined the One-Blue Licensing Program. One-Blue administers the licensing program for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc. See One-Blue’s Press Release in the link below.

Via: PR Newswire

Taking a balanced approach to bitcoin storage

The digital age demands a digital currency. With so many payment transactions occurring online, traditional forms of payment like personal checks have fallen by the wayside in favor of convenient, real-time processes. Among the various platforms that have arisen in the digital environment, Bitcoin may provide the most promise. Unlike many other forms of online payment, Bitcoin is an entirely separate currency, gaining considerable value in recent years as more consumers and businesses seek out a secure digital solution. But new forms of payment require alternative methods of storing valuable currency. After all, it's not as if users can simply store their bitcoins in their neighborhood bank.

CoinDesk explained that there are many different options available to people looking to safely store their bitcoins, each with their own advantages. For instance, online wallets have gained in popularity thanks to their support for anytime access. Individuals who want to spend their money at a moment's notice regardless of where they are or what devices they're using may find a lot of value in a Web-based system. It should be noted, that such a tool will essentially place oversight of a person's bitcoin stash in the hands of a third party.

Although the owner will typically be the only one with actual access to bitcoins stored through an online wallet, these platform use private keys to manage the currency. If an individual loses that information, or it falls into the wrong hands, he or she could be out of luck. That may not sit well with everyone, particularly given the increasing number of threats lurking in cyberspace.

Go offline for greater security
People who want to take a more hands-on approach with their bitcoin storage may want to consider their offline options. CoinDesk recommends striking the right balance between funds stored on a physical drive for future use and more readily accessible money placed in a digital wallet.

"Cold storage wallets store private bitcoin keys offline, so that they can't be stolen by someone else on the Internet," the source explained. "It's a good idea to use cold storage for the bulk of your bitcoin fortune, and transfer just a little to separate bitcoin addresses in a 'hot' wallet with an Internet connection, making it easy to spend. That way, even if your mobile phone is lost, or the hot wallet on your notebook PC is erased during a hard drive crash, only a small amount of bitcoin cash is at risk."

To feel completely secure about the integrity of their bitcoin stash, consumers may need to go the extra mile with their archiving methods. In today's environment, the concept of a connected device has gotten a bit muddled, with so much equipment tapped into the Web in some fashion. CoinSafe urged bitcoin users to completely verify that their storage device is completely severed from the Internet. The best way to do that is to place this sensitive data on offline physical media. Even here, there are many types of backup drives to consider, but optical discs may be the best option.

Optical media offers the greatest advantages
Blu-ray media has quietly gained a reputation for unparalleled excellence among those who take data archiving solutions seriously. The format's combination of durability, scalability and longevity makes it ideal for long-term storage. Bitcoin owners, however, may be primarily attracted to Blu-ray's defense against digital incursion. Connected devices will always be vulnerable, but Blu-ray discs will never be faced with such a threat. For individuals who want to follow CoinDesk's advice regarding striking a balance between cold and hot storage, it may be helpful to think of Blu-ray as the bitcoin version of a savings account. When a rainy day comes, you'll be glad you have it.

Another key point to keep in mind regarding Blu-ray is the format's affordability. Other storage options may require a significant up-front investment to get up and running. Bitcoin users who want to begin saving their money on Blu-ray only need to obtain a reliable Blu-ray burner and a set of discs. Today's discs can hold large volumes of data, so consumers don't need to worry about exceeding their capacity. As data archiving solutions, Blu-ray discs make it easy to scale up quickly and affordably.

There's no denying Bitcoin's place in the modern economy. To take advantage of the currency without putting their money at risk, users will want a long-term storage option with the reliability that only Blu-ray can provide.