Is your Backup safe?

There are fundamentally two types of backup: cloud backups and local backups.

A Cloud backup is a backup that uses the internet in some way. This could be a formal backup program or one of the more subtle programs, like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox. I am often asked if these are safe, from the point of view of someone ‘hacking’ them online. The reality is there is a greater chance of someone breaking into your house and accessing your computer than there is of someone hacking one of these online accounts.

A local backup is one made to a USB device or network device somewhere in your home. So, what about your local backup if someone breaks in? It’s not just a break in that threatens your local backup, but a fire will destroy it too. If you use a local backup, make sure it is removed from where the computer or laptop lives and is placed in a separate room, this way a thief probably won’t find it and, in the event of fire, if the PC goes then the backup might survive.

It’s obvious that the statistics relating to fire and theft mean your data is pretty safe. The key is to make sure you have a backup as computer failure or data corruption or human error are far greater threats to those precious photos and the invaluable documents you would hate to lose. The advice is simple: backup, backup, backup!

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Cookies – Should I Accept them?

There was a time we all got cookies without knowing, then GDPR came along in 2018, which forced website owners to declare if there were cookies on their site.

What does a cookie do? It stores information on your computer about your use of a particular website, using a unique ID that does not identify who you are. The website cookie is then used to measure the number of times you visit the website, how long you stay and which pages you click on, etc. It is how website owners can declare the number of visits to a website in a given period, how many of these were repeat visits, etc. On more sophisticated websites the cookie can store information about goods you have looked at, which then allows advertising to be orientated towards the things you are looking at.

If you don’t accept the cookies, there is a likely chance you will not be able to proceed to look at the website. In most instances this would be because the site will not work WITHOUT cookies.

My advice is just accept the cookies. As I mentioned, you used to get them anyway.

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Telephone scams are on the increase

I am now regularly dealing with people who have been scammed by criminals who ring up and suggest they are from the likes of BT, Microsoft, Amazon and even the police. I cannot re-iterate enough that if someone wants to be connected to your computer to “help” you then IT IS A SCAM!!

If you are reading this then you are probably already aware. The key is to tell those around you NOT to accept the call, no matter how plausible it sounds.

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