Category Archive Server Backup


Backup Windows System State

For full disaster recovery of your server you cannot backup just server files, you must also backup the group of files that comprise the Windows System State. These are critical files that are required in a restore to bring the server services back to a point in time of the last backup. Read More


Best Way To Remove Ransomware

96% of US companies are not confident in their ability to remove ransomware. Eighty percent have suffered a cyber attack last year, over 1/3 lost revenue,and 20% had to stop business completely.

Ransomware is scary and the chance of getting attacked is increasing. Here’s some statistics from a report sponsored by Malwarebytes.

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  • 46% of ransomware attacks originated from email (30% in Canada)
  • 40% paid ransomware demands
  • 64% spent more than nine hours to resolve the attack
  • 96% of US organizations are not confident in their ability to stop ransomware

source: Cantech letter

How To Remove Ransomware

In fact, it is not difficult to remove ransomware – if you plan ahead, the study says;

“Switch from protection to disaster planning: The most popular way of addressing the problem is not through protection, but by backing up data (over 71 percent).”

The easiest and most popular way to remove ransomware is to go to your backup prior to the attack and restore the data.

Backing up is something all businesses should be doing as a regular part of their process, and cloud backups make this process even easier. Backup your critical data an set a retention period (the amount of historical days you are backing up) to a reasonable length of time – by default our backup sets a retention period of seven days.

Should you get attacked you will still have some work ahead of you, to be sure, but you will not have to pay ransomware demands and your business will survive and continue to move forward.

Is that It?!

Sounds easy doesn’t it? It does, however, mean that you need to plan, you need to do something now. You cannot recover your data if you do not already have a backup. Trying to do a backup after the fact will only copy the ransomware encrypted files, it won’t help.

You should also invest in protection software so that attackers don’t continue to attack you repeatedly, and this is where products such as Malwarebytes comes into play. Your IT department or consultant should be focused on ransomware especially if you are a healthcare or financial company, as these are the top industries to be attacked.

Start a backup now. Make sure your backups are working properly and make sure they are backing up everything you need should a disaster strike. Test a backup restore to make sure you know the process and that it actually works as expected.

You can beat and remove ransomware attacks with some planning and an effective backup plan.


When Is The Best Time To Backup?

Let’s face it, we’re all busy, so when is the best time to backup?
We spend our days trying to fit in the important things, along with the urgent things, and it’s often tough to pick between the two. We know doing backups is important, but unless they are automated they are not urgent enough until it’s too late and data has been lost. Even with automation; when is the best time to backup your computer? Morning? Evening? Overnight?
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Hard Drive Failure Can Be Planned For

internal-hard-driveUgh, a hard drive failure. The hard drive is still likely the most fragile component on a computer. Sure, they have got more robust over the years, and can survive more G-forces than they used to. But the problem is not really the hard drive itself, the problem is that people keep dropping their computers. Or, they get knocked onto the floor by associates, pets, or the laptop just gets generally abused over time. The result? A hard drive failure.
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Cloud Computing for Lawyers in BC

The Law Society of British Columbia has just come out and said that “BC lawyers are prohibited from using non-BC-based cloud computing providers, including Google and Dropbox.” according to the website Slaw. If this is indeed the case then CloudPockets can help in at least one area, maybe more. Read More


Tomorrow’s The Big Day

blue-cloudWe’ve been gearing up and getting ready for the additional cloud service we’re opening up tomorrow – Web Hosting.

There’s a lot of behind the scenes work to be done to make sure everything happens seamlessly tomorrow. The existing web hosting customer’s websites won’t flicker, there will no interruption of service. The same goes for our Cloud Backup customers, since we’re using completely separate servers for these two services.

It’s been a few years since I’ve managed website hosting. I looked after a cluster of websites that processed money transactions a while back. I remember with my team at that time managing to fend of one of the largest denial of service attacks at the time – it took us two days. (I certainly hope not to go through that again)

The Cloud is where it’s at – and for Canadian businesses CloudPockets is the place!