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Riviera Beach Ransomware

After a computer outage of almost a month, Riveira Beach in Florida has decided to give into Ransomware demands and pay $600,000 to – hopefully – get their files back.


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Don’t Be A Fool

World Backup Day is March 31st – the day before April Fools Day.

Don’t want to look like a fool? Get an automatic backup plan in place!

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What To Back Up?

In a word: Everything.

This includes:

  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Emails

You may have other special places that you store your data. Now would be the time to make sure you know where all your data is so you can capture it with an automatic backup.

How To Back Up?

In a word: Automatically

Backups are not a one-shot “there I did it!” type of activity.

Your data changes daily: emails arrive and are viewed and deleted, pictures come and go, reports, financials, goals, lists. Our life, and our data, is dynamic, ever changing. Your backup needs to capture this.

Copying files to an external USB drive once in a while is not a backup. It’s more of an archive because everything there will be old. You can guarantee that your computer will die just before you decide to do the next file copy.

The only way to properly capture what you need to preserve is a daily automatic backup. You don’t think about it, it just happens.

What About Cloud Drives?

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Many of us now keep our documents, spreadsheets, and photos in the cloud. Do we need to back that up? Aren’t they backing it up for us?

Most cloud drives such as, dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, are a synchronization mechanism. You work on files locally and they are synchronized to the cloud so they are available everywhere.

The problem with synchronization is that if you change or delete something locally, it changes or is deleted in the cloud as well. There is no “previous version”. You often can’t go be to last week and retrieve that document you accidentally deleted.

With an automatic backup – you can.

So Just Start

You need a backup to preserve your important files and photos. You need an automatic backup to make sure it gets done daily – because you won’t remember to do it.

You can get this in place today with an easy backup solution for your individual computer. Runs daily, is easy to set up, and is an automatic backup.

Start a backup today – and don’t be a fool on April 1st.


The Ransomware Solution

Yet another news story this morning about a school hit with Ransomware and paying the $28,000 extortion fee. It’s not a matter of pay the ransom or lose files. A ransomware solution exists, right now, that will protect you and cost less than paying the extortion. Read More


The 3-2-1 Backup Rule – How To Implement It

Do you know the 3-2-1 backup rule? It is a fundamental principle for protecting your data. Following the 3-2-1 backup rule will ensure you have good copies of your data to go to when a failure occurs in your organization.
Learn it and plan for it up front and you will be protected when disaster strikes. Read More

ByStephen Powell

Out of Office

Having an automated response while away has been a staple of modern communication technology for years now, especially in the business world. When we’re away, we need our contacts to know that so they don’t think they’re being ignored! It’s also helpful to be able to automatically let people know when you plan to be back, and other messages.

Mark the days on the work calendar, set your mobile to the extended absence voicemail, ask your neighbours to watch your place.

But what about Email?

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ByStephen Powell

Should I switch to IMAP?


IMAP or POP for my Email?

What’s the difference?

Should I care?


This is a question I get asked a lot as an IT Specialist. It’s best answered by explaining the difference between IMAP and POP.

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ByStephen Powell

WordPress & Updates

Should you update WordPress?

The easy answer is “Yes”

Just as hackers are constantly creating new ways to breach security, developers are always finding and fixing vulnerabilities in their software. It’s a constant battle that will never end. Updates to your WordPress version are very important to get.

The more complicated answer is “Yes… but not right away”

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ByStephen Powell

WordPress Security Tips

WordPress is rapidly becoming one of the most popular CMS (Content Management System) to use for a website. Because of this, more and more developers are creating new and amazing templates and plugins for it every day.

Unfortunately, there is a down side to popularity as well. It is also one of the most popular targets for malicious activity.

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Heartbleed bug

Hey everyone, just to let you know that all our hosting web servers were either not affected or have been already updated.

Cloudpocket server are NOT affected by the Heartbleed bug!

(If you’re not hosting with us and would like to transfer your website over please fire off an email to



Never Use The Default Username

We get busy. Our day is full of activities, so we try to look for the fastest, easiest way to accomplish things. When installing software we tend to accept the defaults – click-click-click-done!
Here’s a good lesson on why to NOT accept the defaults when installing software, especially if that software is foundational or critical to the business. Read More