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March is moving right along – are you busy? It seems there’s never quite enough time for all the things that need to get done, and here we are at Friday again! Here’s some interesting things I’ve come across this week.

Facebook New Look

Backup FacebookYou may not seen it yet, but Facebook released a new look to their feed. It’s not rolled out to everyone yet so you may not see the change yet, (I don’t) but there’s a movement to more images and, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a personal magazine type layout.
Have you seen it? What do you think?

Windows Tablet

windows8If you’re in the market for a tablet for your business, or just personally, you may have come across tablets now running Windows 8 software. They are based on the same look as Windows 8 for the desktop, however there’s an important distinction: A tablet running “Windows RT” is not a full version of Windows and will NOT run Windows software. This includes any of the Microsoft Surface tablets at Best Buy and the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. The Surface Pro (at $899) is a full version and does run Windows software. Make sure you understand the distinction before you layout the money.
On a personal note about tablets, I have been very pleased with the ASUS Transformer TF300 that I purchased, along with the keyboard attachment. It’s speedy and big enough to see things with a 10″ screen. It runs Android, the same as my Galaxy phone and I use it one the road as a laptop replacement. If you are in the tablet market I would also give it a look.

TheftSpy for Android

Here’s an interesting App for business. TheftSpy is a device management, location tracking, theft management App for Android phones that will allow you to lock the device and even wipe data (here’s a review). This is similar to what Blackberry Server provides and if you run a pool of phones for your business you may want to check it out.


So.. Evernote Got Hacked

Why would you want to hack Evernote?

evernote-logoIf you haven’t heard already, Evernote admits that their servers got hacked and their customer names and passwords were taken. Do you use Evernote? It’s pretty popular and has Apps for iPhone and Android phones. If you have an Evernote account your password has been reset and you should login and change it.


The question you should be asking though is Why? Why did Evernote get hacked? Are your shopping lists really that important? Are people keeping very secure and confidential information on Evernote?
I suspect not.

What do they want?

I think they want your password.
Now Evernote says that passwords were encrypted and that’s good. However what I do know is that many people use the same password everywhere, for every account online and that’s bad. If the hackers manage to decrypt the password file then they potentially have access to the same usernames on other services.

Change Your Password To… Something Else!

Don’t use your “standard format”, break out! Make a different password, or even better – a pass phrase! Don’t make it the same as your online banking, don’t make it the same as your password at the office. If you really feel you have to reuse a password do it for a similar service. What I mean is don’t use the same password for Facebook as you do for banking.

Working out on the Internet, or Cloud as we now call it, always has a degree of risk to it. As is said, the only really secure computer is turned off and locked away. We all need to work in the cloud – take reasonable precautions and keep your passwords different.

Got a special trick for creating and remembering passwords? Let others know…


Port Moody in the morning

On the weekends I’m a budding photographer – and an early riser, so I wandered down to the inlet in Port Moody (map) before the sun came up and took this photo across the water in the dark. It reminds me that Port Moody, and British Columbia is a beautiful place to live!

(you can click the image to see it full size)


Add Backup to your New Years Resolutions

Another year starts, another try at resolutions. Here’s one that’s easy to start and lasts all year!


Resolve this year to backup, and protect your critical files.

Backups used to be difficult, but if you are a Canadian small business then there’s an easy and automated way to backup every day and keep your data in Canada. Data kept in the US is subject to US security and privacy laws; the Patriot Act being one of them. You need to keep your data here, in Canada.

How does it work?

Get started and download our Cloud Backup Free Trial, it’s an easy installation and it will walk you through your first Cloud Backup. If you take the time now – while it’s on your mind, then it will take care of you for the rest of the year.
Our Cloud Backup software will grab the files you have selected, compress and encrypted them to industry standards, and send them off-site to our Cloud Backup Server. Now you files are away from your location and protected should a disaster occur.
Bonus – our software also allows you to save a local copy to an external drive so that a quick restore is available to you if you need it. The Cloud copy is seperate and allows you to recover your files should your laptop get stolen or die a horrible death.

Is 5 Minutes Worth A Year’s Protection?

Put this New Years resolution into effect in just five minutes – this is how long it takes to sign up and configure your backup. Start with a Cloud Backup Free Trial and get 15 days free!


Improved Payment Choices

CloudPockets, a Cloud Backup for Canadians, is pleased to announce that payments can now be made directly to your VISA and Mastercard credit cards.

CloudPockets’ automated monthly backup has been available since the beginning of 2011 and provides backups for Canadian companies and individuals. Our servers are in Canada and data never leaves Canada. This is important for Canadian companies as data which is stored within the United States is subject to US security and privacy laws such as the Patriot Act. Canadian companies will be better protected to keep their data within Canada.

In addition to our new payment options, CloudPockets has updated our customer portal to allow full management of your information and credit card details. The customer portal includes a ticketing system for support and all areas are secured within this area. Changes and updates to both personal information and CloudPocket plans are available from within this customer portal.

CloudPockets continues to grow in the Cloud Backup space and has customers throughout British Columbia and is looking to expand into Alberta. We welcome new customers and details on our plans and pricing can be found at