The Dropbox Hack and Your Account IS In Danger

Howdy folks!

Yup the new is correct, Dropbox was hacked the other day, and your information is in danger.  Normally I’d run around flailing my arms looking like Robbie the Robot from Lost in Space…but this has been going on for so long, that if you haven’t learned to change your password regularly, you almost DESERVE to lose your information.

Don’t get me wrong, even I’ve fallen prey to not updating information regularly…but if you’re using a Cloud option like Dropbox that’s high profile…you should expect that hack and change your password regularly.  There’s a reason that admins make their co-workers change their passwords every 30/60/90 days…and everyone needs to follow suit.

So from my friends over at CNet, here’s instructions on how to change your password on DropBox.  DropBox has TWO STEP AUTHENTICATION…both the folks at CNET and I suggest that you enable it.  One more way to not lose information…please use it. 🙂

 

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Back up to that Cloud!

Hello Dragontech followers! I’m Bryon Sosnowski, the PCM Dragontech team’s new IT Solution Medic. Adding to the belief that if I don’t tell you who I am, you’re going to think Mike is crazy(er), there should be another post this week from our 4th team member, Stacy…and she is Not-Mike too. 😉  Seriously though, we are working together to bring you more news, information and discussion than Mike could do by himself.  So, you should get used to more info and more fun!

You know, having to utilize the Cloud on any given day is nice… Nice that you can store/place YOUR personal, pictures, & of course confidential info in a storage area offsite from where you are, keeping it easily accessible. After seeing this video from Carley Knobloch over at Digitwirl, it got me to thinking that what makes most people fearful is how do you protect & secure your information once you have tucked it away in the Cloud?

External drives have been a great option, but after 2-3 years those HDD & SSD’s are susceptible to being out dated, or plain lost. I know, and while I haven’t lost a drive, I do have a client who had one smashed to pieces, and that just plain sucked.

this could be your hard drive...

this could be your hard drive…

If the hacking of Target‘s sensitive data, and even more recently Snapchat, haven’t brought more light into securing your information, then perhaps larger company breaches may have to be the EYE Opener. Personally whatever happen to paying cash?

This is Bryon on a good day...

This is Bryon on a good day…

There are expensive paying safety measures, like Carbonite, but really there are cheaper alternatives that can store your data for free, or if you need more for a price they can do that for you. Organizations like Copy.com – aka Barracuda Networks, or Boxcryptor  which both are encrypted AND have both free and paid options.

There’s lots of answers out there and we can help you with those. Just ask!

Thanks!

Goji Lock – Wave of the Future

It’s projects like these on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that always attract my attention.  Doing what I do for a living, I’ve always got to keep my eyes open for what is new and what is going to take the world by storm in the coming years.  From things like Cloud Networking, to 7″ tablets, Cloud Storage, and now Goji Locks.  This stuff looks pretty cool to me, and even if the company’s name means “Typo”…I’ve got a good feeling about their project.  They’ve almost completed their funding with 47 days left…and seem worthwhile to bring the future to your home or office.

Want to feel like Tony Stark?  Here ya go. 🙂

 

 

 

Box.net and Today’s Enterprises

I think that by now, many of you out there have been using Cloud storage like Box.net, dropbox, and others…they can be an invaluable tool for most.  Personally, I have a ton of PDFs that I need to access at a moment’s notice for non-work-related things…and Box.net has been my savior.  I was first introduced to them last year when I received my HP Touchpad (RIP WebOS), and they offered a 50GB account for those of us who had one.  Now, they’re on every device and I use them for all documents I need to access easily.

To my surprise at lunch today, I read on the Box.net blog that they just raised $125 million to invest in their infrastructure, grow overseas, and do more for their users.  Based on that, now is the time to start looking at the cloud for business storage.   Using iPads for your salespeople?  How about a place where they can store all of their documents securely, and access them when needed?  That’s just a simple example, but I am seeing it used more and more frequently.

Is the cloud right for you?  Let’s talk about it…while I can’t obviously help you with Box.net, I can help you understand how things like Cloud Controllers for Wireless and Wired networks will save you money…how putting your disaster recovery far far away & replicating data to it will save your bacon after a disaster…the list goes on.

Let’s talk cloud.  I’m here waiting to talk to you…