Protect Your iCloud Pictures From Prying Eyes

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You probably have loads of pictures stored in iCloud.

You’re probably not a world-famous celebrity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take their security seriously. After all, do you really want to run the risk of your personal photos making their way on the web?

To help you keep your images safe from prying eyes, here’s how to make sure you have the tightest possible security for your iCloud pictures.

1 – Control what is backup to iCloud

Head over to ‘Settings’ and then scroll down to ‘iCloud’. You will see a list of apps and services that are automatically backing up information to the cloud.

By turning off apps and photos you can effectively control what is backed up to iCloud.

2 – Reset your password

There’s no getting away from the fact that the best security comes from strong passwords.

Hackers used to gain access by using a tools that ran through likely password combinations until they found the right one. Apple has now placed restrictions on the number of password attempts that can be made, but it’s still a good idea to have a strong password that can’t be cracked.

You can do this by using a combination of upper and lowercase characters, numbers and symbols.

3 – Use two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication improves the security of your Apple ID and all the personal information you store with Apple.

  • Go to Settings > iCloud > tap your Apple ID
  • Tap Password & Security
  • Tap Turn on Two-Factor Authentication

When you want to sign into your account in the future, you’ll be required to enter your regular password followed by a verification code that will be sent to your phone at the time of login.

4 – Turn off iCloud

One way of beating the hackers is simply not to use iCloud.

If you don’t want to use the service, go to ‘Settings’ then ‘iCloud’ and scroll down to the bottom where you’ll see ‘Sign out’. Click on this and you’ll get the option to delete your account.

Alternatively, you can turn off the iCloud drive.

5 – Manually back up using iTunes

If you decide not to use iCloud, you’ll have to manually back-up your content using iTunes, giving you more control of where your backup is stored.

Once you’ve made sure you’re running the latest versions of iTunes, connect your iOS device to your computer, choose ‘File’ > ‘Devices’ > ‘Backup’

If you’re using iTunes 10.7 or earlier you can right-click the device from the list and choose Backup Now.  Once finished, open iTunes preferences and select the Devices tab. Here you’ll see the name of the device along with the date and time iTunes creates the backup.

 

By using one of these simple work arounds you can make sure your photos are kept safe from hackers – regardless of whether you’re a celebrity or not.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

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Cloud Computing: The Fall of Legacy Tapes

If ever there was a strong case for turning to the Cloud, it’s the future (or rather lack of) of legacy cloud servicestapes.

Legacy tapes are backups that tend to sit in expensive offsite storage vaults. Many of them are of no use, but have to be kept due to legal, compliance and regulatory purposes.

The bigger issue however, is that many of the irreplaceable tape backups are inaccessible because modern machines can’t handle legacy formats.

So there’s a whole lot of backup data out there that can’t be used. The answer for many companies is to retain old hardware just so the tapes can be accessed should the need arise.

But this is just part of a wider IT problem facing many companies.

According to research conducted by EMC, estimated unscheduled downtime costs UK businesses £379,519 per year, which doesn’t include security breaches or data loss. The study showed that globally, IT and senior business executives found that reduced investments in critical areas of IT (e.g. continuous availability, integrated backup and advanced security) hampered IT resilience and recovery after downtime.

Even if downtime is short, there is an immediate impact on the business, which is where the Cloud comes into its own.

The main advantages are:

  • Greater flexibility by adapting bandwidth as the business grows
  • Cloud computing providers take on most issues related to disaster recovery, restoring services faster
  • Businesses benefit from automatic software updates (including security updates)
  • Reduces capital expenditure
  • Employees can work from anywhere
  • Greener way of working
  • Greater security

The pay as you go feature of many Cloud services make it affordable for all businesses. Considering its flexibility and security advantages, it’s definitely an option all companies should investigate, negating the need for expensive offsite storage and backups that could, potentially, become obsolete.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

 

 

Livedrive for Business

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If you’re in business you’ll know how important it is to ensure your files are always backed up.

Through Livedrive you can automatically backup your files safely, easily and securely online.

It constantly monitors your computer for new files and changes, plus you can restore old files (even deleted ones) quickly and easily. By offering a wealth of features, Livedrive offers its business users the ideal tool to maintain their data.

Safe backup

With automatic online backup you’ll never have to worry about backing up your data again. By backing files up as soon as they’re saved you’ll never be in danger of losing important files.

Livedrive allows you to:

  • Easily restore files
  • Use unlimited storage
  • Relax as it’s 100% secure
  • Keep up to 30 versions of any file
  • Use it on either Windows or Mac

Sync files between your computers

When you use Livedrive you get a new drive on your computer – your Livedrive Briefcase, which allows you to:

  • Sync between all your PCs or Macs
  • Send photos straight from your Livedrive Briefcase to your favourite social media sites – no need to upload your files to each individual site
  • Your Briefcase can be stored on or off line
  • Email files to your Livedrive Briefcase to automatically store them online and keep  them synced between your computers
  • Make super fast transfers

Access your files anywhere

Provided you have an internet connection, you can access and backup your files from any computer anywhere in the world. This online flexibility means you can:

  • View your documents online
  • Play your music anywhere
  • Stream your videos
  • Share files with one click
  • Edit files online

With prices starting at under £66 per year (backup only), there is a Livedrive product suitable for all businesses just ask your local IT Support company for more information.

Online Storage and Backup

Have you tried Livedrive?

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It’s the one thing that fills you with fear. Something so terrible it could literally kill your business.

What is it?

That terrible moment when your computer crashes. Everything is gone – your work in progress, your customer files, your accounting data, your photos, your music…

There are numerous ways you can avoid this catastrophe. You could use an external hard drive or one of the many online storage and backup solutions that are available.

One that we have found to be particularly good is Livedrive which was reviewed in PCPro in July 2010.

It offers its users a wide range of features including:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Web access (so you can access your files form any computer)
  • Incremental backups
  • Simple installation
  • Synchronisation of files between computers

It’s so simple, just create your Livedrive account, download and install the local client and choose the folders you want to back up.

It usually backs up your files in real time, uploading a new version every time you save. Plus, deleted files are stored for a minimum of 30 days and up to 30 pervious versions of every file are retained so you can easily revert back to an earlier copy of a document even if it’s been overwritten several times.

Livedrive also has settings that include point to point encryption, exception and prioritisation settings for different file types and a LAN transfer option to synchronise data between all the computers on your local network. Plus it adds an option to the Windows right-click menu to instantly back up selected files. It seems to have though of everything.

You can have as many computers as you like on your Livedrive account and each will have a separate entry to the web portal. There’s even a mobile version too and an app for iPhone users.

Livedrive is definitely one of the most feature packed online backup services out there at the moment. Its easy to use and is actually one of the cheapest which is why we are offering it to all our customers and recommending it as our first choice online storage and backup service. 

Author: MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.