I replied to a question on site a while ago that my business holds all of our data files in the cloud, we do not have a local file server. I still think that is the best solution for a small...
For a private cloud option, which does more than just file-sharing, Nextcloud is amazing. The biggest obstacle may be the technical part of setting up and maintaining a server, but there are loads of hosted + pre-installed options out there. If you want to try it out, you can go to https://try.nextcloud.com/ to make a demo server that lasts an hour. I also run my own Nextcloud server in Melbourne and I'd be happy to give you (or anyone else) a couple of demo accounts you can use to test out for a bit longer.
If you're curious about going down the Nextcloud route, here's a rough idea of what it'll cost you, since it can be a bit confusing. The server requirements will scale fairly linearly based on the number of simultaneous users. The following will be fine for 2 people using it concurrently, which you might find is typical if you have around 5 total users:
General benefits of Nextcloud (aka, secure and flexible file-sharing is only the beginning):
I work remotely for the US company. I'm based out of Australia and our target audience is all Americans. Which VPN chrome plugin comes handy to target the local directories in the US?
Also, you can try something from KeepSolid. I use their app https://vpnlite.net/vpn-software. It is free and easily will help you to change your location (there are 70+ locations).
During any special event or holiday, malicious hackers often pull out old reliable tricks of the trade. One such trick is the free screensaver, ringtone, or e-card offer. The attackers can easily...
Usually more than one anti malware program is better than a single program.
I use Panda Security and Malwarebytes running all the time - dangerous websites are blocked automatically, no malware gets through, and if anything dodgy is opened, it is automatically quarantined.
My website was hacked last year. My IT cleaned it and run Wordfence, Sucuri and Sitelock which haven’t picked up any issues. Screaming Frog today found all the bad links (ie. found them from within...
We are not a web developer but our website www.ThePartyPeople.com.au was hacked last year and malicious code added. It crippled our website as it was taken down but lucky we got a new type of insurance called cyber insurance to protect from such an event. We were actually attacked 5 times costing us over $30,000 and lucky the insurance covered it. Our developer and hosting company scanned the site for malicious code and removed it.In terms of how we cleaned it up I would have to get some input from my hosting company and developer however we basically contacted our hosting company when the website went down and ask them to restore it and resolve this issue which they did by running some diagnostic tools to find malicious code. My developer did the same and between them they were able to remove the malicious code. The important thing to note was we did both, my developer found the issue on my website but there were more things the malicious code had put in other dark corners of our server so the hosting company found those. The vulnerability was with word press and while we fixed the issue we decided it was too risky having our blog on the same server as our website given they could access our server via our blog which then gave the code access to our website so we put them on separate hosting environments.
And if there is no padlock does that mean it's not secure?
Great question. I don't have all the information, but I can tell you that there are different levels of protection. The main thing is that "HTTP" is the protocol, "HTTPS" directs the URL toward the Secure Socket Layer (SSL).
There are several types of SSL, a self-signed certificate (which can be created essentially for free) and certificate an individual or business purchases (more reliable and secure - as well as usually verifiable).
There are different levels of security as well 128-bit encryption, 256-bit encryption (these two are perhaps the most common). However, they do go higher (512-bit, 1024-bit and possibly beyond). The higher the number the better the encryption (and hopefully security)
There is also PCI compliance (or Bank Level Security). There are several visual variations to the lock (there is a "black lock", a "green lock" and entire "green URL bar". These aren't necessarily indicators of more or less security but they levels of perceived security (usually you pay a lot for the entire green URL bar).
The important thing is do you trust the website and does it have the lock? You can usually click on the lock or an "info" icon next to it to get detailed information. You can also set your browser level security to help filter.
As always, if something seems off, leave the site immediately.
Reading Phil Joel's post about how he does backups got me thinking that the notion of having to do backups and consider Disaster Recovery (DR) for your company probably is one of those "please go...
I agree with the above comment.
I used to work in systems support for Telstra and Australia Post. We missed the most important point of backups. It's not the backup that's the issues (thats simple, see above) the real issue is restoring tha data. We found:
1. We did not backup all or correct data (including drivers etc)
2. We could not restore the data (corruption and/or access)
3. If your operating system goes how can you get access to the data. That is, do you have a boot disk, will it allow you access to the cloud or even your USB drives.
The porblem is most of us are to scare to delete current data and restoring from backup to see if it works:)