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In a world where the scourge of ransomware threatens more and more data, it’s of primary importance to protect your data and backups at every step. That’s why the AV-Test Institute examined the threat protection capabilities of popular backup solutions.

Benjamin Franklin once famously observed “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If he lived today, he might have added “data loss” to that list, since the need to safeguard our data is an everyday part of our tech-infused lives.

Given how digitized today’s tax system is, protecting our tax records is critical. Even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agrees a backup should be a top priority.

It’s not often that one product so completely dominates the rest in a number of important performance measurements. Yet the AV-TEST Institute, an international and independent research lab specializing in IT security and malware research, showed that Acronis True Image is up to 10 times faster than its competition! But before examining those juicy findings, let’s talk about how the institute ranked its ease of use.

Incremental Backup Recovery

If three library books on one shelf were misplaced or destroyed, should you have to replace the entire shelf of books? If you picked up your dry cleaning and dropped one shirt on the ground, should you have to re-launder all of the clothes? Of course not. Complete replacement would not make sense because it would be more expensive, more time consuming, and take more resources to complete.

And so it is with recovering cloud backups.

When it comes to data protection, you need a comprehensive backup solution or you’re putting your data at risk. That’s why the AV-Test Institute, an international and independent lab specializing in IT security and malware research, set out to evaluate the effectiveness of popular backup solutions currently available to consumers.

iPhone Backup

Apple iOS 10.3 has just been released, which is an exciting development for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. The Apple iOS update introduces user-friendly enhancements like the "Find My AirPods" feature, frees up storage space on your iPhone, and has been called “the most impressive updates Apple has released in some time” by some industry observers.

As part of the new iOS, the company has included their new filing system. And while any system update should encourage you to create a backup, the experts agree this change practically demands one. Find out why.

Virtual machines keep you on the safe side and protect your Mac. Nevertheless, VMs are very similar to real computers in that they are vulnerable to the same risks: data loss, hard disk corruption, malware, and power outage. Creating VM backups on a regular basis keeps your work and data safe.

World Backup Day

The closer we get to the end of March, the more you’re going to hear about World Backup Day. Falling on the last day of the month, March 31, World Backup Day raises awareness and educates tech users about computer backup and data protection. We hope to continue this education and awareness building by hosting a Twitter Party to prepare more people for what lies ahead when it comes to the future of their data.

Acronis World Backup Day Survey Results

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, recently completed a consumer backup survey in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, France, and Japan. The results were revealing, beginning with the finding that most users are completely unaware of the threat posed by ransomware attacks, much less how to prepare for them.

iCloud Account Hackers: Avoid Their Evil Intentions With Backup

The recent threat by hackers to delete 627 million iCloud accounts within two weeks unless they’re paid a ransom is an excellent reminder that the dual protection of local and offsite backups is the best strategy to protect your digital life.