Deleting my Facebook account

While most people understood that they were giving up some privacy by being on the platform, few realized the digging went that deep. As a result, there’s been a groundswell of people – celebrities and non-celebrities – joining the #DeleteFacebook campaign.

If you want to know how to delete your Facebook account – or are considering taking a break until you are satisfied the company has addressed users’ privacy concerns – there are a few things you should consider.

The true cost of ransomware is more than you think

Ransomware is no longer breaking news for consumers and companies. Large-scale infections like WannaCry and NotPetya were widely covered in the news last year.

Similarly, the damage caused by ransomware should no longer be a surprise either, with totals growing at an alarming speed. In 2015 ransomware damages totaled around $300 million, but it topped $5 billion last year and is expected to reach $11.5 billion by the end of next year.

We take a look at what the true cost of ransomware is.


We’ve all heard the phrase “time is money.” If you’ve ever questioned the truth of that statement, consider this: 98 percent of organizations surveyed by the Rand Group reported that a single hour of downtime costs over $100,000. Advancements in technology make that number both astounding and understandable ... every minute counts.

That’s why Update 2 for Acronis Backup, the recently launched set of enhancements, focused on addressing user-benefits that would deliver savings that went beyond “just” data.

World Backup Day 2018 - Survey Results

As the end of March approaches, it means World Backup Day is near – the annual reminder that if we don’t want to look the fool after data loss, we need to create secure backups.

Acronis conducts a global consumer survey each year leading up to the World Backup Day celebration, to gauge the attitudes, habits and knowledge of the general public. The findings were both eye-opening and contradictory.

Atlanta ransomware attack

Late Thursday, Atlanta, Georgia was hit by a ransomware attack that ended up infecting multiple applications and devices, crippling the city’s municipal computer system. As city employees arrived at work on Friday, they were each handed a flyer telling them not to turn on their computer until the IT department had cleared their systems.

In the meantime, cybercriminals were demanding $51,000 in bitcoin to return access to the ATL.

The Atlanta attack is just the latest high-profile ransomware attack that should prompt everyone to review their data protection strategy – because given how fast the threat from ransomware is evolving, old defenses are proving less effective against the new threats.

NioGuard finds Acronis Backup Most Secure Business Backup

For companies of all sizes, business backup software is an essential part of their security strategy. Financial, technical, and legal documents, as well as other working materials, form the basis of every business operation and must be protected. If these documents disappeared for any reason, a company would have to deal with big financial losses, if it survived at all.

Every business tries to avoid that kind of data loss, which is why a backup strategy can be found in nearly every organization. While a broad backup plan is good, it is becoming increasingly important to have secure backup software working for you ... and a recent test by independent testing lab Nioguard helps to show why.

Get Ready to Protect Your Business

As a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection and storage, Acronis is always developing or enhancing solutions designed to solve the challenges that businesses face, both today and in the future. So we asked IT Central Station to conduct a survey of North American businesses as a pulse-check on the attitudes and practices of IT professionals, system engineers, project managers and business owners regarding the backup services they require.

HDDs vs SSDs

Solid-state drives (SSDs) have solved many of the problems that have historically plagued hard-disk drives (HDDs), particularly when it comes to sudden mechanical failures and longevity. In fact according to tests of a Samsung 850 Evo, the official estimates show that if you write 20GB on it every day, this SSD will last for up to 187 years.

Can SSDs really replace HDDs? Let’s not forget, HDDs are first introduced in 1956 by IBM, more than 60 years ago. So let’s look and see if SSDs are as reliable as they are advertised.

Acronis partners with Google Cloud

Have you ever sat in a restaurant trying to decide between two desserts and said to yourself “I wish I could get both”? It’s not that you’re greedy or gluttonous: you just want the best finish for your meal.

For businesses exploring where they should store their digital assets, choosing the right cloud solution is a bigger decision than what to eat. It’s important to have a choice in how you store and access data, in order that you meet the unique needs of your business and how that data is used.

With its new partnership with Google Cloud, Acronis is ensuring companies of all sizes not only get the choice they want, but they can decide what flavor it is.

Black Ruby: Combining Ransomware and Coin Miner Malware

Black Ruby Ransomware and Coin Miner

In the midst of all the news and hype surrounding cryptocurrency, we’ve seen several coin miner malware programs popping into the wild, infecting a number of computers on the internet. There’s been an upsurge in coin miner malware that victimizes individual PCs and businesses using the same techniques and exploits that were previously attributed to distributed ransomware. With all this happening, the cybersecurity industry started speculating that there is a shift from ransomware to coin miners as the preferred choice of payload for cybercriminals.

Interestingly, we found a new ransomware called Black Ruby that adds coin mining as a module on top of its ransomware capabilities.