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World Backup Day is March 31. Make sure you’re protecting what matters this year to keep your most important information safe and secure no matter what accidents and threats arise in the year ahead.

Back up before your company updates Windows 10

It’s been 34 years since Microsoft released the first version of Windows and changed the way business computing is done. Today, the tech giant’s flagship software remains the leading operating system for businesses of all sizes, owning 75 to 86 percent of the total operating system market.

One reason for this success is the way Microsoft approaches operating system updates, making it easy for businesses to get regular improvements that fix reported bugs, close security vulnerabilities, enhance performance, and ensure data protection compliance – without straining in-house IT teams.

But Windows 10 updates have a history of problems. Backing up before you start the process ensures you won’t lose time or money if your company's Windows 10 update fails.

Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Backup

When Gartner announced the 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice awards for Data Center Backup and Recovery products last week, the foresight and vision displayed by Acronis generated a surprise appearance. That’s because unlike the other six vendors recognized as a Customers’ Choice, Acronis was not covered in Gartner’s previous Magic Quadrants for Backup and Recovery.

Instead, Acronis earned the recognition as Peer Insights Customers’ Choice because actual product users submitted enough high-quality testimonials and scores to get the company added to the awards list.

Windows Update 1809 is deleting files Microsoft recently made Update 1809 available (also called Redstone 5) and no sooner were users installing the update than they were making a terrible discovery. The update is deleting photos and documents from the users’ systems.

To be clear, the update is not moving these files to another partition or compressing them – it’s erasing them from the system – just as an earlier Windows 10 upgrade generated horror stories of people who lost everything – from precious photos to important documents to irreplaceable videos.

Global Data Protection Survey 2018

2018 Global Data Protection Survey

As a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud storage, Acronis frequently conducts surveys of online consumers to gauge awareness of data threats and habits of data protection among everyday people. This year’s annual Global Data Protection Survey, which polled members of the general internet population from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Singapore during August 2018, revealed some disconcerting trends.

Google fined $5 billion as the EU flexes its regulatory muscles

On July 18, an announcement flashed across the internet that the European Union (EU) slapped Google with a $5 billion antitrust fine for bundling its products into its popular Android phones. Although this may not seem relevant to small business owners who have European customers, this penalty incorporates two valuable lessons as the new era of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement unfolds.

Here’s why your business should be paying attention.

Acronis on GDPR Right to be Forgotten

(Part 2 of 2)

 

With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially taking effect on 25 May 2018, there are several questions regarding how the right to be forgotten affects personal data stored in backup archives.

We explored these questions in part one of this series. Now we’ll look at how to address them.

Acronis on GDPR Right to be Forgotten

(Part 1 of 2)

 

The arrival of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is imminent: the official cutover date is 25 May 2018. In previous blog posts, we’ve explained the majority of its new obligations and roles, but one question requires special attention: the so-called “right to be forgotten”.

We'll take a look at what that means for your backup files.

Backup before updating software

The ancient Greeks once warned about “the cure being worse than the disease.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happened when Microsoft released its patches for the Meltdown-Spectre vulnerabilities.

Microsoft’s fix is bricking some computers, proving once again that creating a backup before installing any system update is critical.

Acronis Independent Test Ranking


As with many products, users often choose software based on trusted media reviews and reports. Reviews that are based on tests that clearly compare products against each other can be the most insightful when trying to find the best option.

Knowing how we stack-up against the competition is helpful to Acronis as well, so we recently put ourselves in the shoes of a regular user – examining recent tests to identify which backup product stood out from the crowd.