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Kroll Ontrack Helps to Eliminate Funding for Ransomware Criminals

Kroll Ontrack helps to eliminate funding for Ransomware criminals.  Kroll Ontrack has developed a set of solutions to restore corporate data fast and eliminate payments in the event of a Ransomware attack. Ransomware is a lucrative crime Payments to Ransomware criminals are expected to reach over one billion dollars in 2017. New attacks are being reported daily and they are not expected to decline anytime in the near future. Anyone …Read More

Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

In late 2008, an electronic payment system called Bitcoin made its way into the world.  Created by an unidentified programmer (or group of programmers) under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, its main purpose was to allow the ability to securely move the aptly named cryptocurrency, bitcoin, without utilizing a central bank or third-party.  The technology behind Bitcoin is called blockchain, a distributed database that maintains a continuously growing list of ordered …Read More

What is the Future of SATA and SAS SSDs?

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have become more and more prevalent over the years and are starting to become the norm for home computing devices. They are also now used extensively in enterprise-class systems that rely on data storage that is not only reliable, but able to maintain high data read/write speeds as well. However, as the demand for better performance and reliability increases, so does the need for more modern …Read More

Smart TV Data Recovery

All eyes were on LG’s signature W Oled Smart TVat last year’s CES, one of the major trade shows for consumer electronics and Home Appliances in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The SmartTV was referred to as an “absolute stunner”. Giant screens and the highest definition for viewing have become almost secondary features to the connectivity of the Smart TV- similar to call quality on smartphones. A Smart TV now can replace …Read More

Erase Unwanted Files with Surgical Precision

Many of the articles in this blog are often dedicated to data erasure, but we’ll never get tired of repeating that in our digital age.  Information is the new gold. Remember in the old western movies when bad guys riding horses spent their life in robbing wagons, ending up with chests full of gold bars?  Today, our computers are the chests and the information is the gold.  So, who are …Read More

Mission-Critical Servers: Protecting the Nest

We’ve discussed in previous posts how the growth of cloud computing, mobile transactions, and social networking is changing the computing landscape and how organizations will meet the demands of this ever-changing environment.  At the core of this growth, mission-critical servers allow enterprises to work across multiple channels and devices to support their employees, customers, and e-commerce.  As the demand and dependency on these servers increases, so too does the need …Read More

How to Diagnose a Physical Hard Drive Failure

Interview with Martin Hiller, Head of Kroll Ontrack Clean Room Böblingen, Germany Q: A lot of computer users nowadays inform themselves about what to do in case of a physical hard disk drive failure via websites, blogs, forums etc., instead of immediately contacting a professional data recovery service provider. In many cases they download and try to use really specialized tools to access hard disk drives that are even physically …Read More

Live Server Erasure – How to Erase Data From a Running Server

Securely erasing data is definitely not an easy task. Whether it’s a single hard disk drive or a SSD in a laptop or many enterprise class storage devices inside a live server – just pressing the delete button on the keyboard just won´t cut it. As we have pointed out in previous blog posts, using the “Recycle Bin” and deleting a file is not enough. The same is true with …Read More

Cloud Migration: What to Consider When Switching Providers

Cloud computing has become more than just a technology trend. According to Forrester research, the global public cloud market will raise from $146 billion this year to $236 billion in 2020. Cloud computing offers many benefits to companies: The need for hardware and software is reduced drastically.  In addition, costs for energy, employees, software licenses can be scaled down almost immediately after data or applications have been moved into the …Read More