Fight ransomware with data backups and gift cards

Ransomware is a hacker's cash grab. When this type of malware attacks your PC, it locks your precious files behind a password and demands payment for unlocking your docs. As in any other hostage situation, paying the ransom may or may not get you your files back. With ransomware, an ounce of prevention -- backing up all your important files -- is worth a pound of Bitcoin cures. Here's how to foil ransomware.

Store important files on an external drive

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Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

Tags: malware , virus , backup , Cloud

Mac backup basics

Folks with good Mac backup plans can be smug. Give them a chance, and they'll tell you about the virtues of backing up your OS X data. About the terror of losing treasured photos. And about how there are two kinds of people: those who back up their Macs and those who eventually wish they had.

Get past the self-satisfied pronouncements, however, and these people are sharing hard-earned advice. Hard drives and storage devices fail. Software updates go wrong. Files... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Mac , Windows software , backup

Get your free copy of AOMEI Backupper Pro

Creating and maintaining regular backups is not only good practice but essential to preserving your personal and professional files. That is why for this week only, is glad to offer you AOMEI Backupper Pro completely free, courtesty of AOMEI Tech. Just head on over to the giveaway page and sign up with your email.

Key features

System, hard disk, partition, file, and folder backup and restore. Supports full, incremental, differential, and automatic backups. Disk and partition clone for upgrading... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , backup

RadarSync auto-updates your drivers -- hassle free

This week's deal is for the DIY troubleshooters and the home PC technicians. The most time-consuming task of updating any PC is finding the latest drivers for your hardware. Find the correct ones and you're good to go, but install the wrong set of drivers and you could find yourself staring at the BSOD, wondering which wrong life choices got you there. RadarSync hopes to remedy this problem with their latest version of PC Updater 2013.

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Tags: Windows , security , Windows software , backup , utility

Nero 11 multimedia suite does it all

Released today, version 11 of Nero's one-stop multimedia suite adds a more integrated interface, photobook printing, picture-in-picture video support, and so much more to what was already an impressive list of editing, burning, backup, and organization tools. With its solid basic features and its new higher-level additions, it appears to be a potential workflow solution for casual media enthusiasts and prosumers alike.

With an improved user experience in mind, Nero's developers have reconstructed the suite with each of its... Read More &raquo

Tags: video , music , Windows software , backup , photo , Media , editing , multimedia

First Take: Apple's iCloud service

The introduction of the iCloud at today's WWDC keynote symbolizes Apple's shift to cloud-based backups, syncing, and moving files seamlessly among all your devices, whether you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, or PC. Just like Google's offerings (Doc and Calendar syncing, and Picasa, as examples), iCloud lets you sync media, apps, music, documents, calendars, and more automatically. It's important to note that Android has had the download and sync features since February of this year.

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Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , music , photos , backup , Cloud , calendar , wi-fi , Files

Nero's newest multimedia tools

There are plenty of options--from iTunes to DoubleTwist to Windows Media Player--that will keep the average consumer satisfied in terms of basic multimedia organization and playback. However, if you count yourself among those creative or persnickety enough to delve into the realm of audio and video editing, you may want to consider some more fully featured media tools.

That's where Nero's latest products come into play. Today, the company announced Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Video... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , backup , Nero

Exclusive: Stuffit 2011 for Mac

These days, most file compression activities are baked into your operating system, but there are still plenty of reasons to get a specialized compression utility. With StuffIt 2011 for Mac--exclusive to CNET Downloads today--you can create customized "Destinations" that let you drag and drop files or folders for automated compression and sending. Want to compress to ZIP format and upload via FTP, for example? With a quick setup, you can create your custom destination beforehand with your preferred compression... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Apple , Mac , backup , archive , Files

SharePod: More than iPod backup and share

Apple makes extracting your music from your iPod unnecessarily difficult, and there's been a cottage industry of software tools designed to get around Apple's restrictive file-renaming conventions. Most of these programs charge you to use them, and of the free ones, few are exceptional at what they do. SharePod breaks the mold with useful features that work encased in a simple but appealing design.

It's a fast freeware tool for transferring your music collection from your iPod to... Read More &raquo

Tags: freeware , iPhone , iPod , iTunes , Windows software , backup

3 great ways to back up your Windows hard drive

You've heard every mantra and cautionary tale a dozen times, but if you still haven't backed up that hard drive by now, the lessons haven't sunk in. It may not seem like a big deal if everything's humming along, but losing files or precious photos to malware, food spills, fire, or any other corrosive indignity brings on those twin sensations of panic and despair. This article takes you through some simple hardware and software solutions to save those files, then... Read More &raquo

Tags: Windows software , backup