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Reuse of smartphone memory chips in new USBs poses risks not only to computer forrensics

At an international computer forensics conference in March of this year experts and law enforcement collaborators revealed a serious challenge to investigators trying to get valid prove of innocence or guilt by analyzing data from USB sticks. Both Martin Westman, digital forensics and storage media expert as well as Aya Fukami from the National Police Agency Japan have found evidence that in some cases old data from former computer users …Read More

How to protect your bitcoin

Cryptocurrencies are very hot in the news especially in the last months. This is due to the fact that these „currencies“ gone up in value drastically, especially in the last six months. The Bitcoin, the digital currencies based on blockchain technology, has made an huge increase beginning after July last year with 1 Bitcoin being worth over 20.000 USD around Christmas. Even tough it is now starting to drop drastically …Read More

How long do SSDs last?

Until a couple of years ago many IT administrators as well as IT managers were concerned about the risk of losing valuable data because of a sudden failure of SSD in their storages. That´s why it took the manufacturers a long time to convince the public that SSDs are safe to use, even when handling sensitive data. A NAND Flash chip based SSD is by definition a totally different storage …Read More

Does Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions have anything to do with data loss?

Sometimes marketing experts lead the ordinary computer user (or even IT adminitrators) in the wrong direction such as with the term „Data Loss Prevention (DLP) “. When you search the internet for tools which prevents you from losing data in your system for example when you suffer a hardware or software failure, you sometimes see this term on your computer screen. But in contrast to what one might think, this …Read More

The evolution of storage: File storage vs.Block storage vs. Object storage – Part 1

More data is transfered and generated globally than ever before. The analysts from IDC are expecting that by 2025 the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes. That is an increase by more than 1000 % from the 16,1 ZB of data of 2016. The reasons for this vast increase of data are various: A lot of more sources and devices are generating data than before – embedded systems and …Read More