Oracle’s Java platform seems to be in an endless battle with Adobe Flash to see which can take the crown as the most compromised platform on your computer. Last week Oracle rolled out 42 patches for known security holes — and this was just another day for the oft-attacked software.
Now Security Explorations of Poland has announced it has found a new Reflection API vulnerability that affects all Java versions, including 7u21, which was just released last Tuesday. “It can be used to achieve a complete Java security sandbox bypass on a target system,” Gowdiak wrote on the Full Disclosure mailing list on Monday.
Attackers can exploit this latest vulnerability to achieve a complete Java security sandbox escape, Gowdiak says, adding that he also sent proof-of-concept code to Oracle demonstrating an exploit.
There is no telling when Oracle will patch this latest flaw, but the company generally follows a Microsoft-like approach, rolling out updates in one big release.
In this computer day and age, you want to make sure pictures, documents and more are backed up on a daily basis. Especially with hard drives that fail every day and notebooks that get stolen every day. Even if you get your stolen computer back, the thieves might have done damage like wiping the hard drive or dropping the machine altogether.
I back up my machines to different sources. I have 2 home backups and one cloud backup. The cloud backup can also be a great way to share pictures through an iPhone, Android or iPad application. Nonetheless, if my computer drive dies, if there is fire or water damage, if someone steals my computer, I don’t lose the data.
Advantages to Cloud Based Backup
Off-site data retention
access to data from multiple computers or mobile devices
software that will start backing up files when computer is idle
High encryption on backup
Cloud based service runs their own backups – Your data gets backed up by them, too!
Prices are low – There are some services that are free to a certain level.
So here are Five cloud backup solutions you can employ now:
MyPCBackup was ranked #1 by Top 10 Online Backups. With unlimited backup, you can make sure all your pictures, documents and more are safe. They have an option to sync multiple computers through a folder on the machine. They also offer a money back option and full customer support.
Mac users won’t be able to use this program, which is a major downfall to this program. The “1 PC, 1 Mac” per household ratio is growing. There is also no mobile application so you can view your backup files.
Carbonite Online Backup
One of the more popular online backup systems is Carbonite, this unlimited backup lets you view your files from any computer, or through an iPhone, Blackberry or Android application. Carbonite also has accidental deletion option, which means if you delete a file that was backed up, you have 30 days to restore it.
Carbonite also works on PC and Mac systems. Therefore, you could backup all your items from the old computer, switch the program to Mac and download the files. There is full customer support if needed.
Mozy Online Backup
Mozy online backup is also a PC or Mac backup. You can access your data from an iPhone and Android (no Blackberry) application. They also offer on-site backup, which means you can set up a USB hard drive and Mozy will backup to that as well. Full support and they also offer the ability to restore a file up to 30 days after deleted.
Mozy does not offer unlimited backup, though. $5.99 /month for 50 GB and $9.99 for 125 GB. For a standard computer, you might not fill that spot – unless you take tons of pictures or create video like myself.
You might not think of Dropbox as a online backup. However, with their open API, there are a lot of things that Dropbox can become. You can use it to sync with other computers, so it’s a great collaborative tool.
Keep in mind, it doesn’t tout itself as an online backup. You do get some great options, like short-term backup recovery.
They do have a free service for the first 2 GB, then pricing options after.
iBackup is a backup for not only PCs and Macs, but also Servers. You can also back up your MySQL, Linux box Exchange, Oracle and iPhone. Therefore, it’s a full corporate backup solution. It gets pricey fast, but if you need 1.5 Terabytes of data that has to be backed up, this is a great solution.
They also have a “30 version” backup – If you change a document 29 times, then realize you need to start from the beginning, you can go into your account and pull up the first version. That can help if someone messes up a document and you don’t realize it right away.
Since it’s your data, you should research each program and see if it’s right for you. But if you have important data and need to back it up, then these options might help you with that solution.
There are also some great software solutions if you want to backup your computer to another computer. If you are on a Mac, then Time Machine is a feature you can set. Everything from backing up folders to making a full image of your computer to restore at a moments notice.
Most important – Back it up now, because you never know if you’ll get a chance to back it up later.
Congrats to our Roku Winner from Washington DC. Set your calendars because this Saturday, for the first time in 6 years, I launch a new show. The tentative name is “The Morning Tech Show” I will have guests on with me. This is your chance to submit discussion topics for in depth analysis of topics in the Tech World. The show will start with three hosts and expand as we get it rolling. This is part of the initiative to expand the Geek News Central Brand. On todays show, I cover the Set Top Box Conference and a metric ton of tech news and tidbits plus some fun stuff. For a three day weekend there was plenty of news!
The 33rd America’s Cup yacht race gets under way in a week’s time from Valencia in Spain, pitting two of the most hi-tech yachts against in each other in a series of races. The defender is Switzerland’s Alinghi catamaran and the challenger is the US’s BMW Oracle Racing, a stunning trimaran with the world’s largest single wing at over 68m – a 747’s wing is 31m.
There are some great videos on both websites and the cost, complexity and technology on these boats is simply stunning. The winged keels, the composite hulls, everything is being pushed to the limit….and when they go past it, it’s going to be spectacular.
There’s been a fair bit of legal wrangling going on about the race but I’m glad it’s finally going to be settled on the water rather than in the courtroom.
Keep an eye on the action via Twitter and may the best team win.