Keeping Your Android Phone As Secure as Possible

Our phones are becoming increasingly important — anyone can see that. If you’re really serious about keeping your Android phone close to you at all times, then you need to focus on security. Ultimately, you can look at security with your Android phone from tow different viewpoints: data security and physical security. You want to make sure that no one takes your physical phone, and you also want to make sure that no one messes with your data. Computer security from a mobile perspective can be tricky, but it isn’t impossible.

One of the first things that you want to make sure that you’re doing when you’re trying to keep your Android phone safe is to actually look at your apps list. When we hear about a new app, our first reaction is to download the app and install it without really thinking about the control it will have over our phone. Android apps have a tendency to roam the system more than other types of apps or other types of phones. This can be a blessing or a curse, but the truth is that you don’t have to have every app running wild on your system. You will need to look at the permissions that you allow the application to run. For example, if you know that an app has no business accessing your contacts list, and then you will want to make sure that you deny that app that privilege — it’s really that simple.

Along these same lines is that fact that you really need to only download apps from a trusted source. The Android market is just one source, but it’s a trusted one. If there’s a bad app in there, it won’t last for long — there’s just too many people looking over the list of apps there with a fine-tooth comb. Continue reading “Keeping Your Android Phone As Secure as Possible”

Moving from the iPhone to the Android World in Style

If you’re looking to change away form your Apple iPhone, you really can’t go anywhere without reading about happy users on the Android phone platform. So if you’ve got some extra money burning a hole in your pocket, you can go out and get an Android phone without too much hassle — when prepaid providers are rocking the Android platform, you already know that picking up a phone isn’t going to be a real big deal.

However, there are plenty of guides on that. You will also need to think about how to truly transition from your iLife to your Android life. When Android first came out, this was really a pain. However, the power of open source means that nothing is ever truly painful for very long. If you’ve got a shiny new Android phone in your hand and your old iPhone close by, let’s see what we can do about getting your phone rocking and rolling.

First and foremost, you will need to make sure that you have your contacts. Now, if you have iTunes, this is a snap. You just need to sync your contacts with Google, and then have them float over to your Android phone. This is something that’s actually not hard, and you can usually walk through the synchronization process without too much trouble.

Yet enjoying your Android phone is more than just contacts — there are other things that you will need to do as well.

One of the first things that you will need to do is make sure that you have your phone secured. This means setting a password and also installing apps that can control who has access to your phone. Continue reading “Moving from the iPhone to the Android World in Style”

Methods of backing up and recovering database data

There are many reasons why your computer may suddenly lose its data, including some of the following: hardware fails, virus, incorrect keystrokes (UPDATE, DELETE), software bug, disaster (fire or flood). You’ll want to have a strategy for recovering database data if you are concerned that you might lose your data one day. One thing you can do, that’s easy to make happen, is a full database backup.

For a full database backup, you would back up your data once a day, say, or after you turn your computer’s apps off at night. You can easily restore your computer data’s to the time when the last backup occurred, if you need to. Many formats and applications do this automatically. A full database backup is an excellent idea, and it backs up all information needed to restore your computer, including Meta information. If you need to restore your computer, it will go back to the time of the last backup.

Differential backups are something new. If you need to restore your computer before you back up your data, you are at a loss, and you lose a whole day’s work if you are backing up your computer at night alone. You can also perform database backups more frequently, if you need to. One option, the differential backup, allows you to restore the last full backup and then use just the differential backup you last performed.

recovering database data

Hiring a data recovery and computer repair specialist

Locally you can find many computer repair professionals who may have advanced hardware for database data recovery and can certainly give you the best advise on recovering your data. There are some kind experts who will even give you a free consultation, as did our local data recovery specialist in Bristol. He was able to figure out the best plan going forward and provide us with the information on how to manually back our database up.

Manual database backup

You can perform a differential backup by typing in, for example:

USE master;
GO
BACKUP DATABASE [name of database]
TO DISK= ‘[path of database]’
WITH INIT, DIFFERENTIAL;

If you’re interested in a transaction log backup, that is an option also. This gives you a backup of every single event that has posted in a database, and it is possible to recover your database to any state you need to. You can actually recover the database to any point in time that you want to. And even if the files are destroyed, you can still perform a backup to any point in time you need to.

One option is to use both transaction and differential backups. This is a smart way to recover your data. You can first restore to the last full backup, then the last differential backup, then all the other transaction log backups that have occurred since then. These are just some ways, but if you are keen on making sure to save your data, you’ll want to consider what works best for you.

 

Data Recovery for Smartphones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Data recovery represents one of the most in-demand services for consumers, which becomes even more apparent as the number of mobile devices and their importance increases.

The demand for recovering data on mobile devices has increased dramatically. Knoll Ontrack reports that this demand rose from 2.7 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in 2013. This demand is expected to continue raising as smart phones and tablets become more integral in the lives of people. Adrian Jean at Evolution Business Data Recovery recently told us at a Bath networking event that more than 25% of his business comes from smartphone data recovery which is up from 5% the previous year.

If you are one of the millions of consumers with a mobile device that stores data, then it’s important that you understand the process of mobile data recovery.

mobile-data-recovery

What is Mobile Data Recovery?

Mobile data recovery differs from traditional data recovery in the fact that mobile data is typically stored in a flash memory module. This module is a small chip or series of chips that uses no moving parts to store data.

When data becomes inaccessible, which can happen from complete device failure or deletion due to malicious software, users typically desire to recover it. Success will depend upon the state of the device and the complexity of recovering the data.

How is Mobile Data Recovered?

The most common way to recover mobile data is to connect the mobile device to a computer. Software can access the software at a developer level, which in turn allows for data that has been deleted to be recovered.

In the event that the device does not work, then the recovery specialist will have to take different steps.

One option to recover data is to repair the device. Problems with the screen or touch pad, such as cracks or complete breaks, generally do not affect the success of data recovery. Problems with the system board and other components will, which represent the types of repairs that may be needed.

Another option is to remove the flash memory chip from the system board. Most iOS hardware utilizes similar memory setups, which means that most flash memory can be desoldered and read by a separate device with a high success rate, this is certianly the case with apple data recovery over other hardware and devices.

If the memory chip itself has faults, then complete data recovery may be impossible. Some data may be permanently inaccessible. Given the way flash memory chips work, it is typically possible to recover a large percentage of data that would be lost if all data cannot be recovered.

The Importance of Using a Specialist

The last point to understand about mobile data recovery is that a data recovery specialist will always give the best odds for successfully recovering your data.

While home recovery solutions exist, these are limited in the scope of their versatility. Accessing a compromised device with this software could lead to permanent data loss, and an inability to recover data.

A specialist will be able to recognize the best technique for recovering data in a given situation, which in turn gives the best chance for complete data recovery with mobile devices.

 

Why Yes, Business Owners Can Use the Android Phone!

Running a business? Here’s some good news; you’re definitely in good company. A lot of people are deciding to take life into their own hands and run their own business, but they don’t always realize how much work goes into staying organized. When you feel like you’re always on the go, you need an assistant that can keep up with you and grow as your business does.

You might think that that means that you will need to hire an assistant, which could be something that’s just out of your business’s budget at the moment. Here’s the next best thing: an Android phone? What’s that? You thought that only a BlackBerry could keep up with your business needs? You’re in for a good surprise: the Android can do just about everything the Blackberry can do…and more.

Let’s stop and look at the common BlackBerry phone, shall we? The BlackBerry line is proprietary — Research and Motion owns the platform, which means that they control the code. There is an applications market, but it’s filled with applications that are source code protected as well. There aren’t that many developers that are willing to reveal the code for their applications, which means that the community at large cannot fix them and make them better. This in turn means that you don’t get as much choice, and you certainly don’t get as much freedom.

Now, let’s swing to your common Android phone. For starters, the phones are designed to be customizable with software. You can sit down and write code for the platform, if you knew the principles of mobile application development. The applications available for the Android phone are designed to do jut about anything that you really want to do with them. What will you create on the platform? Well, that’s up to you. Continue reading “Why Yes, Business Owners Can Use the Android Phone!”