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Heartbleed Advice for MSPs and the IRS Misses Windows XP Deadline: Weekly Roundup

Unless you've been living underneath a rock for the past two weeks, you've no doubt heard about the panic that the Heartbleed bug has caused among Internet users. MSPs can assuage their customers' concerns by providing them the information they need. Here's the latest on Heartbleed and more data protection news from around the Web this week: 

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Cloud Vendor Buyer's Guide: 4 Ways to Make the Choice a Breeze

A dedicated IT team can help a small business scale and grow quickly, but it's not a luxury all SMBs can afford. But the ever-present threat of a computer crash or other data disasters mean that businesses can't afford not to invest in some kind of IT solution. For many, this means outsourcing at least a portion of IT infrastructure to cloud and other third-party vendors. 

Selecting a reliable cloud provider can be complicated, even for the most tech-savvy buyer. For starters, keep it simple. “Complexity in any mechanism — not just in IT — means too many components working together with a lot of potential tension or incompatibility,” says Sam Roguine, engineering director at Acronis. Here are four basic guidelines to keep in mind when choosing a cloud solution:  

End of Days for Windows XP: 9 Steps Every User Needs to Know

After 13 years, Microsoft finally discontinued support and security updates for Windows XP on April 8th. While the sunset date was no secret, nearly 28 percent of the world’s computers still rely on the massively popular operating system.

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Infographic: Backin' Up The Data

In a recent survey conducted by Acronis, people were asked they value more: their data or their device. The overwhelming answer was data, including precious (and often irreplaceable) photos, videos, music and contacts. However, people are notorious for not backing up that digital data. According to the survey, 40 percent of people hadn't backed up in at least three months. 

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So Long Microsoft XP and What Dark Clouds Mean For IT: Weekly Roundup

Tuesday, April 8 marked the end of an era. Microsoft is no longer providing security updates for XP, its 13-year-old operating system. But despite warnings from security experts, and even Microsofts execs, 36 percent of XP users have no plans to switch. Here's a look at the risks businesses face with lingering instances of XP, tips on how to migrate to a new OS and the latest data protection news from around the Web this week: 

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4 Ways to Stop Mobile Malware in Its Tracks

How much does your workforce know about mobile security? While giving employees the ability to use their personal mobile devices for work, BYOD programs can put an organization at risk for mobile malware when employees' devices are infected. A recent study from Alcatel-Lucent found that the rate of mobile malware infection escalated by 20 percent in 2013 from 2012 — affecting almost 12 million devices. If this should happen to your company, hackers could potentially gain access to sensitive corporate data, says Amber Corrin, contributor for Software Advice, a company that researches IT security solutions. Here are four ways that enterprise mobility experts recommend evaluating mobile malware risk: 

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The No. 1 Priority When Creating a Mobile Policy: Put Employees First

Employees who bring their own smartphones and tablets to work have different ideas about what type of corporate data should be available on their personal devices, and how the company ought to secure those devices. No two companies are alike, so there isn't a template for creating a mobile policy. But there are several components of any successful mobile program — and it starts by treating employees like customers, argues Mani Zarrehparvar, president of Visage Mobile.

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Is Your Data Covered in a Multi-Hypervisor World? Q&A With Acronis' Sam Roguine

It's every IT pro's job to stay on top of the latest technology trends that could help turn a profit or increase employee productivity. Virtualization is so commonplace — Gartner, for example, estimates that Windows servers are nearly 70 percent virtualized — that IT pros might not give it much thought. And that can create problems since virtual data must be protected, starting with the driving force behind virtualization: the hypervisor. 

Here, Sam Roguine, Asia-Pacific engineering director at Acronis, discusses why IT pros neglect to back up the hypervisor, how that puts company data at risk and the need for technology to solve the migration and disaster recovery challenges in a multi-hypervisor world. Are you covered?

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Why Backup Deserves More Than One Day A Year: Weekly Roundup

Backing up your data one day a year just won't cut it. Too many things can go wrong — and fast — and once unprotected data is gone, it's likely gone forever. Solutions such as image backup and deduplication are just two ways that IT pros and average Joes can quickly and efficiently ensure their data is backed up and accessible when they need it. Here are a few data recovery and disaster planning tips and tricks from around the web this week: 

World Backup Day: 24 Hours Just Isn't Enough

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What's in Store for the Future of Your Data?

While we are creating mountains of online data at an extraordinary rate, not much thought is being given to the future of that data. For example, says Nat Maple, senior vice president and general manager at Acronis, consider that by 2032, it's not farfetched to predict that a United States presidential candidate will have a Facebook page that chronicles his entire adolescence. While this raises questions about privacy and the desire to protect potentially embarrassing online broadcasts, it also highlights the amount of insight we can gain in the future from the data we are creating now.