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Data Breaches Breed Loyalty Program Distrust Among Consumers

With company data breaches on the rise, consumers are becoming increasingly wary of sharing personal information with the brands they love. And with good reason. According to a recent survey, 43 percent of U.S. companies, including both Target and Home Depot, have experienced a breach this year. Even the companies that haven't experienced a data breach are feeling the effects of the growing distrust — especially in the travel industry. 

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Data Breaches Hit Nearly Half of U.S. Companies in the Past Year

Treading on the heels of the Home Depot's announcement that 56 million credit and debit cards were jeopardized last week, new research shows that 43 percent of U.S. companies experienced a data breach in the past year. That’s a 10 percent increase from the previous year. 

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With Rising Popularity of Wearables, Data Protection Hiccups Remain

More than 485 million wearable tech devices will ship to consumers annually by 2018, according to analyst predictions. But as these devices grow in popularity and number, so do concerns about protecting the data they generate.

Wearable technologies like the forthcoming Apple Watch and Fitbit, for example, can record the location and daily routines of users, information that could be tempting for hackers to exploit. Here's a look at the data protection challenges wearable technologies pose to two industries: 

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Apple Takes Bold Stand Against Sharing Customer Data for Advertising Purposes

With government surveillance of customer data at an all time high, tech companies address their privacy policies around data protection differently, and Apple has made customer data privacy a priority by baking changes into the iOS 8 software update. Customers have good reason to be concerned about companies selling their information to advertisers or companies themselves, especially since privacy policies are often so vague. 

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The Cloud Could Mitigate Data Protection Complexity in the Connected Future

Before connected devices and the emerging Internet of Things, companies produced and stored the majority of data in the digital universe. But with a new generation of devices like Nest, Google Glass and Apple Watch, consumers are adding to the piles of data that needs to be backed up and stored.  

More than 212 billion "things" will be connected in 2020, predicts IDC, and as companies store data from users around the world, they will rely on multiple data ingestion points to keep data stream flowing. 

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Introducing Acronis True Image 2015: The Most Complete, Safe and Easy Backup Solution Available

With the launch this week of Acronis True Image 2015, a great product just got better. The latest update makes Acronis True Image 2015 the only solution that gives users full system image backup and recovery and offers and dual protection (both local and to the cloud) across both PC and Mac environments.

Built on Acronis’ innovative AnyData Engine technology, Acronis True Image 2015 ensures that all data in a user’s system is completely protected — including email, music files, photos, videos, documents and even browser settings. Everything. On PC and Macs.

But data backup isn’t the only function that’s quick and easy with Acronis True Image 2015. Recovery is simple, too. Now, users have total control over the recovery process and can choose to recover individual files, or the entire system, to any hardware.

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What IT Leaders Can Learn from Facebook's Extreme Data Center Test

Just because a system and its data are backed up doesn't mean the underlying data protection methods will work if something goes wrong. To find out, IT must verify that the systems are in place and function correctly. Facebook recently took that advice to the extreme by shutting down one of its data centers to test how the infrastructure and systems would perform. 

"This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually respond," Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, said at the @Scale Conference in San Francisco. 

The team's motivation for performing the tests was to learn to embrace failure and to react and recovery quickly, Parikh said. 

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4 Data-Driven Skills for the Modern IT Pro

Demand for data-driven insights is insatiable for most companies, and many of them are turning to their information technology departments for guidance. This year 32 percent of companies planned to increase the headcount in their IT departments, according Computerworld’s 2014 Forecast survey.

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Exposing the Specter of ‘Shadow IT’

These days, consumers are bringing their own devices — and their own apps — to work. Sure, the consumerization of IT is not a new threat, but it’s one that many companies still struggle to contain.

While there are benefits to employees using tools they know and like, experts caution about the security and data protection downsides. Tech Page One writer Scott Koegler offers seven tips to control the “Shadow IT” menace, including:  

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Spinning Beats: How One DJ Backs Up His Music

A DJ without music makes for a pretty dull concert. For DJ John DeAscentis, that means protecting his valuable collection of high-end music files is a top priority. 

DeAscentis first began experimenting with DJ software his sophomore year of college. He grew up playing instruments, so he was familiar with the basic tenants of music, but Electronic Dance Music (EDM) was a far cry from the guitar and violin.

After graduating, DeAscentis returned home to Boston where he began to play more shows throughout the New England area whenever he could find the time. Slowly, he began to meet other DJs and became a part of the growing EDM scene. As his music library expanded, he started seeking out new backup methods — and new ways to share his music.

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“You know how a lesser-quality video is more grainy?” DeAscentis asks. “It’s the same thing with MP3 files. You want to be using the highest quality you have."