What in the world is a honeypot you ask?! To put it simply, a honeypot is like bait you set out to lure computer hackers and scammers into exposing themselves. This allows you to trace the origin of the hacker and identify him or her to prevent future attacks.
Of course, this also gives the security risk of exposing yourself to the hackers. Putting a honeypot out there is almost a call for attention from individuals looking to exploit others and take advantage of insecure setups. Naturally this isn’t a situation everyone is comfortable in, so honeypots aren’t for everyone. They can be a good idea for computer security experts or individuals with a need to insure system security.
There are several different types of honeypots of varying complexity. These can be physical machines or virtually emulated ones to lure a hacker into showing themselves before doing any damage. Honeypots can be very beneficial to some but not necessary for others, so if you are interested, research and see if it is an appropriate solution for your secure setup.
The Internet can be a scary place where anyone can be a victim at any time. But some may take comfort in knowing that certain hackers and black hat computer experts are focusing their attention on targets they think can afford to take a hit. McAfee and Guardian Analytics has identified a network of thieves who have stolen anywhere from %60-100 million so far, with attempts to steal much more. The campaign has been dubbed “Operation High Roller” and the targets are U.S. companies with at least several million dollars in their accounts.
The operation consists of at least 12 different groups. Specific targets are identified using online reconnaissance, but beyond that methods of infiltration vary. Amongst other exploits, the hackers are finding security flaws in automated transactions. As with most computer security issues, the attackers will always move quickly to expand their capabilities, challenging the defenders of computer security systems to keep up.
It is common knowledge that airplanes contain a “black box” that records all the activities taking place on a flight. But what about your car?
Since 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required new vehicles be made with a similar technology that functions as a black box inside automobiles. Facts such as how fast you were going, road conditions, and whether you were wearing your seat belt are recorded. In many states, this data is accessible by insurance companies without the car owner ever being aware.
Are car black boxes a violation of privacy, or an appropriate safety mechanism? Tell us what you think!
We have been asked many times if we recover data from mobile devices, and the answer is yes. So aside from your photos and your music, how important could data from a mobile device be?
Well, a jury in New York recently convicted William Balfour based on information provided through digital forensics of his cell phone. A forensic investigator provided testimonial that triangulated Balfour’s phone at the time of a murder of which he was accused. The jurors indicated the cell phone records were the key to making their final decision.
We see a lot of crazy disk damage here at DriveFish, but we can’t say we’ve ever received anything this extreme! A hang glider from British Columbia swallowed a memory card of pictures after his tandem partner was detached from the glider.
So what are the odds of recovering data from a memory card that has literally been digested by a human stomach? Pretty good according to Blackstone Forensics! The company believes the solid state nature of these memory cards can preserve the data through extreme environments, and data should be recoverable in spite of the disk’s journey.
While we certainly don’t wish any of this on anyone, we enjoy reading stories about the cutting edge of data recovery and digital forensics. But short of an event like this, we hope DriveFish can help you with all your data recovery needs!
We’ve mentioned before that we receive submissions for data recovery from all over the world. Just the other day we received a submission from Gary in New York, NY.
Gary had dropped his drive and it was no longer showing up in the system as well as clicking, so he began looking around for data recovery companies. Like many people, he couldn’t believe our price point when he found us and had to call. We told him about what we did, and he shipped his disk to us, which we were able to get a full recovery on.
We appreciate everyone’s business, and we know many people out there like Gary in the big city of New York had plenty of local options to choose from for data recovery. There is a reason people choose to send their drives to DriveFish. They understand it is best to send your important data to professionals that will recover it safely and maintain the integrity of the data.
Whether you’re in New York, NY, Los Angeles CA, Chicago, IL, or St. Louis, MO, DriveFish will still offer you the best hard drive data recovery for the lowest cost.
We just sent a drive back to Tina from Los Angeles, California, whose hard drive crashed with several important work projects on it that had not been backed up.
Like many of our customers, Tina was naturally concerned and nervous to open up her computer, pull out a hard drive, and send it across the country. But after speaking with us, she felt much better about the situation and was eager to send us her drive and see what we could do. We were thankfully able to get Tina’s projects back.
We know places like Los Angeles California, Atlanta Georgia, and Austin Texas have plenty of local computer shops that seem like they would be able to take care of data recovery. But as we’ve discussed throughout our site and you will learn with some simple internet reading, it is always best to leave data recovery to the experts.
At DriveFish, we handle data recovery cases all day, and we pride ourselves on offering the best service for the lowest price point in the business. Regardless of what state or country you live in, send your disk to DriveFish for the best option in data recovery services.
We could hear the windy city in the background when we picked up the phone!
Brian from Chicago, IL called with an external drive that was no longer being recognized by the operating system. A local computer shop had told him that they would have to send it to a third party that they would not tell him who it was, and they would not tell him how much the price would be but said at least 500$. This was unacceptable, so he continued looking around until he found DriveFish.
We told him about our free diagnosis, and realizing he had nothing to lose Brian sent his drive to us. He turned out happy he did, because we recovered his data for less than half of what he was otherwise looking at.
We appreciate Brian’s and everyone’s business from all over. We know there are great IT services all around the country and globe, but very few reputable data recovery experts. Whether you are in Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Detroit, MI, Austin, TX, or Miami, FL, let DriveFish be the people to handle your data recovery needs for the best service at the lowest cost.
We like to think that every professional out there knows what they are doing and takes pride in their job.
Most local computer companies have knowledgeable, skilled workers capable of fixing many issues, and a lot of them probably know a bit about data recovery. But these folks don’t spend all day focusing on data recovery like we do, and many otherwise qualified technicians do not know how to safely perform data recovery.
This unfortunately results in a lot of lost data when a local computer company mishandles someone’s drive. This is one of many reasons we suggest as soon as you recognize your hard drive has an issue, to no longer boot it and send it to DriveFish where highly trained and certified engineers know precisely how to handle sensitive data in a manner that will not risk losing any more.
If your data is truly important to you, don’t risk it! Send it directly to us.
We often get asked if we can recover data from laptop hard drives, and the answer is YES!
Just because it’s packed in a little tighter and harder to find, hard drives in laptops work like hard drives in desktop computers, which also means they’re capable of failing the same ways! If your laptop hard drive dies and you need to recover data off it, you can send DriveFish the entire laptop, or simply remove the disk from the laptop – it’s only a few small screws!
We are of course not limited to desktops and laptops either. We are capable of recovering from external hard drives like Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Samsung, and Toshiba. We even recover camera memory cards like Canon and Nikon, so whatever your media format is, don’t hesitate to let DriveFish be the company to recover your data!