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WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

Very few things in modern computing probably scare people more than the thought of losing years of data in a blink of an eye. That nightmare, unfortunately, became a reality for thousands of owners of Western Digital's discontinued My Book Live storage last week. Years' worth of files, photos, videos, and everything in between were remotely erased because of some malicious actors that may have been competing with each other. What makes matters worse is that Western Digital itself may have had a hand in actually enabling one of two vulnerabilities that made this remote mass-wipe possible.

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WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

Nothing is scarier than the idea of losing years' worth of data in a blink of an eye, whether through the loss of physical storage or, in this case, the deletion of said data. Owners of Western Digital's old My Book Live storage are unfortunately living that very nightmare as they suddenly discover their external drives wiped clean. It turns out they may have been the victims of a malicious hacker that simply deleted their data, no ransoms asked.

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Synology DSM 7.0 update wants to be your Google Photos replacement

Synology DSM 7.0 update wants to be your Google Photos replacement

A huge portion of computing in the past years has focused on the "cloud", but there have been new movements recently to bring computing back down to Earth, so to speak. Just as microcomputers marked the decentralization of computing away from mainframes, hybrid and edge computing are now bringing some of the responsibility back to on-premise devices, such as IoT appliances and NAS. To keep up with the trends, Synology is pushing a big version 7.0 update to its DiskStation Manager OS, introducing features that not only adapt to the complex needs of users and businesses but also set up Synology NAS devices to become makeshift Google Photos replacements.

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TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

The past few months have seen many office work and processes move into homes because of the ongoing pandemic. Even before that, however, the volume of content we produce and consume even at home has made conventional storage solutions, like the HDDs and SSDs in desktops and laptops, no longer adequate. Modern work and lifestyles have given rise to smaller and more affordable Network-Attached Storage or NAS products targeting homes, whether for work or personal use. The TerraMaster F5-422 is one such NAS and we take a good look at what it delivers to your setup at home.

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WD Red NAS drive branding gets updated to address SMR confusion

WD Red NAS drive branding gets updated to address SMR confusion

Western Digital, one of the biggest names in the data storage industry, got dragged into a rather complicated controversy regarding hard disk technology and marketing. That drama also dragged others like Seagate and Toshiba, though all three companies have, by now, made their official statements and clarifications. WD, however, is still working to clarify its position and its product line and it is doing so by introducing a third category in its Red family of NAS drives.

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WD, Seagate, Toshiba allegedly sell SMR drives without telling buyers [UPDATE]

WD, Seagate, Toshiba allegedly sell SMR drives without telling buyers [UPDATE]

People might take hard drives for granted these days. After all, their use of moving parts makes them less suited for mobile devices and their bulky sizes give off an "old school" vibe. Hard disks and their magnetic plates and moving read/write heads, however, still trump Flash NAND technology when it comes to capacity, which is why they are still the go-to for large storage devices like NAS. Unfortunately, picking out a hard drive is harder than you might think, especially when manufacturers themselves aren't being upfront about the technologies they use.

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How to activate G Suite Migrate beta for data transfer

How to activate G Suite Migrate beta for data transfer

G Suite users were told today that "G Suite Migrate" would launch in beta mode starting this week. This system was put in place in G-Suite for first-party data transfer. This means admins will be able to send massive amounts of data to G-Suite with relative ease. This system also assists admins in assessing and planning migration projects.

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The Best of 2018: Personal Computing Edition

The Best of 2018: Personal Computing Edition

What is a computer? What is a PC for that matter? No, we’re not going to to get dragged into that rabbit hole. Not today. Today, we’ll be looking into the best computers for consumers (sorry enterprise folks) that let them get their jobs done and then some. From hulking all-in-ones to gaming laptops to tiny computers, Here are this year’s creme a la creme to get for yourself or your family as soon as the prices start falling down for the holiday season.

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Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

Synology DiskStation DS119j brings a 1-bay NAS option

NAS products are almost perfect for today’s average household. Such network-attached storage solutions are not only great for backing up digital files that have become critical to today’s workers and students, they are also great for serving up the growing number of digital content we enjoy. NAS, however, scares the heck out of almost anyone unfamiliar with networks and computers because of their complexity of their setup, their maintenance, and their price. Which is why Synology is bringing out the 1-bay DS119j to address those pain points.

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VPNFilter state-affiliated malware pose lethal threat to routers

VPNFilter state-affiliated malware pose lethal threat to routers

It's just been half a year since KRACK threatened almost any device that connects to Wi-Fi networks but now we may have something even more frightening. Or at least that's the sense of urgency and, to an extent, panic that security reports from Cisco and Symantec are giving off. Believed to be state-affiliated or, worse, state-sponsored, the modular VPNFilter malware has already infected around 500,000 routers, not just collecting data but even possibly rendering them completely useless at the push of a button.

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Synology DS918+ NAS Review

Synology DS918+ NAS Review

Our homes are turning into small offices, whether or not they actually have home offices inside. Multiple devices, increased use, and complicated setups now require more than the average box ISPs provide. 4K videos, thousands of photos and documents, and smart TVs have easily made external hard drives ineffective. For data storage and retrieval even at home, and especially in SMBs, you’ll want to invest in a solid NAS solution. And when it comes to such storage boxes, the Synology DS918+ is easily at the top of the line. This is why.

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Synology DS218play, DS218j, DS118 launched for homes, small offices

Synology DS218play, DS218j, DS118 launched for homes, small offices

The amount of data we produce and consume each day is staggering. And that’s not just in our regular lines of work but even with just the photos and videos we take day in, day out, with our smartphones. Storing those at home has become more than just a chore and not everyone subscribes to the sales pitch of the cloud. Why not have a cloud right at home? That’s practically what Synology is suggesting with the launch of the DS218play, DS218j, and DS118 NAS boxes to take care of your personal data storage needs at home or even that of your small office at home or elsewhere.

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