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Source: SANS security tip
Turn off Bluetooth if you are not using it on your computer or device. Not only does this make it more secure, but it also saves battery life.
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Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 is here!

Source: Veeam

Every time I view the latest download statistics, read through the product reviews on communities such as Reddit or Spiceworks and others, or just watch demo videos on YouTube, I am amazed with the tremendous success of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE. To tell the truth, we are very proud of getting so much feedback from you, since it keeps us busy delivering the most-demanded functionality to your Windows-based devices.

Today, I would like to introduce our next update, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5, and shed a little light on its new features.

What’s new?

As I said before, we are listening to your feedback very attentively, so don’t be surprised when you find your feature in the list below.

Email notifications

This has probably been the most-requested feature since the initial release of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE last year, and we’re very proud to announce that it’s finally ready to make its debut. You will agree that manual configuration is boring, so with version 1.5 you will be able set the email notifications by only typing in your email address (maybe password, if your SMTP server requires authentication) and get your backup history sent directly to your mailbox. Of course, for custom setups, we leave an option to specify SMTP settings manually.

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5

Additional scheduling options

Our scheduler was already very powerful, and almost everything was possible when you worked with the Backup no more often than… option. However, we want to keep making things easier for you, so starting from the new version you will be able to use a weekly schedule in a more robust way by setting your backup job to run on weekdays only or on specific days of the week. Additional care may be necessary when your computer was inactive due to hibernation or being shut down – now you can set the scheduled backup to be created immediately after your computer is awaken or powered on.

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5

Another defense against CryptoLocker

Believe me, CryptoLocker is one of those types of malware (ransomware) that you’d never want to get in touch with. The one and only solution so far is to perform a complete restore from the backup.

How about the fact that your backup files can be encrypted too? Of course, while using a Veeam Backup & Replication repository or a shared folder as a destination, you can potentially solve this issue by setting up separate backup accounts and limiting end user access to repositories, but local targets like USB devices remain unprotected.

With Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 you have an option to automatically eject your USB device after backup has completed. I blogged previously about CryptoLocker and Veeam Endpoint Backup.

CryptoLocker protection

Customizable destination for standalone full backups

A standalone backup is a great way of creating a backup that never expires and can be stored as an image on any media of your choice. Previously, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE kept such backups at the location defined in your backup job, but today you can just click the tray option “Backup to another location” and set the desired custom path. This option is also supported when starting standalone full backup through the command line.

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5

And much, much more…

As usual, there are more features behind the curtain. Version 1.5 has a few noticeable user interface (UI) enhancements such as a job’s progress being shown in the taskbar, the Control Panel’s backup chart can be switched from size to time by right-clicking the chart, and the Wi-Fi network signal being displayed while booted using the Veeam Recovery Media. And speaking of recovery – resize can be performed in gigabytes now, so you won’t need a calculator to count how many megabytes you need to allocate for your terabyte volume.

There are several changes in technical support logic as well. First, you have to agree with application logs being collected and sent to our side. Second, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE will perform an up-to-date check and ask you to upgrade if you’re running an old version prior to opening a support case.

We’re also giving the batteries for your mobile devices, such as laptops and tablets, some extra attention with this release. In addition to our existing logic that postpones backup jobs when a device’s battery level falls below 20%, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE now detects when your device is not connected to a charger and suspends the backup job in attempt to reduce power consumption and save battery life.

In this version, we also improved the overall performance of file-level backup and added the experimental feature to skip bad blocks during the backup. The latter is not available by default, however, if you notice backups are failing due to disk corruption, you can request this solution from the support team.

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5

Conclusion

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 brings many enhancements, some of which are visible while some others are under the hood. Many of those are direct requests from you and we continue to work and review all the feedback you are sharing with us.

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Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 is here!

Digital Transformation Brings Job Opportunities for Skilled Candidates

Source: Cisco
The fourth industrial revolution is here. Soon connections will be limitless as we evolve at an exponential pace. The World Economic Forum showcased this revolution and the technological transformation to digital transformation. Cisco believes digitization will be the most exciting phase of the Internet yet. By 2020, it’s predicted there will be 50 billion connected […]Digital Transformation Brings Job Opportunities for Skilled Candidates

Our Software-Centric Strategy for Helping Customers Achieve Business Outcomes

Source: Cisco
2015 was a big year for Cisco as we made tremendous progress on our journey to provide a simpler and richer customer experience across all of our offerings. As Chuck said on our recent earnings call, “Our portfolio is more strategic than ever to companies and countries that are digitizing everything.” Customers worldwide rely on […]Our Software-Centric Strategy for Helping Customers Achieve Business Outcomes

Unique Passwords

Source: SANS security tip
Make sure each of your accounts has a separate, unique password. Can’t remember all of your passwords/passphrases? Consider using a password manager to securely store all of them for you.
Unique Passwords

Reinventing the Data Center for a Digital World: Cisco HyperFlex Systems

Source: Cisco
Successful innovators can sneak up on you. Apple’s iPhone actually followed a string of other smart phones from competitors like Nokia, Microsoft and Research in Motion (Blackberry). Nor were Google, Facebook or Netflix the first movers in their markets- or Henry Ford if you want to go further back. There were already competitors in each […]Reinventing the Data Center for a Digital World: Cisco HyperFlex Systems