Some of you may have seen me mention recently that my site had been hacked. Google, as understanding as ever, put a ‘manual spam action’ on my account, and made me sit on the naughty step. However, thanks to Mammasaurus, I found out about a plugin called Wordfence, which scans your site for any erroneous hidden links, or if someone is trying to hack into your account.
As you know, home insurance often covers lost digital property and Tesco Compare home insurance asked me to review a hard drive – talk about timing! Believe me, there’s nothing worse than the feeling you get when you think that 4 years’ worth of your work has disappeared. I did used to have a hard drive and backed up religiously … then life got in the way and it fell to the bottom of my ever-growing To Do list.
Well, not anymore.
I now have the ‘Western Digital My Book Mac Edition 2TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0’. It’s a high capacity storage solution, I know that much, and it’s specially formatted for Macs – it also works with Apple’s TimeMachine backup system if you use that.
And now for the technical bit:
- Powered directly from the USB port on your computer (no separate power supply needed.)
- USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility.
- WD SmartWare software that acts as a visual control centre for all your data.
- Password protection security and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
- WD GreenPower Technology lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30% (very energy saving.)
- Weight: 1.2kg
- Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.8 x 16.5 cm
- Item model number: WDBAAG0020HCH-EESN
- Hard drive size: 2000 GB
This hard drive enables you to retrieve lost files, allowing you to retrieve your valuable data to its original location, whether you’ve lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
Fundamentally, it’s a peace of mind gadget. I don’t ever want to be in the position where my website is at risk (again) and I don’t have a secure back-up, so this is ideal. If it’s easy for me to use, I can safely say that pretty much anyone can use it. My data is now protected from unauthorised access or theft (password protection and hardware based encryption) … *shakes fist at all hackers* … so I’m pretty sure I’m now as secure as I can be. That’s my precious photos saved, my blog, my personal letters that I wrote in anger but never intended to send (we all have those right?) … even my music is backed-up.
I like the fact that the WD Smartware is always watching. Not in a ‘my computer’s come to life ‘Her’ thing … but whenever I change a file and save it, or create new documents, add new pics/music, they are all instantly backed-up. Everything is organised via the control centre. Easy-peasy.
I feel it’s important to point out though that I’ve only been using this drive for a couple of weeks, but it’s been glitch-free so far. I checked some online reviews and strangely enough, they veer between 1* and 5* reviews so whether there was a faulty batch, I’m not sure, but it’s always wise to check reviews (such as this one and maybe Amazon) to get the bigger picture.
This unit retails at approximately £88, so it’s always advisable to do your homework.
Anyway, it’s early days but I’ve been impressed so far …. it does exactly what it says on the tin.
*This post is in association with Tesco home insurance and all views are my own.