Disconnect your WD My Book Live external HDDs from the internet NOW!


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4 Jun 2021
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Big security flaw could let an attacker wipe and / or steal all your data. WD recommends disconnecting the drive from the internet immediately.

This is the kind of reason why I've never made my home data available over the internet even though it would be useful, since it takes just one incident for it to ruin everything.



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13 Jun 2021
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Yeah... I've never used any of the web backup options that come packaged with external HDDs these days, more because I still don't wholly trust The Cloud, but this sort of thing is another good reason to avoid using such systems...

I'm using Google Drive for a few less important bits and bobs, but don't feel particularly comfortable even doing that.
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