Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mozy Halloween Story Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story to our “Dark and Stormy Night” contest. We had over 140 entries, and we enjoyed reading all of them (Over 28,000 words!) We had some difficult decisions to make, but our judges have decided on our four winners. Each of the entires was chosen based on their creativity, originality, scariness, and Mozy-ness. We’ve posted them below for you to enjoy (some entries slightly edited for readability):

Scott Kruger:

It was dark, despite the full moon, as he made his way to the campus library with laptop in hand. The wind blows through the trees lining the walkway. The last remnants of fall clung desperately to the branches silhouetted against the moon as they thrashed about violently. He pulled his jacket up against the chill, trying to warm himself with the knowledge that the only thing left to complete on his final exam paper was the bibliography that he’d fill out upon reaching the library.

The fluttering of a bat in the empty branches above him gave him pause. The noise quickly subsided, and he continued up the walkway toward the lights of the library. Off the path he heard the crunch of leaves. A figure stepped out of the shadows onto the pathway behind him. He looked over his shoulder at the figure. Blood red eyes caught the light of the moon. A fog began drifting in through the woods. He runs toward the lights beyond, dropping his laptop. He leaves it knowing he can recover his paper from the safety of the library. Throwing open the doors he turns around to see wet footprints and nothing more.

D Steinberg:

She was in the middle of reading her friend’s blog when she heard a sound.  It was just after midnight.  Her husband Ed was asleep.  Quietly Judy got up to look around.  The doors were locked, the alarm was on.

“Probably the wind, or a twig brushing against a window,” Judy figured.

Then, suddenly the phone rang.  Who could that be?  Judy answered with growing alarm.  “Oh Judy,” the male voice on the other end of the phone cried out.  “I need help.”

The voice was familiar. “It’s Al.”  “Al Smith,” Judy queried.  Yes, he answered.

“You must come quickly he said.  What’s wrong, Judy asked.  It’s my wife, said Al, now sobbing and noticeably shaken.  What’s wrong with Milly, Judy asked.

Just then Al shrieked and Judy heard a thud as Al’s phone dropped disconnecting the call.  Judy was beside herself.

She woke Ed hysterically, saying “You must go to Al Smith’s house.  Something is wrong with Milly.  I’ll wait here with the kids.  Call me.”  Ed left.   Judy was now alone waiting.

There it was again.. the sound she heard before, now louder and closer.  What had she done?  And who was it really who had called?

David Goldstein:

All was quiet as I finished my term paper, but my blood chilled when a pop-up message appeared on my screen: “MozyHome is protecting your subconscious. Click to view which fears are backed up.” That was replaced a few seconds later with, “One of the fears that paralyzed you in the past
will be restored at midnight.” I sat shuddering in my chair, wondering which of the unbearable possibilities I had pushed to the dark recesses of my mind for self-preservation would be brought to the surface. Would the snake I knew was living in the bathroom sink come out and eat me? Would the nasty e-mail I had thought about writing, and definitely did not write, get “restored” and sent out?
10:30
11:30
12 … “Restoring your fear, please wait … Your fear has been restored successfully. Click to reveal your fear.” I clicked. “Read fault error on drive B: all contents may be lost. Abort, retry, ignore?” Ha ha, boo and pooh to you! My computer doesn’t even have a drive B: Mozy is there for the drives it does have.

Leslie Borghihi:

The laptop sat open on the table I stared in disbelief.  “Account not found.”

“What now?”  I muttered.

I retyped in my login and password, “Account not found.”  I tried another account.  What was going on with this computer?  I restarted it and tried again.  I called tech support.  India did not answer.  Panic was setting in.  I called the bank punched in my account number and password.

The automated voice kindly told me, “We’re sorry unable to authenticate please try again, or press zero for assistance.  Again, no one answered.

I tried my mother.

“Hello, hello, who is this?  I don’t think this is funny.”  The line went dead.

I grabbed my wallet: everything was there.  My door opened, the property owner, and another woman entered.

““We will everything out by Thursday.””

““Great, I’ll take it, where is the previous tenet?””

“Excuse me, I’m right here!”  I shrieked.

“”She died suddenly, no family, and no one she listed as her references knew her.  I assure you we are screening tenets better.””

The two left.

Trying to follow, I found I could not leave the apartment.  The laptop sat open on the table, flashing, “Who are you?”

Again, thanks to all who participated. If you submitted a winning story, you will be receiving an e-mail with more information. Happy Halloween!

The Mozy Cloud Security Team

Learn more about our Cloud Security Team here at Mozy, a major part of our efforts to keep your data safe and secure.

Q: Can you tell me about the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: The Cloud Security team at Mozy consists of 5 members with a combined 75 years of information security experience. We have a lot of fun at Mozy, but when it comes to securing our customers’ data, we’re dead serious. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing the safest, most reliable online backup service on the planet. The team is comprised of security experts from a variety of information security backgrounds with the common goal of keeping our customer data secure. This goal has been a driving force behind building Mozy’s Cloud Security program to where it is today.

Q: What is the role of the Cloud Security team at Mozy? 

A: It’s our job to ensure security of our customers’ data. As technology and threat vectors continue to change and evolve, so must the team. The Mozy Security team provides training, thought leadership and consulting to the rest of the organization. We’re constantly making incremental changes to improve the security footprint.

Q:  What audits, certifications, or other security measures has Mozy achieved?

A: Mozy applies a risk-based methodology to its Security program. A SOC 1 SSAE 16 Type II audit (formerly called a SAS 70 Type II audit) is performed on an annual basis as well as surveillance audits between ISO 27001 certifications. We’re proud of the fact that Mozy is the first online backup vendor to achieve ISO 27001 certification.

Q: Can we expect future blog posts from the Mozy Cloud Security team?

A: Definitely!

For more information about Mozy’s security, click here.

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

Few scenes set the stage for scary happenings like a dark and stormy night, as was the case in Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Paul Clifford. We’re in a frightfully spooky mood here at Mozy and would love to hear your scary computer tales as part of our Halloween contest. Join the fun for a chance to win one of four $50 gift cards!

To participate, write your best (fiction or non-fiction) conclusion to one of the following opening sentences, then send your entry to contest@mozy.com by Thursday, October 27, 2011:

All was quiet as I finished my term paper, but my blood chilled when a pop-up message appeared on my screen…

  • It was dark, despite the full moon, as he made his way to the library with laptop in hand…
  • She was in the middle of reading her friend’s blog when she heard a sound…
  • The laptop sat open on the table…

Stories must be 200 words or less and will be judged on creativity, originality, scariness, and Mozy-ness. Winners will be announced on the Mozy blog on Halloween—October 31, 2011. One entry per person, please.

Mozy Mobile and the Mashable Awards

Have you found a use for your Mozy mobile app recently? From viewing backed up documents and spreadsheets on my iPhone, to syncing pictures between my phone and computer with the new Stash beta, the app is quickly becoming one of the most used on my phone.

All of the features packed in to this app make it a must-have for every Mozy customer. And the recent release of version 1.2 of the app for iOS devices even allows for the use of personal encryption keys, keeping the data on your phone that much more safe. (Don’t worry Android users – an Android version with the same capability is right around the corner!)

On top of all that, Mozy’s mobile app is in the running for two awards in the 5th Annual Mashable Awards.

The awards are partially determined by fan vote, and we need your vote! You can nominate Mozy for each award once a day between Oct. 11 and Nov. 18.

Click on the buttons below to vote – you’ll be sent to the Mashable site to finish the process.

Nominate Mozy for the “Best Branded Mobile App”:

Nominate Mozy for the “Most Useful Mobile App:”

Don’t yet have the Mozy app on your phone? Get started here: mozy.com/mobile.

About the Mashable Awards:

“The Mashable Awards is a community-nominated voting program that recognizes the companies, people and projects that made the biggest impact on the digital landscape this year. Millions of votes will be cast in 28 categories such as Best New Gadget, Most Social TV Show and Must-Follow Brand on Social Media.”