Retrieve Back All the Lost Data of Offline Data File
What is new in version 4.3?
Version 4.3 added support for MS Outlook 2013.
Manufacturer – MS Outlook Tools
Category – Communications
Subcategory – Email Utilities
Operating System – Windows OS
- Installation of Outlook program is essential for OST file conversion in PST format.
- 20MB of free space on the conversion machine.
- 512MB sized or more of Random Access Memory.
- 1GHz or more processor frequency in the system.
File Size – 16.2MB
File Name – ost-recovery.exe
License Model – Free of cost trial
Limitations of Demo
- Only 25 email items per mail folder can be exported.
Cost – 99USD
Key Functionality of the Software
OST Recovery version 4.3, though the newest release has been in the market since sometime for the recovery and conversion of OST file data items into PST, EML and MSG format. The reason why OST file is not the output of the recovery tool is that even if healthy it cannot be opened without Exchange account; while PST file can be opened easily in Outlook mail program and EML in mail clients like Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, etc.
Features That Make OST Recovery Tool Outstanding
- Retrieves all emails, calendars, contacts, tasks, notes and journal.
- Recovers even permanently deleted (Shift deleted) data items.
- ‘Advance Scan’ check box to fight back major corruption issues.
- ‘Preview’ of all stored data items be it mails, contact details, calendar items, etc.
- ‘Mail Filters’ by Date Range to export selected items files or folders.
- ‘Split PST’ option to divide large sized Outlook data file in small parts.
- ‘Naming convention’ for organized storage of mails in EML and MSG format.
- Outlook client version 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 (32 & 64 bit) is supported.
Tool’s specification – Here, in the working section of the review, demo version has been executed for attaining OST file recovery.
OST file specification:
- The name of the OST file is outlook3.ost
- There are no items in Notes and Journal
Once the .exe file of the OST Recovery is downloaded and installed the tool gets ready to recover and convert a damaged OST file into any one of the three available file formats. Be it Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes or Journals; the utility follows four chief steps to retrieve the data items and they are Open, Scan, Preview and Export.
- Open – This is the first step in retrieval of OST file by the recovery tool and is accomplished by the Add File option as shown in the screenshot below. The tab is located at the top left of the interface and when clicked a small window pops up wanting the OST file to be added.
- By clicking on the Browse tab in the small window, the corrupt .ost file must selected and once chosen the path is displayed next to the Select File
- The second thing that should be performed in the Select Path window is to click on Add File button located on it.
In this way the damaged OST file containing data items g
ets opened and the next step of ‘scanning’ begins.
Note – If the OST file is severely corrupted then the check box Advance Scan must be checked and then the Add File tab of Select Path window should be clicked upon. The screenshot with Advance Scan check box checked is shown below.
- Scan – This is the second step of the recovery operation with OST Recovery application. Once the addition of .ost file get over as mentioned above in the explanation of first step scanning starts. The software starts scanning the opened file and all its stored data items from Mail, Contacts, Calendar and rest of the categories as displayed in the figure below.
When scanning gets completed a small window pops up with the message ‘Scanning completed successfully’ shown in the figure below. Thereafter, the tab OK should be clicked upon.
Moreover, once scanning is over all the data items belonging to different categories gets displayed in the Folder List located at the left of the tool’s GUI as shown in the screenshot pasted below. The folder list displays the item count belonging to each of the categories that the .ost file contains.
- Preview – This is the third major step where the data items stored in the OST file can be previewed before actual exportation.
- Mail Preview – To obtain the preview of emails the Mail tab should be clicked upon as shown in the figure below. On doing this the preview of all emails get displayed; however, with the demo version whose working is shown here only 25 emails per folder can be exported. To export all the mails full release is needed.
- Calendar Preview – To preview calendar items the Calendar category should be clicked upon. The figure below shows the preview of calendar items with details such as Subject, Location, Start time, End Time & Categories. Also, if any attachment is present its preview can also be achieved. The interface gets divided into three sections. On the left is displayed the item count of Calendar category. At the top, in the right portion of the interface all the calendar items are shown whereas at the bottom the details of the selected calendar item is shown.
- Contacts Preview – Similarly, to preview the recovered contact details the Contacts tab must be selected. On doing this the item count of Contacts get displayed in the left side of the interface. On the right side at the top all contacts are shown whereas on selecting any particular contact, its details can be seen in the bottom portion of the interface.
- Tasks Preview – In the same way for previewing the tasks, the Tasks tab should be clicked. When it is done so the window gets divided in three sections as explained above for Contacts and details like Task Subject, Status, Due Date, etc. gets displayed as shown in the figure below.
Note – The same process applies for previewing ‘Notes’ and ‘Journal’ items too. But as the OST file added here does not contain any item of these two categories their preview cannot be obtained. On clicking upon these two tabs, an empty interface is displayed.
- Export & Save – This is the last step in the recovery process of corrupted OST file by the recovery utility. All or any required item from any of the categories can be selected and exported in PST, EML & MSG format by clicking on the Export button located at the top-left of the recovery interface. Once clicked upon, a small window of Export Options appears as shown in the figure below. The file format can be selected by checking the appropriate check box located beside each type.
- If MS Outlook PST file is selected; then the option to filter emails, divide PST file and also to select destination location is provided.
- If EML or MSG format is chosen an additional feature to apply naming convention for emails is provided.
Once the required fields are filled up the tab Export on the Export Options window should be clicked. In this way, the file chosen gets saved at the provided destination location. Finally, in this way the OST file retrieval gets accomplished by the OST Recovery utility without fail.
Finally the Tool’s Overview
From the working of the tool it has been found that OST Recovery Software is a reliable and efficient software application. It maintains Meta data of the extracted emails as well as preserves files/ folders hierarchy. Moreover, it does not exhibit any drawback except that the system becomes a bit slow on its execution.
Here is Why You Should Use Web Content Filtering
In today’s hyperconnected era, the internet has become critical for your business performance. It allows your staff members to seek information, collaborate, and share files in real-time. There are also many web-based platforms that can simplify almost any aspect of your business operations, from bookkeeping to project management.
However, do your employees always use the internet the way they should?
To take a break from their complex daily activities, even your most diligent employees will surf the web, share videos, and quickly scan their social media accounts.
Even though taking a selfie and posting it on Instagram or responding to a friend request on Facebook takes only a few seconds, stats say that these activities may harm the overall workplace performance and cause greater costs. According to Office Team, employees spend 5 hours weekly on non-work activities, which may lead to a worrying loss of $15.5 billion in lost productivity.
One of the most effective solutions to this problem is web content filtering.
Web Content Filtering Defined
When you’re filtering online content, you’re using a piece of software to identify and exclude any forms of inappropriate or dangerous content for your company. These tools recognize character strings that, if matched, indicate that the content is not appropriate for your organization. These could be suspicious files, spammy website content, pornographic content, and even social networks.
Now, let’s see what the benefits of web content filtering are for your business.
Tightened Network Security
The number of cyberattacks is growing. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this trend will die down in the next few years. Namely, today’s online hacks have evolved, which makes them harder to predict and recognize.
Above all, most of them target small businesses. Research says that more than 70% of companies that are hacked are SMBs. The reason for that is simple – small businesses still don’t understand the importance of cybersecurity and are not equipped to fight sophisticated online threats.
One of the most frequent types of cyber threats is phishing attacks. The hacker’s goal is to deceive a user to steal their valuable data. This form of online breaches involves a myriad of tactics that are carried out through emails, social networks, IM platforms, etc. Some well-versed cybercriminals even build fake sites that look trustworthy and then ask users to provide their sensitive data.
Unsurprisingly, employees’ negligence is the greatest cybersecurity risk. Most of them will click on spammy ads, odd links, and download files from unreliable resources without thinking about the consequences of these activities.
This is where web filter solutions help. Namely, they provide services like information control, URL filters, traffic control, proxy control, behavior analyses, and online bandwidth management to prevent infected files from reaching your employees’ inboxes. And, even if an employee receives a malicious file or link, web filters will instantly block their access to such content.
Greater Workplace Productivity
Social networks are often being referred to as workplace productivity killers.
Still, is banning them a good option? Probably not.
First, this may hurt employee satisfaction and indicate that you don’t trust them enough.
Second, social networks are important for building brand awareness. When reposted on your company’s profile, your employees’ behind-the-scenes photos and videos may help you humanize your brand.
However, web content filtering lets you set stricter rules on what kind of content should be accessed at work. You don’t have to block social networks, but you can always filter out not-suitable-for-work (NSFW) websites, such as online shopping platforms, as well as gambling, torrent, gaming, or entertainment sites.
Maintaining Brand Reputation
Your employees’ lack of knowledge may not only hurt your network’s security, but also ruin the reputation your company has been building for years. Just remember that U.S. Airways’ social media manager accidentally published an X-rated photo on the company’s Twitter account. Even though they reacted fast by deleting the photo and apologizing, they still received lots of negative press.
Therefore, web content filtering may be one of the most effective ways to maintain a spotless brand reputation in the digital world packed with spam. URL filtering and real-time monitoring of online activities will reduce the disasters caused by employees misusing the internet, such as publishing offensive content, illegal file downloads, or publishing inappropriate content on your corporate accounts.
The power of web content filtering goes far beyond improving cybersecurity. This is one of the most effective ways to limit your employees’ access to non-work sites and, in this way, increase their productivity and prevent them from sharing any inappropriate content.
Sure, to get the most out of this strategy, don’t forget to educate your employees. They need to know how their use of the internet impacts the overall image of the organization. Most importantly, they should be aware of the major cyber threats and know what to do if they come across them.
Hope this helps!
Windows 10 tops Windows 7 as most popular OS
Windows 10, which was released about three and half years ago, nows top Windows 7 as the most popular OS. A report from Net Marketshare puts Windows 10 in the top spot for desktop operating systems. It’s the first time Microsoft’s OS took the top spot since hitting the market three and a half years ago.
Windows 10 held 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share in December 2018, compared to Windows 7 which sit at 36.9 percent. This is a statistics that is taken Microsoft three and a half years to accomplish, and it shows exactly how mainstream Windows 7 has been since its release almost 10 years prior. The more recent Windows 8.1, meanwhile, is a distant fifth — more than a percentage point below Windows XP.
Windows 10 is now in place on 700 million devices, comprising a broad range of products. Microsoft gambled with the release of a convertible operating system that could bridge the device between PC and tablet, and it appears to have paid off. As has the decision to bring the OS to its Xbox platform.
The market share milestone is an important one for Windows 10, and it comes just a year before Microsoft ends its extended support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. Microsoft have no choice than to convince businesses with deep pockets to move up to Windows 10, rather than settling on the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program for Windows 7 one year from now.
All of this marks a nice end to Microsoft’s solid year, which found it once again at the top of the most valuable companies. Apple, which is now in the No. 2 spot, secured No. 3 on the OS list, with 10.14 Mojave pulling in 4.73 percent of the market.
Google Is About To Fix Terrible Lag Issues On Chrome OS Tablets
So many complaints have been made by users about the Pixel state performance especially when the device is in tablet mode and Users also claim they encounter lagging issues while in the said mode, apart from having a janky experience overall.
According to report, It seems Google is now aware of the issue, at least. Since the Pixel Slate’s sluggish and stuttery user interface is becoming a deal breaker for most consumers, Google is reportedly planning to roll out an update that will improve the performance of its flagship tablet.
Chrome Unboxed has uncovered that Google aims to address performance problems present on the Pixel Slate, particularly issues with lag. What’s more, the fix might actually be a simple one.
Pixel Slate Lag Issues
For sometimes, Many Developers have noticed that much of the performance issues stems from the performance-intensive way the tablet draws rounded corners, and they especially persist when dragging down to reveal the overview mode.
“A lot of animation jank seems to be coming from the use of Mask Layers to create rounded corners. This combined with background blur adds a lot of additional steps in the paint/rendering pipeline,” according per the bug’s description.
When rounded corners are disabled, the performance allegedly improves, even on the Celeron-based Pixel Slate, which is the entry-level model of the lineup.
“The performance (fps increase) and memory improvement (tiles don’t get discarded and we actually see the content) is quite significant on Nocturne Celeron when rounded corners are removed.”
Of course, turning off rounded corners likely won’t solve every lag and performance issue present on the device, but it’s an easy and uncomplicated start, and should significantly increase performance for users who enter overview mode on a regular basis.
When Will Google Release This Fix?
As to when Google plans to release the fix is another story. The company has labeled the bug as high priority, at least, but bear in mind that the discussion dates back to November 2018, which suggests a solution might not be around the corner. Also, Google hasn’t formally acknowledged the Pixel Slate’s performance issues, making it harder to predict if and when the fix is coming.
That’s quite unfortunate since a number of reviewers liken the Pixel Slate as a successful attempt from Google to reinvigorate the tablet landscape, apart from being a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad. Clearly, Google has quite a room for improvement on the software side of things — and definitely on the hardware as well.