One of the most commonly overlooked areas in technology today is backup and disaster recovery. It has become more important than ever to make sure you have an adequate plan to protect your data. Not only are you at risk for hardware failure, viruses and human error but today we face other challenges like ransomware viruses. These are probably the most insidious and destructive threats to your data. Before about two years ago when they started to surface there were many recovery techniques to try and get data back for those who did not take appropriate backup actions. With these new types of threats there is actually no way to get your information back unless you have good backups. There is also one other caveat in that these new breed of viruses actually encrypt your backup drives as well. There is hope and there is protection though.
As of this writing using Microsoft’s built-in Windows backup on an external drive has been relatively safe from the grips of these encryption viruses. One other way to ensure your backups are safe is to put them on an external drive or thumb drive and remove the drive after the backup has been complete. The absolute best backup technology currently available would be off-site backups. These backups are untouchable by encryption viruses. That is not to say that at some future point they may build in technology to thwart off-site backups and leave the user even more decimated.
You may be asking yourself why does anyone build a program like this. They actually build these programs to encrypt all your files and hold your information hostage. At some point in the process they will try to extort the user for anywhere from $300 to $1000 to get your stuff back. It is truly a horrendous crime and the worst part is that it is largely untraceable and unstoppable. Make sure you invest a little bit of time on the front and to make sure that you are not one of those who has been or will be decimated by this new breed of virus.
With a little preparation and a proper backup plan in place there is no need for you to ever be without your precious data. I’m sure we’ve all been there when we forgot to save that paper or that piece of work but if you lose your entire hard drive you could be spending hours or days re-creating your precious files.