Brian Krebs, an Internet security expert has just written a blog post about how hackers are taking hold of websites - their pages, files and images - and holding them out for ransom. They insert malicious software code that infects the users documents and locks them with another code - that is nearly impossible to break. A ransom is required to be paid, to get the files back. Aargh!
A similar situation happened back in March when CBC aired a report in March, that a family had to pay an $800 ransom to get back their family photos. Ouch!
What's the solution? It's a simple, yet time-consuming and few people do it on a regular basis. Back up your most valuable documents, photos, websites and more - and there are services for that. (And, keep your computer running in tip-top shape too.)
For business especially - especially startup entrepreneurs and small business which doesn't have a regular IT staff - It's also really important to have a strategy for how, and how often you back up your valuable documents, and for managing where they are backed up (i.e., external drives vs. cloud services; short-term vs. long-term storage; version control; retrieval and restoration and timing).
Every situation is different and the key is to develop a strategy that works for you and your business, that makes economic and practical sense - and can get you up and running quickly. Otherwise, a disaster can quickly become a nightmare, and an expensive one at that.
Feel free to get in touch with Randy - he can help you create a computer / server backup strategy that works for you and your budget.