Good backups are a crucial part to every system. Backups can help keep your data safe through everything from accidentally deleting a file to an earthquake toppling your building. They are also crucial when it comes to certain types of virus infections.
There is a virus that has been going around for a few years called Cryptolocker. As with most viruses, it is constantly being updated, and can get by anti-virus software at times. This virus attacks all of your files, as well as files on network drives attached to the infected computer. You can attempt to pay their ransom (which can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars), but there is no guarantee you’ll actually get your files back.
We recently dealt with a client with this problem. Not only did the user’s computer become useless, but the virus destroyed all of the files on the server as well. Fortunately, since we had regular backups running, and were able to get them up and running again quickly. Another person told us about how they had gotten the same virus on their personal machine, however they did not have regular backups running and ended up losing a lot of data.
There’s a rule of thumb regarding backups, called the 3-2-1 rule. It states that you should keep at least 3 copies of your data (since even backups can fail) on at least two types of media, and at least one in an off-site location. We offer various backup services, including cloud-base backup. Contact us today for an assessment and find out how we can help protect your data!