Only around 8% of users backup their data daily. Another 9% backup weekly, 20% monthly, 23% yearly and 25% NEVER backup their data.
Most folks who currently follow a backup routine are either backing up to one external hard drive or to the cloud. In most cases it’s one or the other and never both.
This past Monday there was a bit of news about new Ransomware malware targeting Apple Mac computers. This Ransomware called “KeRanger” was disabled by Apple before it could infect a large amount of computers. It was only downloaded about 6,500 times prior to being found out. In comparison there were about 8.8 million windows PC’s that were infected with Ransomware last year.
Normally Ransomware encrypts all of the files on your computer and then encrypts data on any mapped drives and network shares. To recover your files the normal course of action is to restore them from your most recent backup. If you don’t have a backup then you must pay the ransom which is usually 1 bitcoin or about $414.00 at today’s exchange rate.
This Is Very Alarming!
When experts had a chance to look at the code in “KeRanger” they saw a snippet of unfinished code that had it been completed would have also encrypted any attached backup drives. This is surely a preview of what is to come.
Take Action Now
Here are a few of ways that you can protect your data.
- Don’t open suspicious emails that have attachments or hyperlinks. Even if they are from someone that you know.
- Purchase 2 external hard drives. Use them alternately to backup your data. Use drive 1 on Monday and leave drive 2 disconnected. Disconnect drive 1 on Tuesday and connect drive 2 and then switch back to drive 1 on Wednesday and so on. This way if you are attacked and drive 1 is attached you have the disconnected drive 2 as a backup.
- (Recommended Solution) Use both a local backup and a cloud backup. If your local drive is infected you can always restore your files from your cloud backup. A cloud backup also gives you protection in the event of a disaster.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. TricycleFish is based in Delray Beach and provides computer support to small and medium sized businesses.