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Friday, May 19, 2017

Ransomware

WARNING- It can happen to you. The message we overlook or ignore and think "nah- that won't happen to me" and then...BOOM! It happens to you.

So what exactly happened to me you might be asking?

Well, just like the perfect storm, for me it was the perfect series of unfortunate events. My computer was infected by the dreaded Ransom ware virus and I ended up losing and entire year's worth of bookkeeping and all my collected photos of our manufactured signage portfolio and documents. You might be thinking a computer savvy person would have daily backups and just be able to restore right? Wrong- I was unlucky enough to have been disconnected from our backup server by a software IT guy and I never knew it.

I believe the initial virus began when I opened one of the Resumes sent for a job posting. Shortly after that my computer was sluggish, wasn't loading properly and then photos were corrupted. Finally a message came on - Your computer has been infected with Ransom ware and you can pay $450 to get the code to release your files- blah blah blah.

We had to call in an IT guy to restore my computer the best he could. My last backup was 9 months prior, when a software guy deleted the path to the Server. Maybe that was a good thing because the virus didn't spread past my hard-drive, so, at least I was able to retrieve my files from before the last backup. The bad thing was I still had to recreate 9 months worth of data entry and rebuild my files. It was a long hard road and things aren't back to the way they were, but it's functioning. The lesson learned was a difficult one. You think it's bad when there's a power outage and you lose a file- imagine 9 months worth- or worse for those people who have no backup- Everything. It's like a house fire- gone.

Small businesses cannot afford this to happen to them. The convenience of computers sets us up for controlled failure. You really are at the mercy of hackers etc. I've learned my lesson. I am more careful about backing my work up on multiple sources and keeping paper files handy.

Let this be a warning to you...

Posted by Stephanie at 11:45 AM
Edited on: Thursday, June 08, 2017 1:41 PM
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