Here's how and why to begin building a practice of doing regular backups
March 31 is World Backup Day, a day created to encourage everyone to backup their files at least once a year.
The idea is a simple one: take a day to highlight one of those critical but mundane tasks that everyone knows they should do, but never get around to doing. It’s a lot like changing the batteries in your smoke alarm (which we’re encouraged to do when we change our clocks, for similar reasons).
While backing your files up is a good thing, these days it may be better to think of this as World Ransomware Protection Day. That’s because backups are the single most effective way anyone protects themselves and their businesses against ransomware, hands down.
The reason for this is simple: A ransomware attack destroys the files you care most about. Ransomware doesn’t delete them, at least not initially. But when you experience a ransomware attack, your access to your files is gone, just like if your hard drive had crashed.
Because your files are encrypted rather than outright destroyed, ransomware attacks immediately start a discussion of “should you pay the ransom or not.” Law enforcement and most security professionals will tell you that you shouldn’t pay the ransom for many reasons, not least of which is you can pay the ransom and still not get your files back. At which point if you pay, you’ve lost not only your files but also your money.