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Michael Gracie

No backup plan is ransomware in its own right

The “latest threat” to computer users is supposedly ransomware. For those just visiting, that [ransomware] is a piece of malware that infects your machine, encrypting files and asking you to pay up to get them unlocked.

The standard response is to keep your anti-virus/anti-spyware up to date, and then there is backing up your files. Huh?

I know this couple that lost four years worth of baby pictures when their hard drive crashed. They blamed the computer manufacturer – they called the machine a piece of shit and forced not only a fix, but a backup hard drive as well. All I could ask was where was that backup hard drive in the first place. In fact, there was no backup plan at all.

Yea, you can jump through all the hoops and spend tons of dough on protection against this latest threat. Or, you can buy a hundred bucks worth of multi-tasking security from CompUSA, and learn how to hit the restore button.

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