The recent upswing in computer attacks serves to remind us that everyone can experience phishing, ransomware, or other theft of your data. Once a hacker has your data, it is not simply a matter of “getting it back” or “recovering” your images, accounting, correspondence, and whatever else you keep on your devices. That data is now Free Range – it is out in the world and cannot be pulled back. If that data includes access to your banking and investments, you may really be sunk.
A false sense of security may be fostered through backups and cyber insurance. For those individuals and companies who go to great lengths to protect their information, they are likely to discover that backups are equally corrupted by malware and/or their cyber insurance does not cover them for the event they have experienced. Create a series of backups that are separate from your device (and family or business networks) and secure the backups in a safe (preferably fire and waterproof) location – best practice is a separate backup drive combined with a backup in the cloud. To learn more about how to go about protecting your data, the pictures of your family and friends, your bank accounts, and everything else digital in your life, the FTC provides free tips for consumers and businesses at: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/. You can search by topic and get up-to-date, easy to follow instructions.
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