Over the weekend, my wife received two emails that contained the W32.Sober@mm worm. Since I run Norton antivirus, my computer was able to catch the worm before it propagated to my wife’s contacts. So what does this have to do with backups? Well, when I got this worm it made me realize that there is a lot of precious data on my PC which is extremely vulnerable.
Prior to receiving this worm, I mainly backed up my data because I was concerned with having a hard disc failure. This past weekend made me realize that my data is also vulnerable to an attack from a virus. For example, what if I were to receive a virus that wasn’t caught by Norton? What if this same virus went ahead and removed all JPEGs or MP3s from my machine? What would I have done then?
The amount of important data that an average PC user possesses is astonishing. I currently have about 39 GB of MP3s and 16 GB of pictures on my PC. I don’t consider myself the norm however, if the “average” user has even 25% of the amount of data that I own, this would still be a lot of digital content. If I were ever to loss this data, I would feel horrible. Especially since as of four years ago, I haven’t taken a picture using traditional film. Needless to say, I’ve captured a number of great moments that I would never want to lose.
I myself perform backups to an external hard drive on a regular basis. If I were to receive a virus like I described above, I would more then likely be ok. That being said, nearly none of my friends or family members have any type of backup system in place!
Now more then ever it is important to backup your precious data. We as a culture are becoming more and more dependant on digital content. I hope that this post makes you realize that backing up your digital content is extremely important. Don’t let an incident such as a virus or hard disc failure teach you a lesson. Backup your data before it is too late!
What do you do to protect your data? Do you already have a backup procedure in place?