Someone out there might be wondering where the heck I've been - so it seems like a good time to review the importance of backing up genealogical data or any other data for that matter. About two weeks ago, just as I was hoping to get back on the blogging track after renovations to my home, a friend coming to live with us, and my older daughter moving home again, I got a virus. Not your ordinary virus either.
Usually I am protected by Sophos which is an outstanding software available from Staples for small businesses. I had this not only for my genealogical business but also because over the last 8 years or so I have worked for a publishing company and handle their accounts receivable. I have other jobs too but that's besides the point. Sophos is supposed to be near impossible to break through, and apparently it is with a couple exceptional new viruses developed by hackers who have taken on the challenge to deeat the best. Much like what happened to Mac when the started saying it was unhackable. Anyway, you guessed it - one of these viruses is what I got.
It appears to have shutdown Sophos first, then gone almost immediately to my Quickbooks program & corrupted that moving quickly on to the entire operating system. Sophos was excellent trying to combat the virus by phone for four hours to no avail & then again in person at my home, again for four hours to no avail, all at no charge to me.
Long story short, I had to completely reinstall my operating system, overwriting all my programs installed after purchasing my computer and wiping out all my data files. Luckily though...I was able to restore these files because I put them on an external hard drive from Staples for 50.00. Total time backing up all my files 40 minutes. This is the most important piece of hardware you can purchase for yourself and your peace of mind. If I did not have this - everything would be completely gone.
Now there are other options like dvd's, cd's but those take a ton of time & many disks to get through a thorough back-up, plan on hours and hours of time if you are going that route. Another option is online back-ups. These are convenient & take the remembering out of it because they usually work on an automatic basis, so they are a good choice if you have the extra money and a hard time remembering, or are not that computer handy.
Bottom line is - what ever you choose, choose something! Don't risk losing everything you've worked so hard on completing!
Well, I'm off to call Sophos & get it reinstalled! Because despite this virus, I still believe this is the best virus protection program.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy