Why are backups so important?
Last year, the world was hit by the spread of the now infamous WannaCry ransomware virus outbreak. The speed at which it infected systems worldwide was unprecedented.
Over 230 000 devices were contaminated in 150 countries. Ransomware (ransom malware) is a type of malicious software that locks and encrypts a victim’s computer data (like documents, contact details and photos), then requires a ransom in order to regain access.
The WannaCry hackers demanded at least 250 euros to restore access. If you had a backup, you could restore most of the data yourself without needing to pay a ransom.