Yesterday a cyber attack hit corporations, governments, organizations, and home users as well, and according to the press, it keeps spreading around the globe. This cyber attack is a ransomware called "WanaCrypt0r 2.0" and it encrypts the data on Windows-based computers. This is quite terrifying for photographers too, as there is still a risk for those who work on Windows PCs and keep their photo archive on PC-mounted hard drives.
This ransomware attack only attacks Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8-based computers, however, Microsoft also released an update for Windows 10 yesterday and reported that they have been still working on the issue for all releases.
If you're infected by this virus, you'll be asked to pay a fee in bitcoin to recover your files, and considering the hassle and stress, it is better to get protected before. While there isn't a current solution for preventing this virus, Microsoft has been updating the released patches, and experts warn users to beware of malicious websites and emails. Unfortunately, I don't think that any anti-virus software is capable of providing on-time protection for cyber attacks this big. In my opinion, the best way to protect your photo or video archive is creating multiple backups and if possible and using cloud backup services for unused photos and system recovery.
For in-depth information about a four-step backup, check out Dylan Goldby's article, and don't forget to share your tips against cyber attacks in the comments section below.