Many years ago, before common sense kicked in, I thought it would be a good idea to rent a storage space for all the extra furniture and other stuff I could not fit in my new house. Knowing it would only be temporary, I stashed everything from upholstered and leather furniture, to boxes of books. Fast forward twelve months. The rental agreement was expiring, and I realized that I would never need nor have room for all that I’d stored, so I decided to have a sale to dispose of it. When I went to the storage space I was horrified to see that everything was covered in a thin film of mold. (This was years before climate-controlled storage was widely available.) I had no choice but to trash it all, which both cost me money and prevented me from converting my goods to profit.
I was reminded of this long-ago event when I heard about the latest ransomware attack. We’ve been reminded countless times of the importance of backup, and ransomware is only the most recent reason. If you have ever had a hard drive fail, you know the pain that comes with irretrievable data.
So what happens when your backup media fails.? Or your archival media? Don’t CDs last forever? Continue Reading Backup failure in the age of ransomware