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You may have heard someone talking, or seen some of our posts, about backups. You may think “How are backups related to cybersecurity?” Sure, backups are a great way to make sure that your files don’t get deleted accidentally, or a place to keep them if your computer gets stolen or destroyed. However, you may not realize that backups play a critical role in cybersecurity!

One of the most popular forms of attack lately is known as ransomware. Ransomware is an attack that gets you to run a program which encrypts all of the data on your computer. Once the files are encrypted, a payment is demanded. This is the ransom. You either pay the criminals money, or the key that can be used to unlock your files is deleted forever, and with it, your chance to ever see those files again. To some this may just be some pictures or old tax documents. To others it may be irreplaceable memories and vital information. To businesses this could mean customer records, payroll, even medical records, or valuable contracts. Don’t worry, backups can help!

If your data is actively backed up to an offsite location, you don’t need to worry about paying any ransom. If your computer is infected with ransomware, all you have to do is restore the backup. Once the backup is restored, you can get back to your life worry free! In a matter of just a couple of hours you can be right back where you were like nothing ever happened. There is no need to worry about trying to decrypt files that can’t be decrypted. No trying to figure out how to buy Bitcoin at the last minute because that is all the hacker accepts. Just peace of mind knowing that you are protected!

Greencrypted offers offsite backup storage that can keep your data safe in real time! For as little as $15 a month, you can have technological peace of mind. We will handle everything, from preventing the ransomware attack, to (if one happens to be sneaky enough to get by) restoring your computer to its former glory with minimal downtime! Stay safe, stay backed up!