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Web Stalkers
Chapter 12 - Virus Attacks

Backups and Web Safety

A successful virus attack can damage or erase files that may or may not be recoverable by an antivirus program.  If data is damaged or lost and cannot be repaired or restored, the only option remaining is the use of backup files.  Backup files contain important data that has been copied ahead of time and stored outside of the computer.  These files need to be thorough, current and represent all the important data that has just been lost to a virus.  While backup files require time and effort to replace, they prevent data from being lost.

Having those backup files ready to go when they are needed means following a strict data back-up regimen.  This is not as hard as it sounds because it can be scheduled to be performed automatically by the operating system.

There was a time when performing a full system backup on a regular basis was impractical for the home computer user.  The storage medium available just made it too impractical and time consuming.  Anyone remember being asked to insert backup disk number 65?  That is not an issue today, and there is no excuse for not having thorough and recent backups of everything.  The advent of the writable DVD and CD ROM drives has made storage of huge amounts of data relatively simple.  If a computer is not equipped with either of these drives, it is likely they will have a USB port, which will support a USB flash drive able to hold up to 256 MB or more.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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