In the last few days there has been reports of a worm designed to wipe out your data. CNET reports that this worm has already targetted US and South Korean web sites. The worm travels through emails which has an attachment. The email is basically a trojan with a payload designed to erase files on your computer–including the master boot record. When installed on your computer, the malicious load with will basically render your computer inoperable on the next boot.
Don’t wait until this happens to you. Take action; backup your precious files (documents, pictures, videos). You have several options.
If you don’t have too many files to back up (i.e. less than 2GB), a free account at mozy.com would do the job. They provide 2GB of free online backup storage space; however, for unlimited space it is only $4.95 per month! However, if you are cheap like me, you can try to convince others to to sign up for their free 2GB as well, and you’ll get an additional 250MB of storage space for every referral!
The other approach is to simply buy a flash drive or an external high capacity USB drive. There are many out there. I’ve seen flash drive with capacities as high as 32GB, but I’m sure there are higher capacity units out there now. You can buy external USB drives now with over 1TB of storage space for less than $200. As a matter of fact, I recently purchased one at Best Buy. Over two weeks ago, I completed a full backup of my drives containing years of accumulated documents and pictures.
I know that if by some chance my drive crashes or I am infected by one of this worm, I’ll have my backup to fall back on.
So don’t wait too long before backing up your data. Get that peace of mind that you have something to fall back to should the worst happen to your hard drive.