[Dropcaps]The Flame Virus sent shudders throughout the fields dealing with private and sensitive information, causing clients to take their information from online backup services and use offline hard drives. Though the virus was more worrisome than your average, garden-variety bug, a lot of that worry was for naught. A trustworthy online-backup company will give you all the protection you need from almost any virus. An external hard drive is a good thing to own, but don’t put all of your eggs in one basket when it comes to backing up your most important documents, files and information.[/Dropcaps]
Here are three things the virus taught us about protection and security:
Cloud-Storage Companies are on Top of Things
Even before the makers put out the kill command, strong antivirus programs and firewalls used by online backup services squashed it in its infancy. You don’t become a major player in online storage without being prepared for new viruses, and the Flame Virus was no exception. Antivirus companies tend to have greater resources and capabilities than the people creating the viruses in the first place.
Paranoia Gets You Nowhere
Those who panicked and pulled their information and data from online-backup databases really didn’t accomplish anything except un-securing their data, freeing up space in their personal hard drives, and making themselves $60 or so poorer after an external hard drive purchase. The damage done by the virus turned out to be minimal, and in fact, the makers themselves put out the kill command. Most viruses are like this: everyone gets scared for a little while, and then, after the smoke has cleared they realize that it wasn’t a big deal.
Cloud Storage is Still the Best Choice for Security and Privacy
Almost no data was actually stolen, lost or damaged in the incident — proof that cloud storage offers what offline storage doesn’t. With cloud storage, you get security resources that you simply don’t have access to in the home. Resources that would cost thousands for the average user to set up. You get guarantees from licensed professionals about the security of your data. Many companies carry extensive insurance policies both for themselves and their users. Cloud storage and cloud computing are widely regarded as the future of online backup.
The bottom line is that the virus really wasn’t as scary as it seemed. As long as your data is backed up with a reliable company that handles cloud storage, then you have few worries regarding viruses. As long as you still have the warranty and keep your files backed up, a virus will be more of an inconvenience than a crushing blow. If your work matters, keep it stored remotely and you should have no problems.