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  1. Thanks Jeremy. I think we're getting a little off-topic from my original post about which was only looking at my PC, and how ransomware might affect it, in isolation. We're now getting into a broader discussion about company-wide backup policies, roles, permissions, etc. which is a much bigger and broader topic. Nevertheless, it's caused me pause for thought to review our company-wide policies, so thanks for that 🙂
  2. Thanks again Jeremy. Our small business is a semi-distributed one. We've got about 15'ish team members in 6 remote locations. So our normal way of working is in the cloud. Some of us will naturally sync some of the files to our local PCs. But if any of our local PCs were hit by ransomware, then I assume the typical/immediate impact would be the local machines first, and maybe the cloud-hosted files second. I guess my point is that, unless one or more of us are actively syncing our cloud files AND doing some regular offline backups, then we really are 100% dependent on our cloud storage providers either a) not being affected by a local ransomware attack and b) if they are, being in a position to help us roll back to earlier file versions.
  3. Thanks for your feedback guys It sounds to me that storing all your important files in the cloud - with reputable providers such as Google, Dropbox, etc. - is therefore a good recommended idea, at least as far protecting action ransomware and the like is concerned? Of course this assumes that you sufficiently trust your cloud storage provider, i.e. that they won't get hacked in a bad way, e.g. losing or sharing/exposing your files. And of course there will be times when it's inconvenient or technical impossible to store certain 'active' files in the cloud, e.g. large video files you might be working on. Or to frame the same question in a different way: if everyone stored all their files in the cloud, presumably this would greatly diminish the negative impact of ransomware criminals.
  4. Thanks Jeremy. I've been Googling for information about google drive and ransomware, but not finding a lot. https://support.google.com/a/forum/AAAA034zvV8FwIQqGIvt1A/?hl=en&msgid=ULGdEH50AwAJ&gpf=d/msg/apps/FwIQqGIvt1A/ULGdEH50AwAJ - small discussion here. https://spinbackup.com/blog/can-ransomware-infect-google-drive/ - commercial solution here: Spinbackup Would be nice to find some official Google advice on this.
  5. Yes, I assume so that's what I was thinking, but not saying 🙂 So what I'd love to read is expert feedback and advice from security experts about how to best protect yourself against this specific threat. I'd like to think that Google, Dropbox, etc. have advice and/or protections in place in the event that this should happen... but in the first instance I'd like this to come from an independent 3rd party security expert, not Google, Dropbox, etc. themselves. Could be a very popular article IMHO, given that it's all about he cloud these days.
  6. Hi All, So most ransomware stories I hear are about people who have been locked out of their PCs, and are being asked to pay money to have their PCs unlocked and their files decrypted. I store NOTHING of importance on my local PCs. Everything of important is in the cloud (mainly Google and Dropbox). So if this happened to my PC, I'm thinking "no worries at all, I'll just do a factory reset, which is probably long overdue anyway". I don't backup my local PCs... because there's nothing I care about on them, and would much rather do a factory reset, fresh install than restore from a backup. How bad/careless is my thinking? That said, I assume that it's possible that really nasty ransomware could get to my cloud files as well. Of course I use strong passwords, a password manager, take all the usual care not to fall victim to phishing, etc. Would love to learn more this topic, i.e. from an almost 100% cloud user. Thx.
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