When I lost thousands of photos and personal documents to the Cryptolocker virus last November, I had to make peace with the fact that I might never get them back. Devastated doesn’t begin to explain how I felt. Not only because I had lost so many precious photos, but also that I had failed to back them up. You can read about my experience here.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was shocked and delighted to find out that the creators of the Cryptolocker virus had been caught, and that the over 500,000 computer owners who were hit could now get their files back. From what I understand, private companies, governments around the world, and even the FBI were involved.
Thank You So Much
I want to personally thank the tech companies FireEye and Fox-IT – and everyone else involved – for helping me and thousands of others get our precious photos and files back. As much we are anonymous users sitting behind computers, these photos represent time, relationships, and important life events. Knowing that I have them back makes me so grateful for your work.
And thank you to my cousin, Bill, who is always willing to help me out when I have computer problems. He expertly navigated Command Prompt, and within a matter of minutes, I had my photos back. (I totally owe you more tacos and beer from Los Arcos!)
What I Got Back
It has been so much fun looking through the photos that I have gotten back. Photos that I thought I would never see again. Today, I’m going to share some of them with you:
…And Lots and Lots of Recipe Photos
My entire recipe stock photo collection was hit by Cryptolocker. I had thousands of recipe photos ready to publish online. And then in an instant, I had none. When I got them back the other day, I realized how many of them I had forgotten about. Here are just a few of the photos of food that will eventually be highlighted on my blog. (I hope I can remember the recipes!)
As I breathe a great sigh of relief, I want to remind you all to back up your work to avoid what I went through. Your personal photos are too valuable not to protect. Computer viruses, ransomware, and malware are getting more and more sophisticated. Do what you can now to prevent unrepairable damage in the future.