It is Friday the 13th and I am at my favorite Annual Conference for CATESOL. I am the guru of registration for them. Now the interesting thing this year is that I was hacked on Monday and had all (and I do mean all) of my files encrypted with a ransomware virus. What does this mean? It means all my computer devices including my thumb drives were toast. In addition, my backup drive was also infected. This meant we could not recover the files from the back up. It also meant that we would have to pay the ransom of $700 in order to get the decryption key. No problem you say. However, they wanted bytecoins which has to be purchased from Western Union. Western Union only takes cash and will only do transactions of $350 or less. This means 2 transactions and not at the same time. You have to come back to do the second transaction.
Again, no problem – just go to the bank and withdraw the money. Wednesday was November 11th which is the day we celebrate Veterans’ Day. (Yes, thank you for your service!) The banks are closed. There is no way to get the cash to make this happen until Thursday. Because of this, I had no databases to bring to the conference to confirm any challenges we had with registration. I also could not give any proper counts of the numbers of people attending. This is definitely a time to make lemonade from the lemons.
So, what do you do? Well, first (the good news) I had already printed close to 800 badges from the pre-registration online system. I had also printed a list of all those in that database as backup. However, I had not printed either in badge or list format those folks who registered for just one day. Why should I? They were only attending Friday or Saturday / Sunday and they needed special badge stock which worked great on a laser printer and not so great on my copier/printer.
What preventive plans could I have had in place to keep me on track? Preventive action asks you to look at everything that could go wrong and what would cause it. Then you take action to reduce the threat or eliminate the causes so the problem does not occur. With that in mind, I could have put the files on a thumb drive and then (smartly) removed it from the desktop computer. That would have kept the files clean. Having better antivirus, malware, etc. software could have helped too. How do you prevent disaster from striking in your MLM business? Find out in Part 2 what you can do to reduce the harm potential problems can wreck.
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