2009: The year your data died

By Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld |  Security, data loss, Facebook

Wait, we're not done yet. If you live in Sweden, for a brief period you were transported back to the pre-Internet era when a software script updating DNS records left out the dot in the ".se" country-level domain -- effectively making nearly a million Swedish sites invisible to the InterWebs.

No data was lost, as far as I know. But think about it. The entire Web can be taken down for want of a single period. Does that make you nervous? It should.

The lessons du jour: Back up early, back up often, and don't rely entirely on something that might not be there when you need it most.

Has a service provider ever lost your precious data? If so, what did you do about it? E-mail me: cringe@infoworld.com.

This story, "2009: The year your data died," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in security at InfoWorld.com.

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