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Appeal for New Server

 

Last week I fired up the old laptop to write a grant – and the entire keyboard was in the Cyrillic alphabet, aka in Russian.

We had been hacked. We were attacked with some sort of ransomware, and our server was totally encrypted. We had no access to our records at all.

To the rescue were our good friends at DDS  - Decisive Data Systems, for those of you who have not worked with them before. DDS has generously provided us with ALL of our tech services pro-bono for several years. They have been backing us up five days a week, and so they were able to restore almost all of what was encrypted.

Almost? Yes, we did suffer a loss – all of our wonderful photographs! They had grown so large they were on a separate server – one without the awesome DDS backup. Oops.

But we are still vulnerable. We need to update our server, which is old and breaks down regularly and sometimes just screams at us. It’s also tired, judging from the fact it just shuts off whenever it feels the need for a nap. And it definitely can’t handle a new, energetic firewall. It really tries, but it took two days to reload our files because, well, it can only take so much information at one time. I can relate, but it’s got to go.

As you may know, when we ask for your financial help for a Build, we are asking for money for materials – not staff, insurance, or mundane things like computer equipment. So now we find ourselves in need of funds for a new server, a new Firewall, and probably some paid (shock!) tech support to get it all up and running. In total, we need $7,781.00.

We would be grateful for anything you can give to help us keep us safe from further hacking. (To DONATE, scroll down below this message.)

So what about all those photographs? Well, they are gone, with no recovery – unless you have some! Do you have photos from Habitat builds or events that you can share with us? If so, please email them to Cathy at cherlinger@habitatsusq.org, or if you have a bunch, please put them on a flash drive and drop them off or mail them to us.

And please use an English keyboard.

Thanks!

Karen Blandford, Executive Director

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