Ah – by the time you read this, it will be too late.
By that I mean that after you’ve been hit by some Drive-By Malware — some website that forces your computer to run a fake anti-virus scan, etc. — then you’re already compromised. If it’s really clever software, it’ll disable your internet access so that you won’t be able to find an article like this.
So I’ve got a bunch of photos on my camera’s (It’s a Canon EOD 20D) compact flash card (a Kingston 4GB compact flash card).
These are old photos I didn’t delete (as a just-in-case measure) of a woman I photographed as well as photos from my recent trip to NYC for a WordPress Meetup and also photos I took of cooking Dr. Johns’ Chili and making homemade protein bars. A lot of stuff.
So I put the card into my computer’s card reader slot and it tells me the card is EMPTY and would I like to format it?
I put it back in the camera and the camera just said CF ERROR or whatever the little camera LCD readout equivalent of that is… I got the idea.
Oh don’t worry! I was able to recover the photos. Read on…