Ensuring Your PC Is Protected

dv-image-12Ensuring that your PC is protected is a very important task, especially if you’re using it for a business.  There are a number of different things that can go wrong with computers, from physical malfunction and error to attacks of malware, spyware, and more.  If you take proper steps to make sure that your computer is properly protected, though, you won’t have to worry at all.

Proper Backups

Backing up your data is the first step.  Ensuring that you have backups of your data is the go-to solution when all else fails, and with computers something will eventually fail.  We highly recommend having a continuous backup at all times, and regular images.  You can use a cloud based backup solution in order to perform your continuous backups, and use local hard drives for regular images of your operating system installation.

Having both is very helpful.  If you lose a file or two you can resort to getting it back from the cloud.  But if you lose a hard drive it’s much nicer to have an image to restore from so you’re not piecing everything together.  It’s happened to me – I was glad I at least had backups of my files but it would have saved me a lot of time if I had just had an image available.

I recommend either CrashPlan or BackBlaze to protect your computer’s files automatically and provide a good off-site backup system.

Virus And Malware Protection

The next step is to ensure that your computer has good antivirus software and antimalware software running.  This is to protect you from the internet bad guys and to make sure that you don’t get a crippling virus attacking your computer.  Trust me – if you run naked through the internet you WILL catch something.

I definitely recommend Norton 360 and an additional installation of an effective anti-malware software such as Spyhunter 4 or similar.  These two in conjunction will provide protection from all sorts of bad software.  Sometimes malware gets past Norton and that’s why I recommend the additional antimalware software.  Spyhunter has had a hit to its reputation in the past but this comparison article discusses its safety.

Good Habits

The last step in ensuring that you’re protected is to develop good habits.  This starts with ensuring that your data is backed up.  That’s step one.  Additionally you may want to get into the habit of not browsing bad internet neighborhoods such as adult and gambling sites.  These are where you tend to pick up drive by downloads of malware and spyware as well as viruses.

Another great thing to do is to NOT download software from free download sites, and to not use torrent or file sharing sites.  These are risky and can pose risks for you.  If you want to do that on a personal computer that’s fine, but don’t do it on company and business computers!  There’s a higher potential for getting a bad file or virus.

Another good habit is to not eat or drink near your computer!  Yes everyone does this, but if you’re prone to spilling things then I recommend NOT doing it!  I have some friends that always spill their drinks.  You know who you are.