For Those On Windows Boxes: How To Keep Things Safe

computer-securityI know that all of you can’t always work on Linux machines even if you want to.  Whether it’s for work or for your family’s computer, sometimes you just have to use Windows.  And with Windows comes some security risks.  So what are some easy things that you can do in order to keep your data safe?  Here are a few things that you can do without changing your habits too much 😉

1.)  Ensure you have an antivirus or antimalware software program.  This goes without saying, however there are a lot of people who think that antivirus programs are a thing of the past.  Well, this is not the case!  Virus and malware protection is more important than EVER, especially with the amount of banking and other financial transactions that we conduct over the internet on a daily basis.  There is simply no excuse to not have protection!  It’s like a condom folks, use one.  I can recommend a few programs, specifically Malwarebytes, Spyhunter 4, and Norton 360.  I think that having one of those first two along with Norton 360 is the best defense.  An antispyware program will get rid of any malware that might have traipsed its way onto your computer with a download (like what happened with me when I got Conduit after installing RAR File Open Knife).

2.) Ensure that you’re backing everything up.  There’s no excuse for not doing this nowadays.  My absolute favorite set-and-forget solution is to use Backblaze.  I’m not even going to recommend any others because I have used Backblaze myself and it has truly saved my ass.  Seriously.  I had an entire video editing project deleted due to a bad hard drive.  While I did have to footage on my camera’s memory cards, I would have had to start from scratch.  It was truly horrific.  Backblaze saved all my data and I was able to finish the project.

3.) Don’t browse internet bad neighborhoods.  This doesn’t take that much explanation.  I mean, just don’t do it!  If you simply MUST browse adult or gambling sites then get yourself a cheap netbook from Aliexpress to ply your trade.

4.)  Ensure that automatic updates are enabled.  This is a biggie.  I am one of those people (maybe you are too) who close those little update windows when they pop up because you’re like “oh I’ll do it later.”  Yes, we’ve all been there.  But did you know that most of those updates are for security purposes and that they patch critical areas that could leave you open to a good hackin’?  Yeah.  So enable those automatic updates and you won’t have to worry about this at all.  I highly recommend it.  Then you don’t even have to think about it!