Entries tagged with “computer safety”.

Have you backed up your computer lately?  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  Here’s a tip that may help make it easier for you.

From Q13Fox.com – Tech Report, March 5, 2012 by Rich DeMuro:

So much of our lives are going digital, from photographs to important documents. But what happens when your computer crashes? Well thanks to high speed internet connections, keeping a backup of your computer files is easier than ever.

We all know we should be doing it. It’s like flossing your teeth; nobody really wants to do it and definitely not enough people do it; but you really have to do it.

It’s backing up your computer.

“A hard drive is a mechanical device. It has an average lifespan of about three to five years, which most people don’t realize. Eventually it’s going to fail,” said Barb Dybwad, head of Tecca.com.

Computer failure these days means say goodbye to photos, important documents and emails. A new campaign from online backup service Carbonite drives the message home.

Tom Murray of Carbonite said, “We’re really excited about the ad. In the real world you never get a warning when your computer crashes and when you lose your files.”

Online backup services store your computer files on a remote server to keep them safe.

“If the product is easy to use and works automatically in our case, then you never have to worry about having a gap in the information that you’ve protected,” said Murray.

Barb said, “Carbonite is a great one, there’s Mozy, Sugarsync, BackBlaze, iDrive, Box.net, all of them are great to look into”.

Protection starts at about five dollars a month, some plans are unlimited, while others charge by how much you’re storing.

Even if you’re using iCloud, it might not be enough.

“By default you’re not actually backing up all of your files (on iCloud), the photostream only does a thousand and after that you’re not storing any more,” explains Barb.

I personally recommend backing up two ways, online, and with an external hard drive. That way you’re always covered no matter what happens. Check out all of the online services mentioned, right here:








View the video at http://www.q13fox.com/lifestyle/technology/ktla-backup-your-computer-online-20120305,0,7796554.story

It’s never too late to set up a back up system for your files…until your hard drive dies and you’ve lost everything that was on it!

Strangely, I’ve heard from several people in the last month, that had a acquired a computer virus and had lost all of their data.  This is a gentle reminder to remember to 1) back up your data regularly; and 2) if you have a PC, follow these tips to help protect your computer.  If you have a Mac, you may not be as susceptible to an attack, however it is still important that you protect your system.

  1. Use an Internet firewall.
    Note: Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP with SP2 have a firewall already built-in and turned on by default.
  2. Visit Microsoft Update to verify your settings and check for updates.
    Note: If you’ve installed the most recent version of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Update will also update your Microsoft Office programs.
  3. Subscribe to antivirus software and keep it current.  Some more reputable software names are Norton Antivirus and McAfee, that cost somewhere around $40/year.  Microsoft has come out with a new FREE download, Microsoft Security Essentials, for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
  4. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know.
  5. Avoid opening an e-mail attachment from someone you know, unless you know exactly what the attachment is. The sender may be unaware that it contains a virus.
  6. Use a standard user account unless you need to use an administrator account.  The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work.

When you are logged on to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, but if you want to do something that affects other users of the computer, such as installing software or changing security settings, Windows might ask you to provide a password for an administrator account, therefore protecting your computer.

Keep your business (and personal) documents and systems safe and avoid the headache.

I got an e-mail from Microsoft regarding “Security for Home Computer Users” (It wasn’t SPAM…I’ve subscribed to their newsletter). In it was an article entitled 10 things you can teach kids to improve their Web safety.

I found it interesting as the general points they provided could (and should!) also be applied to our own use of the Internet. I read somewhere that cyberspace, like the old West, is a lawless domain of limitless possibilities–for good but also for evil. As in a frontier town, everyone with links to the Internet is going to have to see to their own protection, at least until law and order catch up.

The Internet can be a wonderful tool, but please, be safe when you use it!

Link to the article: http://www.microsoft.com/protect/family/guidelines/rules.mspx