AltrueTECH Computer Services would like to wish you a Happy New Year and offer some tech tips to help keep things going smoothly throughout the year. Here is a list of the top five things you can do to protect your computer and data in 2015.
1.) Update Your Operating System.
This mean keeping your computer up to date with the latest operating system updates. If you still use XP or Vista for PC users or Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Mountain Lion for Mac users, these operating systems are no longer supported by their respective companies—meaning sever security vulnerabilities exist. Please update your system to a supported operating system such as Windows 7 or 8.1 for PC users and Mavericks or Yosemite for Mac users.
2.) Update Your Internet Browser.
Whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or any other browser, it is best to keep them up to date to protect you from known security vulnerabilities. The internet is responsible for the transmission of nearly every computer virus and form of malware, and your browser is the way we make our first contact with the World Wide Web. Protect yourself with this simple step.
3.) Keep Adobe & Java up to date.
Over half of all internet based attacks, viruses, and malware targeted Adobe and Java security vulnerabilities in 2012. Keep programs such as Adobe Flash and Reader as well as Java up to date, and you will be protected from most virus attacks. Some of these programs now offer the option to update automatically—this is a good idea!
4.) Backup Important Data.
Did you know that nearly half of all users never backup their data? Think about all those family photos and home videos that are not backed up! The average hard drive fails within three to five years, yet many people have important data on drives much older. The advent of the “Cloud” has encouraged people to backup important documents and files more than ever, but it is still not a practical option cost or security-wise to store all your big files (photos and videos) in the Cloud. The good news is there are many great home and office solutions to make sure your data is protected from almost any tragedy.
5.) Get Protected from Viruses and Malware.
One of the most proactive steps you can take to protect your computer is a good anti-virus and malware program. Make sure you have real-time protection and that your program scans for “potentially unwanted programs” (PUPs). No anti-virus program is perfect, but you will be infinitely better protected with one than without. Be aware of certain big name anti-virus programs that slow your computer down by using too much processing power and offer no protection at the end of a subscription. Look for a program that offers great premium protection as well as a renowned free anti-virus service.
If you follow these simple steps you can likely avoid a call to your local IT professional, and should be able to avoid any serious computer problems. However, if you need any help setting up a robust data backup system or advice on a great anti-virus program (we still have a few lifetime licenses for one of the highest rated programs—inventory is very limited though) or any of the other tips suggested in this article, give us a call, we would be glad to help.