Slowdowns And Cyber Crime

There is a direct link between how fast your computer is running and how vulnerable you are to cyber crime.  There has been a very noticeable increase in the amount of cyber crime that has been running rampant.  People are having valuable information stolen from them all the time.  For this reason we highly recommend that if your computer has suddenly gotten a lot slower that you run a scan with an antivirus and antimalware tool.

Malware and spyware actually work to slow down your computer by hogging resources.  They are usually not coded very well and they often take up a lot of memory.  Add that to the fact that if you have an older computer then resources are scarce anyway.

We highly recommend Malwarebytes.  This software is excellent and very light on system resources.  The team at Malwarebytes works relentlessly to update the virus and malware definitions so that you’re always at the forefront of new attacks and malware.

Here are some other things that you can do to reduce the risk of being the victim of cyber crime and data theft:

Back Up Your Data:

If you become the victim of ransomware attack then the best defense is to be able to just delete your computer and start over.  Ransomware locks up your computer and holds all your files for ransom behind a crypto key.  Usually this is very difficult to remove or get around without paying the ransom.  However, if you have all of your data backed up then this is not an issue. You can delete your computer, restart, and be on your way.  If you’re curious about the best ways to back up your data then I highly recommend looking into Backblaze.  This is an online cloud based backup solution that takes the guesswork out of creating backups for your data.

Don’t Browse Internet Bad Zones

Unfortunately there are certain places on the internet where you’re more likely to pick up a virus or malware.  These are usually common sense but they include adult websites, gambling sites, black hat and hacker sites, and download sites.  Another internet bad zone is torrent downloads, which can often have trojans and other malware included with the downloads.  If you really want to browse these areas then it might be best to do so on a separate computer on a VPN.

Always Keep Software Up To Date

The biggest reason for software updates is to patch software and block security holes.  Over time, researchers will figure out that there are holes in the software that hackers can exploit.  Updates patch these holes and create a safer environment and reduce the risk for the end user.  If you don’t update your software (such as internet browsers, flash, Java, and Windows itself) then you are leaving yourself open to a lot of exploits and hacks.  The best thing to do so that you don’t forget to update is to enable automatic updates in the software (most software has this option).

Tips For Keeping Your PC Running Smoothly

computerhealthIf you’re looking for ways to keep your office computer running smoothly, then here are a few tips that will help you to that goal.  We all know what it’s like to have to work on a computer that is running slowly or sluggishly.  There are a number of various software tools that can help you optimize your system as well as clear out junk files, viruses, and malware or spyware programs.

Clean Out Your PC

If you want the best performance on your computer you first have to ensure that it’s not getting bogged down by a bunch of useless programs as well as a ton of extra files and folders.  A computer that is filled to the brim will not operate as efficiently.

First, uninstall any software programs that you don’t use.  Go into the Add/Remove Programs option in the Control Panel and remove those that you don’t need or use.  Then run a software tool such as PC Health Advisor in order to clean out any junk and duplicate files.  It will also clean out the registry that would be rather helpful especially if you have just recently uninstalled a lot of software.

Then run an antivirus or antimalware tool.  A great option is Spyhunter which will get rid of any adware that might have accumulated.  These programs are great because you can scan your computer before you have to purchase the program.  Obviously you don’t have to buy anything if it doesn’t find any malware.  If all it finds are some cookies then you’re probably okay to not buy it or use it.

Don’t Download Software

If you can help it don’t download and install a lot of software programs.  This includes games, screensavers, and other fun things.  Usually this is how you get spyware and malware – those free download sites are very sketchy.  Also, don’t do file sharing sites such as torrents and Kazaa or Bearshare.  These are an invitation for getting a lot of junk on your machine.

Don’t Browse Bad Websites

Don’t visit adult or gambling websites.  Even forums for these activities could become hacked and install malware onto your computer.  You have to stick to safe and known websites if you’re on a company computer otherwise you risk security breaches.

So yes, internet “bad neighborhoods” are definitely off limits!

Install More RAM

The best way to speed up an older computer that is starting to show its age is to install some more RAM.  Usually you can do this yourself.  A website such as Crucial will even scan your computer and tell you exactly what types of RAM you can buy.  You then buy it and install it.  It’s as simple as swapping out a few chips that are usually easily accessible.  I did this on a laptop once and noticed a HUGE performance increase.  It’s the cheapest way to upgrade your computer and you will immediately notice the difference.

The Great Importance Of Data Backups

Backup Computer Key In Blue For Archiving And Storage

Backing up your computer should be automatic.

It doesn’t matter what industry you are operating in; whether you succeed or even survive will depend on your ability to protect your assets and the manner in which you will go about keeping them secure from loss or damage.

The business arena in the modern world is heavily dependent upon data; an asset standing at the center of most business operations, integral to nearly every facet of most companies, a business’ ability to secure its future will often depend upon the data backup systems and mechanisms it puts in place to protect its data, some of those considerations and elements that everyone should keep in mind about data backups including the following:

-Risks

When trying to decide whether or not you need data backups, you must endeavor to first identify all the relevant risks your data might be facing. Data loss can happen when the medium or system within which the data is stored experiences failure of one sort or another. Data corruption is also a common threat, making the information contained within a given system inaccessible. The best data backup solutions will take into account the most prominent threats facing your data before crafting mechanisms designed to most effectively protect it.

-Requirements

There are four parameters that govern the requirements for your backup strategy, namely: the probability of data corruption or loss, its impact on the business, how quickly you will need to regain access to your data (Restore Time Objective (RTO)), and how old the data has to become before it proves useless or irrelevant (Restore Point Objective (RPO)).

The probability of data loss or corruption facing any given business as well as the consequences they can expect to attract as a result of data loss or corruption will determine the stance they take regarding data backups.

-Quality

It isn’t enough to simply back up your data; you must also take into account the quality of the data backups you are using, putting into consideration the sorts of threats and risks you might be facing. If the risks of data loss facing your business emanate from natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, for instance, there is no point in storing your data backups in the same location as the primary data. While your most recent backups should be nearby to allow quick access, historical backups should be kept offsite.

All businesses are encouraged to scrutinize their data backups beforehand, testing their quality before disaster strikes. You do not want to learn that your data backups weren’t good enough at the time of a mission critical recovery operation.

-Cloud

Cloud services are gaining considerable ground today as a popular and effective means of backing up data. Their appeal lies in the seemingly limitless capacity and fault tolerance they boast. The fact that the speed of accessing your backups on the cloud is limited by your internet bandwidth might put some people off, though.

Businesses more often than not use cloud services to backup data they hope they will never have to access.

The majority of businesses today are data driven; as such data backups are critical to the efficient operation of any given business.