DO I NEED SECURITY SOFTWARE ON MY COMPUTERS?
A good portion of our issues come from zero day vulnerabilities which nobody except the malicious entities are familiar with. A zero day vulnerability is like a secret passage into a castle that the defending forces know nothing about. However, the invaders do know about it and they can use it to compromise the security of the castle from its very center. One such example is the recently published bug on OS X High Sierra allowing full system access without account credentials. It can even be exploited remotely which is extremely dangerous. Going back to our castle example, the invaders don’t even have to be outside your gate to have full access to the castle. Windows also has had its share of zero day vulnerabilities that allow invaders to use your computing device without your knowledge. So yes, you need security software on your devices. That includes desktops, laptops, tablets (apple, android, and kindle fires), and phones (apple, android, and any others). Android users can press the panic button since somewhere around 80% of mobile device infections have occurred on android devices. Another issue is we often ignore the fact that what we are letting these things into our computer.
IS AN ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM ENOUGH?
No. If you think about it that makes sense. A castle has a multilayered approach to security. There’s the terrain, a moat, walls, arrow slits, and patrols inside and out. Our computers and networks are no different. Your last line of defense is actually the people on the walls shooting the arrows, stabbing people with pointy sticks, or using the old laundry to repel the invaders. This last line of defense is our antivirus software and ourselves. So what should we put in between ourselves and the invaders?
What you need:
What you should also have:
KEEP THE GATE CLOSED!
If you have any questions please feel free to post here in the comments, send me an email, or call. I'm happy to go over your backup plan with you.
Be safe and win the race in IT!
How to wipe your android phone or tablet
What to do before you sell or give away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Peter Krebs -MacOS High Sierra User Change Root Password Now
Network World - Infection rate of smartphones is soaring
Webroot - What is social engineering?
How-To-Geek - Why you need an antivirus on windows no matter how careful you are
Using built in Windows 10 features for backing up data
The good news is that there are actually built in features (since Windows 7) that allow you to perform a variety of backup strategies. We'll specifically touch on the most basic of the options available which is the Windows 7 backup and restore. File versioning will be revisited in the future in a separate post. So for a small solopreneur or home backup strategy this will be particularly useful and relevant. However, before jumping in and setting up your backup please understand that some changes are not easy to reverse so the drive you set up for backups will be specifically for backups from hereon out.
How to create a backup schedule in Windows 10
To access the backup feature we're looking for it's easiest to begin with a text search using the start button. Either click on the start button (left button click) or press the windows key on your keyboard. Type the word "backup" and click on the resulting best match to access the backup settings window.
Here you will look for and click on the "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" link.
NOTE: If you have not connected your portable drive then do so now with an available USB port. I would recommend using any blue USB ports that are available, but this is not required. Ultimately you should use whichever working port you can use regularly or leave completely occupied by your portable drive.
At this point you should see that a new window has been opened that looks like the following. This is where you will click on "Set up backup" after having connected your portable drive.
You may or may not see a windows pop up and state the following. If you do let it finish the process of starting the requisite background services to run the backup.
In the next dialog box Windows will show you the drives that are available to save backups to. You'll notice that any existing DVD/CD drive will be listed and your portable drive with its name and space available. NOTE: You can still perform a backup of your critical files even if you are unable to create a complete system image due to storage availability.
Select your portable drive and click next.
Cobian Backup is free to use and has been around for years which is why I wanted to highlight it here. I am aware that the original creator of it has sold it to James Sweeney (the current owner). It is still available for the foreseeable future so I will continue to recommend it as a software solution for local backups.
Onto the installation. First visit:
(this opens in a new window).
Click on the link that says Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) as indicated in the picture.
Running the setup file:
After you have downloaded the executable file run it so that you can install Cobian Backup. Normally while running the installer you will need to tell Windows and/or your Antivirus program that it is safe do so. Then the system will be able to proceed with the installation. Here are the steps I would recommend following during the installation process.
Here is the process I recommend:
Please see the pictures below as a reference:
The 3-2-1 rule explained:
I have worked with computers and technology for over nine years now. I enjoy tech almost as much as I enjoy my wife and kids.
This is my informal approach to being a mentor for you. Let me know what roadblocks you have and we'll work on posting what you need here.