What are the two things every computer needs to have in place?
The two things that every computer needs are a backup plan and the appropriate security software. I will offer you real advice on what you can use for free and what you need to pay for in regards to backup services and security software. I am an partnered with Bitdefender and have affiliations with Malwarebytes and IDrive Online Backup. I will mention them along with other products I have no affiliation with. Let's get into it.
#1: A Backup Plan
Every computer that you store critical information on needs a backup plan. The best practice is to follow the 3-2-1 rule whether you run a business or simply have a lot of family pictures on your home computer that you don't want to lose.
So what can you do?
The important thing is to choose a combination of the following options so that you follow the 3-2-1 rule.
Come up with a plan that keeps three copies of your files in at least two different locations. One location must be offsite and separate from where you store and/or use the data frequently. If you have any questions about building an appropriate backup plan please call me at 435-227-5540, consultations are always free.
Special note for business owners:
Is your provider PCI compliant? HIPAA compliant? Many businesses are required to comply with state and federal mandates that a backup be maintained of specific customer information or that if you are storing sensitive customer information that you maintain proper privacy protections. Plan ahead and manage your risk before it turns into a disaster.
Need help? Call me at 435-227-5540 and I will answer your questions in a way that you understand.
#2: Security Software
Every computer needs an antivirus program working in combination with other security software to protect their system whether it's used for residential (home) purposes or for business. Expecting users to practice safe browsing habits is unfortunately not a viable option and if you are a business it introduces to much liability and risk. So here is what I would recommend for both types of users and their computers.
Affiliate disclamers: I am a Bitdefender partner and have an affiliate account with Malwarebytes.
It isn't necessary to pay for your antivirus program or your malware protection tools. There are, fortunately for us, a bevy of great options for residential users.
All of the following offer a free version of their software that home users are welcome to use.
Don't forget complementary software like Malwarebytes. A paid version is available for businesses and home users. However, here again home users are not required to use the paid version. What this software does is clean up things that your base program like AVG, Panda, or Bitdefender sometimes will not.
As a business owner you are required, in most cases, to protect some amount of sensitive information that the customer entrusts with you. Therefore to reduce your liability and risk you should ensure that you employ the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your clients by using a security software solution that you paid for or has been certified for business use. In many cases for small businesses this equates to spending money on a product that you can point to and say I am compliant.
Business grade antivirus includes additional features that you don't get in standard editions.
While you may not need the full security suite for your small business it's worth noting the differences between the various business versions of antivirus products. This will enable you to protect yourself and your business from liability issues associated with having a computer in your business.
Need help setting up the appropriate security software for your business? Call me at 435-227-5540 and I will work to answer your questions in a way that you understand, consultations are free.
Author - Nathan
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.
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