Security Tips

WiFi-security-risksComputer and network security is of the utmost importance these days.  With cyber crime on the rise it’s important that people take the time to learn best practices to ensure that their data stays safe.  This is especially true for businesses.  This article will attempt to point out various tips that you can use in order to maintain and protect your system.

Use A VPN

If you’re on a public wifi network then we highly recommend using a VPN in order to ensure that your data remains secure.  Someone can sniff out data transmission very easily on an unsecured network, and if you’re doing any banking or credit card transactions your information could become compromised.  We highly recommend Tunnelbear in order to add an extra layer of encryption to your data.  This will hopefully prevent people from “eavesdropping” on your data when you surf the net on an unprotected network.

Get A Spyware Removal Software Program

Sometimes spyware sneaks onto your computer and gets past your antivirus software.  This is because malware and spyware act like legitimate programs.  However, they can hijack your computer and cause data leakage to people listening in.  In order to prevent this you should regularly sweep your system with an antispyware software program such as Spyhunter.  It’s a very safe, useful, and effective tool, as this article suggests, and you can rest assured that your computer is safe.  The software also gets rid of annoying adware that can potentially hijack your system.

Avoid Internet Bad Neighborhoods

If you can, avoid browsing internet “bad neighborhoods”.  Websites such as adult pages, hacking websites and forums, and music sharing sites are notorious for drive by downloads and other bad stuff.  Don’t even try to browse these sites!  It’s a hotbed of virus activity.  Even legitimate sites can get hacked and infected with drive by viruses and malware, however it’s more likely on the shadier parts of the internet.

Back up Your Data

If you don’t have a data backup plan in place then you’re playing with fire.  The thing about data backups is that they can really save your butt if you are attacked with a virus or malware.  Obviously having a backup is also a very valuable thing if your computer is stolen or becomes damaged.  You will thank yourself later.  If you can’t remember to run backups, then consider automating the process.  I’m a huge fan of Backblaze and I use it for my video editing computer.  I use MyPCBackup for my laptop as I have fewer files and need greater access to them.

The thing about Backblaze is that it’s so quiet and runs in the background, and you’ll never even notice it.  Set it up once and you won’t even have to think about it.  But you can then rest assured that all your data is backed up on their safe, secure, and off site servers.

The thing is, even if you back up your data on an external hard drive, what if that drive gets damaged or stolen along with your computer?  This is the true strength of cloud backups.