2016 has heralded in a new phase for the ‘cloud’, it has quickly become one of the decade's most defining technology within the industry, developing from a trivial IT buzz-word, into a point of unavoidable prominence.
A good few months ago I composed a blog post entitled ‘3 Myths of Moving to the Cloud’, which detailed some common misconceptions many individuals hold surrounding the cloud and stated with a clear viewpoint that perhaps the cloud was not the right decision for every business. Before making any definite decisions on moving services to the cloud it’s imperative to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. So with that in mind, I highly recommend that you give the post a read before continuing on. It can be found, here.
Okay, so you’re still with me! You’ve been swept away with the zeitgeist and you’ve confirmed that it is indeed the right decision for you and your business. Great! Now only one impending question rem ...
Backups are important right? Right.
Talking about backups is boring right? Right.
But each and every business owner needs to read this and make sure that any future discussions regarding backups stays boring. You don't want to be telling a story like the one below.
I take issue with a company that creates an operating system, and then creates a security product to help keep said operating system safe.
The focus should be applied to fixing the operating system, not creating separate software to remedy the situation.
I am of course speaking about Microsoft, their Windows operating systems and their Live OneCare suite of security products which you had to pay for! That's right, you pay for an insecure operating system and then you have to pay the same company more money to help you protect it.
Microsoft's Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam and Anti-Malware changed its name for the PC version to Microsoft Security Essentials; and thankfully - it's now free. (That's a point for you Microsoft, but it should have been free in the first place.)
However, since hearing about the new and free version I must say all the comments have been positive. From all reports it has been successful in detecting threats and cleaning them. Quick to remain updated and importantly for this cat ...
Securing yourself and your private information on the internet is fast becoming a very hard thing to do.
This is especially the case if you consider yourself a novice or intermediate level user.
The following tips should help you in securing your computer and personal information on the internet.
1. Anti-Virus Software
Ensure you have anti-virus software installed on your computer.
Anti-virus applications are relatively inexpensive these days so there is no excuse for not having on installed on your PC or Mac - That's right, Mac users should have anti-virus installed as well.
If you think you can't afford to pay for anti-virus then download the free version of AVG anti-virus software at the very least.
2. Software Firewall
Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista and Mac OS X all have a software firewall installed by default. They are relatively simple firewalls but should provide you with good level of protection. Just make sure it's running!
- Windows XP firewall info