Wednesday, 17 October 2012
A police authority was fined £150,000 this week after a flash drive was stolen with data on it from an officer's home. To make matters worse It contained details about more than 1000 people with links to serious crime investigations. In this day and age we have more information about us on various forms of electronic devices, do we really care about what people see.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
"I don't know how I got a virus, I have a virus checker installed". Upon inspection that is true, the customer did have the software installed but with a few problems which rendered it useless.
The common issues I find is that people are still using the trial software that came with the machine but have left the subscription to run out. Most anti virus software would not work once this happens, after all these companies will not give you anything for nothing.
If you do want to renew the subscription of the software because you like it then don't just click the renew subscription button. You would get a better deal shopping around or just remove the software and try free anti virus software.
There is also a selection of people who have anti virus software installed but don't update it. They take the time to download for example AVG 2009 then leave it the same.
Once all these have been sorted and you have an anti virus program that works, free or paid then set the machine to perform a scan at 2am in the morning. After all everyone's machines are on at the time aren't they....................oh hang on.
It would be advisable to set the scan when the machine is on so it can at least go through the scan. Most software allows you to either set it on certain days in the week or just weekly. If you set it every day then it may be on during the time allocated.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
My previous blog was giving advice to backup your data. However there are some FREE alternative to Norton Ghost that may work for you.
These are free to try and may save you a lot of time and effort.
Yesterday I backed up my laptop hard drive and this morning I had to reinstall it due to a problem.
I was so glad that I had a recent backup to hand.
Macrium Reflect Free
Drive Image XML
EASUS ToDo Backup
Thursday, 22 March 2012
This may seem obvious as you read it but surprisingly many people do not back up their most important files. This process simply gets forgotten or maybe put off "until next week". The magnitude of the situation is if Windows gets damaged or has a severe virus and needs re-installing.
The main folders that I am talking about relate to My Documents, Pictures, Music & even favourites or bookmarks. When you log onto the internet you just go to the bookmarks and click to navigate to your favourite websites. Imagine starting again and trying to remember the sites that you enjoy going to!
Of course their are ways to backup using external devices such as hard drives or DVDs or maybe online backing up. Use whichever one you like but remember that it is there to make life easier to make sure that the files that are important to you are safe.
If the worst happens and a backup was not made then HC Computers can retrieve these files if the hard drive is not damaged.
I hope this has jogged your memory to do a backup sooner than later.