Nothing has changed when it comes to security threats. More and more devices are getting infected with some kind of malicious software. Whether it’s being downloaded from an email link you clicked on or installing a program or careless internet surfing. Like I said nothing has changed when it comes to end users using their devices. Hackers, or whatever you want to call them know this. And they will continue to take advantage of this. This means they will continue to find new ways to screw up your computer, steal your data and take your life (Identity theft).
So what can you do about? Everything. The question is not what can you do about it but when will you try to do something about it. This is something that is old news but everyone continues the same irresponsible path then expects someone else to fix it.
Don’t get me wrong, more business for me. But I like to approach the issue before it happens. I like to educate you more than fix the issue. I like to approach it to where it lessens the possibility of it happening.
The twisted thing is, no matter how effective you try to protect your computer systems; it’s never going to be 100%. But if you do nothing than you have 100% chance of something going to happen because of the lack of protection you have, clicking on unfamiliar links in your email, downloading free software you haven’t researched about, careless internet browsing.
What’s important to you? Is losing your identity important to you? Is losing your priceless family photos important to you? Or what about losing your projects you spent X amount of time working on. Are you willing to take that step in protecting your data? How much is it worth to you?
Me, Myself and I
I can tell you I do pretty well for myself. I hardly if ever experience anything of what most of my customers call me about. This is going to kill you even more. I don’t have anything on my computer. Now my production computers of course they have pertinent data systems I used for my business that holds important customer files. I do have other computers that I use for my personal interest.
Why? Great question! I will admit I was curious to see if I had the experience my customers had. So I go without thinking about it and just do what I do as an end user.
Disclaimer: I am a technician, so there is the advantage there. But we are also end users at the end of the day.
Every once and awhile I will use the same tools and scan and clean my computer. I get the typical normal things that will appear but that’s mostly just trash from utilization. But nothing as malicious as so many people get on a daily basis.
How are you supposed to know all this if you are not a technical savvy person? This goes back to the question of how much is protecting your data worth it to you. Do you want to invest time to learn how to protect yourself? Or are you willing to pay for the convenience of someone doing the work for you?
And with the New Year coming in, and the following years approaching the threats are not going to stop but possibly increase because they are being allowed to continue by you.
Let’s stop, think and rethink about what you are doing now and begin to do something different for 2017. It’s as simple as learning how to protect yourself better whether you do it yourself or find someone to do it for.
For 2017, I have already begun to redesign solutions for being proactive in my services even in house not just for our customers. Let’s all strive to a safer computer experience for the New Year.
Layered Management Systems Are the New Anti
Just having something installed on your computer is not enough. Like I said above, nothing is 100%, but you have a solid chance of lessening the exposure to many of the trendy threats you hear in the news or from your friends.
You must have more than one layer of protection which includes having an anti-virus program, a malware program and a cleaner for a supplement to those. The next thing is applying a proactive layer that monitors and manages your systems and can discover the potential threat. This will allow you or the tech to make a decision if something needs to be done from the details reported in the health alert.
You can’t do nothing and you certainly just can’t have one layer and expect that to pull you through. It’s up to you to decide. Just give it a second thought.
Good Luck and Happy New Year!