Regardless of the number of times you have
experienced the dread of being unable to access the information trapped
in the god-awful computerized contraption, we are always invariably
The reality of it is that computers,
not only contain moving parts, but they like other machines, they are
prone to failure at some point in their lives. Not only can hardware
failures occur, but viruses can also corrupt data making it impossible
to retrieve. Regardless of the litany of words used to bully the box
into behaving, the truth is that the only offence is a good defence.
So how do you prepare for a computer
Prepare for the Worst
In structuring an offence it's
important to realize the power of reinforcements: backups are invaluable
and will save countless hours of shameless degradation. Be sure that you
backup data and files on a regular basis, there are a number of tools
that will automate the process.
It is critical that you check the
backup log to ensure that a backup was completed properly. I cannot
begin to describe the devastation felt when it is realized that though
there was a backup process in place, the backup never actually occurred.
Realizing this during a restore is likely to push any computer lover
over the edge. It is a good idea to store a weekly back up off site.
This is especially helpful, if an unforeseen fire or a natural disaster
Protection is critical!
Build A Wall
If the computer has Internet access,
either a hardware or software firewall (or combination there of) must be
used. The firewall creates a barrier between a computer and the world.
Without a firewall, Internet worms are capable of exploiting security
holes and are able to create what are referred to as 'back doors'. These
back doors can then be used to gain access to personal information
stored on the computer, including password files, and financial
Trust No One
If you are an avid Internet surfer or
downloader be sure to scan any downloads prior to opening or installing.
Up to date anti-virus software should be used to ensure, that computers
do not become infected with malicious viruses that will ruin your life.
Scan any email attachments prior to opening regardless of whom they are
from. Files that end with .scr, .pif and .exe can contain viruses that
will wreak havoc with your data and emotional well being.
Preparedness goes a long way, and a
little foresight will ensure that, while a computer might be an
inconvenience, you will not be defeated.
Anti-virus Software -AVG
Antivirus Kaspersky Labs