• Software updates

    Updates are forever. Yes, you do have to update it again. Why? New features and fixes for old (recently discovered) mistakes.

    Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are web browsers; tools we use to navigate the internet. They both do the same job and both need updated pretty frequently.

    Google says, “Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser. But if you haven’t closed your browser in a while, you might see a pending update”. Chrome has an icon that looks like this:

    Mozilla says, “Firefox automatically updates itself by default but you can always do a manual update.”. Firefox has an icon that looks like this:

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    If you user either of these, you should make sure they’re up-to-date. While they should automatically update, other applications don’t. Frequently running an application like Patch My PC Home Updater will ensure your applications are up-to-date.

  • Best Practice: Backups

    Best Practice: Backups

    If your computer or phone gets broken or goes missing, will you lose all your pictures, contacts, and text messages? Will you lose your tax returns, business documentation, or Grandma’s recipes? If you’re a victim of ransomware, will you or your business lose everything?

    It takes less than an hour to reduce the risk of these things happening to you.

    Setup an automated, scheduled backup of your files and operating system. There are many ways to achieve this (depending on importance and sensitivity of ones data) but I have been very happy with a free application called Veeam for Windows that copies files to an external hard drive. Generally these external hard drives cost about $60.00 (but can be more expensive as more space is needed).

    If possible, keep your backup in a place other than where your data is kept. Companies like Backblaze make it both easy and inexpensive.

    Please let me know if I can help.