Stop the headaches

Preventative maintenance keeps many of the bad things from happening. I like to spend time on improving security hygiene, initial setup, backups, and password management. An ounce of prevention, as they say.

If you’re tired of IT emergencies and would prefer to keep most of them from happening in the first place, let’s chat.


Software Updates

Uninstall any software you don’t need and update the software you do need. Patch third-party software using a free tool like the Home Updater offered by PatchMyPC.


Password Management

Use a password manager like LastPass or 1Password to generate a different, complex password for every site you visit. They remember the passwords for you. Enable Multi-factor authentication (MFA) where ever it’s available.

Backups

Regularly backup your important files to an external hard drive and/or to the cloud.


Non-admin Account

Create a computer account for daily use and a separate administrative account for making system changes. Don’t log in with an administrative user account.

Antivirus / Ad block

The antivirus on your Windows 10 computer is sufficient for most people. You should install an ad blocker like uBlock Origin to keep annoyances at bay.


Other Good Stuff

Learn whether your passwords have been exposed with the free service from haveibeenpwned.com. Small businesses can setup notifications for all their email address.