Three Steps To Windows Safety Heaven

Now there are Three Steps To Heaven
Just listen and you will plainly see
How virus and hackers attack and destroy
Your precious internet-connected computer toy
Just follow steps one, two and three

Step one ? Run windows update automatically each day
Step Two ? Always keep your antivirus running and updated
Step Three ? Install and configure a firewall

Faster Virus

Today can many viruses find and infect a computer connecting to internet in less then 5 minutes, even if the computer connects to internet using a modem. And how much time will the 24/7 connected computer not give the bad guys?

So leaving a computer without proper protection is not advisable.

What to do?

There are measures one can do to bring down the risk of intrusion, virus attacks and similar, to a level so low that it is acceptable even for a large corporation.

1. Use Microsoft Windows update. With an internet connection like dsl or adsl (continuous), set windows update too automatically to run each day. For modems, try to run it every time you go online.

2. Keep a good antivirus program installed (there are good commercial as well as free choices). Equally important, check the virus definition dates at least a couple of times per week. Making sure they really are updated.

3. Use a firewall. Buy a cheap hardware firewall. But remember that they only protect from incoming threats. For a two way protection, get a software firewall. Almost all software firewalls can protect you from incoming and outgoing unwanted traffic. However, it does this at the cost of a more complicated configuration.

Can you secure a computer completely?

Not if you attempt to use it for normally. Even military grade security has problems maintaining the security intact. There are just too many variables to consider.

So, keep important personal information encrypted or on a computer without network access (look at Paris Hilton in the news. She had her computer stolen with very, very personal information in it).

Companies should also make sure that they have addressed point 1-3 above.

Final Notes

There is something called backup! Everybody has heard it, most know what it is and only a few selected use it. I will say this only once.

Make regular backups on all-important data. This way can you at least restore it after reinstalling your computer (if viruses have a party in it).

Follow the advices outlined here and you will at least be three steps closer to heaven!

Kenth "The Designer" Nasstrom is the founder of The Designed Software Series. His software can be found at http://www.kndata.com and he also owns http://www.free-newslettertemplates.com as well as http://www.costa-rican-information.com

In The News:

Nutanix, VMware Battle For HCI Software Market Share Lead  CRN: Technology news for channel partners and solution providers

Instant Messenger Clients

If you have been using the Internet for any amount... Read More

C++ Tutorials: 3, Program Flow (If, Else, While, For)

Program Flow is what you think it is. How the... Read More

Getting Technical Support Help Online

Sometimes your PC will start acting strange for no apparent... Read More

An Easy Way to Deal with Email Viruses and Worms

If you feel intimidated when someone tries to teach you... Read More

Microsoft Great Plains in Metal Distribution: Implementation & Customization ? Consultant Overview

Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains serves to the wide spectrum... Read More

Outlook... Not Just for Email! Using Your Outlook Calendar

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most widely used software... Read More

Software Development in 2005 - Back to the Future

2005 ? Back to the Future.What does the future hold?... Read More

Microsoft Great Plains Data Conversion ? Overview For Developer

Looks like Microsoft Great Plains becomes more and more popular,... Read More

Microsoft Business Solutions VAR/Partner Selection ? Overview for IT Director/Manager/Controller

Microsoft Great Plains and Microsoft CRM become more and more... Read More

Microsoft Great Plains version 8.5: Upgrade, Customization, VBA, Crystal Reports - Highlights

Microsoft Great Plains is one of the Microsoft Business Solutions... Read More

10 Steps To Secure And Manage Your Passwords

Passwords protect your most sensitive personal, financial and business information.... Read More

HelpDesk & Asset Management Software - Choosing The Right One

If you are to buy a HelpDesk & Asset Management... Read More

Programming Language Migration Path

While I was preparing some personal background information for a... Read More

Causes of ERP Failures

ERP is the acronym of Enterprise Resource Planning. Multi-module ERP... Read More

IT Strategy for Midsize Business: Microsoft vs. Java, Great Plains & CRM

Midsize business or non-profit organization should decide if one-vendor solution... Read More

Keep Your Software Simple! A Review of EditPlus

I like my software simple. If it's too complex or... Read More

Crystal Reports - Geterogeneus databases: SQL Server, Oracle, Unidata, Btrieve ? Tips For Developer

Crystal Reports is the most flexible tool on the market... Read More

Professional Software Icons For Your Standalone Application

User interfaces and accessibility are some of the most important... Read More

Microsoft Great Plains PM: Payables Management

Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains is marketed for mid-size companies... Read More

Great Plains DOS Support ? Notes for Consultant

Great Plains Accounting, accounting package for mid-size and small companies... Read More

Beware of The Pirated Software E-Mail Scams!

You have gotten those E_Mails buy software at deep discounts.... Read More

Things You Can Do With Windows XP!

Did you ever give a thought to the number of... Read More

Software Process Improvement -A Successful Journey

Background: For many organizations like ours, the interim target of... Read More

Microsoft Great Plains SOP: Sales Order Processing

Microsoft Business Solutions Great Plains is marketed for mid-size companies... Read More

Performance Tuning of a Daffodil DB / One$DB -JDBC Application

This article illustrates the best practices to improve the performance... Read More