With our lives getting more and more dependent on computers it is natural to worry about the data stored in it. Thoughts like these are sure to wander your minds.. “What if a virus completely destroyed your PC with all the files in it ? ” or “What it my pet cat just pressed random buttons making my Windows PC going haywire? ” Can happen believe me. Anything can happen. And that is why having a computer which is fail safe is one of the best practices.
1. Have a good Antivirus
The first step to a secure and healthy computer is to have a up and updated antivirus that can tackle any virus that is thrown at it. Now even having an antivirus does not guarantee a virus free computer. The most common mistake that i have seen people do is disabling their antivirus just to run a shady exe file that promises them more chips or coins in a random Fb game. Please don’t do that. There is no such genius that creates software to hack fb games. Games that be genuinely hacked by only using cheat engine or fiddler.
A good antivirus is one that protects you from offline as well as online threats and doesn’t cause much load on your PC memory. Go “here” for more info.
2. Create a restore Point
Suppose a family member installs a particular software on your PC and after a restart you PC starts acting abnormally and not booting into the OS. Then instead of just restoring the whole system from a backup which will take lot of time.. just restore it. A restore point is a representation of a stored state of your computer’s system files. You can use a restore point to restore your computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. Restore points are automatically created by System Restore weekly and when System Restore detects the beginning of a change to your computer, such as when you install a program or a driver. I recommend you to regularly make restore points weekly.
To create a restore point
- Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
- In the left pane, click System protection. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
- In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.
3. Have offline Backups
Offline backups are really very important as they provide you with quick and easy access to your lost data which you can quickly restore depending the speed of your computer. But offline backups are likely to be on the same HDD your Windows is loaded on. It can be on a Cd, External drive or just a flash drive. This is because if the HDD becomes corrupted then instead of trying out plethora of ways to extract your data from the drive you can just simple plug and re load all your backup data.
4. Online Backups
Online backups are as important as offline backups. With sites like sugar sync ETC providing great plan for online backups you just cant find an excuse to not try one. Suppose you go for a presentation and suddenly you realize that your pendrive with all your data is corrupted then what do you do ? You cant just say that my pendrive isn’t functioning and ill have to run back home to get a new copy of the file !! Instead of this you can just download the required files from your online backup which could definitely save you from Embarrassment. This was just an example but in reality this can be at times annoying !! In our Indian bandwidth low as we get.. we cannot afford to let these apps just hog away our bandwidth , and BTW who can just keep on downloading backup files again and again in the horrible little speeds that we get !! well I cant and that’s is why online backup is definitely not an Answer for me.
5. Always have a spare..
This one is a really helpful one and has really helped me a lot. Just in case your copy of windows starts malfunctioning and you don’t have the time to deal with it as you urgently need to use the PC to transfer some files… then just have a spare OS. Linux distributions like Ubuntu need only 4 Gb for optimal functioning and can easily fit in a pendrive. Moreover it does not stop you from adding files in the pendrive. For which you can have a separate folder which will contain all the files you wanted to store on the pendrive.
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