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The Importance of Computer Security

Update 12/13/14: I'm not sure what happened but I published this post a while back and the link was posted on my social media pages and it went back to being a draft. So I am reposting it. Thanks.

A little over a week ago I gave a presentation for the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce Bite Size Business series of business seminars. My topic was about computer and data security for small businesses. I spent about an hour talking about all the horors of malware and how it can disrupt or even destroy your business, how to prevent malware from infecting your computer, and securing your online accounts that might have business data on it (because who doesn't in the era of the cloud nowadays). I also touched on topics like computer maintainence and backing up your data. I told the business owners I presented to that I would have a link to the presentation on my website but I thought I would go ahead and make a blog post out of it so that everyone can check it out.

If you are just here for the presentation, feel free to scroll down to the View Presentation button and click it. It would be cool if you read the whole thing though since it has additional info for you.

Whether you are a small business owner, a freelancer, or just a regular person using their computer for work or play, we all have data on our machines that it would be awfull if we lost it for some odd reason. While this presentation is made with businesses in mind, home users can use the tips and tricks in it to better protect themselves online. So everyone who reads this post should check it out. Computer security is very very important and while it can be difficult to stay safe online and understand all there is to know about security, it is easy to improve your security with a few easy tips and tricks.

Without taking these steps, you run the risk of having your computer infected with malicious software that can capture sensitive data about you, serve malicious ads on your computer, or even hold your data for ransom! I'm not kidding about that last one folks. Ransomware is a real thing and that picture at the top of this post is of the worst one in existence, Crytoplocker. I might do a more in-depth post on Crytolocker in the future but for now I can say that if you get this virus, your data is pretty much gone forever.

For me and I'm sure many will agree, prevention is the best medicine for the likes of computer viruses. The best prevention is to not download applications or go to websites that you aren't familiar with, run good antivirus software, and most importantly backup your data! We'll be posting some free tips and tricks on doing all these in the future but if you need any help with backups, antivirus, or what programs and sites to avoid, just contact me. I'm always happy to help!