There are many ways you can lose your valuable data on your computer. Everything from malicious software, to hard drive failures. Fortunately though, there are several options at your disposal.
"BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP"
Whether you know it or not, backing up your data is THE single most important function your PC should be doing at some point in it's lifetime. I rank it higher than virus' and spyware because what good are all the tools you use if you store ALL of your data in ONE place?
- Buy an EXTERNAL hard drive or flash/thumb drive.
- Use a Disk Partitioning utility such as DriveImage XML to create & restore your drive's image.
One of the least performed tasks of the every day user. Windows is a truly wonderful OS, but because there are so many pc's running XP, Vista, etc...it's also the most attacked, therefore staying 1 step ahead of the game is crucial. This is something that can take quite a bit of time to complete after restoring your OS from a disaster. Because of this, it is highly recommended to "slipstream" the reinstall process by using a packaging tool such as NLite to combine all of the Service Packs, along with most recent Microsoft updates onto a "recovery disc" alongside the OS. That way, you don't run the risk of forgetting one of the steps, and leaving yourself exposed to further attacks/port probes during the recovery.
- 1. Enable "automatic updates in Windows.
- Install and regularly run ONE of the following;"Sumo", "Update Notifier", or SecurinaPSI.
- Create a customized install disc.