With technology constantly changing, evolving viruses and hacking threats to businesses becoming more sophisticated, there are several things that you should pay for to protect yourself and your data from harm, deletion, or theft. Here is a list of the top 5 things we would recommend you pay for to help protect your business:

An Anti-Malware AND Anti-Virus program:

Coupled with good browsing techniques, a good security tool should keep you pretty well protected. However, no one tool can catch everything. So, we suggest you install one security tool that scans for as much as possible, and also has an on-access scanning engine that protects you from threats while you surf the web, install applications, and open files. Then, install another anti-malware tool that you can run in the background to make sure nothing was overlooked or got through that shouldn’t have. With this combination, you’ll protect yourself from as much as possible.

In the end, good browsing habits and common sense should be your first line of defense against malware, spyware, and viruses. However, we recommend running a good security suite in the background and an on-demand malware tool to cover everything else. That way you’re always protected, and you can scan your system for malware whenever you want to.

Backups:

While it is very important to protect your data from viruses and malware, there is a chance that some nefarious virus or malware may slip through and your data may be hijacked or lost. Or in a case where you accidentally delete, modify, or lose data, backups are VERY important. For workstation backups, we recommend a cloud based service, which performs file backups and allows for easy restoration of lost data. For servers, we recommend a more robust backup that creates full images of the computer so that if any hardware fails or your operation system is corrupted you have the ability to restore that server in a virtual state to get you back up and running in a matter of hours versus days.

Security Firewall:

Network security is a very important piece of keeping your data secure from malware, viruses, and exploitation. Without a firewall, your computer is operating with an “open door” policy. Bank account information, passwords, credit card numbers, virtually any sensitive information on your computer becomes available to hackers. Hackers can get in, take what they want, and even leave one of their own “back doors” in place for ongoing access to your computer whenever they like.

Help:

There are a lot of aspects of IT that business owners or employees do not have time or the know-how to do themselves. Because your business relies on its technology infrastructure, it is most important to get help when you need it to ensure the smooth running of your business. Obtaining assistance from a local Managed Services Provider is a great investment if you aren’t able to do it yourself. They will be able to bring the expertise of a team that can help maintain your business in the ever-evolving IT landscape.

Top 5 Political App’s to get you ready for 2016

Voter: Much like online dating, Voter matches your answers to a few questions with politicians running for office. Voter will currently match you to the 2016 Presidential hopefuls who share your views. iOS only

iCitizen: iCitizen is the platform for civic-minded individuals who want a source of transparent, aggregated information and a tool to communicate with their representatives at the local, state and federal level. iCitizen enables the public to make informed decisions and take action. With iCitizen, the citizen’s voice counts. Android, iOS and Kindle App.

allPolitics: all Politics app is the place for all US & World political news – Left and Right talk radio, political satire and cartoons. Android and iOS.

Fox News Election HQ 2016: Get in-depth coverage of election news, learn about the candidates, discover which candidate you align with the most, and get the scoop on all election updates. Android and iOS.

Salon: Fresh insights on the political landscape in America. Android and iOS

About Tech Help / Big Fresh

Experts at Tech Help in Bellingham, a division of Big Fresh, provide answers to the questions that are trending among clients. If you have a tech question for our experts, send an email to getanswers@gotechhelp.com

You can also read this article in the fall issue of Business Pulse Magazine.