It’s all about security today and who is looking over your shoulder.
After I made the colossal mistake of upgrading my six-month-old computer from Windows 7 to 10, I discovered just how much I appreciated my files.
I’m not a conspiracy person. I don’t look at contrails made by jets and see mutant strains of DNA populating the atmosphere. But by golly, my adventure into Win 10 made me a believer in Spies R Us—meaning companies checking out your history and algorithms and such.
To see my journey down the road to Holy Moses, Batman, see my blog here.
Before I took the bait and upgraded to Win 10, I had no idea Microsoft was so intrusive. Now I realize that automatic updates are the devil’s spawn. I check the recommended updates manually once a week for anything labeled “Security”. An Important or Optional update always rates another look and research.
One of the updates, KB3035583 is labeled important. Lookee here what it actually is, a way for Win 10 to worm its way back into my ‘puter.
I’ve discovered how essential it is to make restore points. And backing up. Redundant backups.
I have a marvelous external drive for backups, a 2 terabyteSeagate. And since I am naturally an obsessive compulsive, I use Cloud technology as a backup for the backups I backup. Several in fact.
Examples: Amazon Cloud Drive, ICloud, and Google Cloud. And probably a few more I set up and can’t remember.
Carbonite is an okay program for backing up, but it drained my computer’s functions. Uploading slowed my computer to a sick turtle. I gave up on them.
Although I eschew letting something else decide, in this case setting up a program to backup automatically gives a bit of solace.
Virus and Internet Security. Since there are so many programs and an equal number of loyal customers for each, I won’t try to tell you which ones are good or bad.
I use Symantec’s Norton Internet Security. It provides the stuff I need to protect my ‘puter and does the when, where, and how much backups to the Seagate. I set it up and let it do the work. Easy Peasy.
Since the Windows 10 fiasco, I’ve been less trusting and more inquisitive regarding how my system should work. I hope I’ve learned enough to avoid such missteps in the future.