Are you backing up your data regularly? There are a growing number of threats on the internet right now and people are reporting that their data is becoming corrupted or damaged by viruses, malware, and spyware. One friend of mine had their computer compromised by a ransomware program and their data was locked up for a total ransom of about $700 (payable by Bitcoin of course). The thing is, if she had had her data backed up, this never would have happened.
Many people don’t back up their data because they simply can’t remember to do it regularly. This problem can be solved by using an automatic cloud backup service such as Backblaze. I personally use Backblaze on both of my computers and I find that it’s an incredibly easy to use set and forget solution. I once had a hard disk fail on me in the middle of a project and I was able to recover the files I needed quickly. Backblaze literally saved me hours of time! It was really quite remarkable. I would have been up the proverbial creek without a paddle if I hadn’t had Backblaze.
But I digress. If you want to protect your data you really do need a backup solution as your first line of defense. I almost think that it’s number one BEFORE getting an antivirus software tool. This is because these tools are not perfect and a virus could still slip through, damaging your files. If you have things backed up then no virus can really damage everything.
However, after backing up your data, you DO need a good antivirus and antimalware software tool running on your computer. We have tested a few of the best, and we really like what we see from Spyhunter, Malwarebytes, and Avast.
The most lightweight of these programs is Spyhunter 4. This program will get rid of threats on your computer and run scans preventing you from missing anything in the background. It’s very simple and easy to use (check out this Spyhunter review by WeHateMalware) and even those that aren’t computer pros will get the hang of it very quickly.
After Spyhunter is Malwarebytes. This is also a paid program that offers a few more features such as the blocking of suspicious websites and machine learning behavior designed to prevent zero day threats and infections.
After that is Avast, the “biggest” of the three in terms of features and bells and whistles. Avast also has a free version for those that are really trying to save money.
Each of these programs is very very good and will go a long way towards protecting your computer from threats and infections. I’m personally using Avast right now and I have used Spyhunter and Malwarebytes in the past. We have also used Reimage to repair damage done to system files after a virus was found in my computer, preventing me from using it.
The thing about Avast that we really like is the ability to protect your internet connected devices (the “internet of things”) and ensure they aren’t caught up in a bot net. Did you know that an IoT attack on website Krebs On Security cost consumers over $300,000 USD in total of extra resources and energy by pulling their smart devices into a bot net?