Home Computer Support in Greenwood IN, and Indy's south side

Home Computer Support in Greenwood IN, and Indy's south side

Our home users are served by Geek Brigade located in our office.  Most home computer users don’t think they need to hire a professional computer repair company like Geek Brigade to manage their home network. They try it alone, and often overlook steps that should be taken to protect their home computers and data, sometimes ending in a loss of priceless documents, financial information, and irreplaceable photos. Here are some tips for home computer users:

You need multiple forms of protection!

Just running an anti-virus program is not enough to protect your network. You need layers of protection such as:

  • Anti-virus – your PC may have come with a trial version of any of a number of  popular anti-virus programs. If you have not continued your subscription you will either not be protected, or have minimal protection.
  • Malware scanner – No antivirus system will pick up everything. We recommend periodic full scans using anti-malware software.
  • Windows updates – perhaps the single most important thing you can do to protect your system is to make sure your computer has the most recent security updates. This can be set up to update automatically, however many other programs need to be updated manually. Make sure to reboot your computer when prompted, that way updates install completely.
  • Firewall – you should have a home firewall in place, and not just the cable or DSL modem provided your Internet service provider. Basic firewalls are fairly inexpensive, and there are models that support wireless Internet automatically.
  • Secure your WIFI – You absolutely MUST use a secure password for your wireless connection. Don’t leave your connection open to someone sitting in their car outside your house.

Data backups are a must!

Backups are extremely important for business systems as well as home computer systems.  If your hard drive or motherboard crashes/fails, it's not much of a problem to re-install your software. However, your data can be irreplaceable, or take countless hours to recreate. If you don’t have these items backed up they could disappear at a moments notice.

Backups are extremely important for business systems as well as home computer systems.  If your hard drive or motherboard crashes/fails, it's not much of a problem to re-install your software. However, your data can be irreplaceable, or take countless hours to recreate. If you don’t have these items backed up they could disappear at a moments notice.

Geek Brigade offers an inexpensive online backup service that works in the background to encrypt and securely transfer your critical files and pictures to a secure, cloud based system

External hard drives are easy to set up, but they are still susceptible to virus's, hardware failures, crash's, or being stolen. This form of back up is one step, but we believe you should really have a reliable off-site back up as well.

 

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