Privacy and Security
Computer and Network Privacy and Security
There are literally millions of viruses, spyware, and other malicious programs that will compromise your computers or network if they are not properly protected. Just like backup systems, it's not a matter of 'if' it will happen, but 'when'.
The good news is networks and computers can easily be secured by using firewalls, security appliances (for enterprises) and by installing the appropriate antivirus, ad blockers and other anti-malware software.
Thankfully, there are also new internet browsers (like the Brave browser), and search engines (duckduckgo.com) that respect your privacy and DO NOT sell any of your information to anyone. In fact, they don't collect any at all.
Luckily, there are several options available that are free for home use.
Install / maintain a firewall for homes with a high speed internet. The home router should be properly configured.
Secure your wireless network with encryption keys.
Install antivirus & anti-spyware software on your computers. Windows 10 comes with a free antivirus (Windows Security) that is rather adequate for most uses.
Install ad blockers for each browser like Adblock Plus to block fake virus alerts and intrusive ads that can take you to phishing / malware sites.
Surf responsibly. Be cautious of underground websites, and files downloaded from file sharing (P2P/peer-to-peer) software.
Beyond the above concerns and outside threats, you may also need to control access to your data.
Protect your network with a firewall, and wireless encryption.
Install an ethernet network and narrow the point of entry to your network.
Protect your computers with antivirus, ad blockers and user accounts.
Secure your data, network, and printers by setting up an Active Directory domain on a Windows Server.
Set up remote access with a VPN using a Windows Server.
Back up your data! Too many people have lost endless hours of hard work, simply because they did not have a proper backup system. Damage from "ransomware" is an easily recoverable with a good backup system.
We do not collect any private information/data, ever. Your data is your data. Period.
That being said, there are clients of ours where we take notes, record instructions, diagrams or log our work. Any and all technical documentation is 100% owned by the client, not us. It is always given when updated or asked for. This information is kept on a private server with limited access. Once a client becomes inactive, the documentation is digitally shredded according to the Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) standards.
There is a thing called "honor", and we live up to it.