Sophos works when I’m not making things easier for everyone.

Sophos works when I’m not making things easier for everyone. It is really fun to set up systems that work properly even when you aren’t there to watch them. If you have the patience, you can find software that you can program to fit the needs of your clients.

I am sharing this because I get email notifications from Sophos warning me that there is a virus on a computer. This isn’t unusual, many software packages offer this feature. What is great, is that I can log into a webpage, take a look at the details and then clean the virus remotely. I did that the last time it told me, sent an email to the person whose computer it was, and asked them to reboot to finish the process. I could have rebooted the computer myself, but I like to give people a chance to save whatever they might be working on.

Sophos works when I'm not making things easier for everyone.That is really neat and such a time saver. In the past the endpoint protection systems would have required connecting to a vpn, then connecting to the computer on a private network, and then doing some stuff that was more time-consuming. I took care of the problem in 15 minutes start to finish. Even if the user hadn’t rebooted, the threat was neutralized and I could have finished the next business day.

I think the value of an employee isn’t just what they do during the time they work, but that they standardize and find ways to make things more efficient. I have seen that many people do the work during the day, but after hours they are out of reach. This isn’t what is needed. I am not arguing IT people should be available 24/7. I am saying that you have to plan for things going wrong, and engineer systems to find the way of dealing with that when it does go wrong.

Doing what you are told is easy, doing what no one else thinks of shows a professional.

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List of the best malware tools

List of the best malware tools. I have spoken before that malware is becoming a bigger issue for people. It is getting very creative in how it is installing and taking over control of windows computers. I am even seeing malware on the mac that I didn’t used to see. I have been using a variety of tools to fix this issue.

List of the best malware tools

  1. Malwarebytes. This has fixed many issues with malware.
  2. Spybot Search & Destroy. This has fixed malware issues as well as having a great reputation with IT people.
  3. SuperAntiSpyware. This is a new tool for me but has fixed the issue a few times and found things that other tools didn’t.
  4. TDSSKIller. This has fixed a few issues with malware.
  5. Eset free version. This hasn’t found any malware but could be useful if someone doesn’t have an anti-virus utility. Another option is Avast or Avira both highly rated.

List of the best malware toolsThese are all checking for all kinds of malware. Some are called root-kits, others C&C, and many other types as well. What has happened in the last few years is that due to people always being on the Internet, all kinds of creative ways have been found to sneak into systems. This means that for the most part, if you have a windows computer you are at risk for thousands of different kinds of vulnerabilities. This is one reason I prefer using a mac. While it also has some weaknesses, they are far less than a typical windows computer. Linux used to be safe, but malware has been found on linux systems as well, so for personal use linux doesn’t easily recommend itself to the average user.

What is interesting is that many attacks are happening just because of being connected to the Internet. I monitor company firewalls and I see dozens and sometimes hundreds of attempts each day of attempts to hack into a network. It is remarkable that security works as well as it does given all this activity. As always I recommend keeping updated on your computer, don’t install things from anywhere but the vendor site, and running an endpoint protection software like Sophos. Of course no software knows everything, so having a backup malware software like the free ones listed above also helps.

Keeping safe is getting harder on the Internet, but if you are careful using a modern browser like Firefox, and following the suggestions above you greatly reduce your risk.

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