By Bob Hooper for The Island Connection
I have been writing this column now for five years and this column signals the start of the sixth, I hope to continue for at least another five! I am the owner of Rent A Bob Computers, LLC and do work on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah and Seabrook. My office is located on IOP; I do “house calls” throughout the islands, am on Kiawah/Seabrook regularly, just call 843.822.7794.
I hold certifications in A+, Network+ and Security+. These are basic and advanced courses that I took years ago and now teach, along with teaching classes for users. If you have a group that would like to schedule a class, limited to 10, please call me.
All work is by appointment, although in many cases it can be the same day. Weekend work is based on availability and includes a fee. The best way to reach me is my business cell number at 843.822.7794 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can fix software problems (and install software), repair hardware problems, buy new equipment and setup in-home or office. I can transfer all existing data to new equipment, recover “lost” data and wipe hard drives for recycling. I have lots of parts for older equipment that may be hard to find but do suggest investing in newer equipment if possible.
Remember that your data (pictures, documents, spreadsheets, passwords, etc.) is valuable to you and can be valuable to thieves or as we call them nowadays “hackers.”
Online backup services are a tool to consider but as large companies such as Sony have found out, nothing on the Internet is completely secure. I would consider doing a backup in-house such as a external hard drive or for Mac users a Time Capsule for iMacs and Mac laptops of all kinds. The Time Capsule can be used with Windows based computers as well, it just takes some extra setup time. With Windows based computers the external HD can be set to do automatic backups for you.
With the New Year comes new attacks upon your data and computers regardless of what type (Windows or Mac based) you have. In years past Mac users had the belief that malware (viruses) could not attack their machines. Although the actual type of malware called a virus cannot, there are all sorts of other types that can and within the last couple of years the attacks on Macs has increased greatly.
Apple products that are Mac, i.e. iMac’s, Macbooks, Mac Air’s, etc. should be running some sort of anti-malware software. Windows based products…. well if you are not running something then you are just waiting to be hacked.
One note for you Amazon buyers like myself, if you have not noticed, South Carolina State sales tax is now included in your purchases. It started Jan. 1st as an exemption ran out Dec. 31, 2015. Still a good deal on most products, just wanted to pass on that tidbit.