The Tech Guy Blog

Do Not Download/Open Email Attachments

Do not open email attachments, as they are one of the most common causes of innocent computer users getting infected with malicious malware. Email attachments are "the kiss of death." Ask the sender to place the attachment in Dropbox, etc. or other safer alternatives. Furthermore, Mac and Windows 10 users can open PDF files by themselves, so no need to download and install additional software like Adobe Reader. There are too many vulnerabilities these days regarding email attachments and outdated Adobe software.

Maintain your browser history, cache, and extensions.

When you're browsing numerous sites daily, a lot of information can be stored by your browser to help you return to a website in the future, or help improve your browsing experience. Sometimes, you may accidentally go to the wrong site that could be malicious, or when you download software, certain things can be installed on your browser that you don't want or that you are unaware of. 

Multiple Smaller Drives are More Reliable than 1 Massive Hard Drive

Leo advises to buy multiple smaller hard drives over one extremely large hard drive. The bigger the size, the higher the error rate...which can be catastrophic in the worst case scenario. In any case, move away from old spinning drives to faster Solid-state Drives (SSD), where the cost per gigabyte is getting conveniently cheaper. You may have so much storage in the future that you could forget to discipline yourself on cleaning out files!

Backing Up Your Hard Drive Correctly

When backing up data, it's best to create more than one backup of your data. If that one backup were to fail, you'll be out of luck on recovering your data and may potentially have to spend money on a service to help recover your data for you. Even then, it may not be possible.

The best practice to backing up your data is following a 3-2-1 backup strategy: three backups, on two different media, and one off-site. The site, dpBestflow.org, is a great resource that shows you how to appropriately back up your data. 

Digitizing & Organizing Photos

When scanning your old photos and scrapbooks, there are plenty of services that can do them for you. However, there is a risk when using these services and shipping your items to them. Ideally, you would want to take your items to a local photo company that will do it in-house and not ship it anywhere.