A Tale of the Tape (or Disk)

I have a bit more technology background than many B&B owners. Ruth and I started a small ISP (waaaaay back in 1996, when the internet was almost all dialup), and took it national. I did all the IT, system administration, and all that geeky stuff. Later I worked for a giant software company as a hands-on technical consultant and later taught customers how to customize and use the software. As a result of this background, I'm not overly impressed when I read articles about the important but not-very-interesting computer tasks that most people don't do, but should, and that I do routinely. I'm talking about keeping up-to-date with your antivirus software, and backing up your systems. Recently I have had reason to re-examine how I do both of those things, and the point was driven home even more directly by my friend, Heather Turner, in her blog (we've actually never met, but social media is a wonderful thing - follow Heather on Twitter as @forfeng), where she discusses both issues. Despite my efforts, I've recently had both bad experiences occur. The Setup As a tech person, I use Linux (Kubuntu, actually, which is an easy to install and manage operating system) on my laptop, but must use Windows on my desktop PC for the Property Management Software we use at the B&B. I have always kept the Windows antivirus software up-to-date, and it does automatic scans. Both the Windows PC and my Linux machines automatically back themselves up daily to a large hard drive on another Linux PC. If your eyes glazed over just now, let's try that once more: Better? The Anti-Virus Tale Having multiple computers, I sometimes browse the web on any machine that is handy. I was browsing using the Windows PC (using Firefox, with the latest…

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