Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Here's how its done...#5 Use Protection, Please.


Two new blogger tips today...

But before we get to the main course, when is the last time you backed up your blog?

"Um...back up...my blog?"

Yep, just because your blog sits on a field of Google servers doesn't mean it couldn't be lost, hijacked, spammed, or deleted accidentally by...you. If you are blogging on "Blogger", then this nifty little program will be just for you...The Blogger Backup Utility. Download it, and use it. It backs up your posts, template, images, comments, the whole kit and caboodle.

Next, we all know it's crucial to protect ourselves on the internet, but are you protecting your computer, files, and memories FROM the internet?

Virus protection is a no-brainer these days, I know, but one question...are you paying for it? You really don't need to...There is a GREAT and FREE virus protection package out there called AVG that has been rated very highly by multiple credible sources...CNET gave it 5 stars, and PC Magazine wrote:

"AVG Free offers very good (and very free) protection against viruses and spyware—just a tad better than free competitor avast!. As a bonus, its real-time LinkScanner technology keeps you from clicking search links to dangerous sites. It's an excellent choice if you need free protection against both viruses and spyware."

So the next time your virus suite tries to bill you $80 for annual protection, give it the boot...I have run AVG successfully on 3 computers at home for 4 years now, without issue. And equally as important, without cost.

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15 comments:

Jenners said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm definitely going to the do blog back up thing and will refer the virus stuff to my husband who is the techie in our house and wouldn't appreciate me messing with that aspect. The blog...he doesn't really care about so much so I can do that on my own!!!

Deb said...

finally some useful information from you.

Ali said...

Had AVG but still got a virus a couple of months ago:( Thanks for the reminder to back up the blog!

rachael said...

thanks for the tips!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Thanks for the link to the backup software.

We've been using AVG for years now & it's 99% been great. We use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for the 1% that gets by it. It's got a free version that finds stuff on your PC and a paid version that blocks it. but since AVG catches almost all of it I just use the free version

Kristina P. said...

If only I had known about this 3 days ago! One of my blogging friends, whose blog actually became quite popular, had her blog deleted on accident, by her young son. Everything is gone. So sad.

Linda S said...

thank you! good information!!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Good tips! Do you have to practice on a banana first or is this protection good to go?

Orlund said...

Good point. I host my own blog but haven't really done any backups yet. Although I can backup the DB manually I have seen a plugin for WordPress. I guess it is time I give it a try.

Clare said...

wow, you are getting popular jay, i am jealous, wink, wink:)

i will have to back up blogger, i haven't done that yet! tahnks!!

Tony said...

I do beleive I can name you the offical Canadian Martha Stewart of the Blog world. All your handy dandy tips and pearls of wisdom. I love your cult following.

Wendyburd1 said...

Does Mary know about this back up program? Do you know Mary? She LOST it ALL!! Her son accidentally deleted her blog!!

Wendyburd1 said...

Ummm Jay I downloaded the Blogger Backup, what things do I check off and what else do I do to make sure it backs up my blog? It isn't exactly a informative program, with step by step guides!!

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

I am soooo glad you posted this how-to! I have been nervous about losing my online stuff.... and now I don't have to be!

Summer said...

Do you happen to know, oh wise one, if these programs are compatible with Macs?

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To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. - Emerson