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Using Technology Wisely: Updates and Backups

Regular updates and backups are vital: the people who spread viruses, spyware, worms, and malware are at work around the clock

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You receive alerts all the time urging you to install software updates for the equipment and software that you use. Sometimes you do so, frequently you do not.

The manufacturers and disseminators of such alerts maintain, often rightly so, that regular updates are vital since the people who spread viruses, spyware, worms, trojans, and malware in general are at work around the clock.

Updates Matter

Ron Wagner, a former pilot with Eastern Airlines who later became successful as in designing software manuals and training books, says that the crucial patches dispensed by vendors help to protect your desktop PC, laptop, phone, and other gadgets. They are not offered arbitrarily. They come as a result of known security breaches, bugs detected, and issues that make updates essential.

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So, the time to update your personal technology is when you receive vendor alerts along with accompanying links and instructions. Periodically, such updates also include new features and enhanced compatibility for whatever else the vendor offers.

As you likely have witnessed, smart devices such as smartphones generally take care of themselves. Their updates are automatic. You are not required to do anything. Still, it’s wise to keep abreast with the developments related to each of your apps.

Back up Your Computer Files

You only need to experience one major setback to acknowledge the value of constantly backing up your critical data.

If your hard drive has ever been fried, if your unit simply went kaput and is no longer operable, or if you spilled coffee on it, that destroyed some or all of your data. You know what I’m talking about!

AllBusiness.com contends that backing up what you’re working on during the day, certainly at the end of the day, makes perfect sense. Twice a day and three times a day is not overdoing it.

Another Week, Another Backup

It’s not out of the question to run a complete system backup once a week. Most businesses have established procedures for doing so.

If you work at home on your own computer, even on personal items, the once a week routine is still recommended. Think about it, anything you work on for more than 5 to 20 minutes, that you could lose, is worth bucking up.

Backup software allows you to earmark which files you want to backup. You can choose to back up all files that have changed since the last backup. That procedure saves time, and means that you only need an entire system backup on a lenient basis.

Online services that perform backups offer great flexibility as well as to what gets backed up and when they occur.

Security Counts

Backing up files to elsewhere on your own computer might be quick and easy, and even satisfying in the short run, but it is not secure. If anything happens to the unit itself, your data could be jeopardized.

You want to have either a portable hard drive, a high density DVD, or a 32 GB or 64 GB flash drive, onto which you can copy your data. Then, keep it in a secure location.

When to install is before you have some data mishap. Too many computer users wait until something goes terribly wrong and then they realize the value of using an external hard drive.

Why wait? The prices are quite reasonable, the process works quickly, you gain a huge amount of storage space, and there is no continuing cost after your initial purchase. What’s not to like?

An External Hard Drive

Employing an external hard drive to backup your computer is among the best protective measures you can choose to secure your data.

If you’ve never employed an external hard drive, you’re in for a pleasant experience. They are not difficult to install, and you can virtually plug it in right out of the box.

The new hard drive then will appear on your Explorer tree, and you can literally drag-and-drop your files from your C: drive to your external drive. You have the option of manually backing up your files or using transfer type software which runs in the background and backs up files automatically.

Nothing Lasts Forever

What about potential down sides? If you use the drive long enough, in time, it will fail, as will every piece of hardware you’ve ever used. Also, you must have your drive connected if you want to do daily backups. If every few days or every week is fine with you, it’s easy enough to unplug and securely store the device.

In any case, it’s worthwhile to install an external hard drive – before you have some type of major data mishap.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



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Pandora Papers, a box of trouble for whom?

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Pandoras box seems to be a well-known metaphor in today’s culture. It is often used to represent unknowingly opening a box of wop-ass. The Greek origins are a little more complex.  Pandora was the first human woman, a gift from the gods. She was made from earth to be lovely as a goddess. With the gift of speech to tell lies, and the mind and nature of a treacherous dog. She was given a golden crown of animals and sea creatures. Pandora was blessed with grace, desire and caring to weaken her limbs.

Pandora was the first woman to live among mortal men, first bride and great misery. She was destined to live with men in times of plenty and to desert them in hard times.  Her name means both “she who gives all gifts” and “she who was given all gifts”. In the mythology she opened a jar that belonged to her husband that contained every misery that affects man to today, but managed to close it before hope was able to escape the jar.

Which brings us to the latest document leak from the International Consortium of investigative Journalists or ICIJ. This is the latest of leaks following the Panama papers and the Paradise papers. ICIJ claims this is the largest leak of tax haven information ever. The 11.9 million financial records include information on 330 politicians and high level leaders, including 35 country leaders. For two years over 600 journalists from 117 countries helped to follow up leads exposed by the leak.

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Top leaders with homes in Malibu, Monti Carlo, and high rise towers in Dubai. Investments in sugar plantations, polluting factories, and even a hospital. Secret companies and Trusts to hide assets from taxes and their people. ICIJ likes to point out that this money could have been used to help build roads, hospitals, and schools. They also imply the money comes from ill-gotten gains. Pointing out that hiding money is also used during drug smuggling, human trafficking, bribery, and international terrorism.

In an effort to seem like actual investigative journalists they do mention that nothing they were fed was illegal.  They failed to mention that the tax regulations in every one of the countries involved are written by the rich themselves. Mostly by those not uncovered by the Pandora Papers. Something the 600 seemed to have over looked during their two year investigation is any tax avoidance from the United States. Funny thing that.

To find out why you need to look at who the International Consortium of investigative Journalists is and who finances them. It turns out the group was founded in 1997, they claim to take no public funds only donations. Their largest donors happen to be Soros, thru the The Open Society Foundation. Now needless to say Soros is not going to admit what each one of these people did to stop his march towards one world government headed by Soros and company, but we can speculate.

Tony Blair, supported the American action in Afghanistan. King Abdullanh met with and supported Israel. Vladimir Putin would rather not have a one world government telling him how to run Russia. Shakira no stranger to wokeness had the gall to disagree with the Conovirus imprisonment and demanded children be let outside into the sun and air. You can bet that each one of the targets of this dump had somehow displeased those supporting the great reset.

Each one of these thought they had found a beautiful tax haven not knowing it was she who gives all gifts and conversely she who is given all gifts. By selectively revealing that it is worthwhile to spend money to hide income from those who did not earn it is telling. Besides highlighting that taxes are too high for the services provided. Telling that not one American is mentioned. Telling that the “journalists” didn’t discover how politicians in government get rich on civil service salaries. Not one mention of the heads of NGO’s (non-governmental agencies) have found that the poor are very very good for them. How about a peek into how many of the 1.5 million tax exempt organizations in America are just a tax dodge.

We will wait with the patience of Job for the International Consortium of investigative Journalists to do some real investigating.

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The People Who Size You up Instantly

Beware of people who conveniently assess what you need, while missing the boat about their own needs

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I went to a social gathering and, arriving early, few others had arrived. So I took out my notepad and pen, and leisurely started making notes. A lady who saw me, asked what I was writing, which, of course, could be either a friendly way to start a conversation, or intrusive, depending on your point of view. I took it as the former, and shared with her my predisposition to take notes outside of my office where I generate ideas that don’t readily emerge at my desk.

Apparently my explanation was not satisfactory for her. In rapid succession she told me, ‘You need to get a drink. (Actually, I don’t drink.) You should to stop making notes. You ought to relax. (Making notes is relaxing to me.) You need to get a life.’

Paradoxically, I am the author of the books, Breathing Space and Simpler Living, and the audiobook, Get a Life. I also own the registered trademarks for the programs, Relaxing at High Speed and Managing the Pace With Grace. I have delivered 1,060 lectures on these topics for three decades.

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Quick and Wrong

It’s beyond strange when someone at a social gathering, in such short order, will assess what I need to do, with one pronouncement after another. When told that I needed to relax, I said, “If I was any more relaxed, I’d fall asleep.”

I came away from that experience recognizing that people who will readily tell you what you need are the ones who need what they’re telling you. You might have noticed a somewhat similar phenomenon in the workplace.

Suppose you work in a company that is crowded, noisy, and busy almost all the time. However, in your own office or cubicle, whichever the case might be, you’re able to maintain order.

Perhaps you have installed some sound barriers, if that is appropriate, and have crafted a workspace where you can get things done. People who walk by notice that your office equipment, resources, and possessions are organized. Guess what? Some office mates won’t tell you this, but they are uncomfortable with your organizing skills.

If they could find a simple way to articulate it, they would tell you, “Loosen up.” You don’t need to be so neat and orderly.” Why are they itching to tell you this? Because your level of organization makes them feel inadequate.

Be Like Me, I’ll Feel Better

Much like the lady at the social gathering, who told me ‘what I needed,’ some people in your immediate environment, in observing your capacity for taking charge of your space, and perhaps noting your higher-than-average level of productivity, would rather that you acted and proceeded in a different way. You might not hear that from them, but that is some might be thinking.

Beware of those people who so conveniently assess what you need, while completely missing the boat about their own needs. They fail to realize that what they’re telling you, is probably what they need to address for themselves.

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