Mark0159 wrote in post #18583370
I don't see the need for keeping a computer off-line. That just creates extra work flow issues. You need to be able to work between two computers while doing work, unless of course you are working completely on editing and don't rely on haivng access to email or the internet while you are working.
A few points I think everyone should keep in mind:
- Keep your windows 10 (yes everyone should be using Win10) up to date. Updates are coming out esp when there a big bugs that can cause all sorts of issues. The idea that your typical updates will cause issues is an idea from years ago. The odds are you will have more issues not keeping your OS up to date. Win10 is stable unless you play with it.
- get antivirus, anyone as long as it's free and is ad free. I use Windows defender as I don't need to see the need for anything more. Sure it's not considered the best but then non of them are 100% percent perfect
- Install software that you need and nothing else.
- Uninstall software you don't need.
- Make a backup but only use it when you need it.
- Use system restore as this will help when the computer for some unknown reason doens't boot.
- Store all your data on another drive.
- Use a SSD. There should be no reason why anyone isn't using one. If you have spent any decent amount of camera gear then you can get an SSD.
- Keep your browser up to date. This is the same reason you keep your OS up to date. This is your interface to the web.
- Don't open strange emails, if it looks dodgy then it more than likely is, esp attachments. Just delete, if its valid then they will send another one. (use email only in a browser if you want)
As for your work flow,
- Backup your photos,
- Backup your photos again
- Backup your photos and your edits again.
- Yep having 3+ backups are important (and I don't even make money from my photography) it doesn't matter where but make sure one set is away from your home (just in case)
- Nothing wrong with using the cloud
**NOTE** my backup is simple robocopy as I don't like how some of the backup programs work. I just want a copy of the file and not rely on a program to get my files back.
and remember don't be paranoid, just be smart. If you can learn about how to use a camera and edit a photo, you can learn the basics of how to be safe on a computer.
good advice. anyone following your suggestions should feel reasonably secure.
keeping my main desktop computer offline? LOL. not happening. in my final days with Win7 (rebuilding my desktop & moving to W10), I'm still using Windows Security Essentials. occasionally, malawarebytes. generally, I try - when possible - to avoid viral sites like facebook, twitter, google, ebay, youtube, amazon, microsoft, etc.
I currently have two, 4 drive, jbod, enclosures - dedicated to backups of my desktop and NAS. these only spin when I turn them on. when I shut down and reboot or re-awake my desktop, the backup enclosures remain off, but within arms reach, until turned back on.
when the mood strikes (fairly often), I power up these enclosures, open a couple (file) explorer windows and drag and drop folders, photos, whatever onto the backup drives - sometimes incrementally and sometimes fresh - after deleting prior backups. the fanciest software (this is a little embarrassing, but true) used is internet explorer and sometimes teracopy 2.3 (freeware). I also have and use the old microsoft freebie (still works, google it) synctoy2.1 .
a couple years ago, I had a big-name backup "solution" - used by essentially preparing scripts to be autorun periodically - used it religiously - everything always backed up, right? then one day a 4TB black data drive would no longer come to life - under warranty but still crashed .
no problem, I have a back up - right? after restoring from the backup, I discover that any folder created with a leading underscore ("_name-of-folder") was ignored and not backed up. an undocumented "feature" of this custom software. sadly, like many others, I used the underscore to order folder contents to appear at the beginning of of an alpha-numeric sorted list. thus all of my lens folders - that began with an underscore - were not backed up. surprise, surprise, surprise.
lesson learned? keep it simple.