Computer Update and Monthly Data Backup for Sailing Cruisers

Last Updated by Kay Chung on August 15, 2015

There are some websites, I periodically follow. The other day, when I clicked on the site, it showed a strange page with weird sound. It also showed on the title bar, ‘Hacked by…’ Their website got hacked! Being paranoid, I immediately closed my Internet Explorer and restarted my computer. Then, ran a ‘Full Scan’ on my laptop as if cleaning my hands thoroughly after touching dirty stuff.

Do 'Full Scan' periodically.

Do ‘Full Scan’ periodically.


Back working as a computer programmer, whenever we updated 5000+ computers at my work, there were always something to fix after the update even though we did prior update test as much as we could. Later, I didn’t hesitate to say ‘when things work, leave them alone, please…’ Sometimes, for companies, they don’t have an option not to update because of the ‘Out of support’ matter.

In what seems a long time ago, I had many computers at work and at home. Keeping all those in sync and updated, made me even busier in my life. Now, I have one laptop and one smartphone. Living on a boat, I realize the additional parts and devices are important because there are no stores at sea when things break to be replaced. However, if we keep all emergency tools and devices on the boat, our boat will definitely sink. We make a decision between a ‘Must’ and a ‘Maybe’ item.

I am taking a chance by having only one computer for now. If my laptop were not working at sea, I plan to live without a computer until we land on a foreign country.

Things I do to keep my laptop healthy…

Turn off the automatic update

Select 'Update Icon' on Task Bar

Select ‘Update Icon’ on Task Bar


Setup for 'Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them'

Setup for ‘Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them’.


Turn on real-time protection
Right click on 'PC Status' icon on task bar to open 'Microsoft Security Essential' program, a free antivirus program that provides spyware, malicious software, and virus protection.

Right click on ‘PC Status’ icon on task bar to open ‘Microsoft Security Essential’ program, a free antivirus program that provides spyware, malicious software, and virus protection.


Turn on real-time protection

Turn on real-time protection


Check the update list periodically and run necessary update when finding a good Wi-Fi connection
Go to 'Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Windows Update' and review 'Windows Update List'.

Go to ‘Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Windows Update’ and review ‘Windows Update List’.


Run ‘Quick Scan’ weekly
Setup Weekly 'Scheduled Scan'

Setup Weekly ‘Scheduled Scan’


Run ‘Full Scan’ periodically
Do 'Full Scan' periodically.

Do ‘Full Scan’ periodically.


Backup (Copy) data monthly to external hard drive!!!