Before we show the methods to protect a Mini-PC on the software-side, we quickly want to explain, which risks and threats there are.
What is Malware? Virus, Ransomware, Trojans
Malware is short for “Malicious Software” and stands for every form of programmed, harmful software which wants to access a device, such as a Mini-PCs, without the user knowing it. There are several different types of malware, such as Viruses, Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware. In what they are different, for what malware is used and how it spreads, you can find here.
Protection against malware with anti-virus programs
To protect a device against attacks through malware, it is absolutely necessary to install an anti-virus software. It’s important to use only those programs that come from trustworthy companies, else it may also be disguised malware. Many companies also provide ransomware protection, which prevents the skimming of data and thus, being blackmailed for money.
Even when an anti-virus program is installed and can detect and remove viruses, everybody should mind some essential rules:
- Don’t click on every link, that is send to you via social media – even if it’s from friends.
- Don’t open Mail attachments, if you’re not 100% sure of what it is.
- Don’t activate macros in Microsoft Office. Cybercriminals often try to get users to activate macros when receiving contagious mails.
Removal of viruses on PCs
There are different warning signs to recognize an infected PC. These include constantly recurring pop-up messages, computer programs that start by themselves or also a very slowly running computer.
A step by step guide on how to get rid of viruses and malware, can be found here.
Monitoring software for Mini-PCs
Next to software that protects against malware, there is also monitoring software that obtains the health of a Mini-PC.
If such a software is installed, many sensors are based on the components that should be supervised, such as the RAM or CPU. These sensors continuously measure, for instance the CPU temperature, and send out an alarm if the value is changing too much.
With this software it is also possible to personalize the limit values and therefore, being warned long before a component fails. That way, unpredictable system failures due to broken components won’t be the case any longer. Especially in areas where Mini-PCs have to run 24/7, this software comes in handy.
And the best part about it: We at spo-comm are working on this software at the moment. Soon, all of our Mini-PCs can be equipped with it. More information will be released shortly.