Snapshot VS Restore on Reboot and How Best to Protect Workstations

We live in a world where computers getting taken hostage by ransomware is so normal IT administrators don’t even bat an eye when it happens. Where thousands of new strains of malware, viruses, and exploits are created and discovered every day, to the point where going and telling your friend, “I got a virus and had to wipe my computer” offers little more sympathy than a shrug.

In this digital age it’s hard to keep up with protecting your workstations from all the threats out there. Companies spend thousands upon thousands of dollars doing so, but more often than not that amount is budgeted to be just enough as designated by executives not fully understanding the risks. Even IT experts recently polled by The Guardian found Security to be their top concern, and went on to say most companies do not take it seriously enough.

Despite these hurdles IT personnel are put to work looking for the most bang for their buck.

Knowing where to invest

Anti-virus, anti-malware, firewalls, whitelisting, blacklisting, etc., etc. The list goes on and on with all kinds of software companies offering the “best solution” for a hefty subscription fee. Commitments with no money-back guarantees are made leaving the control of the order in the hands of those security companies once they’ve been paid. We don’t think that’s right.

Instead of trying to keep up with virus definitions, whitelisting applications, and hyper-analyzing every email that comes in, it’s easier – and affordable – to install Windows system restore software and/or restore on reboot technology like RollBack Rx or Reboot Restore Rx.

With a snapshot-based software like RollBack Rx, capturing the entire state of the drive on a set schedule is both fast and reliable. At the time the snap is taken the sectors of the harddrive containing data are locked and protected with 256-bit AES encryption, and can be accessed in or outside of Windows despite viruses, malware, or ransomware.

Unique to RollBack Rx, the snapshot size and imprint on the drive is minimal, with each snapshot itself taking up roughly 0.1% of harddrive space. This leaves plenty of room to create instant recovery points on any number of drives.

For a simplified approach, restore on reboot software will eliminate any threat on the drive, as at the end of every session (or a schedule defined by the administrator) the drive will be fully restored to a predefined, clean state. All traces of malware, viruses, ransomware, etc., are erased in the process.

Weighing the pros and cons

Restore on reboot software is safe, reliable, and nearly foolproof due to its scorched-earth approach. For public access machines this is ideal as it will not only keep the users private information secured once the drive is restored, but it also keeps the organization’s PC’s automatically cleaned and maintained.

RollBack Rx’s snapshot technology is fast, secure and leaves minimal imprint. Designed to protect the drive from any catastrophe, and customizable to allow it to be invisible and untouchable by the end user, this system restore software is ideal for home and business use. No area of the drive will be unprotected, and nothing will be left to chance.

Reaching a decision

At Horizon DataSys we know we not only have the best solution, but the most affordable – including competitive pricing. If you’re ready to make a decision or simply want more information we have representatives at the ready from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Feel free to reach out via online chat, our ticketing system, or call toll-free at 1-800-496-0148.

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