If you are in a situation like me, then you might worry about computer safety for your parents. After all, too often we read about new viruses and malware attacking computers of less computer savvy people. While my parents enjoy receiving emails with pictures of their grandson and reading news on the web, I sometimes wonder what other things happen on their computers that I do not know about. Are their computers fully patched? Did they renew the anti-virus software subscription? Do they know about email scams and how to avoid being a victim of Internet crime?
While there things I definitely cannot control, there are others that I can control and I think it is important that you know about them. Nobody wants their relatives, especially our aging parents to become victims of Internet crime if we could have prevented it with some really simple and affordable measures.
Today I want to tell you about Windows InTune. Windows InTune is a brand-new Microsoft product that takes computer security and computer management to a new level. No longer are these options only available to large corporations. Today remove management and computer security are available to consumers like you and me. With Windows InTune I am able to remotely manage the computer security on a remote computer – a perfect solution to take of your parents computers. Here is what Windows InTune will allow you to do:
- Deploy Windows Security Patches remotely
- Malware Protection
- Receive Threat Alerts
- Remote Assistance
- Apply Security Policies
How does the remote assistance feature works? Mom or Dad would initiate the remote assistance session from their computer – then allowing you to remotely access their PC or laptop and to manage it and to address any issues. This is a great tool. Let’s say your Mom accidentally deletes her email configuration and no longer receives your emails. You remote into her machine and reconfigure the email client and Mom is back on track immediately. Or Dad finally wants to get onto Facebook and so you already setup an account for him. Now you remote into his machine and do a live presentation and explain to him how Facebook works and how he can access his new account on Facebook.
While Windows InTune was initially designed for small to mid-size businesses, it is a great solution for consumers that want to manage a remote computer as well. The price is very affordable. Microsoft charges $11.00 per month for this service. Even better, Windows InTune includes an upgrade license to Windows 7. So, the next time you visit Mom and Dad you could upgrade their machines to Windows 7 and therefore provide an even greater level of security for them. Windows InTune does not require a minimum number of licenses to be purchased, so it is a perfect for consumers who want to buy just 1 or 2 licenses. Purchases need to be associated with Microsoft and DT Advanced is happy to set you up with a free 30 day trial as needed.