One of the best software innovations in the past couple of years has been the rise of the virtual machine. While it still has not hit the mainstream yet, which means being used by the average every day consumer, it has hit the developer and programmer world pretty hard.
If you have a job where you do anything complex with a computer there is a good chance that you will work with a virtual machine at some point in the future.
It doesn’t matter if it is a virtual machine being used on a server or a virtual machine being used to test a browser on an operating system that you do not use. Somehow you will have some interaction with a virtual machine.
As a matter of fact people are starting to get so used to the idea of a virtual machine, that they are starting to keep their important data on their as well. Some people will rent out VPS’s, which stands for virtual private servers, and use it to both host web sites and store their data. Other people will use the virtual machine that is stored on their desktop as a way to use two computers. But you have to be careful when you use a virtual machine in this manner. You have to remember that if you are going to use it as a second computer and store important data on it then you must treat it just like a real second computer.
First of all, if you are going to use a virtual machine seriously, then you need the proper protection software on there. If you have an outside connection then you need a proper firewall installed. If your virtual machine is able to access the internet then someone is able to get into the virtual machine as well. So a proper firewall is a must. After that is set up then it is a good idea to set up antivirus software as well. This is especially true if you are running a Windows based virtual machine. After that is all set up then you should be ready for anything. But you are also going to have to remember to be careful with any passwords used in the system. Just like you would with your main computer.
Virtual machines are very good tools to use, you just have to remember to be careful with them.