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Computer Maintenance Tips

Computer Maintenance Tips That You Can Use

I thought that I would write about something that always gets put on the bottom of everyone’s ‘To Do List’…basic computer maintenance. Computer maintenance is something that gets put off until something has already went wrong. Whether it is for business or personal use, regular maintenance can alleviate computing downtime, and save money.

Hardware Care

Carry your laptop in a good protective case or bag.

Use anti-static mats under your computer.

Always power down your laptop before moving it around, as well as, at night.

Make sure that the area around your computer is clean. Dust and pets can cause havoc!

Be sure that the computer isn’t situated in direct sunlight, or in a damp area where it can overheat, or get wet.

Never turn your computer off with the power switch until your operating system has shut down.

Turn off your monitor during the time you don’t use it. You can set a power schedule, as well.

Purchase an UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for your computer. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and will protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences.

Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up. Use the Eject “Drive” option.

Take care with the screen and keyboard. Use proper cleaning procedures. See video below:

Keep all units inside the computer, and outside computer peripherals, monitors dust free. Use “computer gas” to keep dust-free.

Keep the laptop on a flat surface when in use.

Avoid blocking air vents…because it is called a laptop…doesn’t mean it should be used on your lap. It makes it overheat.

If you copy files to or from these devices, you should occasionally check to make sure the cords are plugged in fully.

Program Maintenance

Think before you install. Many problems are caused by individuals downloading programs that are harmful or not reading the installations screens properly.

Before you install any new software on your system, always create a System Restore point. Some software can play havoc to your system causing all sorts of strange problems.

Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. You can manage this with a variety of methods.

Delete unwanted programs/files, and avoid installing lots of ‘extras’.

Operating Systems Maintenance

Update Windows/OS X/Linux operating systems regularly. This is when bugs, and security is fixed by patches.

Reboot your system, at least once in a week . This will clear all process that you put on the system.

Defragment your hard drive. Setting a schedule can really help save time.

Install a Personal Firewall. Most of the anti-virus programs are bundled with Personal Firewalls these days.

Periodically clean up the registry. I recommend using CCleaner.

You must have a good anti-virus program, and (more importantly) use it.  My next blog will be about choosing the right virus software.

Check to ensure that you have all the latest hardware drivers installed.

Computer Maintenance Tips

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File Management

Back up all of your data regularly. Backup important files to multiple locations (ie. A DVD, an external drive or in the cloud).

Keep track of your software CD/DVDs and license keys. Start a special drawer or file. Write license keys down.

Clear the Cache in your Internet Browser(s).

Don’t put your personal files on the root of the C: drive.

Empty your recycle bin. You would be surprised how much ‘crap’ can build up in the recycling bin, slowing your computer down.

Set strong passwords that are hard to figure out. Use capitals, numbers and special characters (if allowed).

If you download a zip file and expand it, delete the original zip file when you are done.

Delete music/video/image files that you no longer use.

Make your desktop clean from unwanted shortcuts and icons.

Internet Protocols

Be very careful when you download music, movies or images from the Internet.

Please clean your email inbox, and sent box often. This will help reduce the chance of getting your inbox filled with junk-mail.

When entering personal information into a website, make sure that the URL starts with https://.  The “s” stands for secure, and means that any information entered into the website is encrypted, so that no one else can access it.

Use caution when connecting to unfamiliar WiFi networks.

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Security

Lock your computer with a very safe password.

Be aware of things that you accept, or allow to process, during installation of any program.

Turn off remote assistance, and remote desktop.

Make sure to sign out of accounts when not in use.

Hopefully, these computer maintenance tips help you out. I will expand more on each of these topics in upcoming blogs. Happy computing 🙂

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