Simple Ways to Maintain Your Computer
If you’ve burned a CPU because you didn’t clean your fan, lost ten years of your digital life due to a hard drive crash, or spent four hours eliminating a bad virus, you’ve probably already learned a valuable lesson.
While the three areas we talk about below are not everything, they are the most important things to consider and if you act on them, it will stop you from suffering some of the more serious and expensive problems that might otherwise arise.
Back Up Important Files
The most important thing you can do as a computer owner is to consistently and reliably back up the data stored on your hard drive. Hardware was the most valuable part of a computer, but these bits and bytes are now the real investment.
You’ve spent huge sums of money on software, digital music and video, and spent countless hours writing documents and organizing your digital files. If you do not back up this information regularly, a serious computer problem can leave you with great regret.
The best solution is a cloud-based backup service. Yes, it will cost you a few dollars a month if you don’t use a free backup service, but if you think about what you buy, it’s the cheapest insurance policy for your important items you’ll find.
Traditional backup software is also an option, but ultimately, it is less secure than backing up to the internet because local backups are stored locally in your home.
Update Your Critical Software Regularly
Keeping the software on your computer up to date is no longer an optional part of computer ownership. Along with junk mail, security breaches, hardware incompatibilities and software conflicts, viruses, worms and other malware are now part of your daily digital life.
Updating your computer with the latest patches, fixes, and device drivers can really keep these annoyances at bay. Updates are available for free on the internet for almost any antivirus program, email client, operating system, and piece of hardware you can own.
So don’t be afraid to update your hardware’s drivers and please make sure you regularly scan for viruses or have “always-on” protection enabled in your antivirus program.
Updating is so important that there are even companies and programs that provide an easy way to update your computer software, so don’t miss out on getting one of the software update programs that can do just that. Some of these free updaters are completely unchecked and do all updates automatically for you so once you install them you don’t have to worry too much.
Make Sure Everything Is Clean
We all know that most things work a little better when clean. When your plumbing is clean, the water flows more easily, your car engine will run better if you take care of it.
The fans in your computer need similar care to keep the important components that are part of your computer nice and cool, assuming it is yours.
Keeping your files and folders organized in your virtual world and removing dust and dirt accumulating inside and outside of your computer plays a role in keeping it running smoothly, day in and day out.
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