1. SET WINDOWS UPDATE TO RUN AUTOMATICALLY
Computers that are not updating, are more likely to run slow or be more susceptible to vulnerabilities. Like random reboots, blue screens, viruses, malware, spyware etc. I use Malwarebytes.
2. INSTALL ANTI VIRUS SOFTWARE THAT WORKS IN REAL-TIME
In most cases, free versions of anti-virus software will do the basics, in most cases should be enough. Virus scans, quarantines and deletes, are what most people need. Some of the premium paid versions of other 3rd party anti-virus programs have the one feature I like, “real-time protection”.
Before you spend your money on 3rd party anti-virus programs, keep in-mind that the Windows operating system already offers many of the security features needed to keep your personal computer safe from Malware and Viruses. The best part, it’s free with every Windows computer. You just have to know how to set it up.
3. PROTECT YOUR EQUIPMENT AGAINST POWER SURGES
Power surges are something computer owners should take seriously. I recommend unplugging all computers and electronic devices. Anything you value that is plugged into a wall outlet should be unplugged during any rain storms, lightning or thunder. This includes telephone wires and Ethernet cables. Lighting travels through those wires too.
4. BACKUP YOUR DATA
Windows comes with a backup solution that works very well. Most versions of Windows will even create a complete image of your system. But if you want to venture outside Windows you could try any of these cloud services. Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. These cloud based services work. They are easy to figure out and will help you backup your data safely.
5. KNOW THE MOUSE
Right click for a menu, left click to select or open. Right click in different programs or locations on your screen and you will get a different menu.
6. DON’T PULL THE PLUG
Never pull the power cord from a live powered on computer. (costly damage may occur to your computer, especially if it’s old)
7. PROTECT YOURSELF
Never log into more than 1 website at a time, especially if it’s financially related. Make a habit of logging out of your sessions/accounts before you walk about from your computer. Never have multiple sessions active in the same browser.
When you least expect it is when you need to know your usernames and passwords. If you like to use a pen and paper, great, just keep it in one place. If you like to create folders on your desktop and create new text files inside it, perfect.
9. FAST INTERNET
Get the fastest internet speed you can afford. More and more we are streaming video from YouTube, gaming, downloading large files, photos, Facebook etc. For all this to work quick and smoothly you need a fast connection.
10. BUY A HEAVY DUTY UPS
Similar to #3, plug your modem, wireless router, computers and electronic devices into an expensive UPS. (Uninterruptible Power Supply) The bigger and more expensive the UPS, the longer you will be able to play when the power goes out.
If you need further instructions on how to implement any of these 10 Computer Tips for 2020, click on the support button located in the navbar and send me a message. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.