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5 Tips For Computer Care

June 14, 2022

Computers come in all shapes and sizes, but they all help us stay connected to the digital world. It’s great to have technology at our fingertips, but any computer owner needs to understand that computers require care and attention to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently for as long as possible. Thankfully, this maintenance is easier than you may think.  

From the Fortec US team, here are a few tips to help you keep your computers in the best working condition: 

Keep Your Operating System Updated

Ensuring your computer’s operating system is always up-to-date is one of the easiest and best ways to keep your computer running at its most efficient. When your operating system alerts you to an update and suggests you download it, don’t ignore it; get it done asap! Updates work to correct any issues in the system, optimize performance, and increase protection against viruses and hackers.

Purge Any Junk or Unused Programs

One of the ways a computer shows its age is through the long list of files stored on its hard drives. Old files and programs you don’t use anymore take up much more space than you may realize. Taking time every month or so to revisit your computer’s files and programs and delete or remove anything that isn’t needed can free up storage and improve computer operating speeds. 

Utilize Anti-Virus Protection

Hackers are always lurking, waiting for the right opportunity to steal your important data and information with the help of viruses. Malware attacks can happen at any moment, making antivirus software essential for any computer. Consider running virus scans that can search for any dangerous or outside activity weekly and installing virus software on your computer designed to protect against these hacks. 

Do Some Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

You’d be surprised how much crumbs, dust, and debris can accumulate on your keyboard and in your computer vents. It’s completely normal, but these particles build up over time and, if left unchecked, can cause problems. You can utilize a can of compressed air to get rid of all that debris between the keys of your keyboard and also a soft, damp cloth for your computer and the vents.  

Backup Your Data

Any computer owner needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Whether it’s malware, a sudden crash, glitches, or hardware failure, it’s always possible to suddenly lose your data. You likely have important information you don’t want to lose on your computer, and backing up your data to an external hard drive is the best way to prevent data loss. 

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