Its easy to take our computers, laptops and smart devices for granted – the majority of UK households have at least one computer and there aren’t many people about who haven’t used one.
But there are still a lot of basic mistakes people make with their computers that, if not addressed, could cause you a lot of hassle – and cost you money.
5 Basic Computer Tips:
Backups Are Essential: it’s not a case of “if my computer ever fails”; too many people don’t think about the consequences of losing everything on their computer, laptop or phone. We know we keep banging this drum, but that is because too often we have had to take a deep breathe, pick up the phone and ruin someone’s day by telling them their data is irretrievable. An automated, encrypted backup doesn’t cost the earth, a yearly subscription of less than £50 will ensure that whatever happens to your computer your data is secure and accessible.
Agree To Those Updates: the prompt “do you want to install updates now?” rarely happens when you have all the time in the world. “Sure, go ahead, update my computer/software, I’ll just nip off and make a cuppa and pop in every now and again to see how you’re getting along.” Doesn’t happen, well, not for the majority of us. But they are essential - when software programs and hardware drivers are first released they are never perfect and only by using them will manufacturers discover their flaws. Couple this with criminals being one step ahead and you have a situation whereby if you don’t update as your computer or phone prompts you to you can leave your systems unsecure and more liable to be attacked.
We All Need Protection: if you go online you need anti virus protection. For Windows machines and Android devices an antivirus program installed and running on is essential. Having a malware detection program on the computer to pickup any spyware or malware that an antivirus may not have detected gives you further reassurance. But you also need to be aware that whatever anti virus you use it is only as good as the person using it - when it pops up asking if you really want to open that email/click that link/visit that web page, trust it. The majority of security breaches occur because of user mistakes.
Hot Flushes: An over heating computer can fail - think about where you are using it; tempting as it is to work snuggled up in bed, your laptop could overheat if it’s resting on your duvet with no air getting to it. And when you’re not using your computer ensure it won’t be in direct sunlight. Computers really don’t cope too well with heat so ensure whatever device you are using it gets good ventilation and isn’t left somewhere too hot.
Get It Checked Out: We’re not all IT gurus, and we don’t expect all of our customers to know the best ways to maintain their technology. But regular health checks for your computers can help to prevent any possible upsets that you may be unaware of. In the interim, keeping your screen and keyboard clean will help reduce bacteria from spreading and will enable you to spot any minor defects you may have obtained.
It is all too easy, especially with a brand-new-fresh-out-the-box computer, laptop or phone to think you can just charge it up and use it. By applying these five tips as standard for all of your IT equipment you should be able to have an overall better experience and minimise the inevitable stress that comes with technology.