Top 10 Computer Tips
Here are our top 10 must know tips!
1. Turn it off, turn it back on. Nine times out of ten, rebooting your computer and any equipment that connects to it will solve the problem.
2. If you can’t get online, call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) first. Connection problems can often be checked and repaired saving you a service call.
3. Remember: Public Wi-Fi is public. If you don’t have a compelling reason to check your e-mail or bank account while sipping a latte at the mall, don’t do it. While you’re on a public network, even one that’s encrypted, a nearby hacker can capture your passwords.
4. Use “strong” passwords. Combining letters and numbers-but not your birth date-to create a “base” password, add a unique suffix for each site you use. If your base password is your spouse’s initials and your anniversary date (say, SP061789), your Google password might be “SP061789GO.”
5. Got wireless? If you do, protect your home wireless network with a password. Unsecured networks make your computer vulnerable to nosey neighbors and “drive by” downloaders.
6. Don’t be a target. Make sure you have current antivirus and anti-spyware protection, set it to update at least once a day and run a full-system scan at least once a week. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
7. There’s no such thing as free lunch. Downloading free music, movies, and games from file-sharing sites can open holes in your system for others to exploit. Play it safe and use established services like Rhapsody, iTunes, and Netflix.
8. Have you backed up your data, yet? External hard drives have become very affordable and automated programs make remote (FTP) backing up your data easy. Secure online backup services save your data offsite should anything happen to your home or business. Remember, once it’s gone, IT’S GONE!
9. Sluggishly slow? Before buying a new computer, try one of these easy fixes first, you could save hundreds of dollars and time needed to transfer your files when you start all over again: 1.) Increase your RAM, 2.) Get a bigger capacity hard drive (at least twice of what you need), 3.) Scan for virus/trojans/spyware/malware, or take it to Computer Blues? for a comprehensive tune-up. Your computer will perform better than new!
10. Protect your investment. Get a decent and reliable surge protector to avoid damaging voltage spikes that can cause immediate and permanent harm to your electronic devices such as your desktop, printer, router and laptop. Avoid buying cheap knockoffs – this is a case where you get what you pay for.