New Year’s Resolutions for Computer Users

New Year’s Resolutions for Computer Users

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Happy New Year!  Thought I would start the new year with a brief summary of the things you should be doing on your system.

  1. Backup!  I waffle on about this a lot but it really is one of the most important things to do, remember if you can’t afford to lose it – you can’t afford not to have it backed up!
  2. Clean up unnecessary files – Your computer is constantly creating temporary files on your PC, get rid of these with the free CCleaner program.  The latest version will actual monitor the build-up of these types of files and prompt when a clean-up is required.
  3. Keep your pictures, documents and emails organised.  There is no easy way to do this but clearing up your own files is a good way to keep your system organised.  If you don’t need it anymore delete it.  Most customers ‘Downloads’ folder is normally full of unnecessary files.
  4. Defragment your system – Helps to maintain your systems speed.
  5. Clean up your inbox, emails can build up into the 100,000 if you never delete them.  It can also use up a lot your email storage.  Delete emails you no longer need but remember to empty your trash/recycling bin to completely remove them.
  6. Be aware of scams, be cautious of the websites you visit, emails you receive with links in and especially email attachments – if you weren’t expecting it, consider not opening it.
  7. Keep your system up to date.  This is so important, it helps improve your systems stability, security and performance.  Sometimes updates can go wrong but the majority go through with no problems – so it is advised!
  8. Protect yourself from viruses by ensuring you have adequate protection.  Free Anti-Virus programs are good but paid versions are much better.  Many free Anti-Virus programs now monitor your online activity for marketing purposes, the two most popular free programs Avast and AVG both do this now, they are free with a catch!  Also, compliment your Anti-Virus with Malwarebytes Free and ADWcleaner.
  9. Change your passwords!  I know it is a pain but these are like the keys to your online world, you wouldn’t give a copy of your front door key to a stranger?  If your password is compromised, it is like an open the door to your personal data.  Changing your password helps prevent this, make it a good one!

As always get in touch if you have any queries, have a great January.  Ian.