In today’s economy we don’t have the luxury to immediately replace our computer once it starts acting up. As such, it’s important we take care of what we have to get the most out of each use. To help you with that process, we’d like to share five tips we found that will help you optimize your computers and keep them running longer:
- Get a Firewall. A firewall can be hardware or software that is a barrier between your computer and the internet, filtering information to keep your system safe. Everyone needs a firewall if you want to protect the information and functionality of your computer. Some newer computers come with some level of a firewall built into the system, some anti-virus software have firewalls built in. If you want to make sure your firewall is set properly, chat with one of our Experts.
- Block and Remove Spyware and Viruses. Spyware and viruses are dangerous because they can arrive unannounced and you’ll never know what happened. They can take over the functionality of your computer and use your system for their purpose. The more spyware is attached to your system, the slower your computer will become, the less effective for you and the more at risk your personal information will become as hackers can see your personal information once they’ve attached themselves to your system. Chat with one of our experts to make sure your system is safe, or to download anti-spyware/virus software.
- Keep your computer updated. Paying attention to the system update pop-ups on your computer are annoying and many of us close them without looking. However, those updates are actually patches created by your software and computer manufacturer to keep your system updated and protected. The best thing you can do to keep your computer running smoothly and safely is to ensure your computer updates are enabled on your system. To set up auto-updates on your system, follow this tutorial for Windows users.
- Secure your wireless connection. Many of us think that using public WiFi spots at coffee shops, etc. are safe. Whether you pay for the WiFi or the location offers it free, you are vulnerable to hackers as the public WEP key provided is used by everyone in that location. To protect yourself, make sure the wireless connection is encrypted – if the location is not sure, don’t use their WiFi. Remember, hackers can see your data as it is going to and from your computer in these environments so protect yourself when in a public setting.
Following these four basic rules will start the process in keeping your computer protected and optimized for longevity. For more information on protecting your computer, chat with one of our Experts or visit Ask-Leo!