We all make mistakes. Unfortunately, with so much of our lives in a digital format we can now expose ourselves to a loss of data and even theft of our personal information. It is even more important to avoid costly computer mistakes if you are relying on your computer for income (even if it is just for keeping records).
So what are the most common computer problems?
• Not backing up data.
• Bad security such as simple passwords or no firewall.
• No virus and spy-ware protection.
• Having too many programs installed that you no longer use.
• Not maintaining the actual hardware contained within your computer.
If you fall victim to any of these problems, rest assured you will learn not to do it again, especially if you need to have professional computer repairs carried out. Of course, it is always best to avoid these problems arising in the first place!
Backing up Your Data
A computer is essentially a large calculator made for storing information. Despite the advent of the GUI (Graphical User Interface) making computers easier and more friendly to use, they are still reliant on magnetic storage devices. These devices (because of delicate parts inside) are prone to break downs and have a limited life span, usually estimated at around 2-5 years.
Most windows and mac operating systems now come with their own backup programs pre-installed so you only need to decide where to back it up to.
Here are the common methods for digital backups:
• Off site backup by a professional company.
• A ‘cloud’ backup service which is similar to off site backup.
• An external hard drive connected via USB.
• An extra hard drive on your computer used solely for backups.
• Burning important data onto a CD or DVD.
Security is the major concern these days with most computers being connected to the internet. It is also a major concern for businesses that have sensitive data and passwords or programs. For example, you do not want your online induction techniques or other training programs being stolen by competitors. The worst thing that can happen is that your passwords are stolen that give access to your online banking!
Follow these basic security tips:
• Change your password often.
• Install a firewall on your computer.
• Limit access on shared company computers.
• Password protect sensitive information.
Virus protection is very important and if you haven’t installed any software then you should do it immediately. Viruses can destroy your system or even make it a ‘slave’ to hackers wanting to carry out online attacks. Spy-ware and key-loggers are also a huge threat as they can monitor your computer activities and make it easy for people to steal your passwords.
An easy way to make your computer slow down and even stop working is having way too much software installed. It is useful to do a regular check of the software on your computer to make sure you are using everything that is installed. Not only do these programs take up hard drive space but they also use memory as well as make your system registry very slow to load.
In conclusion, you need to maintain your hardware, software and security on your home or business computer. If you are unsure of how to do any of these things always consult a professional. It is better to avoid computer problems than learn about them after the fact!