I wanted to call this post stress free computing, but there is probably no such thing. However, there are things you can do to decrease your PC problems. Think of these proactive steps as laying a good foundation. Much like with a house, if you build it on a poor foundation, you will likely have problems creep up year after year. Here is what has worked well for me over the years.
BUY A GOOD COMPUTER – Most computers are well made these days, but there are some with better ratings than others. Do some research online to see what other people are saying. Websites like amazon.com, pcworld.com and pcmag.com may prove helpful.
BUY A GOOD UPS – A UPS will protect your computer from electricity problems.
USE GOOD MALWARE SOFTWARE – Malware is short for malicious software. Viruses, spyware, worms and rootkits are different types of malware. The goal of malware is to steal your information, delete your files or corrupt your files. There is even a type of malware called ransomware. Ransomeware holds your data or PC hostage. Your computer or your data will be locked (unusable) until you pay the money the cyber crooks are asking for.
USE A GOOD FIREWALL – You should be in control of what information leaves and comes into your computer.
USE COMMON SENSE…BE SUSPICIOUS – Be careful about what websites you go to and especially what links you click on. I don’t open emails from people I don’t know. If you happen to open an email from someone you don’t know, definitely do not click on any links in that email. Never give out personal information to strangers.
USE A SECOND INTERNET BROWSER – Most people just use Internet Explorer because that’s all they know. Well, browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are typically faster and more secure than Internet Explorer.
KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED – Software companies are always fixing problems with their products and making them more secure. Make sure you take advantage of that fact by updating your software.
MAINTENANCE – Once a month run scandisk and defrag on your PC. Also, check for dust and dirt. Heat and electricity are two of the biggest enemies of your computer.
As always, questions and comments are encouraged.