There are a lot of pros to owning a Windows computer. They’re user friendly, especially to those who have had Windows in the past. There is a diverse array of software to choose from to improve and personalize your PC. And, perhaps, one of the biggest advantages is that the hardware and software is mostly compatible with older versions, which is something you certainly cannot say about Macs. However, one large setback to owning a Window is the maintenance and security factor. If you don’t protect your computer, it will be virtually nonfunctional in due time. Here are a few tips to ensure that that doesn’t happen to you.
- For heaven’s sake, back up your hard drive!
Just as you should buy health insurance even though you’re completely healthy, you should definitely invest in information insurance even if your computer’s running fine. No one knows what the future holds, so it’s always best to cover your bases as much as possible. If you’re willing to buy yourself a computer, you should be willing to buy yourself an external hard drive. Because if you don’t, you quite possibly could lose everything, and no one wants that.
- Clean out all the excess
Every computer, old and new, has a ton of filler of stuff you just simply do not need. Any time you’ve ever downloaded anything and then forgotten about it. Get rid of it. You don’t need it and it’s slowing down your computer without you knowing it. That also includes applications that you don’t need. Do some research and figure out what each of them do, and then promptly let the the unnecessary ones go. If you haven’t used them in the two years you’ve had this computer, you’re probably not going to any time soon.
- Install an antivirus program
As mentioned above, security is something to be taken seriously with PCs. That means not just relying on whatever is already on the computer. It’s your responsibility to stay up to date the latest antivirus program in order to ensure that your computer is safe from attackers. These days, Microsoft Security Essentials seems to be the best and easiest to use.
- Scan for malware and spyware
This is perhaps even more important than the antivirus, because while viruses may damage your laptop, spyware can damage your life beyond the computer. Moreover, malware is the kind of thing that can drive a person bananas if they don’t take care of it. Scan your computer, find the malware and get rid of it. Otherwise you will likely witness your computer suffer and slow and painful death.
PCs are great for those who have the will to maintain them. You have much more control over device than with a mac and they’re much more widely used around the world than macs, making them more compatible with clients, colleagues, and workmates. Just so long as you follow these easy tips, you won’t have anything to worry about.