How to Avoid Computer Viruses & Stress
What most computer owners have to realize is that computer repair is inevitable, whether it’s for a small problem or a big one. However there are some steps that computer owners can take to minimize these problems, make the jobs of the IT department less irritating and in the end, keep the bill from skyrocketing.
How many times have you heard someone say, “back up your data”? And how many times have you not listened? While there’s always a way to recover lost material it’s a tremendous hassle to do so and there isn’t much certainty. Remove the risk of losing your important pictures and school projects, and save yourself the stress. Take a few minutes out of your day to install a backup program.
If you don’t wish to download or install a backup program, then store your important files on a USB stick. If you can, buy an extra USB specifically for holding files that you may not ever need to open unless your computer goes awry. With properly backed up files you save the IT department unnecessary computer repair time in searching the depths of your computer. You also pay less by the hour or work load. And oh, that person who warned you about backing up your data is not joking. Back it up, it doesn’t take long!
Be sure to keep your computer safe and secure in the first place. Viruses are one of the leading causes of computer damage and a constant recurrence at computer repair shops. Installing good antivirus software will prevent malware from creeping in. Scan regularly and keep up with new program updates.
Your computer can undergo serious problems with irresponsible internet browsing. Use trusted sources to download software or any other types of files. And of course, follow the age old internet rule of ignoring files you aren’t sure about. With website browsing there is also the threat of malicious spyware which you can help prevent with programs such as Spybot Search and Destroy and Hijack This. With protective systems such as those watching your back, internet browsing will be paranoia free. I’m not saying that these are the only protection out there but to list them all would be silly the ones I mentioned are only examples as your browsing privacy is vital and will prevent harmful codes and hackers from entering your computer. It will prevent damage and lessen trips to computer repair shops when certain measures and discipline practices are put in place.
Consider adding other layers of security. Download and install a firewall. Other security precautions you might want to consider are choosing a good and safe web browser. Keep in mind that a lot of malware comes in via web browsers. Google Chrome is an excellent choice that will keep you feeling safe. Implementing strong passwords to your user and router account is another key item to keep in mind.
We all know that computer repair is a hassle and not only for the owner. Let’s make all of our lives easier and stress free by keeping our computers safe and internet browsing secure.