Tech Talk Thursday: Tips for a Healthy PC – Part 3: Overall Best Practices

How’s your PC running? Have you taken any of our PC hygiene tips from the past two months into account? We’ve previously discussed both basic hardware and software maintenance, and this month we’re wrapping up our series with some overall best practices.

Good Rules of Thumb:

Never download from unfamiliar sites or sources

While browsing the internet, be wary of downloading files from websites you are unfamiliar with. Similarly, never open an email attachment that you are not expecting from someone. If you receive an attachment from a friend, shoot them a text or an email back to confirm that they actually sent it.

Never click on links in an email from unknown senders

Same goes for links inside of emails. Never click a link that is unexpected or looks suspicious. It may be a phishing attempt to try and obtain your passwords and confidential personal information. Block any suspicious senders, or (if you’re on a work device) notify your IT department if you suspect any dubious activity.

Change your passwords frequently

We’re all guilty of not doing this, but it truly is a good security practice. We often avoid changing our passwords because we feel like we have too many. Try downloading a password keeper. This will allow you to create a password protected document that can store all of your passwords; this way you only have to remember one.

Age old question…

Finally, the answer to the age-old question: Should I turn my computer off or leave it on? The answer is…yes and no. It comes down to how often you use your computer. If you use it every day, then consider leaving it one but adjusting the sleep functions for when it is not in use. If it is rarely used, consider turning it off. If you have a laptop, the same applies but you’re more likely to leave it on, which is okay. With both desktops and laptops, try restarting more frequently than turning off and on.

 

And that wraps up our tips! It’s worth noting that these instructions are intended for use with your personal (home use) computer; you’ll have administrative privileges to make adjustments yourself. If you would like assistance with a device you use at work, we suggest submitting a ticket to your IT department asking for help making your device run faster or more efficiently.

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