It's amazing how much home computers have become such a major part of our lives. Most of us use at least a mobile phone, laptop, desktop or tablet every day. We want to give 5 top tips for things to look our for, best practices and freebies you can get to make your home IT easier.
1. Always have anti-virus software installed
Anti-virus keeps your computer free from malicious software. It scans new files in real time as they are downloaded onto your computer, as well as running regular scans on existing files on your computer. If you would like help and advice finding the right anti-virus software, contact us.
2. Automatic cloud backups
There are plenty of companies which offer free cloud storage applications including Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive. You can change your 'Documents' and 'Pictures' folders location to be in one of these applications, meaning that all of your 'Documents' or 'Pictures' are all automatically backed up and easy to restore for disaster recovery.
3. Install all of your updates
Whether a mobile phone, laptop, desktop, Mac computer or tablet, always install any update you are presented with. Why? Because updates mean that problems have been found and fixed by the people who wrote the software. Normally they mean that your device will run faster once installed. Microsoft release their updates every 2nd Tuesday of the month. We recommend setting your updates to install automatically.
4. Don't click on links in unexpected emails
When an unexpected email arrives and you don't know the sender, delete it. They may be a virus or scam and are always best to be avoided.
5. Passwords. Keep them safe!
Keeping your passwords safe is Security Rule no. 1. You need to keep them safe from anyone you don't trust and not choose any obvious ones like addresses, birthdays, family members names, etc. Take a moment to think what either a hacker or stranger could do with your banking or email password. It's scary, isn't it?