Computer Hygiene and Maintenance: 5 Verified Tips to Help You



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Computer Hygiene and Maintenance: 5 Verified Tips to Help You
August 4, 2021 | by Jacob Acker



Over the last one and half years or so, things and how we live have significantly changed. Computers are now closer companions that have followed us to our homes. This has for sure positively impacted people’s lives with the freedom of working from the comfort of a home or hybrid workplace. Well, whatever the situation, whether you’re using a computer for work or personal needs, you need to be more aware of the increased responsibility of its hygiene and maintenance.

Basically, computer hygiene and maintenance means minding what and how a computer operates to keep it in top-notch condition and protect yourself. Keeping your computer clean and well-maintained isn’t for the sake of the machine only; it also saves you money (e.g., repairs) and keeps dangerous pathogens from entering your body. Contrarily, failing to maintain your PC may bring problems. E.g., sluggishness, low battery life, or data loss/ breach, which all boils down to low productivity and unnecessary expenses.

The commonly believed myth is that you always need someone to do computer hygiene and maintenance for you. We’re here to debunk it and show you how you can include top-of-the-class computer cleanliness and maintenance protocols in day-to-day living. Here we go:

1. IS YOUR OS UP-TO-DATE?

Your computer operating system (OS) is its blood. Just like we eat to maintain health, the OS requires frequent updates to improve performance and security. Whether yours is a PC or Mac, the OS manufacturer always provides updates. E.g., Microsoft provides Windows users with monthly patches. While updating is mostly automated nowadays, you’d want to check if you’re in the loop with the latest software release.


2. CHECK THE BROWSER

Surfing the internet cannot be possible without the help of a browser. However, a lot happens in the background. From caching site data to eating up your RAM (this is the memory), browsers can be unpredictable if misused. To make sure that your browser isn’t the culprit of your slowing PC, regularly clean the cache, avoid opening different browsers at the same time, and close any tabs you aren’t using.


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3. DEALING WITH THE EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL DIRT ACCUMULATION


We tend to ignore how easy it’s to allow your computer to accumulate foreign materials like dust, grime, or pet hair. These can compromise both its functionality and act as a bacterial infection source. If you notice that some of the keyboard buttons are sticky/hard to press or the computer fan is making more than normal noise, it’s an early call. Use alcohol wipes to clean your keyboard and screen frequently. Once in a time, also use compressed air to clear the dust or grime. Additionally, avoid eating around computers as that may damage the hardware if, unfortunately, it pours on it. You also don’t want to handle food with the same hands that touch the bacterial-infested screen/keyboard.


4. SECURE YOUR DATA


Very few things are worse than realizing your data has been lost or compromised. There are three ways you can reduce the chances of such. First, continually have updated antivirus and/or an anti-malware program running to help prevent any cyber threat attempts. Secondly, be sure you’re using strong yet easy-to-remember passwords to protect your data and online accounts. Never use the same password across diverse accounts. Data backup comes last, but it’s very vital. Constantly backup important data safely on another disk or the cloud with services like OneDrive or Google Drive.

5. CONTROL YOUR STORAGE


In the current generation of computers, an operation like booting up, opening a file, or starting an application shouldn’t take centuries like the 1950s on 1st generation PCs. When last did you delete items from the recycle bin? Probably, most you can’t trace. Fine, your computer never deletes a ton of temporary files as well as scores of unusable files it’s told to. Including activities like disk cleanup, disk optimization, and deleting useless files in your routine computer hygiene and maintenance can make a big difference. The rewards range from faster speeds, extra space to store your files, and a clean desktop for easy navigation.


KEY TAKEAWAY


Doing something is better than nothing. Together with organizing your connection cords neatly and avoiding overcharging if you’re using a laptop, you’re now better equipped to deal with a slow computer head-on. In case of any queries, feel free to get in touch with us.