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An MOT for your IT

Everywhere you look there are computers/systems/gadgets, and nowadays you’d be hard pressed to get through the day without the use of technology.  We rely on technology in everything we do but how can we ensue our computers/gadgets/systems are always running to their full capacity?  Here are our 5 top tips for this:

Tip 1 -Regularly Maintain Your Computer

The majority of us use our computers for administration, work and/or personal files, all of which we want to protect.  So the last thing we want is for our computers to become ‘overloaded’ or exposed to viruses making them freeze or crash, resulting in a loss of information and data.

A less serious issue but one that makes even the simplest of tasks extremely irritating is a slow running computer.  Every time a web page is opened or an attachment is downloaded our computers collect more data which clogs up the hard drive and affects performance.

Both of these issues can be easily avoided with regular maintenance of your computer.

Tip 2 – Backing up

It is essential that you regularly back up your computer, as it will ensure that you always have a recent copy of all your files and documents.  So if your computer does crash and you lose all your data you still have a copy available.

Backups can be stored on external hard drives, USB sticks, CD’s or via an online cloud based back-up system such as GoogleDrive, Dropbox or OneDrive.

Tip 3 – Delete

Always delete unnecessary file, programs, and browser history.  This will both help to increase the performance and speed of your devices.

Operating systems (e.g. Windows/MAC) store a large amount of unneeded information especially in the form of temporary files; be sure to clear out your temporary files regularly along with any personal files you no longer require.

When we download or install new programs they often come with extras; to many of these extras can result in too much memory usage and make your devise sluggish.  The best thing to do is to regularly delete the programs you do not use/require/want.  This is done via the ‘Add or Remove Programs’ section within your devices control panel.  This section displays all the programs currently installed on your device; be ruthless and remove any you do not use/need.

Browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer) try to be clever and make your life easier by caching data (this is basically a place on your hard disk where the browser keeps the things that it downloaded in case they are needed again) and by storing information about everything you do (such as recent searches, passwords).  As you can probably imagine this stores a great deal of data/information on your device; clearing your browser history frequently will reduce the amount stored and improve your devices efficiency.

Tip 4 – Clean up

Computers collect a serious amount of dust so regular cleaning them compressed air is essential.  When a computer becomes too dusty it will trap heat and as a result performance will drop.  By giving your computer/gadgets a clean on a regular basis, performance and lifespan will improve greatly.

Tip 5 – Update

Check for and install updates on a regular basis.  Companies are constantly improving their software/services so make sure you take advantage of that by keeping your software as up to date as possible.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above in more detail, then do get in touch with one of the team today on 0845 270 6850, or visit www.jfls.com

You may also like our recent blog ‘The Blue Screen of Death’… for those moments when your computer freezes and there’s nothing you can do, or is there? http://jfls.com/uncategorized/dreaded-blue-screen-death/

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