New Year’s Resolutions
Have you thought about any New Year’s resolutions for your computer?
The most neglected but most important computer issue to consider is BACKUP. It is too late to worry about backups after your computer crashes. What is your backup strategy? There is not only one correct answer but you need to have a system that works for you. If you don’t care about anything on your computer, maybe you don’t need to have a backup plan.
Consider what you don’t want to lose. Do you really need all of the files on your computer backed up? How much space is required to back up your important files? A backup system could be as simple as an USB thumb drive. Copy your important files to the thumb drive. Thumb drives are notorious for losing their information but they are better than nothing. The problem usually occurs because of an improperly removed thumb drive. Always close any files that were opened on the thumb drive before you attempt to remove it.
Look for the icon on the lower right hand side of your computer that displays “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” when right clicked. Follow the prompts and you should be able to safely remove the USB drive.
Don’t even think for a moment that you can keep all of your important files on a thumb drive only. Keep the files on the computer hard drive too. In the event that the USB drive becomes corrupted, you won’t lose everything.
An updated virus scanner should always be installed and in proper working order on every computer. Don’t depend on a trial virus scanner that was installed on your computer when you purchase it. New computer attacks are always being thought up by hackers. You need to keep the virus scanner up to date on your computer.
If you don’t pay attention to update requests on your computer, make staying up to date a New Year’s resolution. You do need to exercise caution when accepting updates for your computer but Microsoft’s update notices haven’t been used for virus delivery. …YET! There have been rare situations where updates have caused computer problems but most of the time, updates will improve your computer situation.
If you peruse the contents of your computer update history, you will find that most of the updates are used to close security gaps. If Microsoft took the time to create an update, it behooves you to install them on your computer.
It is never too late to make a resolution to improve your computer situation. Take this opportunity to consider your computer situation. Is there anything that you can do to improve your computer's operation?