As computing power has increased rapidly over the past few years, maintaining a computer has become as complicated as looking after a car. And, because of that, it’s easy to miss out on all of the great features and abilities our computers have.
Here are 5 things about using your computer you should know:
Know how to create a computer backup
Computer hard disks fail pretty regularly, which can be traumatic because the hard disk is used to store everything from the computer’s operating system and main programs (Microsoft Word) that can be expensive to replace, to photos and media libraries. Microsoft Windows 7 actually features a Windows backup feature, and you’ll need an external hard drive or a number of DVD’s to do this. To be even safer, you can use a service like CrashPlan to back up your computer online.
Understand how to set up your home WiFi
Understanding routers, modems, and the other things that make up your network can seem daunting, but there are a few basics that can fix most problems that come your way. Does your router constantly need resetting? Make sure it isn’t overheating or clogged with traffic. Is your Wi-Fi speed and range less than ideal? Check out Lifehacker’s complete guide to knowing your network for more information.
Learn how to share files between computers
It’s very easy to transfer a file between two computers over your wireless (or wired) network, whether it’s between you and a friend or between multiple computers you own. If you want to share them between multiple computers in your house, Windows 7’s Homegroup feature is a great option. Learn more here.
Keep your information safe and secure
the internet isn’t always a safe place, which means everyone needs to make sure they’re keeping their personal information safe. Make sure you use strong passwords, remove personal information from photos and other files, and never use open public Wi-Fi networks without protection. PC Clean Maestro also features tools to keep you safe.
Keep your computer in tip-top shape
Computer maintenance has gotten really complicated over the years. Between defragging, cleaning up temporary files, and other tasks, it’s almost like trying to maintain a car. Thankfully, PC TuneUp Maestro can help with that.