Reliability may be your computer's most important attribute.  Backups are what makes your computer reliable.  

Reliability may be your computer's most important attribute. 
Backups are what makes your computer reliable.

 

Here's just a small sampling of the help we've offered clients and the public over the the last twenty years.

Tips for good computer health:

  • Get the desktop computer box off of the floor. Dust can cause major damage to your machine.
  • Keep virus, spyware and Windows updates current. These processes can be automated. Contact me if you need help.
  • If you are noticing slow online response, unplug from the net and call for help. The same thing goes for excessive popups. I'm sad to say that computer bugs are getting nastier all the time. I want you to stop them before they do too much damage.
  • Make sure you have enough RAM. It is normally inexpensive, easy to install and it is the best money you can spend to improve your computing experience.
  • Another way to speed up your machine is to change from mechanical hard drives to their solid state (SSD) counterparts. 
  • Backup your data every night. It isn't really the computer you need, it is that data, and all hard drives go bad a some point.
  • Make sure you have a current backup off-site from your computer location. This can be done online or you can take a disc or or external hard drive off premises physically.
  • Online backup programs have become easier to use and less expensive. I don't profit from this recommendation but have a look at www.carbonite.com. That is what I use and at around $60.00 a year for unlimited backup it is hard to beat.
  • Or, you can keep all of your data in the cloud by using Google Drive, Sky Drive, Dropbox or similar storage options. 
  • Listen to your computer. Too quiet? A fan may have stopped working that could cause it to overheat. Too noisy? That could mean your drive is about to die. As long as you're sure you have a good backup then turn it off until you can have a tech inspect it.
  • If you don't know how to take care of your computer, hire a technician to show you how. Most maintenance tasks are easy to learn. A little knowledge can save you a lot of money. 

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