If you want your computer to run perfectly for years to come and protect sensitive information, it will need some maintenance. The latter is a simple three-step process which involves regular cleaning, malware protection and data backup.
Cleaning Your Computer
Regular cleaning is one of the most important aspects of computer maintenance and it plays an important role in both the computer’s performance and longevity. If not cleaned on a regular basis, the accumulated dust and debris can cause it to overheat and break down altogether. To prevent this from happening, you should remove dust and debris at least once a month or ideally, once a week both from inside and outside your computer. But be gentle when cleaning your machine from the inside. Also, don’t forget to clean the keyboard and mouse which are among the dirtiest things in your household. Use cleaning products designed especially for computers because the conventional ones can be too harsh.
In addition to cleaning your computer physically, you are also advised to periodically clean it of unnecessary files and programmes which can seriously slow it down. And keep your documents, photos and other files organised to have a good overview of what you need and what can be moved to Trash/Recycle Bin as well as to be able to find the things you need without a hassle.
Keeping Your Computer Safe from Malware
Viruses, Trojan horses, worms and other types of malware which seek either to harm your computer or gain access to sensitive information are a serious concern. To reduce the risk of catching malware, install the key security tools - antivirus software, anti-spyware programme and firewall - and make sure to update them on a regular basis because new malware is being developed on a daily basis. You are also highly recommended to be careful when browsing the Internet and using email. Don’t open or install anything that looks suspicious.
Your computer may run flawlessly for years or break down tomorrow. This is unlikely to happen if you keep it clean and well protected from malware but you can never know. For that reason it is highly important to keep copies of all your documents, photos and other files if god forbid, the worst happens. To prevent losing important data, make sure to create copies - ideally, both physical (CD/DVD, external hard drive, memory cards) and virtual (cloud storage).