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Winterize your computer.
Believe it or not, winter is coming. Will your computer be ready
for the holiday shopping season? Will your computer be ready for the
increased usage during cold winter days? Are you ready for power
outages and possible data loss? Click Here
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You've stacked wood, checked your house for air leaks, sealed
your deck, and topped off the anti-freeze in your car. You're ready
for winter in every way imaginable, aren't you? Or are you?
Your computer probably didn't even cross your mind when you
started thinking about winterizing. But that little machine that
you've come to rely on more than you've ever imagined is vulnerable
in the winter months. And like your car, there are simple, proactive
things that you can do to protect it. Winterizing your computer can
save you hundreds of dollars in repairs or lost revenue in the long
Check computer location
Is the CPU for your desktop computer on the floor near a heater or
the fireplace? Do you have books piled around your laptop? Is it
surrounded by dust, hair, dirt, or stuff? If you answered yes to one
of these questions, you could be setting the stage for your computer
to overheat, which can cause irreparable damage.
Both laptop and desktop computers have an internal fan designed to
keep the computer's processor cool. When the fan is working too
hard, because it's blocked by dust, pet hair, books, or shag carpet,
your machine may begin to malfunction. Intermittent, random, system
freezes and a general slowing of your computer are both signs of
overheating. But it's more likely you won't know your computer has
overheated and your processor is fried until it's too late.
Luckily, there are super-easy steps you can take to prevent
1) Keep your computer away from heat sources; electric baseboards,
floor heaters, and fireplaces can all wreak havoc on your machine.
2) Keep the area around your computer clear; make sure there is
nothing blocking the fan's ability to circulate air.
3) Keep your fan clear of debris like dust and hair by cleaning it
periodically with compressed air.
Have uninterruptible power & back up your data
Blackouts do occur. While one like the one on the East Coast a few
years back is unlikely, power surges and brief outages are a fact of
Winter power outages are usually short and the ramifications are
more inconvenient than anything--unless you're a computer-user. Then
the consequences can be devastating. The most common aftereffect of
power interruption is data loss. The simplest way to prevent data
loss is to frequently back up your computer. Home users and small
businesses need to back up their data on some external device.
Unfortunately, we all know that hardly anyone backs up their data as
frequently as they know they should. In this case, valuable data can
be spared a power failure or surge by having a UPS (Uninterruptible
Power Supply). There are two kinds of UPS devices, a stand-by unit
and a line-interactive unit. The stand-by switches to a battery
backup when there is a power failure; the battery provides power to
your machine until you save your data and properly shut it down.
UPS units can cost as little as $100 and might be your savior the
next time the power goes.
Guard Against Malware
Holiday shopping can be a drag. It's especially a drag when you
drive all over town to get every toy on your kid's wish list. But
today there is online shopping. All you have to do is wait until the
kids go to bed, flip on the computer, point and click, and the toy
will be delivered in inconspicuous brown wrapping to your P.O. Box.
The convenience of online shopping is immeasurable, but it has its
drawbacks, too. With so many people shopping online during the
coming holidays there will be the inevitable increase in online
predators; they are responsible for all sorts of scams, viruses,
spyware, and adware.
Guarding against what collectively is called "malware" is probably
the best, single thing you can do to "winterize" your computer this
season, particularly if you plan to spend time online. Malware can
cause a whole host of issues including a substantial loss in system
performance (upwards of 50 percent with bad infections), stability
issues, and difficulty connecting to the Internet. A virus can
corrupt data and make your computer inoperable. And the even more
deadly spyware programs use tactics to steal sensitive information
like credit card and social security numbers.
Studies show that 90 percent of all computers connected to the
Internet are infected by malware. To prevent fraud and system
problems, be sure you have a comprehensive security program on your
computer and that it's up-to-date.
So before the rain starts to fall and the shopping rush begins, take
the time to take care of your computer. In the end, it will take
better care of you.
As always, if you need help with any
computer issue or have a question about your computer,
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