How often do you perform system maintenance on your computer or check your network at home or your business? Are you one of those who never turn off their computer and has never had the time even to do a quick cleanup of your junk files? Since we are so caught up with work and living our life, we don’t stop to think on that one thing we all rely on daily which has many important data and/or personal information. I’ve personally ran into people who never turn off their computer, never has done a clean up and doesn’t have a backup plan in case the computer were to crash.
When I mention backup, people think I’m talking about a business and this will cost them a fortune to do. In reality it would cost you more losing all of your information and having someone trying to recover what’s been lost, and there is no guarantee you can get it back. A simple external hard drive which can cost you less than $150 will save you a fortune. Most these back ups have a wizard in which you can schedule it to do a backup every day, week or month, depending how often you use the computer. I’d suggest it every day for anyone who uses it daily. Besides the external drive, there are also offsite backup plans where you pay for a service such as Carbonite and whenever your computer(s) are online, they are backed up with the option of creating a Operating System image. Like most products, even external hard drives do fail and again this should only be used for backup purposes, not for storing original information.
Besides backing up your computer, other things to look at in your network should be:
Updating your Wi-Fi router for spotty connections, slow speeds or issues with AirPlay. Updating it’s firmware may help these issues
Updating your Operating System and software to install any security patches or performance improvements
Clean up disk space to delete unwanted temp files which take up space
Uninstall old unused programs, which also take a good amount of space
Scan your drive and file system from an elevated command line to check for errors and Windows will attempt to repair
Check disk Defragmenter is scheduled and running
Clean your equipment for dust build up which can cause the CPU to overheat.
Some of the tasks can cause issues if not done correctly and should be performed by a professional.