Computer maintenance means keeping your computers and laptops in good condition through regular cleanings, hard drive updates, and virus prevention. Doing so can lengthen the lifespan of your devices and it can also help you browse the web more safely.
1. Update antivirus software
Whenever an antivirus software update is available, you should run it that day to remove malware. These updates introduce new software features or make improvements on current ones. Generally you can set your system up for automatic updates, but if you ever receive a notification from your current antivirus software, you should complete the update as soon as possible.
2. Change your passwords regularly
One of the easiest ways for hackers to gain access to your device is through a cyberattack where they steal your login credentials. Upon gaining access to your device, they can access sensitive information such as spam emails, banking information, and more.
While experts used to recommend changing passwords every month, this frequency was causing new risks and inconveniences for users. Updating your password four times a year helps keep you more secure without much hassle.
3. Check for firmware updates
Firmware is a tiny piece of software in your computer that keeps the hardware functioning properly. Sometimes these updates are included in major computer updates, but you can check for firmware updates manually on many devices, as well.
4. Complete signature updates
To keep your antivirus software running properly, you’ll want to do signature updates in addition to software updates. This ensures that your device is protected from new viruses. Many programs allow you to install these signature updates automatically, but if not you should update weekly.
5. Consider parental controls
If you have kids at home or have other people accessing your device, prevent software from being downloaded without your consent by setting up parental controls. These controls will require a password from an administrator to download certain files and software to your device.