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Keeping Your Computer Safe

Date: 10/19/2006 | Category: Business | Author: Diana Heeb Bivona

Nothing is more frustrating than having your computer go down or encountering a problem that takes a significant chunk of time to fix.  And who isn’t afraid that you might accidentally hit the wrong key or fry your system some way?  It’s easy to make mistakes when it comes to computers.  In fact, many are quite common.  Here are a few of the biggest ones and what you can do to avoid them.

Forgetting to use a surge protector.  It’s not just electrical storms that can fry your computer quicker than an egg.  Any surge in shared circuits or a power outage can do the trick as well.  Remember though that most cheap surge protectors will survive only a single surge and need to be replaced afterward. An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is better.  It has a battery that keeps power flowing smoothly even when there’s an outage; to give you time to manually shut down.

Installing/Uninstalling tons of programs.  Many of us like to try new programs and free-trial offers when it comes to software.  Unfortunately, the more programs you install, the more likely you are to run across ones that either include malicious code or that are poorly written and cause your system to behave improperly or crash.  Even installing too many installations/uninstallations of only licensed, commercial software can do a number on your registry.  Try to keep your installs/uninstalls to a minimum.

Neglecting backup.  Backing up our files is something many of us forget to routinely do, but if we don’t it can be the most damaging. Try to get in the habit of using the built-in Windows backup program (Ntbackup.exe in Windows NT, 2000, and XP) or a third-party backup program and schedule backups to occur automatically.

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