Just like your car, your home, and everything else of importance in your life, maintenance is key for keeping things running as smoothly as possible. But what about your technology? Computers, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches, and other pieces of tech are expensive and require intentional upkeep — just like your other assets.
Today, we’re bringing you four simple tips for keeping your tech operating at its best.
1. Keep your technology updated.
Staying up-to-date with the newest software updates is essential for keeping your devices efficient and safe. We know that constant updates can get annoying, especially when they’re always popping up on your computer, but making new updates a priority and downloading them the first time they’re pushed to your device will boost the health of your tech.
2. Backup your data.
While this tip doesn’t directly affect the health of your computer, it’ll really make your life easier. If anything were to happen to your device, it’s important that you can recover your important documents, data, photos, and other files. For further information on how to do this, check out our blog post outlining three simple methods for computer backup.
3. Make sure it stays cool.
Remember when computers were catching on fire several years ago? Yeah…computer companies caught on and have been more cognizant of that risk in recent years, but it’s still not a good idea to let your computer get too hot. You want to make sure that there’s plenty of airflow around all sides of your computer. Laptops should be fine on a clean desk, but try not to keep it on a soft surface for too long — it can easily overheat and cause damage to your device.
4. Keep it clean — inside and out.
Make security a priority and protect yourself and your data with antivirus software, updating it consistently, and running scans periodically (especially if you have a PC). Stay away from clicking on pop-ups, downloading things from questionable sources, or clicking on bad links in emails or on social media. Get more online security tips here.
Finally (and this goes without saying), but it helps to keep your computer clean. Try to keep a case on all your devices (phones and tablets included), and be sure to remove them every once in a while to really deep clean your device. Here are some easy ways to clean your devices.
Healthy Technology is Happy Technology
Smartphones, tablets, and computers are expensive, so you want to keep them running as long as you possibly can. Follow these quick tips for making your tech’s health a priority. If you have any questions about backups, computer security, how to protect yourself online, or other ways to prolong the life of your tech, be sure to contact us.