No one ever makes a new purchase and says to themselves “Oh boy, I hope this only lasts me a few months before I have to make another purchase again. I sure do love wasting money!”
Whenever you buy something, you want to get the most bang for your buck and make sure it lasts as long as you need it, and even a bit longer than you originally thought. Plus, you want to make sure it works perfectly for all of your fun activities.
A computer is a big purchase and you want to make sure it will last with you for years to come instead of petering out within the first few months.
Check out some easy tips that you can do today to make sure you’re taking the best care of your PC.
The Physical Cleaning
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Put on a headband, roll up your sleeves and grab a bucket because it’s time to get to cleaning. OK, don’t actually grab a bucket but you may want to make sure your sleeves are rolled up.
For starters, did you know that your keyboard is probably dirtier than your toilet seat? This “too gross to be true” statement is 100% true. But take it easy, you don’t have to run away and wash your hands quite yet.
Cleaning a keyboard is pretty easy. One of the ways is to turn it upside down and shake it so all debris, like hair, dirt and cracker crumbs fall out. After, you’re going to want to grab a can of compressed air and blow through the keys, removing everything else.
Lastly, grab a few cotton swabs and put some isopropyl alcohol on them. Use them to get in between the keys and around the keyboard. Let it dry out and you’re finished.
Now it’s time to open up your PC. Make sure EVERYTHING is unplugged before you start. Grab that can of compressed air and blow around, not directly, to your components. Be sure and pay close attention to the fans and vents as dust buildup is bound to occur.
Cleaning the inside of your PC should be done about every six months but if you see a lot of dust buildup, be sure and clean it more often.
Have you ever logged on to your computer and been greeted by that horrible blue screen where it tells you that Windows is updating? It always seems to come at the wrong time.
Those updates, although incredibly annoying, are also incredibly necessary. They apply regular security updates that keep your computer safe from viruses or people spying on your activity. So while it may seem tempting, never turn off the automatic update feature as it could lead to future problems down the road.
If you’ve purchased a new PC, make sure you hit the update button in settings until it can’t update anymore.
Installing a VPN
A VPN, or virtual private network, is a great way to browse the internet with security and privacy. You never know when prying eyes are peeping around, so make sure you’ve got the best protection out there.
VPNs won’t protect you from viruses or malware, but they’re a great way to keep your information private and safe. Even if you’re not leaving your home and connecting to open, public networks, a VPN is a must for any web browser in the 21st century.
Additionally, VPNs can spoof your geographical location, giving you access to other websites or streaming content that wasn’t previously available.
Back it All Up
There comes a day where a freak accident may occur or your PC kicks the bucket. All those precious photos, files and videos are gone, lost in the wind.
Not so fast! Backing up all of those important files and photos is a way to make sure you won’t lose everything if something happens to go south.
Chances are, you may already be using Google or OneDrive to back everything up. Their free versions offer a good amount of space, but you might have to opt for the premium options if you want to make sure you can store everything without any hassle.
So these are some ways you can take care for Windows PC to safe. What other ways you are using for take care for Windows computer? comment below.