3 Summer Computer Tips

Hey Everybody, just a quick post today about the computer. Today is the longest day of the summer -- Summer Solstice.

Here's an interesting read -- 3 tips for your PC...

#1 – Summer Computer Travel
Holiday travelers should be on alert when arriving home from long weekends, such as the Fourth of July, a popular time for computer viruses to spread. Most computer users have a tendency to turn off their computers when away on trips, which means you’re not getting newly-released anti-virus patches or anti-spyware updates; the two most common areas that cause computers problems. It is recommended that you update your anti-virus software and anti-spyware scans before opening e-mail or going online after an extended absence.

#2 -- Should You Leave Your Computer Running?
One question frequently asked is, Should I leave my desktop computer on or turn it off?There are 2 schools of thought…Turning it on and off numerous times during the day subjects the microcircuits to flexing and fatigue due to change in temperatures. Over time this could lead to a break in the circuitry and result in system failure.Leaving the computer on all the time puts excess wear on the mechanical components (the hard drive spindle motor and cooling fans).

Best compromise. First user in the morning turns it on; last user turns it off.

I personally leave my desktop on all the time allowing for scheduled utility tasks to run during overnight hours. I also restart the systems (to flush the RAM and reset the operating system) on a regular basis and routinely remove the case covers to clean out any dust that may have accumulated, especially around the fans and screens.

#3 -- Stop Popups!
Never click inside the window of a popup. Instead, close it by clicking on the X in the upper right corner. Many people are fooled into installing spyware applications by popups that promise to clean their system. If you receive a message saying it can help, assume it’s spyware and don’t click!

*Thanks to Sharron Senter for inspiring this article
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

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