Looking to make a New Year’s resolution? How about resolving to secure and maintain your computer in 2014. We have 10 resolutions for PC security, optimization and maintenance that we are sure you can keep!
Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for your Computer:
1. Secure your computer. Anytime you search online or open your email, your PC is at risk of being infected by viruses, spyware, adware, and other malware. While being careful where you click, it is also a great idea to have a strong antivirus installed. Consider one, such as ParetoLogic Internet Security, that not only removes malicious programs, but also features malware blocking, a firewall, email protection, and prevents you from unknowingly surfing to dangerous sites.
2. Use better passwords. Strong passwords lock up your Facebook, Twitter, and other online accounts against hackers and cybercriminals. It is best to have a unique password for each of your accounts. Consider using passwords that are at least eight characters long, don’t have your user name or real name, do not contain a complete word, are very different from your other passwords, and have both uppercase and lowercase letters as well as number and symbols. A password manager and generator can help with this.
3. Back up your files. It is very frustrating to lose files to accidental deletions, hard drive failures, computer theft, or other unforeseen circumstances. It takes a lot of work to recreate some files, while precious photos and videos could be gone forever. It is recommended that you backup your files, whether it be on disc, an external drive, or online. SpeedyBackup is an option for online storage that lets you add features to fit your needs and budget.
4. Clean your email inbox. An email inbox that is chockfull of messages makes it very hard to find anything. You can start the new year off right by taking some time to get rid of unneeded messages. As well, you could set up folders and filters to separate messages into categories so that they are easier to find. For example, you could have folders for personal, work, shopping-related, and volunteer organization emails.
5. Improve your startup time. Does your computer take a long time to start up? The problem is likely that a number of programs and processes are trying to launch at the same time when you boot up. There are not enough resources available to support all of these. To decrease your computer’s startup time, you can prune the list of programs slated to launch. An easy way to do this is using the free Startup Manager in RegCure Pro.
6. Increase browsing speed. Whether you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, you can change the settings to increase your web browser’s speed. You could set your browser so that it does not keep pages in the history more than a couple days or reduce the disk space it uses to something like 8MB. Or you might consider regularly removing temporary items and disabling add-ons, plug-ins and browser toolbars that you don’t use.
7. Get rid of junk files. Your computer stores a lot of info. Sometimes what it saves is not useful and just eats up valuable memory space. It is a good idea to get rid of junk files, duplicate files and clutter. ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor has tools to clear temporary files and find and remove duplicates.
8. Organize your files better. Being able to easily find your files when you want them makes your computing life a lot easier. Instead of saving everything to your Desktop, try to put them in a folder in Documents. It might take a few more seconds, but it will make it much easier to find what you want. If you have files you want to keep but don’t need often, consider moving them to a disc, external drive, or cloud storage.
9. Review online privacy settings. It might not be the most exciting thing, but reviewing your social media and online privacy settings could help you avoid a faux pas that could affect your job, friendships, or security. With Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, it is important to understand what you are sharing with everyone. On some sites, you can restrict what is shared to specific groups. This means only a close group of friends or family can see certain things. It is also a good idea to understand what your web browser is storing. If someone accesses your machine, they could get confidential or possibly embarrassing information about you. You might want to consider a program like Privacy Controls to thoroughly erase your browser history and private information.
10. Share and sync between devices. Do you find it hard to email large files to friends? Or are you often emailing files to yourself so that you have them at both home and work? These both can be a pain. By using software such as SpeedyBackup, you can easily share large files with friend by sending them a link to them. As well, you can sync files between computers.
It isn’t always easy to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. In the case of the ones above, we are sure you can do it! These resolutions will help protect your PC and maintain it for improved performance.
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