Simple advice on keeping your computer safe
We’re 3 jobs away from the 10,000 mark here at PC Express. Of the 10,000 jobs taken in around 40% are virus removal jobs and 30% of them hard drive failure. We’d like to take this moment to remind you of some little things you can do to minimise the risk of infection or hard drive failure.
- Never open an email attachment that you are not expecting unless is from someone you know. Even if you do know sender you should be sure it’s something they have actually sent you. Attachments to be wary of end in .ZIP .EXE .SCR. Attachments that are generally safe are .PDF .JPG.
- Never login to websites from a link in an email, especially for Banks, Royal Mail, Couriers, eBay or PayPal. These links often take you to a replica site that will steal your login credentials. The safest way is to visit the website through your internet browser and login that way.
- Don’t listen to anyone who calls you claiming to fix your computer, they may even claim to be from Microsoft. They aren’t. Just say “No thank you and put the phone down”.
- When installing programs, rather than clicking ‘Next, next, next’ in a hurry. Check to see if other things are being bundled with the software you are installing that you may not want or need.
- Ignore tools that claim to ‘Boost’ and ‘Speed up’ your computer 95% are bogus and ransom you into paying money. A good, free tool for clean up in CCleaner available from Piriform.
HARD DRIVE DISASTER ADVICE
Always keep a recent back up of data, weekly is a good idea. Hard drives are part mechanical and part electronic. Both these technologies are prone to sudden failure at any time.
Try to avoid moving around with the laptop whilst its on, the hard drive has moving parts inside and moving the laptop during use can cause shocks to the drive.
Don’t put off buying a backup solution, so many customers say they intended to do it and never get around to it resulting in either complete data loss or very expensive specialist data recovery. You can pick up an External Hard Drive for £40-£50. Specialist data recovery will cost £300+. Cloud backup solutions are also available which will automate backups for you.
One final tip for laptop owners, if you are carrying your laptop around, unplug the power cable from the laptop first. Not doing this is likely to damage your power socket over time which is another popular repair we provide.
If you want more information or advice please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 291 1044 or follow us on any of our social media links.