Early this spring, I visited Dr. Kocher for my annual physical.
“It looks like you’ve lost some weight,” he smiles, noting that I dropped to 154 pounds this year from 178 last year.
“Yea,” I cheerfully reply. “I’ve been regularly working out at the gym since January. I’m feeling a lot better.”
He listened to my heart and lungs, tapped on each knee, and asked a handful of other questions. Then he sent me out the door with well wishes till I visit again next spring.
I remain mostly healthy throughout the year – by exercising and eating (mostly) right. Which is why I only need to visit Dr. Kocher for my annual checkup.
The story is similar for 37 of my clients with their computers.
They bring their PC in twice a year for a Comprehensive PC Tune-Up Service. This allows us to perform the thorough diagnostics, deep cleaning and optimizations designed to detect and prevent major computer problems.
Because these clients also observe good computing habits year-round, they typically don’t experience any problems between appointments.
In this two-part series, I’ll share with you seven common PC problems I see affecting many of my clients’ computers and give you helpful tips in how to avoid them.
Relying on Free (or No) Antivirus Protection
Of all the virus-infected computers clients bring into Calibre, I’d estimate 90 percent of them are “protected” by a free antivirus program – like AVG, Avast, Avira, or Microsoft Security Essentials. Sadly, some don’t even have antivirus protection at all.
Hackers and cybercriminals use viruses and malware to break into your computer, steal your personal information, and damage your files.
Malicious attacks, such as the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in May, are becoming more and more prevalent and destructive.
Purchasing and installing a strong antivirus program designed to protect against the newest type of viruses and malware is one step in avoiding major, costly PC problems.
Neglecting to Back Up Important Files
Early Monday morning, a business client called seeking assistance in restoring a critical spreadsheet an employee had mistakenly deleted overnight.
Because they wisely implemented our data backup solution two years ago, I restored the Excel document in less than five minutes.
But most PC owners – home and businesses – neglect this essential protection for their computers. Many assume nothing bad will ever happen to the files stored on their PCs.
Yet, hard drives fail, viruses infect, people delete, and natural disasters happen. All of which can cause all your pictures, documents, and music to be forever lost.
You can back up your files in many different ways. Some are better than others. But if you don’t have a back-up system in place, you need to get one today.
Using the Same Weak Passwords
Think about your most common password.
Is it a really easy one – maybe using an ordinary word followed by some numbers?
Do you use that same password for multiple websites?
Weak and predictable passwords make it incredibly simple for hackers to gain access to your email and online banking accounts. Using the same password for everything opens your entire online world to unscrupulous people.
Two steps you should take:
1) Create stronger passwords. Choose one with a variety of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
2) Safely store your passwords in a password management program, like LastPass (www.lastpass.com). This allows you to easily retrieve and remember them.
Join me next time for the remaining four common PC problems and how to avoid them.