Alternative New Year Resolutions

So nearly 2 weeks into the new year and who hasn’t already broken or delayed their new year resolutions.  Maybe it was the planned trip to the gym (too cold, or hit snooze on your alarm), that bar of chocolate (wouldn’t it be cruel not to), that glass of wine  (much-needed after that stressful day).  We’ve all pretty much done it, set out with good intentions for the new year and got off track.  How about setting some alternative new year resolutions?  Our new year resolutions are all about keeping your computer more healthier and making it run more efficiently all of which are achievable all in the comfort of your own home.

New Year Resolutions

Never sit with your laptop on your lap.  Not only can this be damaging to your health, you’re also damaging your laptop.  By constricting the air from circulating around the laptop you are essentially suffocating it, leading it to overheat and forcing it to shut down.  Which in the long-term can lead to damage to the components inside.

new year resolutionsSpring Clean!  It’s important to take time regularly to clean your computer inside, build of dust can clog up the moving parts, slowing your computers performance and stopping it from working efficiently.  Dust can also cause your computer to overheat, leading to forced shut downs and component failures.

Your keyboard and mouse could also benefit from a once over with an antibacterial wipe.  According to research the average office desktop has 400 times more bacteria present on it than there is in a toilet.  With that in mind I’d get cleaning!

new year resolutionsBack up your data. According to Schofield’s Law of Computing nothing is safe unless there are 2 back ups but it’s amazing how many people still don’t back up their data in any way. Get into the habit of backing up your files regularly, data recovery can be a costly price to pay.

Virus and Malware software.  Check that your computer is protected by a good anti-virus and anti-malware software.  Make sure it’s up to date and run a scan to check for any potential threats.  If you haven’t got any protection then now is the time to get it! See our blog post on some of the free software available.

Change your passwords.  2016 seemed to be the year of the breach in terms of online account security.  Start the new year with new passwords.  Follow our handy password tips to ensure your accounts stay water tight online.

new year resolutionsDe-clutter your desktop.  Just the thought of sorting through it all bringing you out in a cold sweat?  Don’t worry, simply create a file named “old desktop” and put it all in there until you have the time to sort through it.  A de-clutter can do wonders to making things look and feel cleaner and more manageable.

Clear out your inbox.  If you don’t already do so why not have a sort through your inbox and delete any unwanted emails.  Is your inbox full of unwanted emails from companies you’ve signed up to but have lost interest in?  Simply click on the unsubscribe link on the email itself and be free.

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