As with many things in life, computers are awesome when they are working well. But when things start to fail, your IT problems can soon turn into a nightmare! Lost productivity, grumpy work colleagues, and family members are just some things that can make your life hell.
That’s why it pays to ensure your IT systems get maintained as they should. You don’t need to be a computer guru to do this. There are a few simple steps that any competent computer user can take. Want to know what they are? Keep reading this blog post to find out!
Keep abreast of your operating system and software updates
You know how people complain about malware on their systems? Part of the reason that occurs is because they don’t update their operating systems and software. When a security update becomes available, it should get installed as soon as possible.
These updates often contain “bug fixes” that help to keep your computer system secure. They often fix vulnerabilities that hackers could take advantage of.
Modern operating systems and software packages will check for updates automatically. If yours doesn’t, make sure you change the settings to allow this to happen!
Run decent, up-to-date Internet security software
The other reason malware can attack computers is if they don’t have any decent or valid Internet security software. Industry leaders like Symantec sell products to suit a wide range of systems. This includes smartphones and tablets.
IT Services Orlando recommends checking online reviews and independent tests. They can help you to determine which solution is the best one for you.
Check your router settings
Today’s modern broadband and fiber routers offer a whole host of functions from the device. For example, your router will have a firewall that helps to protect hacking attempts over the Internet.
It will also offer you the ability to control who can go online from your network and when. You should do a review of your router settings and check that its setup is correct. If you’re not planning to allow remote access into your network, block any external connections.
Also check that the router’s firmware (i.e. software) is up to date. Router manufacturers often release new firmware to fix bugs and add new features. Your router might have a function to check for updates on an automatic basis.
Are you not sure about some of your router’s settings? If so, download its user manual from the manufacturer’s website.
Secure your Wi-Fi
Are you fed up of your slow Internet connection? The problem might not be down to the physical connection itself! If your Wi-Fi is unsecure, unauthorized people might be using your Internet for free!
When that happens, the speed of your network and Internet connection will slow down. Log into your Wi-Fi access point or router, and ensure your Wi-Fi network is secure. This involves using encryption such as WPA2-PSK and a “passphrase” (password) to connect.
Thanks for reading today’s blog post. Good luck with your IT system optimizations!
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