Computers have become one of the most necessary tools in our modern life. It made our daily tasks and jobs easier, which is why you can’t walk into an office without finding a whole set of computers at your service, and then after spending the whole day in front of a computer, you go back home and you sit in front your personal one.
Basically, our lives depend on these expensive machines a little way too much to the point we shouldn’t cause any harm to them, or we will end up ruining everything. Although we are aware of that, we somehow still do a few things that may destroy our computers for good… And yes, we are all guilty of doing them!
But since your device is still working, it means you have been lucky. So, we have compiled a list of things you have to stop doing, and how to start doing things correctly to add a few more years to your computers.
Blocking the vents of your computer
You may want to save some space in the room by placing your computer against the wall, sofa, desk, etc. But when you do that, you end up blocking the vents that are extremely important for your computer since it helps it stay cooler.
The high temperature can lead the computer to overheat, which will damage its internal circuitry. So make it a priority to not block the computer vents.
Deleting system files
We are all guilty for clogging our hard drives with hundreds of pictures, music files, movies, and other junk. Once the hard drive becomes full, it starts working harder and making the computer sluggish.
The problem starts when users start deleting system files that they are not aware of their importance. Those files allow you to use many features (for example, listening to music). So if you are about to delete a file, make sure it doesn’t end with EXE, SYS, or DLL.
Cleaning with liquids
If you want to clean your computer screen, do not use a basic cleaning detergent or a wet wipe. You will end up damaging it in the long run!
Any type of liquid can get into your screen and cause corrosion, while detergents (all types and kinds) can damage the coating on the screen. In order to clean the screen safely, you should use a dry microfiber cloth, or whatever you use to clean your glasses.
Pushing the DVD/CD try to close it
Let’s face it, we are all guilty of doing it from time to time. Instead of closing it with the button, we just push it. I can’t lie, it is satisfying. But when we apply a force to the drive, we may end up breaking the opening/closing mechanism. So when you tend to close it next time, use the button!
Creating the same password
Having one password ease things up for us, we don’t need to learn many passwords constantly. But it will also make it easy for criminals and hackers to have access to all of your private information.
Also, you don’t want to use the same password for your bank account, car, and home. If you can’t remember all of your passwords, you can get a password management program like LogMeOnce or LastPass.
Avoid restarting when installing new software
After installing a new piece of software to your machine, most of them would ask you to restart the computer. You may think it is just a waste of time, but it is required for the safety of your computer. So even if you don’t enjoy the process, it is a must to do.
Not using an Up-to-Date antivirus
Browsing the web without using any up-to-date antivirus is one of the biggest mistakes people can make. Installing antivirus software is one of the most important things to do the second you start your computer for the first time.
If you browsed the internet without it, you will be at risk of having your data collected or your identity stolen. In fact, some people will even make you pay to get it back.
Allowing your pet close to the computer
It is hard to resist your pet’s adorable face when they come close to your PC, you just can’t say no to those eyes. But the problem is pets enjoy using computers as pillows, but we can’t blame them, especially during winter.
But even if it is good for your pet, it is bad for your computer. The fur will somehow find its way to the inside of your computer, block the vents, and causing it to overheat. So make sure to keep them away and clean it once a year, at least.
Opening the computer case when it is plugged in
It is important to clean your computer once every few months to remove the fur and dust from the case. Since most of us enjoy doing it ourselves, we end up forgetting to unplug the computer before opening the case.
Turning it off is not safe enough to be touched from the inside because there will still be a current running inside. Plus, touching a place where there is still circuit may damage it, or worse, you will get electrified!
Installing programs automatically
We are all too lazy to read the information that comes up during a program installation. Many of this information offer you to relax while they install themselves automatically.
However, the problem starts when these programs decide to install add-ons that will slow down your computer, and probably, steal your personal data. So before you install any program, take a few minutes to read what’s going on.