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10 Simple Tips and Tricks Every Computer User Should Know
Even if you are the go-to guy for all tech queries in your friend or family group, you probably require help with certain things that not every one is capable of when it comes to maintaining your computer devices. While laptops and desktops are slowly going out of fashion, they are an essential part of our daily lifestyle if you are a student or a professional.
here are a lot of tweaks and settings in our PC devices that we don't generally handle effectively leading to a lot of latent issues. We've got you covered. Here are the top 10 tweaks that every computer user should know how to manage on a personal computer.
Keep the computer away from garbage
There's a garbage/recycle bin on your PC software. It's there for a reason. A lot of us consume massive amounts of data over the Internet daily, and unknowingly, click on certain malware or irritating buttons sometimes.
Most of these links are not friendly and install unwanted files on your PC slowing up the speed drastically. By going into the Settings, just uninstall all these files and folders and watch your computer boost up.
Regular maintenance is key
With PC software becoming complex over the years, maintaining a computer has become a lot more tedious than before. Whether you own a Mac or a Windows machine, all you need to do to keep it up to date is run a trustworthy Antivirus software, backup your hard drive, and update Windows regularly.
Find your stolen/misplaced devices
As the saying goes, better safe than sorry. Almost all of our smart gadgets have GPS services on them. Activating tracking software before the smartphone goes missing is the right thing to do.
For iOS, you can install the Find My iPhone service while the Android Device Manager takes care of stolen Android devices. Always keep your data backed up and if the thief switches off the phone after stealing it well tough luck then.
An antivirus a day keeps the virus away
Windows users, I am talking to you. We have gone through the pain of different computer viruses for the past few decades. Whether Trojan horses, viruses or other attacks, Windows machines are susceptible to malware, which can be easily avoided.
Don't open links that offer suspicious sources and downloads, avoid installing programs from unknown sources and make sure all popups are from trusted links.
Back up your data regularly
Regular backups of our data are on top of the list of computer procrastinations. We know it is necessary but we are always saving it for the next day, hoping that the entire stack of files doesn't just disappear from the machine.
There are quite a few simple tools like Windows Backup and Time Machine that make it a breeze to transfer all your crucial data to the cloud, helping you sleep sound and tension-free.
Secure your sensitive data
While backing up important files is important, protecting and safeguarding your sensitive data like passwords and photos is also equally crucial. The internet isn't generally a hospitable place and using encrypted software like 1Password and Evernote is recommended for protecting your data.
Share files with other computers
Transferring data from one computer to the other generally requires the use of flash and hard drives. Instead of hardware, just go with the Windows' Homegroup feature that lets you wirelessly send files within the same computer network. There's also Dropbox that does the trick, but it requires an active internet connection.
Access your personal computer remotely
There have always been situations where you left some crucial data at home and the realization kicks in when you reach office. In such a case, apps like Teamviewer act like a lifesaver. Simply, setup an account beforehand and ensure that the PC is running. Just log into your laptop from office and remote access to the home machine has never been easier.
Use shortcuts for all functions
The Control (Ctrl) button does wonders when it comes to making use of shortcuts in Windows apps. Instead of scanning through whole documents, just hit Ctrl+F to find the exact keywords, use Ctrl+P to quickly print a webpage or Word document and use Ctrl+T to open a new tab in your preferred web browser.
Manage your Wi-Fi network
Getting familiar with LAN cables, routers and Ethernet ports seems frightening, considering the kind of technology that goes into building them.
You can boost your Wi-Fi signals by using special boosters that wirelessly attach to the router. If the router requires constant resetting, make sure it is not crowded or overheated. Always keep a check on your ISP's IP address for any Wi-Fi issues.