At the start of a new year, many of us make a New Year’s resolution to get healthy. Did you make a resolution to start the year with a “healthy” computer, too? Here are some computer health tips:

❖         Back up your data: Back up all your important data such as photos, documents, calendar, contact list, e-mails, etc. The best options are to back up your data to an external hard drive, burn your data to CD/DVD, or use iCloud or Google Drive.

❖         Clean up your storage: AFTER backing up your data, start deleting apps, programs and files that you rarely use or that are outdated. This alone can speed up your computer.

❖         Maintenance: If you are tech savvy, you can use a utility program to do low-level diagnostics on your computer’s hardware and operating system, but my advice is to use a professional service to do the examination and fix any problems found. The store where you bought it may offer this service or can recommend a reputable local service agent.

❖         Change passwords: Start with the password to your computer (and phone) and then move on to any online accounts. Write passwords down in a notebook along with the date and secure the notebook in a safe place. WARNING! Your wallet or purse is NOT a safe place!


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