New Year's Technology Resolutions
The New Year is almost upon us (where has the time gone?), time to resolve to make ourselves and the things around us better and more productive. Computers should receive regular tune-ups to make sure they are running as fast as possible. An even more important resolution is to protect the data on your computer and make it resilient against drive failure or corruption.
This newsletter will discuss the various benefits of a regular tune-up as well as the importance of backing up both data and system. I'll also discuss again the rapidly approaching end-of-support for Windows 7.
I'm often asked by clients if they should bring their computers in for regular maintenance. Computers benefit from a regular assessment of protection and clean-up tools as well as lingering updates of Windows and "helper" applications (e.g. Adobe Flash). Also, a regular check of disk drive health is essential to prevent data loss or corruption.
Another important reason for periodic check-ups is to clean up incipient malware infections and to assess the state of installed malware prevention software. Finally, a tune-up removes unneeded programs that consume system resources, including the "bloatware" that comes installed on nearly all new computers.
PC Publican provides excellent turn-around time on basic computer maintenance at reasonable prices. Contact us to determine if a "tune-up" is right for you.
Data & System Backups
I can't stress enough the importance of backing up your computer. Even if you don't think you have important data, if your hard drive crashes or is encrypted by ransomware you'll need a backup image of your system for recovery.
The most effective backup plans include both on-site (e.g. external hard drive or network attached storage) and off-site (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive) copies of data. Storage, both physical and cloud, is cheap. A 2TB external drive costs about $60, and good free backup software is available for both home and business use. Cloud services like Dropbox are less than $10/month, while Google Drive offers 200GB for $3/month. Both offer free tiers for limited storage.
PC Publican can help with all phases of backup setup: purchase, installation, configuration, and monitoring. Please call us to discuss the various options.
Windows 7 End Of Support
Windows 7 has been a workhorse operating system for Microsoft, and is objectively superior to its Windows 8/8.1 successors. Windows 10, however, is solid and Microsoft is actively building its ecosystem around it. This means that the current end-of-support date for Windows 7, January 14, 2020, is unlikely to change. After that date, computers with Windows 7 will no longer receive any patches or bug-fixes.
This doesn't mean that on January 15th, 2020 your Windows 7 computer will stop working. What it does mean is that it will begin a gradual decline in security and proper functioning (Windows XP owners know exactly what I'm talking about!). I recommend getting ahead of this curve and planning for a 2019 replacement of Windows 7 computers. PC Publican can help with the purchase of a replacement as well as the migration of your existing applications and data to the new computer.
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