Inevitably the time comes when everyone experiences computer problems either at home or in the workplace. When these problems present themselves you need to hire someone for computer repair, meaning that you have the choice to take the base unit of the computer to a repair center, call an onsite technician or use a remote computer repair service.
It is worth considering the potential risks you inherent with computer repair. With off-site computer repair shops once the equipment leaves your home or office you are completely at the mercy of the service center and their technicians until your machine is returned. On-site offers more protection by allowing you to watch what files the technician access’s, but requires you to open your home up to strangers and tends to always cost more money. Remote computer repair is considered the safest because your machine never leaves your home, and you are not subject to unknown people entering your home or office. You can also watch the entire repair take place in-front of your eyes.
No matter what option you choose, these tips will help safe guard your sensitive information.
Protecting Your Documents
A computer problem can happen any time so being prepared is a bonus. With documents of a sensitive nature i.e. bank accounts, employee histories, curriculum vitas etc, it is important to take every precaution to ensure their safety. Try to always keep a backup of your important documents.
Regular Back Ups
The single most important piece of advice for any computer owner is; make regular backups of your hard drive. This can be done with any off the shelf software and a blank CD or DVD. With the speed of the new computers it only takes a few minutes and is well worth the time invested.
The removal of files and documents that are no longer being used is what we call housekeeping. You should make it a habit to go through your directories and remove unwanted files. Doing this right after you complete a back up is the perfect time just in case you accidently delete a file or document that you needed.
Cookies are small files your web browser creates while you are on the Internet. If you use internet banking or make purchases with your credit card or debit card, these files can be dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands.
Web browsers have an option to delete cookies and your browsing history under the tools tab. It is a good idea to take this step prior to allowing anyone to access your system.
If would like to know more about computer security or need help with any of the suggestions in this blog post, try one of MyCuredComputer’s computer lessons. One of the PC Experts will be glad to walk you through it.