HINTS AND TIPS
BRAES COMPUTING offers the following Hints and Tips to help with good computer management. We hope you enjoy reading these articles ...
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YOU NEED BACKUP !
"You need to backup" ... it's easy to say; unfortunately many owners don't understand the message until it's too late.
Picture this; your computer's hard disk has just crashed. Your friendly repair engineer tells you he can install a new disk and reload the operating system but that you will need to restore your user folders and files from your backups. You have got backups haven't you? You've not? Oh dear, well that's all your documents, music and a lifetime of photographs gone then.
SAFE EQUIPMENT DISPOSAL
Computers that you no longer need should be disposed of with care since the data on your computer can easily be accessed whether you sell, scrap, give away or donate it. Even ‘deleted’ data can be retrieved with relative ease by criminals.
Disposing of computers responsibly will also ensure the minimum environmental impact and that you’re not breaking the law.
AVOIDING POTENTIALLY UNWANTED PROGRAMS
Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs, are junkware, adware, toolbars and other unwanted software that can get into your computer system by, usually, underhand methods.
Most PUPs are installed inadvertently (or carelessly) by users. PUPs often piggy-back with genuine (normally free) software and will try to obscure their presence. A first step in avoiding PUPs is to assume that anything you are about to install comes bundled with something else. Then to be vigilant during the installation process – don’t just click through without checking every single screen.