We offer you today ten tips and best practices to put in place on your computer to keep it running fast and secure. Nothing too complex, just simple things and common sense that will allow your computer to last and resist the time and the various attacks of which it can be victim.
Use two partitions on your hard drive
Why put everything on this famous C drive? With the large storage capacity of today’s hard drives, it is possible to partition your hard drive into multiple disks. For example, a disk C where the system and applications are located and a disk D to store your documents, images, movies, music, etc. In this case, if you are worried, you can start a safe reinstallation of the C disk without the data left on the D disk being affected! For more information on handling, see this page .
Have an updated antivirus
Obviously, you need to install an antivirus on your PC. Today, many free antivirus (Avast, Microsoft Essential Security, Etc.) provide interesting protection for the needs of most users lambda. Also note that the price of a paid protection has now decreased and it is possible to opt for a paid antivirus against only a few tens of euros per year. But the best antivirus remains and will always remain the user.
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You do not need to install two antivirus software on your computer. At best, the second will be ineffective. At worst, it will make the first ineffective! If one day you catch a virus, no need to think that your protection software is ineffective. Instead, think about reviewing your way of using your computer by asking yourself: how did I catch this virus? Malware is most often installed by surfing on suspicious or trapped sites, opening an email, downloading pirated software or after connecting an unknown device.
Never open the email of an unknown sender
When you receive an email from someone you do not know and / or is not clearly identifiable. No need to open it and click on the email link, you can directly delete it and report it as spam if your email box allows it. Tell yourself that if someone is really looking to get in touch with you, not sure he already has your email. And then, he will know how to write a specific email object and identify himself clearly so that doubt is not allowed.
We all agree on this point. Updating Windows or other software never comes at the right time. But be aware that the majority of what these updates contain is about security. Software publishers are very sensitive to the security of their software and want users to be able to use them safely. So, yes, it is long and tedious but it can save you a lot of hassle afterwards to update your system and your software regularly and thus block potential security vulnerabilities on your computer.
Do not download anything, anywhere
It is probably by downloading that the number of viruses caught is the largest. So you have to be very vigilant about the sites where you decide to download free software (we are not talking here about illegal downloading because by definition it is illegal and is a virus nest). Privilege reliable sources of reliable downloads that you’ve seen cited on different forums / blogs. We will advise you better than to make you priority on the site of the publisher of the software you want to download.
Have a safe and hidden password
If some of your passwords are part of this list of the 25 worst passwords of 2013 , change it now! If it’s your date of birth, it’s not better! You must privilege a password with at least 6 characters and if possible, include letters, numbers and special characters. Moreover, it often happens to find on PCs files with all the user’s passwords or posts-it prominently in front of the computer. Sometimes the file is even accessible on the desktop and entitled “passwords” … If you can not remember your passwords, opt for password management software that will allow you to have quick access to it but most importantly, never write it on your PC. It makes you too vulnerable.
Do not install 1000 toolbars on your browser
Who never ended up with one or more toolbars on his web browser and had the biggest penalties in the world to get rid of it? Very often, this kind of bars is installed at the same time as a software, forgetting to uncheck a box that is confused with the terms or conditions. You have to be very careful about this because these toolbars are rarely relevant, tend to slow down your browser and are full of advertising.
Check which software starts at startup
On Windows, you can set programs that start at startup. Some are of course required for the proper functioning of the PC but others completely useless and will tend to slow down the launch of the computer. It is quite possible to disable the launch of these programs at startup. This will have no impact on their future use and will get you started on the basics, faster. To learn more, we recommend you read this little tutorial .
Store and save your documents
Finish with loads of documents lying around on your desk without being stowed away. If you follow our Council 1, all your documents will have to be on disc D. Then, organize them! Pro, personal, etc. Also remember to make backups because owning two hard disk partitions will not be useful if the disk comes to the brink. The ideal? Have a backup of your data on an external drive that you do regularly. Of course, this requires manual action unless you have a solution that can launch remote backups without logging in. The other solution to our essential sense is to have a copy of its data in a cloud type solution. Backups are automatic as soon as you change and are connected to the Internet. The risk of losing data is very low. If you have a lot, it will probably pay a little but the free offers are already very interesting. And do not hesitate to diversify: photos here, pro there, etc. In this area, we can not recommend too DropBox for its ease of use or Google Drive.
A computer is like a house, you have to maintain it regularly. This means that you have to clean it physically. Do not hesitate to put a dry air bomb into the holes if you notice that it is too hot and that a lot of dust has accumulated. But cleaning also means emptying the recycle bin regularly, defragmenting your hard drive, clearing cookies, hiding the browser, removing unnecessary software, and so on. All the little things that, taken alone, will have little effect but which, in the end, will restore space and speed to your computer. There are many small software apps to help with this, and they can be very effective in managing all these tasks. We highly recommend checking these out.
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