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Behaviors to Avoid While Using a Computer

Behaviors to Avoid While Using a Computer

Mistakes are inevitable, especially where technology is involved. There are numerous ways that user error can occur when using a computer, many of which are avoidable through simple preventative measures. Here are some behaviors to avoid when using a computer.

Ignoring Updates
To look at your computer, you’d probably never guess that a war is waged every day over it. Yet software developers and hackers are locked in battle, working to improve their programs to thwart the others’ in a digital arms race. While hackers work to create exploits for the vulnerabilities that a program may have, developers seek to improve protection of data and patch existing vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, while a hacker’s improvements are applied automatically, security improvements are released via updates, which require the user to activate. This means that if you have been ignoring your system updates, you have been leaving yourself vulnerable.

Not Reading the Terms and Conditions
It may seem like a benign prospect, but you could actually put yourself at risk by not reading the terms and conditions when prompted to accept them by a program you are trying to download and install. Try to resist the urge to click through before you’ve checked to see what you’re agreeing to. Oftentimes, these prompts will sneak in consent to have unwanted and unpleasant bloatware installed along with the program you intended to install. Before clicking ‘Accept,’ check with IT to be sure that everything is above board and secure.

Not Being Prepared for Power Fluctuations
While your computer relies on electricity in order to function, the relationship between your device and its energy source is not perfect. If too much power is delivered (which could happen as a result of a lightning strike) you could find yourself dealing with the effects of a surge. These can damage hardware components and necessitate expensive repairs. Using a surge protector or an Uninterruptible Power Supply can help prevent these circumstances. A UPS will even sustain your devices for a few minutes if the power was to go out, allowing you to safely save and shutdown to avoid data loss.

Not Having a Backup
It cannot be said enough: you need to have a backup solution in place to keep your business safe. As much as you may want to assume that a data loss event won’t darken your business’ door, the chances of it happening are too great to ignore. By maintaining a comprehensive, cloud-based data backup solution, you give yourself the best chance of recovering your data whenever you need it.

Macro Systems can help keep you and your users from making too many mistakes, as well as assist you in bouncing back when errors are made. Call us at 703-359-9211 for more information.

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