How do I protect my computer from Viruses?

How do I protect my computer from Viruses?

By Jeandre de Beer

computer-health

Viruses are common place today – and each day new viruses are released. Most of the times they make our computers slow and displays annoying pop up ads, but sometimes they can destroy data.

It is best to make sure that we are adequately protected against infection.

 

 

Here are four steps to keep in mind : Read more

Why has my computer become so slow?

Why has my computer become so slow?

By Jeandre de Beer

Slow Computer

 

 

It’s very frustrating to work on a computer that seems to take minutes to open a program or respond to a task.  It adds to our stress levels when we have a slow computer and deadlines that are looming.

We still remember the time we purchased the computer – it was fast and responsive – but lately it takes forever to boot into Windows, applications are slow to open and it seems the machine is sluggish to do just about anything.

 

Computers gets slow for a variety of reasons : Virus or Spyware infections, out dated software, not enough memory, faulty hardware and various other reasons. Read more

Why do so many support people tell me to reboot my computer when I have a problem?

Why do so many support people tell me to reboot my computer when I have a problem?

By Jeandre de Beer

reboot

It can seem like every time you contact your IT Support person with a problem – they recommend rebooting your computer or switching it off for a minute and booting up again.

This could seem like a time waster – or as a generic reply just because the IT person does not really know what the problem is. Most of the time this is not the case – a good old reboot works surprisingly well.

 

 

Why a reboot is necessary at times

As with many electronic equipment – computers can get into an odd state at times and power cycling them  Read more

Five Easy Things You can do to Reduce Your IT Support Calls

Is it possible to reduce the amount of IT Support calls?

By Jeandre de Beer

Reduce IT Support

The short answer is, yes you can.

 

Companies can invest in basic end user training which could save them money in the long run.

 

There are a few basic steps to keep in mind to solve a few common problems :

1. A Reboot is your friend

It’s strange to see that a user’s computer works perfectly on the Friday afternoon and when he gets to work on the Monday morning they cannot print or get onto the internet – yet nothing changed over the weekend. In many cases a reboot is your friend.

There are not always a logical answer or reason for this, but in many cases a simple reboot can solve the problem.

2. Take a break first

Computer problems can cause huge frustrations.

We have all been there – we have deadlines and at the most critical point our computer stops working.

We sometimes feel like Read more

Are your backups really working? How to test your backups

When last did you test your backups?

By Jeandre de Beer

BackupsYou have been working on a huge project lately – spent days and days to complete it on time.  You have been doing your backups diligently every week   –   but, how sure are you that your backups actually work?

Maybe you have set-up an automatic scheduled backup to run each week in the background – when last have you made sure that the backups are reliable?

Do you put your full trust in the backup report that says it’s been completed successfully  –  or have you actually restored your data lately to make sure all is well?

If you have not done this – how well do you sleep?

 

How to test your backups

 

Verification of backups is extremely important – do whatever it takes to make sure that all your precious data is backed up and can be restored successfully.  The easiest way to do this is to Read more

Four things you can do to secure your computer system

How Secure is your Computer System?

By Jeandre de Beer

Computer Security

 

Protecting your computer has become more and more important these days.

It seems that hackers and scammers are around every corner. Most companies have basic security measures like anti virus software.

This goes a long way to protect users – but some security risks can only be minimized by the user themselves.

Four things you can do to protect your system

 

1. Passwords

It’s a difficult task to remember the passwords that we use on a multitude of websites each day.

Many users choose a single password to use across all sites. Many people prefer to use a simple password – ie birth date / kids or spouse name etc.

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Why Remote Computer Support is Essential for Businesses Today?

Have you ever thought of or used Remote Computer Support?

By Jeandre de Beer

Remote Computer Support

What do you do when you need IT Support?

Most of us usually phone our IT Support Company and request that the technician visits our office to assist in solving the problem.

This is the traditional way of doing things – but have you ever thought about making use of remote support?

 

What is remote support?

Remote Support makes it possible for a qualified technician to log in to your computer remotely over the internet. The technician can do the same work remotely that he can do when sitting in front of your computer.

 

What are the advantages of remote computer support?

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How to make Computer Backups

How to make Computer Backups

 By Jeandre de Beer

Backups not done

 

Have you failed at Computer backups? 

Backups are one of the most important tasks that  is neglected the easiest.

Backups are never high up on our to do list – until the dreaded day comes that your hard drive packs up or your computer is stolen.

Don’t make the mistake to wait until such a disaster happens.

 

 

Four simple points to keep in mind regarding backups

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