Your computer is an essential tool to keep your business running on a day-to-day basis, but many often neglect keeping this key piece of hardware’s cleanliness maintained (both inside and out).
It’s estimated that the average life span of most computers is anywhere between three and five years – plenty of time for dust and data buildup. Keeping your hardware clean can help your machine run smoother and extend its lifespan.
Check out a few quick tips we've put together on how to keep your computer clean...
> Wipe Down Your Computer
- Dust off your computer with a soft, dry cloth at least once a week.
- Remove fingerprints or dirt from the screen (if you use a liquid, ensure it’s one specifically designed for your monitor type).
> Clean Your Keyboard
- Unplug your keyboard, turn it upside down, gently shake to dislodge crumbs, hair, and other bits of dirt.
- Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn dirt (Do not pour alcohol or any other liquid directly onto the keys.).
- Gently wipe down the keys.
- Reconnect the keyboard to your computer once it’s dry
> Blow Dust Buildup Out of Computer Vents and Fans
- Use a can of compressed air. Use quick, short bursts to dust. This also works on your keyboard.
> Ensure Your Hard Drive is Backed Up
> Confirm Antivirus is Installed & Running
- Antivirus software is the best way to guard against viruses and malware. It not only prevents malware from being installed, but it can also remove malware from your computer.
> Update Your Software & Programs
- Outdated software can leave you vulnerable to malware as most updates are created to keep you safe from threats.
Just like you probably enjoy having a tidy home, it’s a good idea to keep your computer tidy too. Of course, one of the best and simplest ways to ensure your devices stay in top shape is to sign up for one of our Managed IT Service Plans
President/CEO, D.E. Web Works