Your office computer needs regular maintenance to keep it in good condition. Unfortunately,some people react to problems instead of being proactive about office computer maintenance. Therefore, don’t waste your productivity and time inside the office by reacting once a computer problem has arisen. Choose to be proactive to avoid downtimes and major computer failures.
In a nutshell, proactive computer maintenance will help ensure that there are no interruptions to your daily workflowdue to corrupt data on your computer.
In case you are not a computer maintenance expert, here are some tips to help you look after your computer:
Install a real–time antivirus program.
Choosing the antivirus program is not as easy as it sounds. You need examine each brand of antivirus software carefully to ensure that it offers up-to-date, real-time protection. In essence, a real-time antivirus program will provide automatic protection by checking your computer systems for any suspicious activities regularly. It also updates its virus signature database at least once per day. In fact, I know of some programs who update their virus definitions more than once a day.
Keep anti-virus programs updated.
It’s not enough that you install an antivirus program on all of your computers.Furthermore, it is vital to keep this software updated to prevent viruses from infecting your computer as aiding with virus removal should your computer become infected.
Unfortunately, there are many different types of malware and viruses discovered almost every day. Ergo, if you are to fight the latest technological threats, your antivirus software need to be able to recognize them. You must also avoid the expiration of all your licenses so you can ensure the programs will continue to protect your computers from the daily onslaught of threats.
Do daily scans.
Unfortunately, viruses and malware might get past any proactive antivirus engine and affect your system without your knowledge. Thus, it’s advisable to set the antivirus program to perform a daily scan of the entire system’s hard drive. Finally, it is important to set the scan to run when you are not busy on your computer as these scans can be memory-intensive.
Implement device control.
In order to keep your computer and office network secure and virus-free, there is a need for you to prevent unauthorized devices from connecting to the network. In actual fact, as the business owner, you can decide whether to prevent the connection of various devices such as USB flash drives, mobile phones, and music players to the computers in the office as they can pose threats that can possibly infect your units.
Use DNS protection.
Connecting to the internet always poses a variety of security risks. Unfortunately, there are websites that tend to distribute Trojan files and infected programs. One of the most common risks is a drive-by infection wherein all it takes to be infected is for you to visit to a compromised web page, to click on a link, and the malware is downloaded onto your computer.
One of the best ways to mitigate the risk of a drive-by infection is to activating the DNS protection layer on your network. In a nutshell, the Domain Name Server (DNS) is similar to an address and telephone number list where it helps your computer find websites by translating the domain name into an IP address. By setting up the DNS server settings on your computer, you are providing another layer of security to prevent malware attacks, as well as phishing and fraud.
Finally, should you battle to implement any of the above tips, then it is a good idea to contact a professional IT support person. He will be able to solve most of you issues remotely by providing you with remote desktop support. In fact, I believe that its a good idea to take out a monthly computer support plan with a reputable IT company; thus, enabling you to call on an expert without having to pay for each callout.