Prevention is the BEST Medicine
Preventative maintenance for a computer is the best way to minimize issues while extending the life of your computer. Whether you have a PC or Mac, there are 4 things that we recommend doing on a regular basis.
1. Install Updates - Installing updates is critical because they often include important patches to security holes. In fact, many of the more harmful malware attacks we see take advantage of software vulnerabilities in common applications, like operating systems and browsers.
How to Manually Update Windows 10
How to get Updates for MacOS Mojave or later
If you've upgraded to macOS Mojave or later, follow these steps to keep it up to date:
1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Software Update to check for updates.
2. If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click ”More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.
3. When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, the installed version of MacOS and all of its apps are also up to date. That includes Safari, iTunes, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime.
2. Check for Viruses - When you're running a Windows Operating System, we always recommend having an effective and lightweight anti-virus/malware security software. If you have a paid security software installed on your computer they usually run automatic scans in the background. However, if you have a free security software, you usually need to run the scans yourself. If you don't have a security software installed (paid or free) then we recommend turning on the security software provided by Windows. In our experience, having the Windows Defender security software is better than any other free software you can get.
How to Turn On Windows Defender in Windows 10
As for Mac's, they are less likely to get viruses/malware BUT it does happen. We recommend installing Malwarebytes for your Mac. The paid version runs automatically in the background and the free version needs to be ran manually.
3. Create a Secure Password
4. Backup your Files