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2 Tips for Keeping Your Computer Healthy

Virus Computer Keyboard.jpegEven if it seems like your computer is running perfectly, it still needs routine maintenance. Your business can't afford computer crashes or lethargic technology, and if you do not maintain your computers, your chances of experiencing these issues increase dramatically. We recommend following the below two tips to keep your computer healthy and working efficiently.

1. Update Your Operating System

One of the most overlooked ways to keep computers running smoothly is updating your operating system.  While it may not sound like a big deal, maintaining your operating system is vital for a healthy computer in today's environment. An up-to-date operating system will significantly improve the reliability, security, and speed of your computer.

As of today, we would suggest PC users upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, and Mac users upgrade to OS X 10.7 or higher. It is also important to turn on automatic updates for your operating system. For a full list of the hardware requirements for DM Cloud, please follow this link: http://ow.ly/Lp9pd.

2. Invest in Antivirus Software

While not immune to attack, Mac viruses are rare. This is partially due to the sheer number of users utilizing Windows over Mac OS. Although Macs are increasing in popularity, only about 10% of all computers are Macs. Viruses are usually written by people that want to affect the largest audience possible, and consequently, Windows computers are targeted more frequently. However, there are several options out there for Mac Virus protection. Most are yearly subscriptions, but there are a few free options as well.

PC users are more prone to virus attacks, but there are many easily implemented options for virus protection, like Norton and McAfee.

Remember: those who write viruses tend to target the individuals who do not update their virus definitions. Most antivirus software now has the built in option to "auto update". It is as important to stay up-to-date as it is to actually have the antivirus software itself.

Liz Willits
Liz Willits
A graduate of Grove City College, Elisabeth Willits began working as a marketing coordinator at Design Manager in 2013. Passionate about both art and technology, she aspires to make technology more approachable for interior designers and to demonstrate the important role that it plays in business. Elisabeth enjoys the interactivity that working in marketing allows her and loves meeting with interior designers to learn more about them, their aesthetic vision, and their business needs.

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