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Is your computer safe?  Your computer is susceptible to breaking down, having a hard drive crash, losing data, getting corrupted by applications, programs, and viruses, or just plain getting old.

Fortunately, most people use virus protection software to help eliminate the chances of obtaining or spreading viruses; however, many people are not aware that anti-virus programs need to be updated on a regular basis to keep abreast of the new viruses that emerge daily.

Are your personal files, pictures, and important data “backed up” in case your system goes down?  Do you perform periodic backups?  Do you have an emergency backup plan in case of an unforeseeable disaster?  Unfortunately, most people don’t.

For the most part, people postpone the inevitable and bypass taking the time to backup his or her essential data.  However, backing up your data can be quite painless and easily manageable.  Nonetheless, if you take the responsible approach by ensuring you can recover from inevitable disasters lurking in the near and distant future you can save money, time, and undue stress.

Safe Computing

Having worked in the industry as a fully Certified Systems Expert for companies such as, IBM, Dell, Hughes Aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the U. S. Department of Defense, I know from experience unforeseen things can happen to computers due to negligence, improper handling, viruses, and many other factors.  For instance, do you know of someone who puts magnets on his or her desktop chassis?  You know the type of magnets—the kind that people put on refrigerators—the kind from your insurance company, local pizza store, your doctor or dentist.  Magnets radiate an electro-magnetic field and could cause damage to the internal components of a system; the hard drive, video card, central processing unit, or memory.

Another danger lurking in the background jeopardizing your computers’ safety is dust and smoke.  Many people have their desktops on the floor where they are vulnerable to accumulating dust which covers the internal circuitry of the computer.  This dust buildup acts as an insulator and attributes to the overheating and corruption of individual workings within a system causing them to breakdown.  Periodic cleaning of the inside of a computer is necessary to avoid damage.

This brings us to the most dangerous threat to all desktops and laptops—overheating.  Most laptops and desktops have built in fans to protect the inner components from overheating.  Proper ventilation for computers is imperative in order to keep them running efficiently and maintain a longer lifespan which in turn, saves you money, time, and unnecessary stress.

Is Your Computer Safe?

Do yourself a favor.  Take responsible action, save time, money, and unnecessary headaches and frustration by utilizing precautionary measures concerning your computer.  Use anti-virus programs, update them regularly, use careful judgment in the placement of your computer and how you go about using it, and backup the important information you have hidden within the confines of your computer.

About the author: George Zapo, CPH is certified in Public Health Promotion and Education (Kent State University). George focuses on providing informative articles promoting healthy behavior and lifestyles.

7 comments… add one
  • Dan

    I all the time used to study paragraph in news papers but now as I
    am a user of web so from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  • Karen Gail

    Great article very helpful. I am so proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you, Karen! I appreciate your kind words! I’ll continue to provide the best I can to help people in making money, saving money, and feeling happier…

      Take good care,

      George Zapo

  • Debra Morrison

    I learned that lesson one time the hard way … now I have a backup plan and I implement it!

    • George Zapo

      Like some people say, Debra; it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once one gets in the habit of backing up his or her data it becomes an easy routine.

      Take care,

      George Zapo

  • Tommy Green

    Hey George, This is a great blog!!!!

    • Thank you, Tommy! I hope to continue providing interesting and helpful material.

      Take good care…

      George Zapo

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