4 Tips For Computer Maintenance

Computer maintenance is important for any business or household, because it is what keeps things running efficiently. In today’s day in age most businesses rely heavily on their computers and networks operating smoothly for the sales and service of the business, and most households rely on their technology to keep everyone happy. However, there are a few rules of thumb both businesses and families should be following when it comes to computer maintenance!

 

  1. Backing Up Is Your Best Friend

Most people like to put off backing up their computers or networks because it “will take too long” or it’s more effort than we wish. However, it is not that difficult and it will save you a lifetime of stress if something were to happen to your device. Companies should be implementing back-ups on a regular basis, and families should get in the habit of doing the same.

 

  1. Virus Protection

It’s always important to make sure your network is safely protected from viruses on the Internet or bugs that can attack your personal information and shut down your computers.

 

  1. Know Who to Call

When something goes wrong with your computer or network, you should have a contact or service readily available to help you resolve the issue quickly. Many businesses think that having an in-house team for computer service is right. While it’s not necessarily wrong, outsourcing your computer issues can be incredibly useful. That way you’re not paying someone full-time, you don’t have to provide benefits and an external company most likely has more experience and equipment to resolve the issue. Same goes for a household, a company like Black Tie IT can fix your computer and network issues much faster and more efficiently than other options!

 

  1. Keep Things Clean!

Take some motherly advice and clean! Taking the time to clear space and clean up your computer is so important. It can affect the speed of your computer, the ability to easily find files and your overall daily routine! Take the time to do little things like

  • Empty your digital trash
  • Delete duplicated files or pictures
  • Clear your history once in a while
  • Create folders
  • Exit out of tabs/windows that aren’t being used
  • Keep up with the back-ups

 

Utilize these tips to keep your computer running the best is possibly can! If you are still having issues, give us a call today!

Internet Safety For Your Kids

The Internet is an incredibly useful tool in today’s world, however it is also overpowering and a little scary at times. Children are exposed to such much at a young age these days thanks to the Internet and easy access. However, despite the downfalls, the Internet can be a fantastic learning resource for kids! There are plenty of educational games and opportunities for children of all ages. If you’re just getting set-up, our team at Black Tie IT can help with the installation of your networks, servers and firewalls, but here are a few tips to help make sure your children stay safe on the Internet!

  1. Have a tech base

Many families these days are incorporating a “tech base” into their household where all electronics must remain. For instance, kids must put their phones there at night or communal iPads and such much stay plugged into the base. Having such a routine makes it easy for parents to monitor how often their children are looking at screens all day and it keeps provides a communal feel (i.e. nothing is too private).

  1. Privacy is Your Best Friend

Before providing your child with their own phone, or allowing them to use the Internet make sure they are aware of how to protect themselves and their information. Often, parents drill basic information into their kid’s heads making sure they know their name, phone number, address, ect., but this can be dangerous information when it comes to the Internet. Don’t scare your children, but make sure they understand exactly what information they should never give out or type in. Discuss with them on a basic level how this information can have negative effects.

  1. Keep passwords private

Kids catch on quick, so don’t think that they’ll forget a password just because you tell them once. Keep the passwords to things like your iTunes account or App store account private so you are able to monitor each purchase or download your child is making. If your kids have to ask you each time they want to make a purchase or download it also helps prevent a sense of entitlement.

  1. Consider Kid-Friendly Searches

If your child is really young, there are some great resources out there to help you make sure they stay extra protected from things they shouldn’t be looking at.  These child-friendly search engines only provide search results for websites that are kid-approved and don’t contain any dangerous or inappropriate links. By allowing your child to use these, you can allow them to roam the Internet without having to worry about what they’re clicking on.

  1. Communication is key

One of the best ways to ensure that your children are being safe on the Internet is to keep them talking. Check in with your kids while they’re playing games or searching things and ask them to tell you about what they’re doing. Hearing them explain what they’re looking at or the types of games they’re playing can help you stop any potential red flags, and also feel more connected to the types of things your child is learning about.