By Nancy C. Muir

Part of Computers For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You need to perform some basic maintenance on your computer to keep it running in top shape. Here’s some advice to keep your computer secure and performing optimally:

  • Windows Firewall: Turn on the Windows Firewall feature to stop people and programs from downloading malicious code and viruses to your computer from the Internet.

  • Antivirus software: You can use antivirus software such as Windows Defender, which comes with all Windows 10 computers, or a third-party antivirus program such as MacAfee, to scan your computer and remove viruses.

  • Use System Restore: You can create a System Restore Point to save current settings and revert to those settings if your computer begins having problems. This can happen after installing a new program or driver for hardware.

  • Optimize your hard drive: Optimizing your hard drive cleans out any damaged or obsolete files to improve your computer’s performance.

  • Battery life: If you have a laptop or tablet, you should be aware that all batteries wear out and your computer’s is no different. If your battery doesn’t hold a charge as long as it used to, consider buying a replacement battery from the manufacturer.

  • Perform a Disk Cleanup: Use the Disk Cleanup feature to free up some disk space on your hard drive. This helps your computer perform better.

  • Set up a password: By assigning a password to your Windows user account, you may prevent people from accessing your files and personal data.

  • Protect your laptop from damage: If you have a laptop invest in a good case for your laptop to protect it from damage when travelling. Also, get a screen protector, which is a thin sheet of plastic that you place across your screen to prevent scratches.

  • Consider using a picture password: If your computer or laptop is in a spot where other people surround you, consider using a picture password, which is almost impossible for people to get past. Also be aware that using a pin rather than a password is probably the least secure way to go because it’s so short and made up entirely of numbers.