With a little bit of knowledge, you can greatly increase your productivity, as both technology and productivity work hand in hand. Today, they are integral components of both economic performance and global competition. Please check out my list of tech tips, which should help you in business, life and just general computer use:
- Use Strong Passwords
We all know that passwords like 1234 should never be used. We also know that a strong password has at least eight characters, which should include both lowercase and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers. The use of obvious information, such as names is also a no-no. The best approach to adopt when creating a complex password is to use a phrase “I like to play computers 1991”, then condense it, by selecting the first letter of each word, so you get something like this: ltpc1. You can also swap out symbols, numbers and misspellings.
For best practice purpose it’s best to make a habit of doing this, by changing your password every six months.
- Make New Uses for Old Programs
It’s more than likely that you already have a select few programs that you use to carry out all the tasks that you do on your computer. However, one thing that many people are unaware of is the multifaceted nature of these programs. Cloud storage services are great for monitoring your home system, downloading things and printing files. Any tool can be used for a multitude of things.
- Understand Your System Restore Usage
When your computer starts to act up, most savvy computer users will load up Windows Task Manager to find out exactly what’s causing it. However, looking at CPU usage, swap file and memory usage stats isn’t really going to tell you much, unless you know exactly what to look for. High CPU is an issue that is fairly common, which entails one application slowing down the system. Closing that particular program will usually cause that problem to go away. High network activity may be due to a slow internet connection. High RAM usage may or may not be a bad thing, as it depends on what applications you’re running at the particular time of the issue.
- Quickly Optimise Your System
Unlike with fine wine, computer systems do not improve with time. Your system requires constant maintenance, in order to maintain its performance and prevent the inevitable decline and death of the system. Consider maintaining your system by removing programs you no longer use, removing old files, deleting cookies, defragging your hard drive, and performing registry scans of your computer. You should also keep tabs on which applications are running and how much resources they are consuming.
- Use Windows Free Admin Tools
If you take the time to just look, you will find that there are many free applications that are capable of doing the tasks of paid applications. The trick is to know exactly where to find these applications, how to find the legitimate free tools and not just free trials.
- Use Windows Schedule
Stop manually carrying out all those system maintenance tasks by creating your own schedules. With the built in Windows Task Scheduler, it’s possible for you to run just about any program, whether it’s picture uploading, maintenance or an alarm.
- Avoid Extended Warranties
Almost every piece of technology you can buy today comes with a warranty as standard. But many retailers will try to convince you to purchase additional coverage. You should never purchase additional coverage, this is because most products do not and will not break within the first three years after purchase.
- Buy a Good Office Chair
If you spend a great deal of time in front of your computer system, then it’s very important that you have a comfortable and supportive office chair. To avoid back pains, headaches and other forms of discomfort, it’s very important you have an ergonomic office chair. Take the time to look around for the best possible solution for yourself – trust me, it is well worth it in the long run.
- Use Your Keyboard to Navigate
There are a number of basic keyboard shortcuts that you should know, but if you want to get the most out of your computer, then there are tons more than you can learn. Consider learning about the various shortcuts for your favourite programs, such as Microsoft Word, Yahoo Mail and Facebook. After sufficient amounts of time practicing, you will soon be able to navigate through these programs with relative ease and speed.
- Learn Your Computers Hidden Features
All operating systems have hidden things buried within them; you just need to know where to find them. Windows users should take the time to learn about the hidden features available on Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems. While Mac users may want to look into the hidden features of the OS X operating systems.
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