Your computer is one of the biggest investments you are going to make. Consumers are starting to spend more than six hours a day on the computer. You need to make sure that you are getting the most out of that time, and to do that, you need to know how to get the most out of your computer.

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Here are a few things that you should consider to get more out of your computer:

Quality is the Key

If you want to get good performance out of your computer, you have to invest in it.

While frugality is great in many circumstances, ordering bad computer peripherals and parts will only lead you to replacing them many times down the road, leaving you with a headache and an empty wallet. Value and quality is what you should be looking for. Would you rather buy two $500 computers that give you a hard time and last two years or a single $1000 computer that will run fantastically and last you for five years?

The same goes for programs. While you might be tempted to get a free anti-virus program, will you really be getting much out of your computer when you become a victim of identity theft (1)? Your time is valuable, and spending time doing mundane tasks that a computer program could or should be doing for a small fee is not an economically sound decision. Are you getting the maximum amount of work out of your computer? If not, how can you cut down on wasted time? Look at what you have running on your computer and what is running your computer. See if reasonable improvements can’t be made.

Using a Virtual Private Network

To get the most out of your computer, it is advisable that you get yourself a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It is a service that allows your computer to connect (via an encrypted connection) to an offsite secure server, which masks your computer’s IP address and protects it from outside threats.

Here are ways that a VPN might help you get more out of your computer and keep it safe:

• It will keep you safe on unprotected public networks where hackers will attempt to intercept your personal and financial information. As opposed to getting things such as passwords, private correspondence, and user data, they will only see that you are using a VPN.

• It allows you to work around regional restrictions by making your computer appear to be using the internet in a different country. This means anything online around the world is at your fingertips, vastly improving the information you can get from your computer.

• Since your IP address will be masked, you don’t have to worry about cyberattacks or internet surveillance. You’ll have a lot more peace of mind when you use the computer.

With a VPN, the same principles of quality still apply, and thus you will want to research online which VPNs are best. You want one that doesn’t lower your browsing speeds, has the best encryption possible, and can connect to servers all over the world in different countries.

Cleaning and Maintenance

When was the last time you wiped down or cleaned your computer both inside and out? If you don’t take care of this, then your computer can slow down, overheat, or even burst into flames in the most extreme of circumstances. You want to invest in a can of compressed air and a specialized cloth and then follow this helpful guide, so you clean your computer without causing any damage.

You also need to do a maintenance check on the software as well, making sure that you defragment the disk every few months and do a virus scan every week. Try to organize all of your files so that you don’t have to search around all the time, and you’ll be taking advantage of the benefits of having a digitized life. Try to make these types of tasks part of your routine, and you will benefit greatly from an excellently cared for computer.

Cut Out the Fat

Take a look through all the files, games, and pictures on your computer. How many of them do you reasonably expect to enjoy anytime soon? You aren’t going to really listen to that album you got for Christmas and installed on your computer just to be polite, are you? The fuller your hard drive is, the slower your computer will run. Try to transfer some files to a different storage location, such as an external hard drive, and trim the fat on your main hard drive itself. You can always move things back later if you don’t like the setup.

Another thing to consider is how many programs you have running in the background on your computer. After starting, some programs remain running in the background, taking up processing power. Consider the programs you have running on startup, and disable the ones you don’t need right away. You’ll be able to boot your computer much faster, and you’ll notice the change in speed if your computer was being bogged down in any way by these superfluous programs.

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You should never underestimate the ability of quality maintenance and components when it comes your computer. It is neither intended nor wanted for your computer to last more than two or three years until you buy a whole new one, but with the right knowledge and habits, you’ll be able to get more out of it than ever before. Thank you for reading, and may your technology serve you efficiently and economically.

By Cassie Phillips

(1) www.snsfox.com/technology-news/how-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theft/

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