If you are reading this article, you are more than likely using a computer to do so. If you use a computer at work, it is probably very critical to completing your tasks at work. For this reason, maintaining your computer is very important in order to perform at your job completely. Work computers are typically a part of a network with the people you work with, and thus have more complexities to deal with. Keeping your computer up and running not only saves you time, but also saves your company money of lost downtime.
Below are some good practices for maintaining your computer.
1. Don’t Install versions of your own software- Even if you have a favorite software at home that you work really well with, it is not a good idea to install it. It may not be compatible with your coworkers software, and if a problem arises or an update is needed your IT department may not be able to handle it.
2. Don’t fix hardware problems yourself- The problem may seem simple enough to take on by yourself, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is true. The problem may be a lot deeper than perceived and you trying to “fix” it may only cause future problems for your IT department.
3. Install all updates required by your IT department- If you don’t properly install all updates required by your IT department in a timely manner this may cause problems. You may expose your computer and companies network to viruses as well as may lose access to other essentials on the network.
4. Don’t download programs from internet sites you don’t trust- Downloading programs from an unknown source not only endangers your computer, but also the entire network you are connected to.
5. Be aware of suspicious emails- If you receive an email from someone you don’t know, be very careful especially when it looks suspicious. Make sure you contact your IT department before opening.