Think of a computer system like a car that requires regular maintenance. If you don’t service your vehicle,  problems ensue. The same principle applies to your IT infrastructure. Here are ten tips for monitoring the health of your computer systems to avoid this catastrophe:

1. Use Diagnostic Tools

These are computer programs that provide insights into the current status of your computer health. There’s the de facto software that’s pre-loaded onto your computer (think Windows Memory Diagnostic or Apple Diagnostics) and hundreds of third-party tools that generate additional insights into CPU, RAM, and other computer performance-related acronyms.   With diagnostics tools, you get to glimpse “under the hood” of your computer system and learn what’s causing that persistent error message or blank start-up screen. But be careful when performing minor assessments on your technology, as there could be underlying issues you would want to talk to a managed service provider about to avoid greater repercussions.

2. Run a Security Scan

Any decent antivirus software should detect most system threats, such as malware, adware, and other malicious programs—but these tools aren’t 100% infallible, so it’s a good idea to run a security scan manually from time to time. Depending on your system, a scan could take a few hours, so factor this downtime into your busy schedule. 

3. Carry Out an Internet Speed Test

If you’re struggling to connect to the web or your favorite pages are loading slowly, there are two probable culprits: your Wi-Fi router or your computer system. Rule out the former by reviewing your broadband speeds for free on a website like Speedcheck or Broadband Now.

4. Check Your Battery

Your battery is a critical cog in your computer system, so every few months, check that it’s working correctly.   If you’re a Windows user:
  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and the “X” key or right-click on the Start menu and click Command Prompt.
  2. Type the command: powercfg/batteryreport.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Check the status of your battery. 
If you’re a Mac user:
  1. Click System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Click Battery twice.
  3. Check the status of your battery. 

5. Download Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes performs a “deeper” virus scan than most antivirus tools, and it’s completely free. Download the software here and run a scan to check for trojans, spyware, bots, and other irritants. 

6. Check For Updates

Regular software updates are crucial for maintaining computer health. They often contain important security patches and bug fixes that help prevent system crashes and other issues. Make sure you update your operating system, antivirus software, and any other programs regularly.

7. Update Passwords

In today’s digital age, one of the best ways you can keep your computer—and data—safe is by updating your passwords regularly. Passwords that are at least 12 characters long and include a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters are considered to be more secure. Consider using a password manager to keep track of all your passwords. Some password managers that are popular among users include LastPass, 1Password, and Dashlane.

8. Back-Up Data

Your computer’s health is only as good as the data on it. In case of a system failure or virus attack, having backups of all your important files and documents is essential. You can use cloud storage services like Google Drive or One Drive to back up your files automatically. It’s also a good idea to regularly back up your data onto an external hard drive.

9. Clean Your Hardware

Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on your computer’s hardware over time, affecting its performance and potentially causing damage. Regularly cleaning your computer’s hardware with a soft cloth can help keep it in good condition and extend its lifespan.

10. Hire an MSP

A managed services provider (MSP) constantly checks the status of your computer systems from a remote location so you can get back to doing what you do best. While hiring an MSP requires an outlay, investing in managed cybersecurity services brings multiple benefits such as the following:
  • Prevents expensive repairs by identifying issues early
  • Reduces downtime
  • Improves productivity
  • Allows a professional to maintain your systems, network, servers, and data centers 
  • Reduces the chances of a cybersecurity attack
Keeping up with your computer health is crucial for ensuring seamless operation and preventing costly repairs. By following these tips, you can stay on top of potential issues and keep your technology running smoothly.

Choose iTology to Maintain Your Computer Health

If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced managed services provider to monitor your computer systems, look no further than iTology. We offer comprehensive IT management services that cater to businesses of all sizes and industries. Our team of experts will work with you to develop a tailored plan that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact us today to get started.