Now the festivities are over and done with for another year it is time to get down to the serious business of looking after your PC. I suggest in 2011 you set yourself 3 computer resolutions.

  1. Install a free antivirus program and keep it up-to-date. There are several good ones available which are free to use. I’ve previously written an article singing the praises of Microsoft Security Essentials (www.microsoft.com/securityessentials) but also worth a look is the new free version of AVG 2011. (free.avg.com) It is slicker than older versions, so it uses less processor power. It also has social networking protection built in. This is useful as more viruses are spread via Facebook and other social networking sites.
  2. Make sure your Windows Updates are switched on and are working. Go to the control panel on your computer and click on Windows Update, or Security Settings (depending on your version of windows). Make sure your PC is set to automatically download and install updates. Check back regularly to make sure that they have been applied. This is also important for Java and Adobe updates. If you aren’t up-to-date then you are more vulnerable to virus infection.
  3. Back up your personal files. Please remember to back up your files onto a separate hard-drive, CD or memory stick. It’s too late when your computer gets a nasty virus or becomes corrupted and your data is gone. Consider paying for online backup if you have broadband. I use www.carbonite.co.uk . It is simple to install you pay a yearly subscription and you don’t have to worry about losing important files.