10 Things Every Windows PC User Should Know
Protect your computer with anti-virus software
When your computer has access to the internet (and if you're reading this, it does), it is automatically vulnerable to the countless viruses, trojans, and malware programs plaguing the net. Your PC can easily get infected when downloading or installing a file, or even just by visiting a malicious website. To keep your PC safe (or as safe as possible), invest some time in finding, installing, and constantly updating an anti-virus program you trust. There are some good free ones like avast! and AVG.
Backup your data often with an automated backup system
When it comes to computers, there are a few inalienable truths: Hard disks will malfunction, viruses will destroy important data, and human error will leave you reeling in agony. Although sometimes tedious, always backup your work. This could be in the form of an auxiliary storage device like an external hard-drive, or you might even decide to save your sensitive data to the cloud.
Automate the backup process to an external device using programs like Windows Backup or Apple's Time Machine. For those looking for a little more peace of mind (since an office fire can take out your PC and external devices), we recommend using a cloud-based backup plan, of which there are plenty to choose from.