Protecting Your Computer

Work often has us so busy that it’s easy to forget to perform the necessary maintenance for keeping our own businesses running smoothly. We spend most of our time working on our clients’ projects, leaving little time to focus on our own administrative duties. You know, those tasks that fall to the bottom of the priority list because they have no deadlines? The sometimes tedious and often time-consuming duties that, while not much fun, really are such an important part of your business.

The two tasks I’m referring to are backing up your computer, as I mentioned in last week’s Mindful Monday Tip, and protecting your computer against malware. As long as you have a good security program installed and updated, a weekly quick scan should be sufficient. If you attempt to open an infected file, your anti-malware software should detect this and stop you from opening the file. Just be sure to update all of your system and program applications as the updates become available. It's important to always have the latest versions, which may include important security fixes.

If the program you use offers scheduled scans, set it to do so weekly. Perhaps over the weekend or another time when you might use your computer less frequently. Personally, I try to wrap up client work by the end of the day Thursday or Friday morning. That way I can dedicate Fridays (or at least Friday afternoons) to working on my own business maintenance, like running necessary updates and malware scans.

Make sure your computer is protected at all times! And feel free to share this Mindful Monday Tip to remind your followers to do so as well.