9 Common Mistakes Every Not-So-Smart PC User Makes

Have you ever felt frustrated with yourself because you could not resolve a particular issue in your system?

Have you always been dependent on your friend or any family member if something went wrong with your PC?

It’s time you stop! Its high time you stop being dependent on anyone for issues related to your PC.

The very first step to achieve this goal is to introspect and analyze the mistakes you make. Here is a list of the most common mistakes a non tech savvy person makes:

1.Not backing up the right data/important files: Not taking care or not looking after the data is one of the blunders people tend to do. Your data can be both, personal and professional. It can be your personal videos, pictures, self-created movies, rough draft of your manuscript or it can be the record of your income tax file returns, excel sheet of your monthly expenses etc. It is extremely important to have a back-up of all your vital data. Most of the times data is lost due to reckless human behavior which can be accidental shift deletion and abrupt machine failures like power cuts. If one has a back-up of the data, one can easily restore them back after any mishap. Such is the advantage of having a back-up of your data within definite intervals of time. Read more on how to have an easy back-up.

2.Improper/abrupt shut down of the system/Bad program exit: We all must have encountered abrupt shutting down of the system more than once in the lifetime of using a personal computer. It mostly happens due to power cuts or when the system is overheated. Meanwhile, if you haven’t saved the work you were working upon, it is likely that you will lose it. Hence, Data loss. Another means of losing data is ‘Bad program exit’. Now, what do you understand by this term? It refers to improper exiting of an application you are using. Suppose, you are preparing a project report on Microsoft word, you are bored and you wish to take a short nap; all you do is switch off the power button of the system. This is called ‘Bad program exit’. You did not save your word file. When you switch on your PC again, hoping to see the word file, you won’t see it because you didn’t save it. This is another way of losing data.

3.Not using Anti-virus: Computer viruses are again one of the most prominent reasons of Data loss. It is essential to update your system with the latest anti-virus. Here, it is not the case of being careless. Even a very cautious person can click on a wrong link and get his/her PC affected with the virus. Malware and other malicious items from the internet are a constant threat to your system when it comes to Data loss.

4.Opening attachments from unknown sources, fishy mails/spam: Some emails may try to infect your system after you open them. The attachments may contain malicious programs or content. The links may redirect you to irrelevant websites and scams. You need to differentiate between trustworthy and untrustworthy links and decide accordingly.

5.Not testing restores: Your Back-up plan is not really successful until your data is restored in its original form. Testing restores, is one thing people tend to ignore. One needs to check whether the data is being backed in its original form i.e. it should contain all its original files. Once, you have restored the data back to the system, you should verify it again. If the data isn't stored in its original condition, your back-up wasn't fruitful.

6.Downloading and installing bad software: The internet is crowded with fake 'Download' buttons. These buttons are nothing but advertisements and links to junk software. Ignorant users fall prey to this trap and hence, end up downloading junk. Be acquainted and aware of fake download links. These links come in the form of bright and shiny buttons which are nothing but advertisements and trick the users to download the software.

7.Not keeping operating system and software up-to-date: Updating your operating system from time to time is essential for a healthy computer in today's environment. Biggies of the software manufacturing field are constantly fixing software bugs, updating driver for new devices, and making improvements on the software that we use in our day to day life. This may not sound as significant as it is but generally an up-to-date operating system will improve the reliability, security and speed of your system greatly. Speaking of updating the OS, some people have lost data while attempting to do so. The latest being the case of Windows 10 Anniversary update. Here’s how you can retrieve your lost data after Windows 10 anniversary update.

8.Buying incompatible hardware or peripherals: It is important to check whether your existing peripherals are compatible with your current Operating system. People who are using older peripherals should check the compatibility parameters before migrating to a new and advanced OS. All the peripherals should be turned on before running the upgrade assistant utility. When a product is searched by its name, a list of other widely acknowledged products including peripherals that have already been checked for their compatibility are provided.

9. Backing all the components of your data: This is the most ignored of all the warnings listed here. It is necessary to save all the important elements of applications or services and data bases. For instance, you have backed up your documents, but if you cannot restore or reinstall the application that runs them for some reason, your recovery won’t be complete.

Warning: Not taking back-up before creating partitions is one of the widely committed mistakes that people tend to make. If anything goes awry in the process, one can lose the entire partition and the data on it. Here’s how you can recover your entire partition.

9 Common Mistakes Every Not-So-Smart PC User Makes was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by John Harris

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