12 New Years Resolutions for staying safe in 2022 - My bi-annual gadget cleaning and maintenance routine
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Happy New Year, and welcome to 2022
Like 2020 before it, 2021 was a tough year for many. Here’s to the future and what I hope will be a wonderful and prosperous new year for you and your family.
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My bi-annual gadget cleaning and maintenance routine
Twice each year I give my computers and mobile devices thorough physical and digital cleanings, and now that January has arrived its time for their winter clean-up. (The summer clean-up will take place in June).
I won't go into any great detail here since computers and mobile devices vary so much, but the following is a broad overview of my semi-annual maintenance routine.
First, I give each device a physical cleaning...
1 - Use a can of compressed air, a data-vac or an electric air duster to remove all the dust that has accumulated inside the fans and cases of my laptops (when practical) and desktop computers. Ditto for the physical keyboards.
2 - Blow any accumulated dust out of all USB ports, HDMI ports and other types of ports.
3 - Blow loose dust from the surfaces of all computer screens.
4 - Check to make sure all fans are operating properly and make any needed repairs if one or more of them are mal-functioning.
5 - Use some electronics screen wipes to gently, but completely remove all accumulated dirt and grime from every computer and mobile device screen.
Next, I give each device a digital cleaning...
Mac desktop machines and MacBooks get a scan with Malwarebytes for Mac.
2 - Use a good antivirus app (personally, I like AVG for Android) to make sure my Android devices are virus and malware free. (Apple's iOS-based mobile devices don't really need to be checked for malware.)
3 - Uninstall any unused (and unnecessary) programs and apps from every computer and mobile device.
5 - Clear out every cache I can find on every device.
6 - Check every device for pending security updates and install any that are found.
That's pretty much it. These maintenance routines take a bit of time (especially if you have multiple devices) but it pays huge dividends in terms of enhanced performance, security and extended product life.
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