After a year of uncertainty like we’ve never known before, one thing is for certain: remote working is here to stay. With companies across the UK set to become ‘virtual first’ and office commutes looking like a thing of the past, it’s more important than ever to have an effective home working setup. Everyone’s got their own style when it comes to this new way of working, but whether you don a full suit every morning or stay in your pyjamas until lunchtime, it’s crucial to be working on a fast, reliable and secure machine.
Even before Covid-19 we were more reliant on computers than we’ve ever been. But how much do you really know about what goes on inside your laptop or desktop computer, or even your smartphone? With the switch to remote working so rushed in March 2020, it’s likely that millions of people are still working on their pre-existing home computers – machines that have seen a whole life of internet browsing, word processing, gaming and everything in between before they became critical workplace tools. This stretching of their capacity leaves our computers more prone to problems and vulnerable to bugs than they have ever been – but with the right resources and education anybody can fix a problematic computer.
Here, the friendly IT experts at Cheeky Munkey run through some of the most common problems people encounter with their computers, as well as how to solve them and prevent similar issues in the future.
Working remotely exposes your and your employers’ critical data to a range of security breaches, with the UK having seen a 31% increase in cyber attacks during the Covid-19 pandemic. This guide explains some of the easiest things that you can do to protect your device and ensure it remains part of a secure IT infrastructure across the whole business, wherever you’re working.
You might never have noticed just how slow-loading your computer is before you needed it for work – but if trying to complete even the simplest task feels like wading through treacle, take a look at this handy guide to self-diagnosing typical issues and speeding up your machine.
How to recover data
Data loss can be devastating to a business, and it can happen for many reasons. It doesn’t have to be a malicious cyber attack – sometimes you just press the wrong button! But just because you appear to have lost sensitive information doesn’t mean it’s been deleted. Until your hard drive overwrites it, it will almost certainly be recoverable, just hidden away. There are a number of types of software that can easily recover it and put it back somewhere that’s easy to find.
It doesn’t take a major hack or a big disaster to end up with malware on your computer – sometimes just using the internet is enough, and that’s something you need to be doing plenty of, whatever your job is. Malware can do permanent and widespread damage not just to your computer but to a whole business – and removing it can be very difficult. Anti-malware software can reduce the chance of the problem occurring in the first place, but can never make a system totally immune, so it’s well worth knowing what to do if the worst happens.
Blue screen errors tend to occur without warning and can be enough to spook even the most experienced computer whizz. With all the text, numbers and codes involved, deciphering them is usually best left to the professionals – so in most circumstances all you need to do is restart your computer and move on. Nine times out of ten this is all that’s required, but if the problem continues there could be a serious hardware problem.
Computers are notoriously difficult to keep clean and tidy. Any desktop can get filled up with clutter, but the effect of this can be greater than you might realise. When your desktop and folders aren’t kept tidy, it can be difficult to locate what you need, and you’ll soon find you’re faced with duplicate files, memory loss and overall poor performance by the system. Staying on top of it can make a real difference!