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How Do I Avoid Bad Computer Habits

December 05, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

list of bad computer habits beginning with the most common and ending with those that occur less frequently

Many people have developed a number of bad habits while working on a computer. These habits can have a negative impact on efficiency and productivity, or more seriously, they can threaten your safety or health. What’s more, you may engage in these habits without even realizing you are doing so.  This article will describe the most common bad habits, as well as the less traditional, and provide advice as to how to avoid them. Below, you will find a list of bad habits beginning with the most common and ending with those that occur less frequently.

Bad computer habits:

  1. Ignoring error messages and dialog boxes – For many people, this is the most common bad habit. Users often click on the buttons in the dialog boxes without reading them. This can result in the installation of unwanted add-ons or the enabling of unwanted features. It is important to be careful and read the dialog boxes or error messages before you click “OK,” “Cancel,” “Continue,” or any other button.
  2. System without maintenance – You may install a program or application just to test its functionality. If you don’t like it, you may delete, uninstall, or leave it on your system. Over time, these actions can cause your computer to contain unnecessary and unwanted files. Cleaning software can be used to rid your computer of these files, and it is recommended that you use such a program from time to time. There are many computer cleaning tools available on the Internet. You can find more information about one of these applications in the article that focuses on computer optimization.
  3. No backup – Any of your computer components can break down at any moment, including your hard disk drives, which can result in the instantaneous loss of data. It is important to back up your data to another hard drive (external) so that you have an additional copy of your data. Better yet, you may wish to use third party online software to back your data up to a completely different system, the data server. But the best way to ensure that your data is preserved is to use a combination of both methods. For tips on how to remember to back up your data regularly, read the article that focuses on the scheduling of backups.
  4. Under-rated passwords – While it may be difficult to remember many different passwords, it is recommended that you have at least two types of passwords. Keep the strongest password for banking, shopping, personal and secure logins and a second password for games, forums, and other logins where abuse wouldn’t cause as serious a problem. Do not use the same password for all the sites you log in to. Read the article that focuses on creating a strong password.
  5. Unlocked computer – This is a bad habit that is particularly common in companies. Many employees leave the work place without turning off their PCs. While your colleagues should be trustworthy, others with access to your work area, such as maintenance staff and visitors, may be less so. Often those with dishonest intentions need just a glimpse of a list of incoming emails or an email that has already been opened to cause trouble. Rather than leaving your PC available to other people, it is in your best interest to protect your information by logging out.
  6. Messy desktop, folders, and files – This is not a serious problem, but if you can establish your own system of sorting and organizing folders, you will be able to work faster. However, avoid storing things on your PC’s desktop, because having too many items on your desktop will slow down the computer. If you need fast access to your data from your desktop, create shortcuts. Keep your desktop clean from icons you rarely use.
  7. Keyboard as a plate – Many surveys show that keyboards are a home for not only dust and dirt, but also for a large number of bacteria, typically from food. An unclean keyboard can contain a higher number of biological microorganisms than a toilet seat. You touch this with your fingers for hours, and then you may eat again, or rub your eyes. If you frequently eat over the keyboard, you should think about your lifestyle.
  8. Postponing updates – It is typical for a system to ask you to install an update while you are working or playing a computer game, and in these situations the user typically chooses to postpone the update. However, it is important to remember to install the update as soon as possible as updates are often designed to fix problems and security issues.
  9. Unprotected wireless network – At the very least, your home Wi-Fi network should use password protection or a pre-shared key. It is important to implement this feature when setting up the security of your computer. Taking shortcuts can compromise the integrity of your system and data.
  10. Forgetting the shortcuts - Almost every program and system allows you to speed up your work by using keyboard shortcuts. If you use a program daily, invest some time to learn its keyboard shortcuts.  If you calculate the total time spent using your mouse for every function, you would be surprised at the amount of time that could be saved with the quicker method of using keyboard shortcuts. Oftentimes, users are aware of the shortcuts, but are too lazy to think about them and employ them. This can have a negative impact on productivity. You can even set your own system shortcuts to speed up commonly used functions. To learn how to speed up your work, read the article that focuses on creation of “WinKey” shortcuts in Windows®.

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