Using more technology for our homeschooling means lots of little (and big) hands using our arsenal of PCs, Chromebooks, and mobile devices. That means, we need to maintain the health of our tech devices so they run efficiently for a smooth learning process to occur. It's crucial that I direct my kids on how to use them properly and safely. But, I'm sure you know that you can't rely on your children always follow directions, right? That's why it's important for techie homeschool moms to know these PC maintenance tips to keep your home learning from being stalled by computer problems.
Tip 1: Find programs that can keep your devices secure
There are quite a number of programs that have come in handy in protecting our family’s devices from cyber threats. They shield your computers against malware, encrypt the files on your hard drive and keep your data safe at Wi-Fi hotspots.
To keep your devices secure begin by installing an antivirus program that runs constantly to warn you on any potential infections. Also, you should install an anti-malware and use it occasionally to perform a scan of threats. These two together protect your computer against viruses, threats and other cold attacks.
Tip 2: Use PC cleanup programs that will keep your devices working at full capacity
Downloads, updates, apps and many unwanted files and folders can increase the need for PC maintenance. I'm big on finding digital homeschool resources that I can incorporate into my kids' learning schedule, so I constantly download one thing or another. But in order to keep my devices running smoothly, I've learned to run a tune-up utility for my tablets, laptop, and desktop. This in order to get rid of the caches from these downloads that choke up the device and affect its performance.
A tune-up utility for a PC is an application that finds problem areas in your computer and automatically resolves them. These utilities can do everything from basic cleaning up of your PC’s hard drive to more complex functions like identifying and removing decelerators and destabilizers or removing apps that affect the performance of your PC.
Tip 3: Understand what to do to avoid a computer slow down
I love how our homeschooling is enhanced by technology. But, it ain't any fun when a child is complaining that the computer is taking “for-e-ver” to load something. A slow, laggy computer is not ideal for creating learning resources or enhancing your kids’ learning experience. To avoid your devices being slowed down
- Uninstall programs that you do not use
- Install an SSD (Solid State Drive)
- Buy a new hard drive for more storage
- Delete temporary files from your browsing history or recent program installations
- Stop programs that are not in use from starting up
- Get more RAM
The PC Optimization Software We Use
After much research, I chose Norton Security Premium to protect our PCs. I'm able to protect up to 10 devices against viruses, spyware, malware and a bunch of other things I don't even understand. I can manage all that protection from a web portal. Plus…. it has parental controls so I can keep my family safe from icky stuff on the internet.
More Programs for PC Maintenance
McAfee 2017 Total Protection – 5 Devices [Online Code]Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 | 3 Device | 1 YearAVG Antivirus 2017, 3 PCs, 2 Years, key cardWebroot Internet Security Complete + Antivirus 2018 | PC |
Tell me – what experience have you had with keeping your family's computers working well?