Secure Technology at Home Amid the Covd-19 Pandemic - TECHONSITE

Stay At Home Reference Guide 2

You will want to take a look at your workstations.

*Note the Operating Systems (OS) of each computer in your home network. Each OS has a different methodology of performing maintenance, security, and backups.*

Windows 8/8.1/10+

The most important thing to remember is to keep your system up-to-date!
Items to keep up to date:

  • Windows
    Run Windows updates from your Settings -> Update and Security -> Check for Updates
  • Optional Drivers
    Drive Booster is a good option for keeping your hardware drivers up-to-date, otherwise a majority of drivers will be automatically installed from Windows Updates
  • Browsers
    Go to your individual browser’s help tab and click “About” and the browser will automatically update. You will be asked to restart your browser when the updates have completed.
  • Add a Ad-Blocker extension/add-on for your Browsers (Each browser has its own ad-blocker software) - We like to use “ublock origin”
  • Browsers
    Go to the software manufacturer’s website, and download the latest “Windows 10 x64 drivers”.
  • Printers
    Go to the printer’s manufacturer website, and download the latest “Windows 10 x64 drivers”.
  • Peripherals
    Go to the peripherals manufacturer websites, and download the latest “Windows 10 x64 drivers”.
OS X 10.13 and Up

Since OS X is in a closed environment, it is best practice to just run a temp file cleanup. We will suggest that we instal a temp file cleaning program called Onyx. It’s a industry standard software that is used to speed up a computer and to clean out old files. We will need to install this software as there are a lot of pitfalls if the correct software is not downloaded and run correctly.

Next we will take a look at Maintenance for your systems.

  • Windows General Maintenance
  • Run Disk Cleanup once a month - This will clean up misc locations of saved/cached data that can be safely removed.
  • Run a Temp file cleanup - We like to use CCleaner for:
  • Temp File Cleanup
  • Registry Cleanup
  • Enable/Disable Startup items
  • And cleaning pesky Browser Extensions
  • Run a Disk Defragmentation Application
  • You do not need to run a disk defrag on a SSD hard drive
If you need assistance to get multiple computers sped up, please contact us at or call us at 310.695.1742.

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