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Caregiver Observances: National Clean Up Your Computer Month

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Caregiver in Cumming GA

If you are like many family caregivers, your computer plays an important role in your daily life. From helping you to keep files and information organized, to storing pictures and video, to helping Caregiver-Cumming-GAyou to streamline your activities and needs, your computer helps you to simplify your life and achieve your care and personal goals more easily. Unfortunately with all of these activities happening it is easy for your computer to become a confusing, cluttered mess. Not only does this make it more difficult for you to use the technology successfully, but it can also put you at increased risk of fraud and compromise of the information contained on the computer.

January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month. Take this month as your opportunity to learn more about techniques you can use to keep your computer organized so that you can use it more efficiently, and to protect the information that you have on it so that you can guard yourself and your loved ones.


Use these tips to get your computer clean and organized during National Clean Up Your Computer Month and throughout the rest of the year:

• Back up everything first. Before you go about cleaning up your computer, take the time to back up everything that is on it. While you are cleaning your computer it is likely that you will erase files and other information, and you may even inadvertently release malware or viruses that could compromise all of the information on it. Backing up all of your files allows you to keep them safe throughout the process. Use an external hard drive or zip file to copy everything from your computer into the external memory so that you can transfer it back to your computer when you are finished if something happens to the documents.

• Remove viruses. Run virus and malware removal programs to deeply examine your computer and remove any of these negative influences from your machine. Be aware that this process could cause damage to files, but since you have them all backed up, you do not have to worry about it. If you are concerned that there are viruses you have not accessed, have a professional handle this for you.

• Delete unnecessary files. Go through your files carefully to determine what you really need to keep and what you can delete. Remember that you have everything saved on your external drive, so if you change your mind later, you can find it again. The goal is to clear out your computer so that you can access your important information easily and improve function and efficiency.

• Organize files. It is easy to give files names that you think that you will remember but that you actually do not recognize when the time comes to figure out what is in it. Go through your files and rename them all with titles that make sense and that you can organize in cohesive folders so you can go back through them when you need them.


If you or an aging loved one are looking for caregiver services in Cumming, GA, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.