Keep your laptop healthy: Three tips from UB Tech Squad

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The UBIT Tech Squad is available to help students with all their IT needs.

Published November 7, 2022

UB Tech Squad provides tips to avoid the three most common problems they see with laptop and desktop computers at UB. 

Tip #1: Update your software

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UBIT Communications Assistant Kaylie Horowitz.

Kaylie Horowitz (she/they, UB graduate student) is in the Master’s program for Theatre and Performance Studies. Upon completion of her thesis, she hopes to attend an MFA program in directing and pursue a career of working and teaching at a regional theater. Originally hailing from Florida, Kaylie enjoys playing video games, voice acting, and over-analyzing animated media.

The Tech Squad recommends updating your devices whenever an update becomes available. Ignoring updates can lead to network issues, software crashing, and other problems.

Tip #2: Use antivirus software

Windows computers come with Windows Security built-in, which provides the latest antivirus protection. If you're using a Mac, consider downloading and installing AVG AntiVirus for free.

Tip #3: Empty trash and storage regularly

One of the easiest things you can do for your devices is just take out the trash regularly. Storing files, software, and other applications on your computer takes up space and takes away from computing power.

Keep only the files or software you are currently using, and see what you can send to an external hard drive or cloud storage service like OneDrive instead. You should also clear your browser's cache regularly.

Have more questions?

Visit buffalo.edu/ubit/techsquad or call 716-645-3542 to get help with your devices and other technology at UB.