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PC Questions … Answered! – Vanessa Tai

The PC Show is back! It’s that time of the year once again where hordes of tech-hungry folks throng the halls of Singapore Expo hunting for fab deals on the latest gadgets. Even as we rush to get our hands on the latest thingamajigs, I wonder if there are certain basic PC questions that we still have (but may be too embarrassed to ask.) I know I do.

1. Should I shut down my computer or can I just put it on Hibernate mode?

Here’s what I learned: It all depends on your needs. If you don’t need your computer to power up quickly in the mornings and aren’t running any software updates through the night, by all means shut down your computer. By shutting down your computer regularly, you’ll use less energy, which means savings on your utility bills. However, it can be a drag waiting for your computer to re-boot the next morning.

Contrary to popular belief, a computer will not wear out quickly if it’s left on for long hours. As long as you are shutting it down/putting it in Hibernate mode the proper way and keeping it relatively clean and well-maintained, your computer should be able to last a long time.

2. Why is the default troubleshooting method always to restart my computer?

Here’s what I learned: The reason why most IT helpdesks ask you to restart your gadget whenever you’re experiencing a bug is because rebooting the system gives whatever is in a mess a chance to sort itself out. Restarting your computer is also part of the maintenance process for your computer after you’ve installed a new program or security update. Your computer needs to be re-started in order to process the new data and information. Sometimes, when you’re having trouble connecting to the WiFi network, restarting your computer can help too (I can vouch for this.)

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3. Do mobile gadgets need anti-virus software?

Here’s what I learned: With mobile usage on the surge, the number of tablet-specific viruses also look to rise. However, Apple stands by its claims that as long as your gadget isn’t jailbroken, you will enjoy the layers of protection built into its sophisticated iOS. It’s the same for Android users. As long as you only install software from trustworthy market places (i.e Google Play), you should still be relatively safe. Of course, the PC credo of not downloading untrusted software or clicking on dubious links ring true for mobile tablets and smartphones as well.

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. She uses a Macbook, an iPhone, an iPad and a Kindle … sometimes simultaneously. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets

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