#1 – Forgotten Passwords
Forgotten passwords seem like an inevitability in the work-place and it’s one of the top issues in IT support and troubleshooting.
Coming back from holiday only to find that you’ve forgotten the key digits that’ll grant you access to your files is highly disruptive.
To avoid this situation entirely, it would be a good idea to follow a strategy that would decrease the chances of you forgetting the password in the first place.
A useful technique is the sentence method, also known as the Bruce Schneier Method. It’s an amazingly simple concept that’s easy to remember.
First think of a sentence that you will never forget. Got one? Okay, now take the first two letters of each word and put them all together to make your password.
Here’s an example:
My sentence: The Brass Monkey is my favourite pub in Edinburgh.
If you have forgotten your password send an email to [email protected]
#2 – Accidentally Deleted Important Files
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Accidentally deleting important files is arguably one of the most common IT problems but it’s also one of the most avoidable.
If it does happen, however, the first piece of advice would be to check your recycle bin.
To provide additional layers of protection, you may benefit from using software that syncs your files to the cloud.
This means that a copy of your files are automatically saved to the cloud so that even if you accidentally delete a file from your hard drive the most recent version can still be retrieved.
Although deleted files can be retrieved from synced files on the cloud, files can still be lost.
For example, cyber-attacks can target data stored in the cloud which is why alongside syncing, we would strongly suggest having cloud IT backup solutions in place to eliminate the risk of permanent loss of important files.
#3 – Slow Performance
Slow computers are painful. Trying to complete work efficiently with a machine that’s crippled by errors, weak software and poor RAM is a challenge to our patience.
However, if you can get to the root of the problem, you may be able to re-energise it back to an optimal speed.
Here are the main issues you need to keep an eye out for:
Not utilising RAM effectively
How many tabs do you have open?
What software do you have running in the background?
Not enough space on the hard drive
The hard drive provides you with copious amounts of space to store data.
However, no matter how big your hard drive is, it can still make your computer slow if too much clutter accumulates.
Look to delete any files that you don’t need, especially videos and photos since they tend to take up the most memory.
Too many startup programs
Startup programs are programs that automatically load once you switch on your computer.
Although it can be a useful feature, having too many running at once is detrimental to computer speed.
Simply removing the startup programs you don’t need may help the computer to run faster.
If you are unsure of how to do this, contact us [email protected]
We all hate them but they exist. Malware consume a significant amount of computer memory, draining enough resources to limit its use for other legitimate programs.
If you are experiencing slow performance for no obvious reason, there may be a possibility that your system has been infected with malware.
Learn more about how your business could benefit from protection with our IT security services.
#4 – Overheating
When your computer generates more heat than it’s able to handle then it’ll overheat.
This can be serious because your device may either shut down without warning or even suffer permanent damage.
To avoid this, follow these simple steps:
Keep it clean
Dust accumulation is a big culprit and it can dramatically reduce the lifespan of your computer.
Give your computer some breathing space
Any object or material that’s blocking the fan will inhibit its ability to cool the machine.
Avoid placing the computer near anything that radiates heat e.g a radiator.
Be wary of the sun
This is particularly relevant to laptops.
If you’re going to work outside when it’s sunny, make sure to avoid direct sunlight and sit in the shade.
#5 – Printer Problems
Printers can offer their own set of mysterious problems ranging from reducing computer speed to being unable to carry out their primary function – to print.
Here’s what to do if you come across either one of these issues.
Hampering computer speed
You may never have guessed, but printers are sometimes capable for a decrease in computer speed.
To see whether this is the case, first disconnect and uninstall the printer, then test to see whether this has had any effect.
If you believe that your printer may be the culprit, we would suggest contacting us we will be able to investigate and offer a diagnosis.
A refusal to print
There could be a myriad of possibilities as to why your printer isn’t printing.
Always first check the connection. Ensure that the USB cable is connected properly at both ends and that the power cable is plugged into the wall.
If you’re connected through either wifi or Bluetooth, ensure that the devices are paired correctly with one another.
If you’re still having no luck, try plugging your machine via USB and see if this alternative works.
From here you’ll be able to identify whether the problem lies within the wireless connection or the printer itself.
If all this fails contact us [email protected]
#6 – Slow Internet Connection
No internet, no work.
That seems to be the rule in the digital age and so a slow internet connection can be remarkably frustrating.
Now that we are seeing an increase in the number of people working from home and relying on their own internet, there are inevitably going to be problems with connection from time to time.
There are several different ways you can troubleshoot this. Here are three things that you can do.
Reboot your router
Just like any machine, your router is susceptible to being in a state of complete overload.
When this happens, your internet connection can become slow.
To reboot your router, simply remove the cables from the power outlets for around ten seconds before plugging them back in again.
You may have to wait a few minutes before everything gets back up to speed again.
When the connection is established, check to see if there are any improvements.
Use an ethernet cable
Ethernet cables provide a more secure connection to the internet compared with wifi.
This is because many variables can hamper wifi connectivity, including thick walls and metal objects.
Opting to use an ethernet cable will almost guarantee a more stable internet connection.
Improve your WiFi connection
Whether you are working from home or using the office WiFi, if you find that you are experiencing a poor connection, try moving closer to your router to see if this has an impact.
If the building you are in has thick concrete walls, this may also interfere with the signal.
Our suggestion would be to implement a WiFi mesh system where you can install multiple base stations around your office or home.
Learn more about how your business could benefit from our connectivity services
#7 – USB Problems
USB problems can be fiddly since they can arise either from the device itself, the port or the laptop.
The first thing to do is check if the USB device is functioning on other devices.
If so, this narrows it down to the USB port or your laptop.
The first time you use a USB device it may need to auto-install drivers to allow it to work efficiently, preventing you from being able to use it straight away.
Similarly, you should check to see if there is an updated version of your USB driver.
Quite often these updates fix a number of these errors relating to hardware, making it very likely that it will resolve problems that you’re having with your USB.
As you can see, many of the common IT problems can be solved without the assistance of an IT professional but sometimes you do need to call in extra help.
And that’s when you can rely on us, idash are here to support your business.