How to Back Up Your PC

It’s critical that you back up your computer regularly. Even the best machines on the market can occasionally crash, causing you to lose data. Usually once the files, documents or other data that you had saved are gone, even your local computer whiz or IT department cannot retrieve them. This leads to hours of doing work all over again and really terrible stress headaches, which nobody wants.

If you are a PC user with Windows on your computer, one easy way to do a full backup of your computer is with Windows Easy Transfer. Microsoft generally makes sure that their customers have it installed, so you probably already have it on your machine, but if not, simply download Windows Easy Transfer here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

Before downloading, be sure to select the 32-bit version unless you know for sure you are using a 64-bit version of Windows.

Now that you have Windows Easy Transfer ready to go, you’re prepared for the next step. Here’s all you need to do in order to get your work, family pictures, and other really important stuff backed up:

1.) Make sure you have some time where you won’t need to use your computer for at least a couple of hours (e.g. end of workday).

2.) Decide where you want to save the data to. Most people like to use an external hard drive that you plug into your computer. You can also use another computer on your network, but that can get a little more complicated.

3.) Open and run Windows Easy Transfer. Select your external drive for your transfer point. This should be the third option.

4.) When prompted to select where to put your Windows Easy Transfer file, you can put it on a network share if you have one, or on your external hard drive. Some people use USB drives (also called flash drives or thumb drives) but this isn’t the best option as they usually have much less space and are considered less stable than an external hard drive. They are also easy to use. But if you are comfortable with this option, go for it!

5) That’s all there is to it! All that you need to do is run Windows Easy Transfer and the software does all the hard work for you. Now your files are backed up and saved in the event of emergency!

10 myths about mobile phone batteries that are increasingly popular

Our smartphones have come a long way since the 1990s. However; there are still a lot of common myths surrounding our tiny devices. One of the most misunderstood features of a smartphone is the battery. Although there are a lot of tales out there aimed at prolonging your battery life, it is essential to understand that most are false. Here are 10 myths about mobile phone batteries that are increasingly popular:

  • Smartphone batteries are designed to last forever

If you are a heavy smartphone user that utilizes lithium-ion batteries, your battery is only intended to survive 300 to 500 full cycles, which is about a year for a frequent user. The capacity for your battery diminishes every time you charge it.

  • You should only use original brand chargers

Manufacturers include this instruction in their manuals merely because they prefer you to purchase just their accessories. Any high-quality charger can work on any smartphone.

  • You should let your battery run out

For your battery to last, never allow it to run out entirely as it is terrible for it. Charge your battery until it attains 80% charge and re-charge it when it is at 20%.

  • Leaving your battery plugged in can damage it

Contrary to popular belief, you can leave your battery plugged in all night and nothing will happen to it. Nowadays batteries and chargers are now smarter than before, and most will stop charging as soon as the array is full.

  • Closing apps will improve your battery life

Open apps, even multiple ones, have no effect on your battery. Closing apps that you use commonly and re-launching them actually forces your phone to load back into the memory again, which actually puts more stress on your battery.

  • Disabling Wi-Fi and the location services can extend your life

Previously, the Wi-Fi would require so much energy that consumed your battery life but the vase if different today.

  • Never use your phone while charging

Although incidences of exploding phones, phones on fire and electrocuting phones have been reported online, there isn’t actual proof that they occurred.

  • Your battery should drain before charging it

This was true of nickel-zinc batteries, but it does not apply to lithium-ion batteries which are used for most devices nowadays.

  • Storing your battery in the fridge

Keeping your battery in the refrigerator will only damage it instead of making it last longer.

  • Task managers and memory tools help

Not only are task managers and memory tools unnecessary, but they may end up slowing down performance. Instead, you should disable background features for your apps if you want to extend your battery life.