Before you Flatline Your Computer and other useful things....

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ZipRealty Residential Brokerage 46553

 

 Losing data sucks. Losing your entire database, all of your files and templates is a disaster. Backing up your computer can be one of the things we think of last, like flossing our teeth or eating the right mix of fruits and vegetables, but if you've been in the business more than 5 minutes and your database is residing on your pc (or Mac) take the time to back up your computer regularly or take advantage of online storage for your database and files. Tempting fate with the blue screen of death is very risky since as our hard drives fill up, the chance of a failure increases, and if that happens, you have a strong possibility of losing your data.

If you don't have a geek in residence, you should take the time to either cultivate someone who will come in and take care of your computer on a regular basis (this is aimed at the forgetful/successful/busy agent) or set up with an online data storage company like Carbonite, a new option I just discovered. (There are other companies, but this came bundled with my MSN Money software and was incredibly convenient to set up.) Carbonite, once installed, just sits and works in the background, backing up new files as they are created, no fuss, no mess.

We've all heard about spyware, viruses and spam, oh my. Several years ago when I did not update my anti-spyware software as quickly as I should, my browser (Internet Explorer)  was hijacked. Suddenly, no matter where I wanted to go, I was going somewhere else, like porn sites and other wierd stuff. Yech! Eventually, I figured out that the malware (the name for all bad software installed on your computer with malicous intent had uninstalled my anti-spyware program and thrown it in the trash. Yikes! I quickly made my way to the site and reinstalled the software. If all this stuff sounds hard and scary, get someone to take care of your computer for you or update what you've got regularly.

Do it yourselfers: Download.com (if you haven't found it already) is an outstanding resource for all kinds of software. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you've probably got most of the software you need on your computer already.

Hiring a Geek? Have them help you automate your backups or just schedule them to do the backups, while they're defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmenting is important because it makes it easier for the disc to find the file you're seeking. This is important because your computer will run smoother. Anti-virus, anti-spyware software should be run weekly at a minimum. Your geek can set these programs to run automatically when you're away from your computer.

Comments (1)

Justin Chester
Help My Computer Please - Texarkana, TX

I help Realtors out with all their computer needs everyday 

But there are alot more things we can do to keep our computers always running healthy too

Let me know if you need any help in anything

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Oct 29, 2007 10:33 AM