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Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:52 AM
Reboot, Shut Down, Log Off: What to Do When?
Shutting down your computer basically means that Windows closes all running programs and completely shuts off your machine. It’s typically best used when leaving your office for the night or when the College has a scheduled power outage planned.
Reboot or Restart:
Rebooting (or restarting) is when Windows turns your machine off and back on again. As explained by Keith Ward at About.com, “…it saves your information to the hard drive, turns off the computer for a moment, then turns it back on again.” A restart is typically best when your PC is running unusually slow or if a program has locked up. In fact, a reboot can be performed as a troubleshooting step for quite a few unexpexcted problems as it is known to be quick fix for many issues. It may also be required after a new program or an update to Windows has been installed. ITS, on occasion, may also recommend a reboot if we have performed a global change that may affect your computer.
When logging off, you’re shutting down your user account only. The machine itself will remain powered on and will revert back to the login screen for the next time you or someone else logs in. Logging off may be best used if you are using a shared computer and anticipate someone else will be using the computer soon after you. In addition, it’s best to simply log off your computer at the end of the day if you anticipate ITS will be performing work on your computer after hours. You can also use logging off as a way to restore SJC network drives if you find they are unexpectedly missing (such as after a network disruption).
Locking your computer is a great way to protect your programs and data while you are away from the computer. When you press CTRL+ALT+DEL on your keyboard, one of the available options is Lock Computer. This option does not close any programs or documents you may be working on. It merely prohibits others from using the machine in your absence. It’s best used if you need to step away from your computer for a short period of time. Once you are ready to use the machine again, simply press CTRL+ALT+DEL and log in to return to your desktop.
Should I Turn My Computer Off at Night?
There are several reasons why it may be a good idea to turn off your computer at night...computers connected to the Internet via DSL or cable modem are vulnerable to hacking if they are still connected....if you work from home and log into a business, you should definitely turn off the computer at night, or at the very least, log out from the business. Not only does leaving the computer on threaten the security of your personal computer, but it could also give hackers entry to your business.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 06:57 AM
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