5 Ways to boost PC performance for non-tech users

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Written by Aneta
Online Marketing Champion


July 31 - (8 Min Read)

Advertisements, technicians, maybe even your kids tell you all the time that you need to buy new stuff, a new phone, new car, new laptop. What happened to the good old rule of fixing what’s broken rather than replacing it straight away?

If you’re happy with your old PC and don’t want to exchange it for a new model, we get that! It may be its ergonomics, maybe the feel of the keyboard under your fingertips,the personalization you gave it (and don’t want to do that again!). It may even be the dent that your grandson caused while role playing on your laptop. No matter what your reason is – we have good news.

There are ways to make your PC work as good as new! In fact, we are about to share with you the top 5 ways to boost PC performance at no cost, with minimal workload. Plus a bonus! An all-in-one FREE solution – Ellp.

This is not a trial. It’s yours to keep!

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Here are our top 5 tips to boost PC performance:

Ellp Tip 1: Start and shutdown your PC properly

This simple rule may surprise you, especially being at the top of the list. And yet a lot of people tend to put their PCs to sleep rather than shutting them down after they’re done with using them. But it’s a mistake. Starting your PC after a proper shut down or restarting your PC helps your computer to re-calibrate after a full day of work. After all, even your PC needs a little shut eye!

It is easy enough to do yourself yet Ellp, being your PC assistant, can  help you out. It offers a card called ‘When it’s time, turn off my PC’. This card lets you choose at what time you’d like your PC to shutdown. Once you switch the activation toggle on, it starts doing the work for you.

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Ellp Tip 2: Monitor your PC startup time

Since your PC is not new anymore it may be taking a bit longer to start up. What is longer? Any time over 1 minute should be alarming. For some of us, it’s a good time to make ourselves a cup of tea. But, in fact, a long start up is your PC’s way of asking for help. What is happening unknowingly to us, is that multiple programs are opening up upon PC startup at the same time. They may not only hinder your PC startup time, chances are that these programs continue to run in the background well after startup, using up a large chunk of your PC’s memory. This drains your PC resources and further slows it down.

What to do?

Ellp can help you monitor which applications are slowing down your PC at startup. You can do this by simply activating the ‘When an application start slowing down my PC startup, alert me’ card. When activated, Ellp will pinpoint the applications that are slowing down your PC startup time. This way you can access the Task Manager, and just go straight to the applications that are delaying you from getting on with your tasks.

Ellp Tip 3: Clear out unused programs and applications

Programs and applications tend to take up a lot of space. If they’re used on a regular basis then all’s well and good, however, if you no longer make use of them, then you might want to consider getting rid of them.

Follow these steps to uninstall:

  • Access the Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features

From the list provided, simply right-click on the program or application and select Uninstall. If it doesn’t allow you to uninstall, it means that the program or application is a default program or app.

Pro Tip: Only remove programs and application you recognize, so as to avoid uninstalling any important programs you might need in the future.

PS. Some really important programs cannot be uninstalled as they are inbuilt and part of your PC’s factory settings.

Ellp Tip 4: Delete unwanted files

When was the last time you went through your files and cleared unneeded and unwanted files out? Most probably it’s been a while and it’s now taking its toll on PC performance. Keep in mind that the more files you accumulate, the slower and more cluttered your PC will become. Not only that, but these files also take up valuable space on your hard drive.

Clearing them up manually can be done. You just go through your folders, check and compare files and remove them one by one. It consumes a lot of time. Much more than we should be spending on PC maintenance.

This is where Ellp can come in handy. Ellp can easily keep track of such files and your disk’s storage space by utilizing the following Ellp cards:

  • ‘When my downloads folder is filling up, clear out the old stuff’

When activated and time limit for how long old items can stay within the Downloads folder is set, Ellp will notify you whenever your Downloads folder is filling up and with your approval it will clear out the old stuff for you, allowing you to reclaim valuable space.

  • ‘When my Recycle Bin is filling up, keep it clean’

This is one of the folders that is usually packed with unwanted files, however, we never get around to clearing it. This card will do the trick, as once activated it will alert you every time your Recycle Bin is close to being overloaded with old stuff, so you can keep it clean.

  • ‘When my hard disk is getting full, free up space’

By making use of this card, Ellp will inform you whenever your hard drive is close to getting full, and will then free up space for you. Not to worry, Ellp will only delete any temporary and junk files that are no longer needed by you or your PC, so no important files will be deleted. Once such files have been cleared out, Ellp will then notify you with the amount of space regained.

 

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Ellp Tip 5: Do regular maintenance

One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to schedule regular maintenance. That is:

  • Proceeding with software updates
  • Running security scans
  • Checking for viruses, spyware and any other kind of malware.

Performing such regular checks, not only improves the functionality of your PC system but also helps patch up any security glitches. Which basically means that your PC is not only working faster yet is better secured against any cyber attacks.

The 5 tips to boost your PC performance may seem very basic. And you are right – they are. After all, it’s the little things that make a big difference.

What is the main benefit from this article?

There are many ways to revive older PCs. Even though at times it may seem tedious and daunting – it  needs to be done. Yet the good news is – you don’t have to do it alone. Ellp is there for you! All it takes is to download it, install and set it up to go. It only takes 5 minutes and you are covered for months and months to come!

 

This is not a trial. It’s yours to keep!

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Once you download, you can find all the instructions here in case you get stuck at any point.

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6 ways to Communicate Effectively in the Workplace

Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


July 10 - (3 Min Read)

You’ll be amazed at how many people struggle when it comes to communication – myself included! The thing is, with so many different methods of communication taking over face-to-face interaction it’s easy to get  lost in translation

Communication -the human interaction - is the key to personal and career success.

Like Paul J. Meyer said, “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success”. Taking into account that he’s considered as the pioneer in time management, personal and professional development, motivation and goal setting, I think the guy was onto something here. Good communication creates a synergy not just between employees but also acts as the building block to communicate externally. Once you master communicating within, communicating outwards to potential and current customers becomes much simpler. Having the right communication is essential, especially when it comes to getting the right instructions out there for execution. Learning how to communicate effectively in the workplace, should be a priority if you want to succeed in life and at work.

Bearing this in mind, we scoured the web for the best tips on how to communicate effectively Here are the top 6:

  1. Set the right time and environment

There’s a time and place for everything. I don’t think anyone would appreciate you mentioning a particular error from their end during a company meeting, exposing them in front of everyone or asking for a particular report just before you’re heading out. Ideally, we think and, plan ahead.

  1. Do not rush communication

More often than not, miscommunication and misinterpretation take place when we’re in a rush. This is when things go south. When we fail to listen properly – we tend to make mistakes. So do listen to what other team members have to say and try pausing before responding, after all, communication is a two-way street. This works wonders, as it gives you time to understand what others have just told you and formulate a contextual reply.

  1. Ask for feedback

This goes hand in hand with the previous tip. Don’t just say your bit and walk away. That’s no way of building strong relationships at work or in any other environment for that matter. Be open to other people’s opinion and feedback. Listen to what your workmates have to say, this not only allows you to see whether you got the message across but you’ll also learn whether you’re communicating effectively.

  1. Follow Up

We tend to take it for granted that we got our message across – we assume that everyone understood and received what we just communicated. Remember when you assume you’re making an ‘Ass’ out of ‘U’ and ‘Me’ (your workmates in this scenario)! So why not follow up? You don’t have to be pushy, but simply go up to that person or just send an email, serves not only as a reminder, but it also allows you to see whether you were understood in the first place. A follow-up also gives less leeway for mistakes.

Things to  keep in mind:

  1. Be aware of your nonverbal cues when interacting in person
  • Body movements (like hand gestures, nodding or shaking the head)
  • Posture (how you hold yourself, the way you stand or sit)
  • Facial expressions (this includes smiling, frowning and even blinking)
  • Eye Contact (the amount of eye contact often determines the level of trust and trustworthiness)
  • Proximity (how close we stay to those we are communicating with)
  • Para-language (these are aspects of the voice however which exclude the speech itself. For instance tone of voice, pitch or speed of speaking.

Although communicating in person can be very distracting, it can also be very time-efficient, as you wouldn’t have any misinterpretation or miscommunication issues from messaging back and forth via email or chat.

  1. Use these handy tips for when using digital communication
  • Capitalization (don’t use all caps, unless it’s URGENT! Otherwise it’s like you’re always shouting)
  • Punctuation (refrain from putting a gazillion exclamation or questions marks, one will suffice)
  • Length (Keep it short and sweet, make sure to include the most important information, i.e the task you’re referring to, and what you need from that person.Anything longer than a small paragraph requires a  face-to-face chat)

Communication works for those who work at it.

As digital communication increases and becomes more and more convenient it’s no wonder that we find ourselves using these channels more often. However, back and forth messaging as mentioned above is a no no! Make sure to use the right language both verbal and nonverbal through the right channel.

 

Should you have any other tips and tricks on how you communicate effectively, please do share. It’s always interesting to hear about other methods that others have come across and found useful. Also, if you like our Monday Productivity Tips feel free to share this post with your friends for them to enjoy as well. We really do appreciate every share.

 

Stay safe online

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Written by Aneta
Ellp Evangelist


June 1 - (7 Min Read)

We spend most of our time online, we’re glued to our devices and addicted to our social media accounts. This means that we’re bound to be exposed and vulnerable to a number of cyber threats and all the dangers that the Internet holds within its grasp. Over these past couple of months, we’ve experienced some of the largest data breaches ever, such as the Yahoo breach, the Google Docs scam and the most recent one being the WannaCry ransomware, throwing everyone into a state of frenzy. So what can you do in light of recent cyber events, in order to safeguard your security and privacy online? It might seem simple, just upgrade your Antimalware software and create stronger passwords, but it’s never that easy! Sorry to burst your bubble :/

Don’t you worry, the Ellp Team has got your back. We scoured the web ourselves to bring forth the best possible tips around, so as to help you take those necessary precautions so as you don’t fall prey to such events.

  1. Never leave your device unattended

Let’s start with the simple and most obvious tip… Whether going out for lunch or simply stepping away from your desk for just a couple of minutes, always remember to lock your device, so no one else can use it. You never know when you might fall prey to an office joke and have your account fraped or have your device stolen by a stranger, so save yourself from being publicly ridiculed and the hassle of having confidential information out there for everyone to access.

You might think it unnecessary but physical security is as important as technical security. You can get Ellp to help you out! Let’s say you always go out for lunch at the same time, why not set up the ‘When it’s time, turn off my PC’ card, and choose a specific time and action (Sleep, Restart, Hibernate or Shutdown), so you can rest assured that your device is not accessible whilst you’re away!

  1. Strong Passwords

One can never preach enough regarding this. Yes, you’re supposed to have more than one password for your devices and multiple accounts. If you get paranoid at the thought of having your device or online accounts hacked, then rock solid passwords should be at the top of your list. You can also take a look at our previous blog post onHow to Rock Passwords for guidelines on how to create strong passwords.

  1. Two-factor authentication

Yes, creating strong passwords is the first line of defense to keeping hackers at bay from your online data, but for even better security you might want to consider turning on two-factor authentication for your online accounts such as Facebook, Google and any other online services that offer it. You can consider this as an extra layer of security, as it requires not only the login credentials but also other information that only you would have access to or know. It might be a bit of a pain trying to remember all these digits, especially with having to memorize multiple passwords for different accounts, but let me say this – better safe than sorry! I’d rather go the extra mile now, then have to deal with the ordeal of having my private information and files exposed for everyone to see.

  1. Secure the line and avoid phishing scams

You got me! I’m guilty of doing this on a daily basis, but  I’m pretty sure, scratch that I’m 100% sure, that I’m not the only one who does this. What is she referring to you might ask? Well, I’m referring to the usage of public unsecured wifi, when accessing an email, bank or any other sensitive account. Connecting to a sensitive account via a public WiFi makes it easier for hackers to access your accounts.

However, Ellp can help you out with that as well. By simply activating the ‘When my email is involved in a data breach, alert me’ card, Ellp will immediately notify you, if any of your accounts registered with a particular email address are involved in a data breach, so that you can change your password and safeguard your accounts from any further breaches.

Also, beware what you click! Avoid visiting unknown websites, and be careful of what you download online, that is make sure you always make use of trustworthy sites. Also, keep in mind that scammers are constantly sending unsolicited emails and might send you attachments or links, asking you to provide them with sensitive information, which once clicked would infect your PC with malware.

If you’re worried about having your private data constantly at risk, you can get Ellp to perform a privacy cleanup, and take care of detecting and deleting any traceable browser files and thumbnails, so both your online and offline worlds are secure.

  1. Patch, Patch, Patch!

Whatever you do, do not and I repeat DO NOT put off those software updates. Your PC’s operating system relies heavily on such updates and aside from improving the functionality of your system, they also help patch up any security issues. Remember an unpatched device is more vulnerable to hackers. If you keep pushing them off why not set up your device to automatically update your operating system.

  1. Update your antivirus software

First and foremost, if you haven’t got any protective software installed on your device, please install one for your sake. If you already make use of some sort of antivirus software, make sure you keep it updated, as it can spare you the ordeal of having to deal with viruses and malware.

  1. Be careful of what data you share online

We’re currently living in a social media driven world, and therefore our lives are practically exposed on our social media profiles. Bad move! As this means exposing private information not only to your family and friends but also to complete strangers. So remember, exclude any important personal information from all your social media profiles. For pointers on how to ensure security and privacy on social media, why not take a look at our previous published blog post,The Dark Side of Social Media.

  1. YOU are a target

Don’t ever exclude the possibility of you being a target! The ‘It won’t happen to me’ attitude is wrong, as we are all vulnerable and all at risk of being hacked. So keep in mind the pointers above and do whatever it takes to secure your security and privacy online, as you never know, you might be NEXT.

These steps are not foolproof, but they will go a long way towards protecting your security and privacy online! So get crackin’ and if you’re missing some of the above, try to implement them so as to protect the valuable information on your device and online accounts. And – what is really important – don’t let the digital panic get to you!

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