Don't ignore backups. Backing up files and documents is one of the biggest things computer users ignore. So if you haven't already, setup some type of backup. I suggest a cloud or online backup, so your files are safe from theft, fire and other disasters in your home or office. If you aren't comfortable with online backup, at least set up a backup to an external hard drive.
Don't have an amateur work on your computer. I understand professional computer services aren't cheap, but they can be well worth it. Having a friend, family member or neighbor help is great for the budget, but if they aren't a professional, it may end up costing much more money and effort to fix if they end up accidentally causing more damage.
Use a trusted and proven tech support company. I'm sure you know not all computer companies and technicians are equal. Try to check reviews and other information on a company before using them. This should especially be the case before using remote support services from a nonlocal company.
Eric Geier is the owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer repair and IT services at homes and businesses in the Dayton and Springfield areas. For more information, visit www.onspottechs.com or call 937-315-0286.