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= General Maintenance Tips =
= General Maintenance Tips =
*Perform Time Machine backups
* Perform Time Machine backups to prevent data loss
*Upgrade the operating system to latest version
* Upgrade the operating system to the latest version
*Keep your software up-to-date in the App Store and elsewhere
* Keep your software up-to-date in the App Store and elsewhere
*Reboot the machine regularly (once per week is good)
* Reboot the machine regularly (once per week is good)
*Delete stale wireless preferred networks in Network Preferences. NOTE: If you use [https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204085 iCloud Keychain], any wireless networks you have connected to, ''on any Apple device also connected to iCloud Keychain'', will appear in the list of preferred networks.
* Delete stale wireless preferred networks in Network Preferences. NOTE: If you use [https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204085 iCloud Keychain], any wireless networks you have connected to, ''on any Apple device also connected to iCloud Keychain'', will appear in the list of preferred networks.
*[https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063 Zap the PRAM] (also called NVRAM)
*[https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204063 Zap the PRAM] (also called NVRAM)
** Reboot, then hold command-option-P-R until you hear the chime twice
** Reboot, then hold command-option-P-R until you hear the chime twice
*Boot into [https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262 Safe Mode] by holding Shift during the startup chime
* Boot into [https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262 Safe Mode] by holding Shift during the startup chime
** This will clear the Mac's cache files; just log in (twice if you have FileVault turned on), and then restart once more
** This will clear the Mac's cache files; just log in (twice if you have FileVault turned on), and then restart once more
*Install anti-virus software - We use Sophos here at RCS
* Install anti-virus software - We use Sophos here at RCS
*Review the Trash and empty it
* Review the Trash and empty it
*Review contents of Downloads folder and delete files that you don't need
* Review contents of Downloads folder and delete files that you don't need

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General Maintenance Tips

  • Perform Time Machine backups to prevent data loss
  • Upgrade the operating system to the latest version
  • Keep your software up-to-date in the App Store and elsewhere
  • Reboot the machine regularly (once per week is good)
  • Delete stale wireless preferred networks in Network Preferences. NOTE: If you use iCloud Keychain, any wireless networks you have connected to, on any Apple device also connected to iCloud Keychain, will appear in the list of preferred networks.
  • Zap the PRAM (also called NVRAM)
    • Reboot, then hold command-option-P-R until you hear the chime twice
  • Boot into Safe Mode by holding Shift during the startup chime
    • This will clear the Mac's cache files; just log in (twice if you have FileVault turned on), and then restart once more
  • Install anti-virus software - We use Sophos here at RCS
  • Review the Trash and empty it
  • Review contents of Downloads folder and delete files that you don't need