Why You Should Turn Your Computer Off At Night

We've heard all the "old wife's tales" about why you should leave your computer on all the time. They're not correct, not by a long shot!

Do a full Shut Down

There are a great many reasons why you should turn your computer off every night. In fact, the list can be quite informative!

  1. Your computer has a finite amount of memory. Each webpage you look at, every program you run, music you listen to and so on, they all "eat" a portion of that memory. After some time, there isn't much left, and your machine crashes, usually at the worst time. Turning it off at night clears out the memory so you start fresh each morning.
  2. Your machine's hard drive is a mechanical device, with a limit to its life. Running it 24/7 only wastes valuable time.
  3. Ditto for the fans. In fact, its worse for them, as they suck in dust and dirt and that really shortens their life.
  4. All that sucked in dirt coats the inside of your machine, causing it to run hotter, which can make it fail sooner.
  5. While your computer is running, it keeps your monitor active, shortening its life.
  6. With everything running 24/7, they consume power, and power = money. You are in effect doubling the cost of running your computer just by leaving it on all the time. With the economy of today, saving money should be on your mind, and this is an easy way to do so.
  7. Hackers! The bulk of these miscreants live in Asia, and they have a nice 12 hour start on ruining your machine while you sleep. With it off, they can't get in or load a virus, worm, etc. In fact, nothing can go in or out of your machine when it's shut down - the power is fully off to the processor and the hard drive. This is the ultimate security you can have!
  8. It only takes a few seconds to do a Shut Down, and you can go for your morning coffee while it boots up.
  9. If you hesitate to shut it down because your computer takes an excessive amount of time to boot back up, there's something wrong with it. You can do a bit of research yourself and learn how to speed it up. Here's a Google link for some information: Google
  10. Putting your computer in Standby or Hibernation is not the same as shutting it down. These reduce power consumption, but the machine is still on.

How to Shut Down Your Machine

  1. Click on the Start Button
  2. Click on "Turn off Computer"
  3. Click on Turn Off

Wasn't that easy?

We don't recommend you turn it off by switching off your power strip or unplugging it from the AC power while it's on. That can cause you to lose data or corrupt a program. Doing a Shut Down allows your machine to "put away" files that are open, close programs and power down peripherals in an orderly fashion.

If you're preparing for a Thunderstorm, shut it down first, then unplug it from the AC power.

Go Green! Shut Down Your Machine!