Just like your cars and your home, our technology also needs maintenance from time to time to continue to perform optimally. The good news is that if your law firm is running on Macs , there’s isn’t a whole lot you have to do on the daily, but there are some routine maintenance tasks you should take care of occasionally to prolong your Mac’s lifespan even further.

Make Way for Maintenance

When you bump into issues with your Mac, there’s usually a simple solution to the problem. Anticipating them and planning for them by establishing a maintenance budget can flatten out any bumps in no time.

Here are some easy and proactive maintenance areas to pay attention to so your Mac continues operating optimally. If you find yourself needing additional support, our team is always here to help.

  • Monitor OS updates – One maintenance suggestion we share with clients is to uncheck the “Automatically keep my Mac up to date” box. While this might sound counterintuitive since we were just touting the importance of maintenance, instead what you want to do is give the OS time to fix bugs and work out all the kinks before updating on your device. A new OS can lead to issues integrating with your current apps and software. It’s better to wait for the .1 minor update to come out a few weeks after the big launch and then run the update on your Mac.
  • Monitor third-party app updates – The same is true for third-party apps. Don’t auto-update, but don’t avoid updates indefinitely either for fear of compatibility issues. Bug fixes, new features and patches aren’t always necessary but avoiding them for too long can lead to security risks.
  • Give it a restart – You don’t need to shut down your computer every night, but you do want to restart it occasionally. When your Mac is “sleeping,” it’s doing all sorts of necessary maintenance and management, such as indexing files, backups, clearing cache, and updating apps. Shutting down your computer from time to time or restarting after a software installation is a good idea. You can also restart your Mac if it is running slowly or abnormally.

Apple computers are designed to be user-friendly, and the same is true for maintenance tasks. If you happen to run into issues, they’re generally easy fixes as well, but when they become more complicated problems or if you’re overdue for computer maintenance, contact us at Honeycrisp so we can optimize your Mac office.

Luke Kumanchik

Entrepreneur, programmer, backyard farmer & Dungeon Master Extraordinaire.