There is a common issue at the help desk: “My computer is running slow!”   I am usually met with long sighs when I ask “Have you done your Tech Refresh Updates this month?”

Why is it so important that you do a monthly Tech Refresh?

Having your computer run on the most up-to-date operating system and browsers,  making sure that all your applications are on the current versions, and just restarting your computer can make overall improvements in performance. Restarting your computer is like when you get a good night’s sleep – everything begins in a refreshed state.  Clearing  cache and cookies in all your browsers will also boost productivity.

The Brewster Tech Refresh is an easy Three Step Process for updating your computer:

  1. Go to Self Service and complete updates on the “Featured” Page
  2. Go to the Apple App Store and complete updates
  3. Restart your computer

In Self Service you will easily find any updates to applications that you may need.    The ONLY safe locations to get operating system and software updates are the Apple Store and BA’s Self Service. Some people get duped into downloading “fixes” from shady app pop-ups or links – especially for Java and Flash.  We provide all the updates right in Self Service.

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Apple will release software updates that may include bug fixes, security updates, firmware updates or overall operating system improvements.
App store update                          Apple updates
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Restarting your computer is always a good idea!



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After all the updates, be sure to plug in your external backup drive so all your files, photos & music are backed up and safe!



Here is a link on how to clear cache & cookies for your browsers.

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