Should you leave your computer on all the time or turn it off when you are not using it?

This question has bedeviled computer users for years. If you turn the computer off, you probably save on power. But turning the computer on and off every day potentially could cause extra wear of parts.

I always considered this question a tossup. But developments in recent years forced me off the fence.Today, we need anti-virus programs, along with multiple anti-spyware applications. All of this stuff requires updating. Often, the updates are done on a daily basis.

In addition, Windows has to be updated, usually at least a few times a month. It’s important to do this automatically and immediately. Hackers move very quickly to reverse engineer Windows updates. They use what they learn to attack unprotected machines.

The most convenient time for automatic updates is when the computer is idle. For most people, that’s the middle of the night. Yes, you can update while you’re using the computer. But that could bog it down.

In addition, I run anti-virus and anti-spyware scans every day. I also back up my computers daily. When’s the best time to do those things? Why, in the middle of the night!

So, I leave my computers on all night. I turn the monitor off. I don’t think the machine’s longevity is affected, either negatively or positively. I just do it for convenience.

If you prefer to do your updates, scans and backups during the day, be my guest. Turning your computer off at night shouldn’t hurt it. It’s really just a matter of personal preference.