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6 simple steps to keep your Mac running like new

Q. I just bought my first Mac. It was a breeze to set up and so far I’m enjoying the programs and features. I’m crossing my fingers that it runs this well for a long time. I’ve heard that Macs are very low maintenance. Is it true? What can I do to make sure my Mac stays good shape?
-Carissa of Chattanooga, TN, listens to my national radio show on WGOW 1150 AM

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A. Macs are great computers with plenty of excellent programs and features. Over the years, I’ve used Macs at home and work. They’ve always been solid workhorses.

Now, I’m not going to jump into the never-ending Apple versus PC debate. If you want to know my thoughts on that, click here to read my column.

I do want to point out some common myths about Macs, though. Some folks swear that Macs never get viruses, or that they don’t need maintenance like PCs.

This isn’t true. Macs – just like any other type of computer – need regular maintenance to stay in top shape.

Fortunately, your Mac comes equipped with easy tools to keep it running fast and strong. I’ve gathered six simple tips that’ll keep your Mac running like new.

1. Secure your Mac
One of the first things you should install on any new computer is security software.

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