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Is it good to turn off the computer every night when sleep

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    Is it good to turn off the computer every night when sleep


    I heard letting the computer just go to sleep and not actually turning it off is bad for the computer? is that true?

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    My main computer runs uninterruptedly most of time, but I give it maintenance regularly. Pay attention on fans, heatsink, thermal compound and try to keep it in a dust free environment. A good power supply is essential to avoid current fluctuations that may damage sensible components on the board. Lifetime of a hard disk running uninterruptedly may vary, but it's usually around 5 years (I have 10 years old HDDs still working fine). Keep S.M.A.R.T enabled and use a hard drive monitor to be aware of potential failures.

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    Thank you! How do you enable SMART?
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    I heard that your computer will be exposed to hackers if you don't turn it off during the night. Is that true?
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    The computer would b eno more vulnerable to attack at night than during the day. Having the computer on at night just widens the opportunity when such an attack is possible.
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    I leave all my computers on all day and all night - I just got sick of waiting for it to boot! Finally I just started using the Hibernate function, previously I didn't like using it because it used up some disk space.

    I think if you installed Zone Alarm - Do they still make that? You can just keep your system on and then Lock ZA at night. Most 3rd Party FWs have a function like that. Or, disable the network adapter while you sleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinterP View Post
    Thank you! How do you enable SMART?
    It's a BIOS setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The computer would b eno more vulnerable to attack at night than during the day. Having the computer on at night just widens the opportunity when such an attack is possible.
    Quote Originally Posted by PrinterP View Post
    I heard that your computer will be exposed to hackers if you don't turn it off during the night. Is that true?
    That is true, but why a hacker would waste time and effort to invade a mere mortal computer. If I was a celebrity or a VIP I would agree. However I have 2 levels of protection with a third party firewall + modem firewall, and besides that I always keep my computer updated.

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    There are some who say that there is an advantage of shutting it down occasionally because it clears the memory. But what is the advantage of leaving it on constantly? As far as waiting for it to boot up is concerned, it takes about 1 minute for mine to boot up.
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    There are some who say that there is an advantage of shutting it down occasionally because it clears the memory.
    The idea that clearing memory being a good thing is based on a hopelessly outdated (20 years +) concept of memory management. Shutting down the computer does of course clear memory (as it must) and that is precisely why I do so only when necessary. After a shutdown or restart nothing is in the cache and everything is slow. The code base of Windows 8 is virtually identical to that of Server 2012 and most servers run 24/7, being shut down only when necessary for updates or maintenance.

    The only real downside to keeping a computer on all the time is power consumption and wear on the HD. You can avoid that by using Sleep or hibernation.
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