Should I Shut My Computer Down , or Put It in Sleep Mode?.
Fox News recently offered a helpful breakdown on the differences between shutting down a computer and putting it in sleep mode.
'Sleep mode' is a somewhat misleading term, since your computer is still on and will have several programs running, despite having the screen shut off.
Programs that may continue running in the background include virus scan, system backups, software updates and disk cleanup.
These programs are where the tradeoff of sleep mode versus turning your computer off come in.
Shutting down your computer and failing to receive updates could make your device susceptible to different kinds of malware.
However, the heat your computer produces in sleep mode could wear on components and lead to a shorter lifespan for your device.
Shutting down your computer is also a good way to save money on energy bills.
Regularly shutting down a device can also help performance, as it gives RAM and the battery a chance to rest.
Rebooting your computer can also help to manage any system issues that might arise, including fixing bugs or faulty network connections.
Shutting down your computer could also protect your device from a potential power surge, which could corrupt files, damage hard drives or result in lost data