Stop! Don’t touch that power button, let’s think this through. Is your computer frozen? Is the mouse and keyboard responding? These are the first questions to ask yourself before pushing the power button to reboot your computer. Pushing the power button to shut down your computer is called a hard reboot, which can put your system at a high risk for data loss. Only if the computer is completely frozen, should you perform a hard reboot. The preferred method of rebooting your computer is called a soft reboot. Simply go to your start menu and click “restart”. This prompts all running programs to close before the computer shuts down and lowers the risk of data loss. So next time you are experiencing computer issues, keep calm and reboot.