Here are a couple of essential things you should do to keep your Mac in the best of health. Really simple!
Apple's Automatic Software Update installs any important updates that may apply to your version of the operating system.
The Disk Utility application (located in the Applications:Utilities Folder) is an important tool for keeping your Mac in good health. There are two diagnostics available from the First Aid tab on the application window.
If the Disk Verify routines identify problems you will need to fix them with the System Installation disk that came with your Macintosh
Various utilities are advertised online purporting to be some kind of digital salvation for your Mac. Not true!
Most of the time you'll find these are MacKeeper which we DO NOT RECOMMEND installing.
Google MacKeeper, TuneUpMyMac,
MacTuneUp, iDoctor, MacBooster etc. These are all virtually
the same thing and the company that writes this abomination is compelled
to stealth it using other names and new websites to mask it's appalling
reputation - See this article.
We repeat - DON'T INSTALL ANY OF THESE APPLICATIONS .
If you have then contact
us and we'll help remove them and all hidden components.
Your Macintosh does not need a slew of third party tools to perform maintenance tasks - as a modern Unix operating system all of the utilities for basic computer health are built in.
If you really want to micro-manage your Unix environment we recommend OnyX Utilities and Sophos Anti Virus (both free) but both unnecessary for everday maintenance of your Mac - Disk Utility is all you really need.
However, iPhoto's default settings move the images directly into iPhoto's library and this can be confusing for many people - where does iPhoto store my pictures? (actually your iPhoto libraries are a "package" located in the "Pictures" folder, but let's not get into that stuff here - there are easier ways to manage your photos).
Fortunately the behaviour of iPhoto can be changed and you can even have multiple iPhoto libraries located anywhere you'd prefer. This Macworld article very clearly explains what you'll need to do if you wish to wrench back control over your photographs using externally referenced libraries.
But, do remember, with great power also comes great responsibility.