Being a small business owner has its challenges, especially when we are responsible for managing all facets of the business. We often wear the hats of the accountant, sales and marketing manager, and even the IT support personnel. While outsourcing tasks such as IT support would be the ideal thing to do, we sometimes have no other choice than to manage our own technology. Here are three essential things to consider if you plan to make a new computer purchase.
Make sure you understand what is included in your computer warranty. A basic computer warranty covers hardware failure and the labor to install that hardware. What is often overlooked is the fact that the warranty covers ONLY hardware and the labor required to replace the defective part. If your hard drive fails, for example, the warranty will cover the replacement of the hard drive which will include a fresh installation of the computer operating system and applications that were included with the purchase of the computer. It does NOT, however, cover the restoration of any computer programs or files created after the computer was installed.
Most computers purchased through Dell or HP ship with only a trial version of Antivirus software. This means that when the trial expires (usually 90 days from the time of purchase) your computer system and network is left unguarded and is vulnerable to security threats such as computer viruses and spyware. Either purchase a subscription from your current antivirus vendor, or contact an IT support company to help you decide.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 now come with backup software installed, but it must be set up for your data to be protected. It is also important to consider the medium that you will back up to. External USB drives or RDX cartridges may be an option if you want to back up a single computer or server, but if you have a decentralized network with only a few computers, an offsite online solution may be a better choice.
Taking the time to ensure that the above safeguards are in place before you begin using your new computer will greatly reduce the chances of things going awry with your system. If you have any questions or would like to speak with us in person, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Dillard Ortego is the Managing Consultant at Intuitive IT,
the frontrunner in computer and network services.
For further information about purchasing a new computer,
call Dillard Ortego at 337-205-6193.