When you are looking for business IT support, you can find various types of contracts and agreements. You could just decide to Pay As You Go (break/fix) basis, pay in advance for blocks of hours, or choose a fixed price IT support contract which includes the majority, if not all, the things your business will need on a monthly basis.
The biggest benefit of a fixed price model, is that you know exactly how much your IT support costs will be each month. This is great for cash flow and essentially your IT costs just become another commodity – just like paying your rent, electricity and insurance. But there are some other major benefits that you may not have realised.
You will save power if you shutdown your computer at the end of the working day. It’ll also stop the fans from sucking in dust during the night.
Another advantage is that a regular reboot can resolve many computer niggles (it’s a cliche, but “have you tried turning it off and on again” – really does help).
Having said that, starting up a computer puts a lot of wear on some of the components, especially the power supply and the hard drive (unless you’ve made the switch Solid State Drives). And, leaving your computer on means it’s ready for instant use.
A good compromise may be to just set your monitors to turn off after 10 minutes, or just turn them off manually before you head home. Setting your PC to sleep or hibernate are also good options to save some power whilst keeping the computer in a state that will allow it to wake up quickly when you need to use it again.
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Only certain types of hard drives can be affected. Solid state drives (SSD), like pendrives, are safe. Traditional hard drives, like those found in most computers are at risk, but you’d need a really big magnet. Like those used in MRI machines, for example.
For most people, there’s nothing to worry about – your data is safe.
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We’ve all been guilty of using weak passwords. But doing so makes you vulnerable to having your online accounts hacked. We all know we should use stronger passwords, so why don’t we?
Well, humans are creatures of habit. We like to repeat; it makes things easier to remember. We also find it difficult to remember complex patterns, so we use passwords that are easy to memorise, such as your house name, or date of birth.
OK, so there may be a little truth in this one. With a really old computer, adding more RAM (memory) can give it a speed boost. An increase from 1GB to 2GB will see a noticeable improvement in an ageing system.
But in a modern machine where 4GB is the norm, the benefit is much less noticeable. Increasing to 8 or 16GB will only really benefit software that can take advantage of it – gaming, or video rendering/production for example.
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You are going to get infected by ransomware. There, I’ve said it. Once you get your mindset over that hurdle, it’s time to plan and put your defence strategies in place. Here are 6 tips that will greatly reduce your risk of infection, and help protect your company’s data.