Getting The Most From Your I.T In The Work Place

In the 21st century businesses rely so much on I.T in the work place that it is so important to look after our computers and the software on them otherwise disaster could strike at any time. For a business to lose access to its I.T for even just a couple of hours it could result in a loss of both time and money and no one can afford that; not least during a recession.

There are many ways that you can maintain your business’ I.T in order to get the best out of it and safeguard it against any issues that might arise. Here are just a few that you might want to implement within your work place.

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Virus Software –

Sadly viruses are on the increase and they are getting bigger and more destructive than they have been in the past. With the introduction of social media there are now even more ways that people can get in contact with us and this creates more avenues for viruses to get into your PC. The only way to protect against viruses is with the use of antivirus software and vigilant common sense. Three of the best pieces of software on the market are Bitdefender, Norton and Webroot.

I.T Support –

I.T support is something that you probably think you can do without; especially if you are a small or start-up business. However, if you rely on I.T for your businesses to run smoothly then it’s always best to have a backup plan. Having I.T support in the form of someone on the other end of a phone who can talk you through any problems will mean that if any issues do arise there will always be someone available to help and you don’t have to rely on that one guy that’s read a few techy magazines.

Defrag Your PC –

Defragging is a word that gets bandied around a lot when talking about computers but a lot of people still aren’t sure what it means. Basically, over time the sequential data on your PC’s hard drive can get out of sequence and this means that the PC has to work harder to read it; resulting in your computer running slower.

Defragging it will restore this data to its sequential state and help it to run better. Some modern computers don’t need to be defragged but a lot of them still do. If you are using Windows 7 or 8 then it should do it automatically, however if you haven’t left your computer idle for long enough it won’t have done and so you will have to do it manually.

Take Your Laptop Off Charge –

A lot of people tend to use their laptops via the power from the mains every time they use it but this can be damaging to the battery. If the battery never gets a chance to run low and then charge up again then it can begin to lose its life a lot quicker. So the one time you forget your charger or want to do something quickly without plugging it in; it’s likely to die before you get the chance.

Turn It Off –

A vast amount of people still leave their PCs on overnight when they leave work at the end of the day. Not only is this not great for the environment; it could also lead to your computer underperforming. A lot of updates that your PC will perform automatically will not be fully completed until the system has been rebooted and so keeping it on all the time will mean that no new updates can take place. Also, leaving your PC on 24/7 could wear out some of the spinning parts in the hard drive and is likely to be a fire risk.

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