Computer Buying Guide

Shopping for a new laptop or desktop can be a confusing business; it is leading most people to purchase the wrong products and spending a lot more money than needed. This job gets even more complicated when you have specific requirements such as photo editing or video editing. In this article, I’m going to talk about three different types of users hopefully you will identify which type of user you are to give an idea on the computer to purchase.

When purchasing a computer for a customer, I first need to ascertain what type of computer user are they? Normally I only need to ask 3 questions to ascertain this, “What do you use the computer for?” “Do you want a large screen or small one?” “What is your budget?”

Typical User

A typical user generally uses their computer to surf the Internet and open emails they also do the odd bit of printing, such as plane tickets and insurance documents. They want a medium size laptop, not too heavy. They have a budget somewhere between £300 and £600

Typical users and easiest to cater for they can work on any computer. There is no need to spend more than £500 it would almost be a waste of money. Look for something with similar specs to this.

Processor: Intel Pentium or Intel I3

RAM: 4GB or 8GB DDR4 (DDR3 is still ok)

Storage: No need to be bigger than 500GB No need for SSD storage

Computers with similar spec should last at least 4 years if not longer.

Specialist user

A specialist user generally has a niche that they work in such as photography or they have a hobby which requires special software to be installed, also using it for the same reasons as the Typical User. Essentially if you need to open multiple different programs at once such as word processing, the Internet, music, and database then you also fit into this category. Normally a larger laptop with a good-sized screen, the budget would be anything up to £800

Specialist users can be difficult to cater for what we always advise not spending more than the top end of the budget. Depending on the niche depend on what they need is a general overview.

Processor: Intel I5

Rob: 8GB to 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 1tb HD or 250GB SSD with 1tb second drive (desktop) 500gb SSD (laptop)

Computers with similar spec should last at least 4 years if not longer.

Advanced user

An advanced user is typically the person that uses their computer to play games or has a niche that they work in which requires high processing power. Normally they want a desktop and are not bothered by the size if they want a laptop they wanted to be really big. They typically have a budget between £700 and £1500

Advanced users have a lot of decisions to make so I would always recommend speaking to us or having us build something special.

Processor: I7

RAM: 16GB or 32GB DDR4

Storage: 500GB SSD storage + 1tb HD

Graphics card: This is the price point you can spend between £150 to £800 on a card

Computers with similar spec should last at least 2 years if not longer.

Summary

I hope this short Guide is helpful and if you are still lost in a sea of numbers we are always here to help. Just give us your budget we will go out get you a new computer and set it up for you. If you want a high machine for yourself or as a present we can custom build with a specific target in mind.

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Prevention and management of malware

Malware is simply short for ‘malicious software’. Malware is a type of computer program that is made for the sole purpose of infecting and causing harm to computers. Malware comes in various forms and therefore affects your machine in many different ways.

Types of Malware

There are many different types of Malware and all of them affect your machine or devices in different ways.

  • Viruses
  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Trojans
  • Worms
  • Rootkits
  • Keyloggers
  • Backdoors
  • Rogue Security Software
  • Browser Hijackers
  • Ransomware

How does Malware get on your machine?

Just as extensive as the list of Malware, is the amount of ways Malware can affect your machine and devices. Malware can enter your machine/devices in many ways.

  • Attached in emails-
  • Infected Removable Media-
  • Infected or hacked websites-
  • Hidden in other software-

What can I do to prevent getting Malware on my machine?

The most obvious way of preventing Malware on your machine is installing a good antivirus product. Being protected with strong security software such as ESET antivirus is a must in today’s IT environments. There is a famous quote that says “the only problem with free antivirus is that it cost too much”. With our 15+ years of experience, we believe this is extremely true. If you think about it, you realise what the difference between a free product and a paid for one is. How would a free product be updated daily? How would it be developed to cover a wider variety of threats? In short, it would not and with antivirus, you get what you pay for. We have been working with ESET for 10 years and are confident that this is the only antivirus product for you.

Another way of preventing Malware is ensuring any available updates to your machine are installed. Updates are a must for all programs and operating systems. Updates are a must for all programs and operating systems. Windows updates get turned off all the time why is this? Well, there are a lot of reasons, from people not wanting to have longer load times to people believing that they do not need the updates. So why are updates important? Let’s say that a flaw has been found in Windows 10 and that flaw lets people access all your data over the internet. Imagine if this were to be posted on the internet and every black hat hacker or kid in his bedroom could then access your data. Microsoft would create a patch for the flaw and send out the patch in an update to everybody immediately. If you have your updates turned off little, Jimmy down the road will be reading all your confidential documents. This is a bit extreme but it is possible so always install any available updates when you can.

Backing up is a must for all of us, not only for big corporate companies but also for smaller business-es and home users. I know from first-hand experience all hard drives fail in the end and if you don’t want to spend hundreds/ thousands of pounds to get your data retrieved forensically, you will need a solid plan with plenty of redundancy. Home users should have a backup on a portable hard drive as well as a cloud-based backup as redundancy. For a business, there is more to think about making a disaster recovery plan and testing it is a must!

In Summary

You need to spread awareness within your peer groups and organisations of what Malware is and how to protect against it. The more you do to prevent Malware the less you will get coming in. You need to ensure you are: protected with a good antivirus product, installing all necessary updates and are backing up your data regularly.