Got yourself a brand new laptop for home, new desktop at work or a new tablet for travelling? Here are five software must-haves to download to get you started.
Because laptops and computers can run without anti-virus software, they’re still regarded by some as not an absolute necessity. But the fact is, they are; viruses and programmers are getting cleverer every day, meaning an increase in the way your computer and files can be hacked, infected or even worse- destroyed. Good anti-virus software may mean an initial outlay of costs, but you’ll make this back in spades when your computer is sufficiently protected and safe.
A Windows Package
No matter your operating system, you need to be running a comprehensive Windows package or, at least one that can transfer over to it. Many companies and organisations still send documentation and attachments in Microsoft word format, you’ll be limiting your business if you don’t have the same software packages. If you want to start off with the basics, or have the latest version online merchants like Rakuten sell a variety of different versions from the slightly outdated Microsoft Windows 8 and windows XP to the latest version of Microsoft Windows 10.
A choice of browsers
Sometimes you know why, other times you have no idea- computers and the internet are both fantastic inventions, but occasionally things don’t work perfectly with your internet browser and you’re left scratching your head! So don’t just have the one browser, opt for a couple, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, for example. By installing two or even three and getting to grips with each one you’ll save yourself time further down the line when you need to access something quickly!
Sometimes it’s not just enough to set your password as 1!OhForGoodnessS@keImRunningOutOfPassw0rdIdeas990. But worry not, there are a number of ways to protect your password so, you can save yourself the trouble of constantly changing it again (unless you forget it of course!) Password Scramblers are useful for this, they will scramble up your password with other letters as you type, while other pieces of software will allow you to have the same password across all of your devices, while keeping it safe and secure too.
An effective ad-blocker
We wouldn’t even like to know how many hours we’ve already lost to watching unnecessary advertisements online. Ad-blockers have been met with some controversy, but some versions are actually incredibly effective. There are tons of different ad-blockers out there, so it might be a case of trial and error to find the one that suits your business best.