Computers have come a long way in the last couple of decades. The power, speed and functionality of today’s computers drive not only the daily operations of businesses but also the daily lives of most individuals as well. Social media websites, email, online shopping, internet banking and a whole list of other activities have become accepted as a normal part of everyday life for many.
There is no doubt computers and tablets add a huge amount of convenience to our lives and make many tasks faster and easier to accomplish, such as transferring money, making a purchase or just staying up to date with the latest current events. Along with making tasks easier to accomplish, computer manufacturers constantly attempt to make the computers and tablets themselves easier to manage and operate.
By almost any measure, they have certainly done a good job so far. While some may prefer a Mac and others may prefer to use a Windows based PC, relative to ten or fifteen years ago these powerful gadgets are incredibly easy to use for the average person and very easy to setup.
Buying a new computer or perhaps even your first desktop or laptop is an exciting time. A new model normally offers considerably faster performance than you may have had in the past and it always presents an opportunity to discover new software. In fact, computers have become so easy to setup they do not even come with user manuals anymore. Most manufacturers do provide a user manual, but they are typically posted online and are actually a very condensed version of their former selves. You certainly won’t find any 40 or 50-page manuals that explain in detail what functions each key or button will initiate that is for sure.
Most modern desktops and laptops give you users a step-by-step process for the initial setup procedure that even a small child could follow along with in most cases. Obviously, this is great for most people as not many are exactly technology experts. The easier it is to setup and use a computer, the more consumers seem to enjoy the experience.
While this makes a nice overall experience for consumers and allows them to use their computers for email or web surfing literally within minutes of opening the box, it does have some negative consequences as well.
When setting up a computer for the first time, you will no doubt go through a series of screens that allow you choose your username, password and many other settings. Most of the time the computer will have recommended settings it suggests or default settings if you are completely unsure of what to choose.
This is where the problems typically begin. Many beginners and even somewhat experienced users are not familiar with the detailed security, privacy and network settings of a computer. Therefore, they often choose the recommended choice or the default setting that is programmed into the machine already. The assumption is the default setting must be the “safe” choice since it is what the computer is recommending. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case and many times the default setting leaves a user vulnerable to a long list of issues.
The issues certainly include security risks, but they also include performance problems and potentially damaging the computer depending on what other software you ultimately install. The reason many manufacturers offer computers with default or recommended settings that may be unsafe is very simple. In today’s world, the technology space is incredibly competitive for all types of computers regardless of category.
Manufacturers are under a huge amount of pressure to compete and offer something easier and better than their competitor. Also, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out some of the most popular things that consumers use computers for, one of which is sharing. Sharing music, photos, videos, drawings, quotes, messages and almost anything you can imagine is obviously very popular among PC users. This is a large part of what drives the social media world and websites like YouTube.
With that in mind, manufacturers want to make it as easy as possible for users to share content with each other and, therefore, will have the default settings of a new computer set to allow most types of sharing. While this makes it easy for friends and relatives to share content, it also opens a huge door for all types of problems that range from virus infections to spyware and malware to rootkits. In severe cases, once your machine has been accessed hackers can remotely control the computer and use it for their own purposes.
Their own purposes can include spying on you through your webcam, stealing your personal information or using your internet connection for a long list of illegal activities. All that risk just because you wanted to share a few songs with your friend that lives across the state from you. This is just one example of why setting up a computer on your own and taking the “easy” way might not end up being so easy in the end.
If you are an inexperienced user or even semi-experienced user faced with a new computer setup, it might be a good idea to let a real professional help you. We offer affordable remote computer support services that will help you with your new computer setup and ensure it is configured for maximum security and allow you easy operation and even to share content with others in a safe way.
In addition to addressing security concerns, we can also help to ensure you have all the software you want properly installed, your network settings are configured for the best performance and the proper maintenance features are setup to initiate automatically. This will keep you secure, allow you to enjoy the maximum performance your computer can offer and give you the peace of mind things were setup right the first time.