From Start to Finish: A Complete Computer Setup

So, let’s say you have just gotten yourself a brand new computer and want to start setting it up to be ideal for your workflow. Where exactly should you start and what do you need to do? There are a few steps you should go through to get your machine set up after you have unpackaged it. These can even include where to set it and what kind of work area to have.

From Start to Finish: A Complete Computer Setup

First of all, you want your computer to be in an area with good airflow that is well ventilated to prevent it from suffering from overheating during use.

Second, you need to locate and connect the monitor cable. Depending on what kind of cable you’ll be using, this can be easier or harder. The most common types of cables are HTML and DisplayPort cables which are fairly easy to recognize as they are curled up on one side, rather like a mouth. If you have difficulties identifying which port to use, consult the manual. You should find a diagram identifying which cable goes to which connection port inside your manual somewhere.

After connecting the monitor, you should find and connect the keyboard and mouse. While almost all modern keyboards and mouses use a USB port, there are still a few that use a unique connection so make sure to check that your computer is compatible if yours is one of these.

At this point, you should connect your PC’s various peripherals such as speakers or headphones and a printer (if you have one). Depending on your PC and specific peripherals, they may connect in several different ways but USB is the most common for printers or webcams though some will require either software installation or connect with both USB and audio ports.

With all of the peripherals hooked up, the only thing left to do is to connect the power. Find your computer and monitor’s power cables, hook them up and connect them to a surge protector before plugging the surge protector into a wall outlet.

And that is it. You are now finished with setting up your computer and it’s ready to be used, at least in the hardware sense. There may still be some software or drivers that need installing or updating but your PC can now be turned on and you can start using it at last.

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Keep Your Data Safe by Planning for the Worst

Data problems can and will develop. There may be vulnerabilities in your cyber security that gives outside parties the opportunity to steal information. Older, archived files could start to degrade and become unreadable. Even not systematically tracking your data could lead to lost servers, deleted data, and decentralized filing systems. Part of keeping your data safe is minimizing these instances as much as possible. The other part is planning for them.

Keep Your Data Safe by Planning for the Worst

What should you do to prepare for a data loss?

Making a plan is the first step to keeping your business on track. Companies with data that is subject to HIPAA regulation are required to have business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Even if those stipulations don’t apply to your business, making specific, step-by-step procedures quickens your response time. Regardless of what plans you build or how you organize responsibilities, make sure that you:

Have a template prepared to alert impacted parties.

Most business-to-business contracts have language regarding response times for data losses. Depending on your business, you could also be legally required to alert customers and the public within twenty-four to seventy-two hours of discovering the problem. Make two to three templates ahead of time (with your lawyer or legal department’s help) so you can send it off within the window and don’t accidentally say something wrong in the pressure of the moment.

Have an accessible back-up.

Most businesses have one of two different backup systems. Either they have a short-term collection of data that holds all the progress made over the past day or week, or they have a server that holds manually archived back-ups of data from fixed points. It’s best to have both. Not only does that mean business can continue because you have redundancies, you have a collection of restore points. That’s useful for tracing back data corruptions or accidentally deleted information.

These are just two of the steps that should be in place for peace of mind. Go to PC Geeks to learn more about the data recovery policies and tools that can make your company stronger.