Myth: Consumer PCs are interchangeable with business PCs.
Reality: Because they're built for activities like watching videos, checking email and surfing the web, PCs for the consumer market will not always have the computing power or security features sophisticated business applications demand. If a family laptop reluctantly boots up or crashes, it's annoying, but not serious.
For a business, however, computers are mission-critical. Employees are more likely to run multiple applications simultaneously, use resource-heavy applications or use software as a service (SaaS). PCs built for consumers often lack the computing power to handle these tasks–resulting in lost productivity.
Consumer-level PCs may also lack built-in security features of computers designed for businesses, which could make your business, and sensitive data, vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Myth: You’re saving money by repairing old PCs.
Reality: Repairing or adding RAM to squeeze more life out of older computers may seem economical, but the cost of keeping older PCs running quickly adds up. According to research from J. Gold Associates, repairing breakdowns of a 5-year-old computer costs an average of $662 per year. The same research found 43% of the small businesses surveyed had PCs that were over five years old – and malfunctioned each year. At that rate, you'd soon be spending more on repairs than on a brand new, more powerful computer.
Besides losing productivity during breakdowns and repairs, older computers are also slower. Using 5-year-old PCs can make your employees up to 29% less productive.
Small businesses estimated that 34.47% of their computers over 5 years old had been hacked.
Older PCs can also put your business at risk of cyberattacks. Per the J.Gold Associates survey, small businesses estimated that 34.47% of their computers over 5 years old had been hacked. With the average cost of a single data breach worldwide estimated at $35,745 per employee, an older PC rapidly becomes an expensive liability.
Myth: RAM is the top factor in computer performance.
Reality: Adding more random access memory usually allows a computer to manage more data. But RAM alone won't improve a computer's performance – unless the PC has sufficient processing power. To make a PC faster and more efficient, you need a powerful central processing unit to optimize the RAM. While RAM is the memory, the CPU (or processor) is the computer's "brain," receiving instructions, performing calculations and processing information.
To run today's resource-intensive business software efficiently, look for computers with plenty of RAM, plus processing power. How the computer accesses data is crucial too, so it's important to consider an SSD (solid state drive) as well. Using an SSD means the computer can access files more quickly than a conventional HDD (hard disk drive).
Myth: Private browsing mode keeps your activity anonymous.
Reality: These privacy tools might keep others with access to your computer from seeing what sites you visit, but they don’t cloak them from your Internet Service Provider or prevent those sites from tracking you. While various tech tools and private search engines can increase your privacy, it’s important to know that your online activity may not be as incognito as you may have thought.
Myth: You need to regularly defragment your computer’s hard drive
Reality: This used to be true, but is not necessary anymore. Modern computers defragment their drives automatically on a schedule. This keeps the data organized and helps the computer to perform at its best.