OS Linux variations such as Mint or Unbutu are free, work quite well, but they do have a few quirks that make them different from the usual Windows experience. Macbooks, tend to be more expensive, so they are not likely to be on your budget driven shopping list.
Apart from the OS or the hardware, the other main influence on the price are those programs you will need for doing your daily business — whether this is writing, editing, or crunching numbers. If managing the total price is a big issue, consider the free alternatives for shrinking the price of your new computer. For starters, what about Microsoft Office 360? Ubiquitous in the modern office, its ties to the MS family make for a more seamless computer experience when it comes to either writing, making presentations, or crunching numbers. But, it’s not irreplaceable and there are free options such as LibreOffice. If you don’t have to worry about your work completely dovetailing with others tied to MS products, it’s an option worth considering. Then those designing and editing needs? There are also a range of alternatives to Adobe’s premium Illustrator or Acrobat DC programs.
Securing your new home office device is essential. Yes, a new Windows does come with free Windows Defender security. While this free program has recently improved its security ratings from testing agencies, it provides basic protection with a malicious URL filter that only works with the Microsoft Edge browser – not the other popular browsers.
However, protecting that shiny new device requires more than just an antivirus program such as Defender.
Three additional needed elements are a software updater, password manager, and a VPN. A software updater is important to ensure that all of the various programs on the device are completely updated against emerging threats. While Windows may take care of updating the operating systems, they don’t touch updates for those other programs. A password manager is a vital help for your memory and security by generating more secure passwords. A VPN is an integral part of a business device – and for good reason. A real, certified VPN ensures that communication is kept safely encrypted, shielded from prying eyes even on unsecured networks. They are an essential part of the business security package.
These three programs – software updater, password manager, and VPN – are don’t have to cost a lot or require complicated installation. In fact, they are also completely free with Avira Free Security and its suite of security tools. With a virtually one-touch installation, you can have these tools installed for free on a new device – enhancing your security and privacy with these tested and certified products. Even when times are turbulent and money is limited, you can still have the priceless security you need – for free.