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Making purchases with security in mind

For other shoppers, a lot of thought may go into the purchasing process. Price is certainly something to consider, but features, design, and reliability are also other factors that many consumers will look at before they make their final decision. With that said, one area that many people forget to think about when buying a new computer or electronic device is security.

With so many stories about hacks and malware in the news today, it’s easy to see why security should also be considered with any tech purchase. After all, a security problem can turn an otherwise satisfying purchase into a nightmare.

Because of this, when it comes to security, the first thing to do is understand what kinds of security features are included on board. Are there options to customize the security settings? How extensive are they?

Outside of the hardware itself, what options are there to install third-party security software? In addition to knowing this, it’s also important to know which third-party options will work best for you and the way that you use the hardware.

While the previously mentioned items would be considered before making the purchase, attention to security doesn’t end once the hardware has been paid for. From the moment the new device is first turned on, make sure that you customize the security settings and install the necessary security applications before doing anything else. The last thing you want to do is forget to take these steps and then pay for it later. Additionally, beyond just the first steps, security should continue to be something that you check in on throughout the life of the device.

Are you going to start making security a part of your checklist when buying computers and other devices?

Avira, a company with over 100 million customers and more than 500 employees, is a worldwide leading supplier of self-developed security solutions for professional and private use. With more than 25 years of experience, the company is a pioneer in its field.