We at Fusion like to keep up to date with what is happening in the world of IT and especially what Microsoft have to say about things. On their website at the moment is a good article which gives advice on getting the best out of a computer in the workplace. It suggests that as long as you follow basic principles and always liaise with your IT department then everything should be ok. The full article can be found here and below are the 8 points which they mention;
- Install all updates required by your IT department. Not installing updates as required by your IT department can expose your company to viruses and other security risks. Some companies even prevent computers from accessing the network if patches aren’t installed after a set date. Also, find out whether the IT department wants you to install updates on Microsoft Update . If they do, make it a habit of checking Microsoft Update regularly. You’ll save yourself the hassle of the IT department forcing you to install updates when it’s not convenient for you.
- Install only licensed programs. Make sure that you or your company have a license for any software you install on your work computer. Your company can get sued for having software without a license installed on its computers. For example, installing a program your friend bought could present some problems. Software that you’ve bought a license for is probably fine, but double-check the license to make sure. Sometimes, software bought for home use can not be installed at work as well.
- Don’t install different versions of software. Even if you prefer the version of software you use at home rather than work, don’t install it on your work computer. You could have incompatibility problems with the software your co-workers are using and with your specific line of business applications. Your IT department may also not be able to make any required updates or provide technical support.
- Let IT know when hardware isn’t working. Fixing a broken computer yourself could just cause more problems. Your fixes, for example, could make the computer incompatible with the corporate network. Most IT departments have a helpdesk or technical assistance program designed for this type of work. The IT department may have already seen the same problem and have a known fix. Helping your IT department track common computer problems can also help them decide which brand and make of computer to order in the future.
- Let IT know when you need something. Giving the IT department reasonable requests and adequate time for planning can help them respond to your needs. Otherwise, you may end up with computer software or hardware you didn’t want, which can hinder how effective you are at work.
- Don’t download programs from Internet sites you don’t trust. By downloading programs that may not be secure, you put all the computers on the network at risk.
- Be aware of suspicious emails. A virus introduced though email may be disguised as a downloadable file. If an email you receive is from someone you don’t know, contains strange text, or otherwise looks suspicious, contact your IT department. If you open it, you could potentially cause problems for you and you co-workers. If it does contain a virus, the IT department can ask other employees in the organization to look for similar emails.
- Use online support resources. Many IT departments have created online internal help sites that could provide an answer to your computer problem. Each day, Help desks typically receive many questions that are already answered at these sites. For help effectively using Microsoft products, you can also use the following resources: