By Emmanuel Ajibulu
One of the unique qualities which render Intel Corporation as a leading world manufacturer of IT processors and to be ahead in business is its ability to offer timely professional advice on the use and purchase of devices produced by its numerous partners in the ecosystem, like HP, Dell, Lenovo, and the host of others.
Over the years, studies have shown that when buying a computer, many users get confused by the technical decisions that need to be made. Just like buying a motor vehicle, the choice of laptop depends on the use for which it is intended. This needs to be broken down into different categories of computer users to ensure that one purchases the device that best suits one?s needs. Users are however broken down into three categories: basic users, everyday users, and advanced computing users.
Basic users are those who employ very light computing activities such as light browsing, documentation, or emailing. Think of the receptionist in your office. The average computer user is that person who engages more applications and uses the machine frequently; for example, a video editor or graphic designer. The advanced users are the gamers, heavy coders, or cryptographers, those who will go for machines with high-end functions. Yet, all users have one key characteristic in common; what they expect their computers to do and getting value for their money.
More pointedly, Pentium and Celeron processors are meant to be used by light computer users. Most of these computers are able to accommodate light jobs such as browsing the internet, listening to music, and carrying out word processing tasks. It is important for users to carry out some basic research on the processors they intend to use because of frequent changes. Core i3 processors deliver great power for everyday computing, while Core i5 and Core i7 are good for applications with a lot of graphics and gaming capabilities. Core i7 Extreme processors are best suited for intense processing ? that one per cent of geeks who want a high-end processing experience from their machines. These chips have high thermal design power (TDP), which means that the processor uses a lot of energy. In short, a 1.3 Gigahertz Core i5 computer has better performance than a 3.2 Gigahertz Pentium. Users need to know that processors are the brain of the computer; they receive the information from other parts, and then execute tasks after digesting it. They are one aspect of laptops users should base their choice on.
Despite the technicalities of the processor speed, mobility has become of equal importance when choosing a computer. This boils down to battery life and how the computer consumes power. It is for this reason that computer designers no longer just sit in their labs to develop and design machines but go out to where users are to conduct their relevant research.
The random access memory (RAM) is equally a key part of computer processing that users should consider before buying a computer. Each programme that a user run, takes up some space on the RAM. Too little RAM means that the system might seem slow even if other components are fast enough. In this case, the RAM becomes a bottleneck. For regular users, 4GB of RAM is sufficient. However, power users such as video editors and enthusiast gamers can benefit more from 8GB or even 16GB of RAM.
Moreover, Storage is another key factor that must be put into cognizance; this depends on buyer?s work output and what needs to be stored in the machine. Many youthful users will purchase machines with maximum storage ability for their collection of movies and photos. For a long time, hard disk drives (HDD) were used to store data in computers. However, the storage device, noted for its rapidly rotating disks, is now being replaced by solid state drives (SSDs), which are faster, thinner, and more reliable. As a result, a laptop with a 320GB SSD has more storage capacity than a 500GB HDD because files are more compressed on the former. Laptops with SSD functions are thin and thus do not have optical drives, say the CD/DVD combo drives. Buyers of these machines are expected to do most of their data storage on cloud technology ? an internet-based computing technology where large groups of servers are networked to allow sharing of data-processing tasks, centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources.
Besides what to look out for in purchasing device, another value ascribed to Intel is its unflinching resolve to strengthen cyber security. It is no news that in the global digital community, opportunities and risks coexist, but for Intel, achieving and maintaining a balanced cyber security and implementing a sustainable solution have become imperative in business and society.? As a solution provider the process of applying security measures to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data remain their utmost concerns. Their efforts have consistently assured protection of assets, which includes data, desktops, servers, buildings, and most importantly, humans. From Intel points of view, there are many countermeasures that can be put in place, in order to ensure security of the data. Some of these measures include, access control, awareness training, audit and accountability, risk assessment, and security assessment and authorization.
From the technical side, Intel cyber Security also combines the security expertise of McAfee, with the innovation, performance and trust of Intel. It is focused on solving some of the largest challenges in digital security today. These solutions provide users with peace of mind by knowing they can access their content more simply. Basically, Intel Security will incorporate PasswordBox’s current and future technologies to deliver three benefits to consumers:
Reduced Password Fatigue ? PasswordBox’s solution utilizes one of the most accurate form fillers on the market, with patent-pending one-tap (on mobile devices) and one-click (in browsers) login to simply and seamlessly provide secure access from any consumer device. Intel Security will continue to extend and expand these capabilities to provide consumers a convenient way to access their favorite sites and apps.
Security Simplified ? In an era of catastrophic data breaches, consumers are expected to create increasingly complex passwords that include capital letters, numbers and symbols to protect their digital identities. Intel Security will incorporate the simplicity of the PasswordBox solution with new, user-friendly authentication technologies that enable users to get the benefit of improved security in a manner that is simple to set up and use.
Experience Next-Generation Solutions ? Intel Security has assembled world-class innovators in hardware engineering, software and services to build solutions that address the most pressing security challenges. Combining the power of Intel Security with PasswordBox’s expert team, Intel is committed and well-positioned to innovate and deliver new, ground-breaking, next-generation solutions on a regular cadence to meet the needs of consumers.
Consequently, it may interest both real and potential partners of Intel that award-winning PasswordBox which was acquired by Intel in December 1, 2014 is the only digital life manager that logs users in, instantly to their favorite websites and apps without having to type in, or even memorize, their passwords. Beyond that it has the capacity to collaborate with secure password sharing, for personal and business purposes. Create encrypted notes while keeping track of credit cards, passports and other sensitive personal data in user?s digital wallet ,etc.