About 40 million tons of electronic waste gets generated each year around the world. Between cellphones, computers, tablets, and laptops, it’s easy to see how we generate so much waste.
Technology gets outdated quickly. The average cellphone user upgrades their phones every 18-24 months.
Using old technologies in your business could have unexpected consequences. Your productivity could slow down and your employees aren’t as efficient as they usually are.
How can you tell if your business has outdated tech that needs replacing? Read this guide to find out.
When Is It Time to Ditch Old Technologies?
The first sign of outdated tech is that there’s a noticeable reduction in speed. If you have a device that’s a couple of years old and it suddenly slows down, you may have malware on the machine.
However, if your device struggles to boot, or it takes forever to complete a task, it could be time for new technology.
You have to figure out how much time the slow machine costs. It might take a few minutes for a computer to load, but that adds up over time.
Should you replace or upgrade your systems? That’s a question that people with slow, outdated systems ask themselves.
The first consideration is the age of the device. If it’s more than five years old spending money to upgrade parts doesn’t make sense.
Does the manufacturer still support the device? Most manufacturers support phones for about three years.
It varies with computers because the manufacturer still might support your computer. However, your software programs no longer run because you have outdated tech.
If the manufacturer no longer supports the device, it becomes a security issue. You no longer get security updates, leaving your device vulnerable.
Tips to Replace Outdated Computers
There are two sizable challenges when it comes to replacing older computers.
Your main challenge is getting rid of old technology securely. You have a lot of data stored on hard drives. If you don’t remove the data, someone could wind up with your device and gain access to all of your accounts.
There are erasure products that clean out hard drives completely. That gives you the confidence that your data no longer exists.
Of course, you need to back up your data before performing this task.
The other challenge is knowing how to safely dispose of old technology. Old technology isn’t something you throw into a dumpster.
You can donate it to an organization like Free Geek. They take old tech and give everyone access to technology and train disadvantaged communities on how to use it.
If it’s too old to donate, then look for a recycling company certified in e-waste recycling.
Is It Time for New Technology?
You want to get the most out of technology, but there comes a point where it’s time to replace old technologies.
These guidelines told you how to know when it’s time to give up on old technology. Now you know a few tips to dispose of technology safely and securely.
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