Gaining Certainty: When to Purchase Software

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A sad sight greets you — a wallet is filled to a scattering of pennies, the occasional fold of a dollar. Wages have already been siphoned, applied to the daily demands of your existence. There are few coins left now to spare and fewer items that can be purchased with them. Money has shown itself once again to be cruel, leaving you without the chance to buy the technology you need.

And this — you believe — is proof that distributors are to be denied. There are free downloads, after all, within the Internet. You could use these to receive the programs you crave (without having to devote an entire paycheck to them). It seems to be the ideal solution.

It’s not.

While none can deny that manufacturer software can be expensive, none can also deny that it offers compensations for that expense: none more vital than warranties. Individuals who choose to purchase from the creators of their operating systems can gain instant value — with all programs and functions protected by service agreements. These agreements ensure that each item will perform as promised (with no malfunctions or virus worries to consider). Certainty can be achieved.

Such a feeling can’t be found online, however.

Downloadable programs — while convenient — do not boast guarantees. Their low costs are a reflection of their risks: and users may receive applications that are ultimately flawed.

It’s imperative therefore that important software (such as malware protection) be purchased. The prices may seem too high but the rewards are essential. Downloading simply can’t provide the necessary warranties and shouldn’t therefore be considered.

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