5 IT Business Solutions to Protect You from Losing Time & Money
Updated: Aug 6
If you believe the current IT Business Solutions you have in place to protect your company from losing time and money, you need to re-examine how disaster proof they really are.
While it's impossible to plan for every potential IT problem or emergency, a little proactive monitoring and maintenance of your network will help you avoid or greatly reduce the impact of the vast majority of computer disasters you could experience.
Step#1: Make Sure You Are Backing Up Your Files Every Day
Imagine this: you write the most important piece of information you could ever write on a chalkboard and I come along and erase it. How are you going to get it back? You’re not. Unless you can remember it, or if YOU MADE A COPY OF IT, you can’t recover the data. It’s gone. That is why it is so important to back up your network.
There are a number of things that could cause you to lose data files. If the information on the disk is important to you, make sure you have more than one copy of it. Any IT Business Solutions you have in place should always include file back up across multiple sources ideally.
If any go missing and cannot be retrieved by your current IT provider, you may want to seriously question what they're doing to safeguard your data.
Step #2: Check Your Backups On A Regular Basis To Make Sure They Are Working Properly
This is another big mistake we see very often. Many business owners or their IT provider, set up some type of backup system, but then never check to make sure it’s working properly. It’s not uncommon for a system to APPEAR to be backing up when in reality, it’s not.
There are dozens of things that can go wrong and cause your backup to become corrupt and useless. That is why it’s not enough to simply back up your system; you or your IT provider must check it on a regular basis to make sure the data is recoverable in the event of an emergency. We have came across a company recently that shelled out €40,000 to recover data they THOUGHT their IT Provider backed up? Don’t let that happen to you.
Step #3: Keep An Offsite Copy Of Your Backups
What happens if a fire or flood destroys your server AND the backup tapes or drive? This is how many unexpected power cuts have devastated many businesses that have now been forced into bankruptcy or near bankruptcy. What happens if your office gets robbed and they take EVERYTHING? Having an offsite backup is simply a smart way to make sure you can get your business back up and running in a relatively short period of time.
Step #4: Make Sure Your Virus Protection Is ALWAYS On AND Up-To-Date
You would have to be living under a rock to not know how devastating a virus can be to your network. With virus attacks coming from spam, downloaded data and music files, instant messages, web sites, and e-mails from friends and clients, you cannot afford to be without up-to-date virus protection.
Not only can a virus corrupt your files and bring down your network, but it can also hurt your reputation. If you or one of your employees unknowingly spreads a virus to a customer, or if the virus hijacks your e-mail address book, you’re going to make a lot of people very angry.
Step #5: Set Up A Firewall
Small & medium business owners tend to think that because they are “just a small business”, no one would waste time trying to hack in to their network, when nothing could be further from the truth.
We’ve conducted experiments where we connected a single computer to the Internet with no firewall. Within hours, over 13 gigabytes of space was taken over by malicious code and files that could not be deleted.
The simple fact is that there are thousands of unscrupulous individuals out there who think it’s fun to disable your computer just because they can.
These individuals strike randomly by searching the Internet for open, unprotected ports. As soon as they find one, they will delete files or download huge files that cannot be deleted, shutting down your hard drive.
They can also use your computer as a zombie for storing pirated software or sending spam, which will cause your ISP to shut YOU down and prevent you from accessing the Internet or sending and receiving e-mail.
If the malicious programs can’t be deleted, you’ll have to re-format the entire hard drive causing you to lose every piece of information you’ve ever owned UNLESS you were backing up your files properly. The takeaway is that if your current IT provider is not providing you IT Business solutions to address and proactively manage all of these critical aspects of a strong IT strategy, you are setting yourself for disaster, or they are.
This is not acceptable and we know most business cannot afford to lose time or money. It doesn't pay you or your employees.
How Can I check if my current provider is actually protecting my network & delivering top IT Business Solutions:
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