BACK UP IMPORTANT DATA
Ensure you have a reliable backup for any information you can’t live without.
For business users this is the data you need everyday to run your business such as customer data, accounting files, email, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets & your databases. Make sure you have multiple backups and that at least one copy is updated regularly and stored offsite.
For personal computer users, this is your personal email files & budget spreadsheet. And don’t forget all of the photos you’ve taken over the holidays and on vacations!
UPDATE SOFTWARE & HARDWARE
Outdated components leave you vulnerable to attack.
Business users, what software is your server running? If it’s Microsoft Server 2008, make a plan now to upgrade this mission-critical software before support ends. Planning early saves money in the long run and reduces stress! This is also the time to replace old hardware to minimize risk. Rule of thumb is anything older than 4 years should be on track to be replaced within a year.
Still using Windows 7? 1 in 7 people do, so you are not alone, but it is time to protect yourself with an upgrade…
PROTECT AGAINST VIRUSES & MALWARE
Update your anti-virus software regularly & be cautious of emails
For business users, having a managed anti-virus solution can protect your network from online threats like Cryptowall, which encrypts your data and then demands a monetary ransom to get it back. A potentially devastating situation for business owners. You don’t want that, trust us.
For personal computer users, steer clear of untrusted websites (like gambling & couponing) and don’t open unsolicited email, especially those with attachments. (actually this goes for business users, too!)
REMOVE DUST & CLEAN UP YOUR DESKTOP
Compressed Air is Your Friend!
For all computer users, pick up a can of compressed air at your local office supply store and carefully clean dust from the crevices of your computer. Don’t forget to spray out your keyboard and all those cookie crumbs leftover from Christmas…or is that just us?!
Then take a few minutes, to sort out the icons on your desktop. There’s probably a lot that can find its way to the recycle bin or be filed neatly into a folder. Ahhh….isn’t that better?
MAKE BRICKHOST A PART OF 2017
With Managed IT services for just about everyone, you can’t go wrong…
Whether it’s Online Backups, Email solutions, Microsoft Server upgrades, Anti-Virus Protection, Computer Repair, Disaster Recovery or Managed IT solutions, our staff of certified IT professionals are here to help, with customized IT plans to fit your budget.
Our wish for you in 2017 is less technology stress and more business success! Together, we can make that happen. Happy New Year!