The thought of purchasing, maintaining and securing technologies can be a little overwhelming for a business owner, especially if they lack technical know-how. Unfortunately, this inexperience can sometimes result in intelligent companies making the following big technology mistakes.
Here is a run-down of what we feel the top 4 mistakes businesses can make with their tech.
How many are you or your employer guilty of?
Reliance on the Cloud
Cloud-based systems can be a great way to prevent security breaches, as all your data could be safely stored away off-site. However, many companies are making the mistake of becoming too reliant on the cloud, as they will be placing all their sensitive data in the hands of another company.
So, while a cloud-based solution is a handy business solution, it should not serve as a permanent home for your data. You should, therefore, consider a local backup and an external drive to store your important files.
Failure to backup
A failure to backup could cause your company to fail. All it takes is one cyber attack, hard drive failure or accidental deletion to lose important data, which could result in significant performance, financial and legal issues. So, if you aren’t backing up, there is no time like the present to start – and you should ensure all your employees also regularly backing up valuable data, too.
Incorrectly disposing of old tech
If a device breaks, what do you do with it? If your answer was to toss it in the bin, you are making a big mistake. Not only will the incorrect disposable of technologies have a damaging impact on the environment, but you could also be leaving sensitive data on a hard drive, which could easily fall into the wrong hands.
The data can still live inside a hard drive, even if it has suffered a failure. It is, therefore, advisable to seek a hard drive data recovery service, which can retrieve your valuable data before you destroy the information. These professional technicians can retrieve all or most of your files. Also, do not forget to wipe clean a hard drive if you plan to sell it.
Lack of security systems
Many small businesses are often guilty of failing to make IT security a company priority, as they believe they are too small to fall victim to a cyber attack. However, what many SMEs fail to realize is that large organizations have the tools and budget to protect their IT infrastructures, so many cyber criminals are now targeting vulnerable small to medium size companies.
It is, therefore, essential you have the appropriate security systems in place, such as a firewall and antivirus program. You must also ensure that company emails and social networking accounts do not fall victim to spam or viruses. Make sure to vary account passwords and avoid clicking on suspicious links that could allow a virus to target a network. Every business should develop IT security guidelines that all members or staff are required to follow.
A lack of security could destroy your company in a matter of minutes, hours or days – undoing the efforts and hard work you and your employees have made to grow your business. So, get to grips with various security systems, or you might learn the hard way.
Provided by James Daniels
James is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.