A business phone maintenance plan of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” may work in the short term, but that old phone system is hurting your business. The moment something breaks, you’ve got a whole new set of issues to address. The best time to replace your old phone system is before it breaks.
While it’s true that technology allows businesses to operate leaner and cleaner, it can complicate the logistics of an office relocation. Here are steps you can take to assure the process happens smoothly and with minimal downtime.
End of Life is a term for the end of support for a hardware or software product and its patches, including security updates and customer service. When Windows XP reached End of Life, it was on 40% of the world’s computers. Today, Windows 7 runs on 70% of business computers. Planning ahead can save you money and headaches.
Whether it is a power outage, loss of internet or phone lines, or something more drastic, if your business shuts down unexpectedly, it is going to cost you money. The goal of DR/BC planning is to know how much it will cost to stay in business and not lose customers. Here are the resources to include when adding up your business continuity cost.
Spectre and Meltdown belong to a category of vulnerabilities called “chip hacks.” These affect the processors of computers, phones, and tablets. Both hacks rely on the manipulation of processor operations in order to retrieve sensitive data. Spectre exploits a design flaw by tricking programs to perform unnecessary actions, potentially exposing confidential data. Meanwhile, Meltdown grabs information from the processor that ordinarily would not be accessible.
Please note that both of these hacks would require an actual malicious attempt by a hacker. Without the manipulation of the processor’s operations, private information, such as passwords, is relatively safe. However, if we’ve learned anything about security flaws, it’s that someone, somewhere, will make an attempt before a patch can be applied. The potential for your passwords to be exposed is real.
View your IT budget as a roadmap and a strategic approach to achieving your business goals. By forecasting your projected revenue and planning for costs and expenses, you will be better prepared for the inevitable ups and downs a year brings.
Streamlining the process with paperless automation can make everything run more smoothly for both staff and the public. By developing the Automated Tax Warrant System (ATWS) for county sheriff departments, Lieberman Technologies has improved the process for 68 counties in Indiana.
Off-the-shelf software is very general in nature. It performs a limited task or set of tasks for a business, regardless of the type of business using it. It often doesn’t have the capabilities to handle the special needs of a specific business or industry. Fine-tuning a business to eliminate inefficiency is a constant goal. For some businesses, this can mean ditching off-the-shelf software in favor of custom software.
While you can still use your computer with the outdated operating system, you will be susceptible to malware triggered by hackers taking advantage of weak or unpatched code.
Before the global attack was stopped, it spread around the world, affecting computers in 150 countries – including computers used in healthcare systems, utilities, and government. On Monday, May 15th, as the world went back to work, the attack picked up speed again.
As a small business owner, it’s likely you are using some type of data protection strategy to guard against data loss. However, data protection is only half the story. The other half is minimizing downtime. No matter how well you’ve protected your business’ data, that protection can be useless if you are unable to access it. Every minute, every hour, every day that you are unable to retrieve your protected and stored data affects your bottom line.
An image-based backup preserves a copy of a machine’s operating system, including system state and application configurations, as well as the data associated with that machine. The information captured in this copy is saved as a single file known as an image. Each image represents a single point in time, which allows a restore of a specific file at a specific point if necessary.
Data security is becoming more important as business data is being collected everywhere. Globally, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, a figure that will likely grow steadily in the years to come. In fact, the data generated just within the last two years amounts to 90% of the data currently in existence. The rapid pace of data generation requires a business to stay on top of their data protection strategy. Threats to data security seem to lurk at every turn. But what are the biggest threats to a company’s data?
Say the word “disaster” and powerful images come to mind – tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like. But there are more common disasters. A vicious bit of malware that gains entrance into company servers. Even a cup of coffee knocked over onto a keyboard can cause significant problems. And yet, most companies are content to build their business disaster recovery plan for the “someday” of a natural disaster, which is statistically less likely to occur.
For an entire year following their July 29, 2015, announcement, Microsoft made Windows 10 available for free. It’s still possible to get the upgrade for free – Microsoft is continuing to offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for those individuals who use assistive technology.
A lot of small business owners have a go-to person for accounting or legal help, but why not improve your business with a virtual CIO to call for IT advice?