Choose the wrong IT tools for the job and your business will suffer as a result. In some cases, the wrong IT can even ruin your business.Here is a list of the common fails of IT in business. 1. Inadequate back-up Admin, emails, finances, customer and business contacts, client projects and legal documents – the list of data assets that need to be safely backed up spans your business. Some SMEs don’t back-up at all. Some rely on external hard drives or discs, which copy over computer-stored assets at the end of the day or week. But nowadays there is no excuse not to back-up in the cloud which is by far the safest way to protect as well as continually update your entire business. Cloud storage means that even if your office is hit by a physical disaster that destroys the premises, all the data assets – which comprise the real business – will be extractable almost immediately in any other location. Backing up in the cloud makes you bulletproof to all threats. 2. Poor security protocols with staff This is an age old dilemma; getting your staff to create random, complex passwords – long sequences with special characters and random case changes on letters. If your staff use Password 1, consider their computer and everything on it an open book to the world. A good password generator can be found here: https://xkpasswd.net/s/. You will obviously need good anti-virus protection against a range of malware. Security protocols can extend to flagging and blocking personal social media, pornography and other inappropriate use of business computers – as often these sites not only distract from work but invite malware. You also need to think about business use on personal smart devices that leave the building. Have strong rules so there is no grey area here where malware or random people can pry into your business data. You can monitor devices for such use 24/7 with a good Managed Services provider.
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