Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Technology CYA

Recently our office had to deal with a system crash of one of our field laptops. Usually for a small business, a system crash can be a major setback. There are ways to minimize the chance that a system crash does not send you business into a holding pattern and by following a few steps a small business can save money in the long run. Here are a few process and procedures that our firm uses to minimize the chance of lost data when a system crashes.

1. Password protect any (and all) computers – whether they are used within the firm or in the field.
2. Do not save critical data on the hard drive – use an online secure storage service or some other offsite secure storage facility
3. Create (and use) a backup schedule – for very critical data, backup on a daily basis.

These are just a few of the processes and procedures that our office uses to ensure that our critical data is always accessible. If the procedures were not in place, there would be increased costs to retrieve data and/or rebuild data. Setting up similar procedures in your small business can save you money in the long run.

As for the laptop that crashed, we are still awaiting its arrival from tech repair which is still under warranty.

Keeping Your Business N Synergy

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