It’s a new year and we’re all busy setting resolutions we hope to keep over the next 12 months. Technology plays a huge role in our everyday lives (especially at work!), so it’s natural that some of your resolutions be about your tech habits.
Consider making these 2017 tech resolutions to protect yourself and your co-workers, and to keep your business running smoothly.
1. Get serious about password security
Make this the year you stop using your dog’s name or 1-2-3-4 as your email password. Password security is an ongoing problem. People choose weak passwords. They use the same passwords for everything. They write passwords down on sticky notes and leave them attached to their computer monitors. None of these habits are OK, and leave you open to a security breach.
We get it — choosing an elaborate new password with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols for each of your accounts is exhausting. To make it easier, use an app like LastPass to manage your passwords. If you want to dig deeper into security check out our post on common Security Mistakes.
2. Install those software updates
There’s a reason those pesky reminders about software updates pop up regularly on your phone or computer. You don’t have to download that new version of iTunes, but you should. While it can be a pain to install the updates, it’s important that you don’t skip them.
Most include new security features that fix existing bugs or problems. Ideally, they’ll also make your device run faster and smoother. (If you’re worried you don’t have the space on your device to install the update, shoot us an email).
3. Create a BYOD policy for your workplace
All companies handle BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) issues differently. Some businesses want their employees to use their own iPhones and tablets when on company time (the benefit is reduced costs), whereas other organizations would prefer employees only view sensitive customer information on a corporate laptop.
Either way, it’s time to draft a policy that outlines where you stand on the issue. Whether you like it or not, employees will bring their own devices to work, connect to the wifi network and probably browse Instagram.
Draft a policy that outlines, among other things, the usage guidelines and security measures relevant to your BYOD workplace. As an example, you might let an employee choose an iPhone for business use, but your policy has some restrictions on the way they can use the smartphone (personal calls are fine, but they can’t download unlimited apps).
Security measures will help you revoke cloud access to sensitive files if an employee leaves the company and takes her laptop with her.
4. Upgrade essential hardware like your server
“The server’s down.”
Those dreaded words no one likes to hear in the office. We wish servers could live forever — we really do — but manufacturers design them to fail after four or five years. Your server will start to get noisy and slow. Consider replacing it before it fails and you’re forced to make a decision under emergency stress.
Use the new year as an opportunity to take inventory of all your tech gear and assess its age and condition. Make a list of what needs to be replaced and then prioritize that list based on your budget.
5. Talk to your IT provider more
It’s vital that you make sure you’re on the same page as your IT provider strategically. We’re here to help you achieve your business goals. We need to know what those are. It's our goal to sit down with our clients each quarter in 2017, and make sure you understand your current IT setup and the plan for the next 12 months.
We’re also regularly run events covering topics useful to our customers. Check out our next one here.
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