When it comes to technology, there are few things more important than the security of your information. And whether it is an external breach that exposes your data or an internal crash that destroys it, you want to be sure that you are taking every step possible to avoid those stressful situations.
Fortunately, backup and security solutions don’t always have to be so complicated. Check out our suggested tips and tricks to help minimize the possibility of these threats.
Use a Password Manager
We’ve written in the past about the dangers of repeated or outdated passwords. It is always good practice to update your passwords annually, or even more frequently if dealing with extremely sensitive information. We are aware, however, of how difficult it can be to remember possibly dozens of unique passwords and of the headaches that ensue if you have to reset one. This is exactly where password managers can help out. With a wide variety of capabilities and syncing features, password managers are extremely secure without compensating ease of use. PC Magazine released a list of their favorites and full descriptions of what they offer.
Add a Password to Your Company Printers
Even though our culture is headed toward entirely paperless communications, most companies still have at least one printer in the office. And as surprising as it may seem, printers can be an easily targeted weak link for hackers to key into. Because printers today operate on wireless systems, they are susceptible to cyber attacks just like a smartphone or computer. In fact, in March this year, a hacker worked their way into the systems of a Boston university via a printer and printed a large output of white supremacist hate literature, according to ComputerWorld. To avoid this kind of scandal, add password protection to your printer settings.
Authorize Automatic Backups
Many computer users are not willing to use external hard drives to back up their data. They are often seen as a bulky accessory to remember and a tedious task to sit through. Luckily, with the advent of cloud backups, most users don’t have to have a physical external hard drive anymore to secure their information. The trick, however, is making sure you are actually using your cloud backup. Setting up automatic backups either daily or weekly after the working hours will ensure that your company’s data will not be erased in the event of a virus, crash or human error. For more tips on backups, check out this article from Make Use Of.
If you are interested in any or all of these tips and need help getting started, call us today for help: 816-781-3006