Spring is here, a time for new life, baseball, and spring cleaning. Cleaning up your technology not only ensures it will last longer, but it can also have a significant effect on productivity and health. Get started with your technology spring cleaning with these 5 tips.
Spring Clean Your Technology: Start Here
It is good to develop habits to keep your technology optimized and up-to-date at all times. Good daily habits save time and money in the long run. You may also consider managed IT services to keep your IT at peak condition at all times. Here are 5 tips for spring cleaning your business technology this year.
Backup Your Data
Keeping your important and sensitive data backed up frequently is vital to your security and business continuity. Make sure you have a data backup system in place to archive data regularly and store it reliably, preferably off-site. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if loss of the data in question would hinder doing business, back it up. Consider using cloud based services to keep your data secure, backed up, and available across devices anywhere.
Clean Computers, Laptops, and Tablets
You and your employees use your computers, laptops, and tablets all day every day. Keeping them clean will not only ensure they last longer, but it’s also better for your health. Clean all screens with a microfiber cloth. You can also use to clean the casing of your laptop and tablets. Wipe keyboards with a damp, soft cloth and then blow out dust and debris with a can of condensed air. Use alcohol wipes at the end to clean and disinfect your keyboards. Create a plan for cleaning them often, even as much as once a week. Also, make sure all your software, browsers, and security programs are regularly updated and optimized.
Consider Adding a Second Monitor
Adding a second monitor to workstations makes it so much easier to research on the internet, enter data, and generate content. It will make work more efficient and boost productivity.
Perform a Security Audit
Run a system analysis to make sure you have no holes in your digital security. Make sure your network is protected physically and digitally. Change all passwords frequently. Make sure data is protected in transit and while in storage. Monitor user activity across your network and audit all transactions.
Working long hours in front of a computer screen can take a toll on your body. It can cause ongoing mild discomfort to serious injury. Make sure your office workstations are designed with ergonomics in mind. Consider replacing your office chairs with ergonomic chairs and supplying your staff with ergonomic keyboards, mouses, and wrist rests. Use Osha’s checklist to evaluate your office workstations.
Perform Your Technology Checkup
Make sure your technology is up to date and in optimal working condition. Use this guide to spring clean your technology this year. Improve your productivity, secure your network, and make sure your employees have everything they need. For more information on ways to spring clean your IT, Contact Us.