Whether your business just opened or has been established for a while, you rely on technology for continued growth. Your computers, phones, printers, and other work machines provide invaluable support. Unfortunately, your business technology can also be one of your biggest handicaps if something goes wrong.
Common Tech Mistakes
The modern world’s heavy reliance on technology is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, businesses and individuals have free access to remarkable ways to be productive and promote themselves. On the other hand, a delay, malfunction, or security breach has a drastically devastating effect on technology and productivity. As a whole, technology may make our lives easier, but the challenges we face have only increased along with our technology. Fortunately, you can mitigate these challenges for yourself by avoiding these common mistakes:
- Using personal devices for work
- Poor data security
- Outdated technology
- Reactive rather than proactive maintenance
1) Using Personal Devices for Work
Do your employees use their personal laptops or mobile devices for work? Worse, do they use personal social media or Google drive accounts to connect to business accounts? Both scenarios can pose a serious threat to security. Not only is work data more easily accessible through a personal computer, but your employees could also be compromising their own data by connecting it to work accounts. Try to provide work-specific computers with enhanced security for your business data. If your employees must continue to use personal devices, make sure they log in with business-specific accounts and keep data safe.
2) Poor Data Security
Most businesses generally do a good job keeping up with antivirus updates and protections from common phishing scams. But what about other forms of data security? For instance, how would your business recover sensitive information and records following a catastrophic event? As you plan for day-to-day security, don’t forget to look ahead to the future and build a business continuity and recovery plan for emergencies.
Pro Tip: Managed security services working in tandem with antivirus software and excellent employee training will protect your business from hackers and other threats.
3) Outdated Technology
Technology evolves at a breakneck speed in the modern world. If your business falls too far behind, you risk losing functionality as support for old software and hardware ends. You simply cannot afford to retain outdated technology and stay at the forefront of your industry for very long. Don’t hesitate to upgrade as soon as you can.
4) Reactive Rather Than Proactive Maintenance
There’s nothing wrong with taking a broken piece of equipment in for repairs. However, if that’s all you do for your business technology, you have a problem. Your business technology needs ongoing maintenance and checks to find and resolve underlying problems. If you wait until something breaks, it might be too late to save your data or the machine itself. Stay on top of your technological needs to prevent any problems from getting out of hand.
Keep Your Business Running Smoothly!
Your business may never be as perfect as you want it to be. However, with the right technology and maintenance, you’ll keep your workdays efficient and productive. Avoid these common tech mistakes and keep yourself competitive in your field!
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