Well. Are they?
There are enough headaches presented to businesses today and the last thing you need to worry about is system failure. If your systems aren’t firing on all cylinders, they are going to hold you, your employees and your business back from the success that you deserve. Don’t fall victim to this, as looking after your systems and computers doesn’t need to be hard work.
But you can make it hard work, so get this issue nipped in the bud before it becomes a real headache.
Firstly, if you’re of little to no technical ability, or if you don’t have the time to manage your systems, then you need to seek help as soon as possible. Thankfully, there are companies and third-parties like Digital Planet.Net that will come to your aid should you ask. The help is available and you are putting your business at risk if you don’t seek aid if you need it. Either educate yourself, or collaborate with another to get issues sorted before they arise.
Anti-virus software should be a mainstay of your systems. If you scan regularly and update your anti-virus software, you’re going to prevent a system shutdown. Most viruses are simply headaches, but there are some extremely malicious viruses out there and you do not want these lurking on your systems. Ransomware is something you do not want to come in contact with at all and if you’re a panicky person, it’s going to cost you a lot of money. Ransomware will take your system ‘hostage’ in exchange for money and there’s no guarantee that you will actually get your computer back when your cough up the cash. Don’t become a victim.
If you don’t update your operating systems, you’re allowing cybercriminals to prey on the vulnerabilities of your outdated systems which will have well-documented flaws. As with ransomware, if your systems are easy to manipulate, you’re going to endure some major stress at the hands of cyber-crime. Keep everything up to date and make sure you can find solutions or create them to make sure you’re not making your company vulnerable.
If you’re storing data, either encrypt it if you need it, or destroy it securely if you don’t. Possessing large amounts of needless data is going to slow down your systems and make sure that cyber-criminals come looking for you. Also, educate your employees on the dangers of downloads, they could be bringing the criminals to your doorstep. Ensure each and every download is scanned.
If your systems are not in good condition, ask yourself why? Why would you risk your business like that? There is cost involved with maintaining your computers, but the risks of a system shutdown or an attack on your systems are far worse than a solitary expense. Clean your computers, make sure you don’t make a cyber-crime easy, don’t advertise your vulnerabilities. Don’t become a victim, and make sure your systems are running efficiently as this is best for business!