Three IT mistakes every small business must avoid

Managing a small business can vary from simple to complex and almost all require the use of computers. In this era where everything depends on the system and computer generated data and reports, an intensive IT background is a must in order to set it up properly. It can be risky if done incorrectly and small business owners can and do make unfortunate mistakes when it comes to their IT system.

Here are some of the most common problems a small business faces when it comes to setting up and maintaining computer systems:

  • Inability To Set Up Firewalls & Virus Protection

Computer security has long been an important concern for small business. Many hackers tend to target small business due to lack of defensive resources. Also, computer viruses are becoming more and more dangerous each year that’s why the need to increase protection is urgently needed.

While most small business owners are aware of the importance of protecting their data security in computers, portable devices are often overlooked. In most cases, employees use their personal computers and mobile devices for work related purposes. It might help the owner’s budget from having to purchase additional equipment; however, it can also increase the risk of security concerns. Different ways to protect different machines used at work must be applied.

  • 2. Failure To Consistently Back up Data

Knowing how to set up firewalls and virus protection programs is a vital aspect in small business. However, learning how to properly back up information is definitely another essential part. Backing up properly can save small business owners from unnecessary pain and regret if the worst happened. When unwanted situations occur such as system failure and security breach, backed up data will still be available for access, allowing small business to keep operating.

Most of the time, small businesses fail to consistently back up data. The process of backing up should be a priority at all times and small business owners should make an accurate schedule for backing up their system’s data. That way, everything can go smoothly and be under control.

  • Failure To Create Secure Wireless Networks

Majority of small business require a reliable and fast wireless network especially when using multiple portable devices. However, wireless networks also come with their own security challenges. An inexperienced small business owner can find it hard to set up a wireless router. In addition, it is also important to ensure strong security is set or else access to the network can be easily obtained.

With many routers, by default, wireless security is turned off, additionally the default username and password is left at the default (ie admin, admin). Hackers know what the default credentials are for the different brands so it’s vital this information is changed to something only you know.

If you’re a small business owner and you are unsure of whether you are secure we recommend giving CKP Computers a call so we can help you out. We can save you time & money and greatly reduce your risks. Our number is 0447 619 397 or you can send us an enquiry, either through our contact page, by Facebook or by email, helpme@ckpcomputers.com.au.

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