Digitisation Of Data – Basic Advice For Reducing Risk

The increased digitisation of data offers many obvious benefits to a small business in terms of keeping track of all your valuable information. However it also brings with it a plethora of new risks and potential problems. These can be avoided or ameliorated by simple planning and thinking ahead (and having someone proficient and skilled in charge of your IT systems, of course!), so it’s handy to have a look at just what they might be so they can be tackled before they become a real issue. Remember, data is just as important to your business as profit is – losing your accounts can be as destructive as burning your money.

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Perhaps the most important thing you can do in order to minimise further problems down the line is effective staff training. This can’t be overstated – if everyone knows what they are doing and what the procedures are, then the likelihood of problems drastically decreases. And that includes yourself, so make sure you’re completely up to speed on all your IT systems before you start teaching everyone else.

 

Having an off-site tech team is recommended, but even once you have one of those in place there are things you need to do yourself in order to make your life easier. Little things, the kind of things a lot of people tend to overlook – such as having strong passwords, for example. “1234” is a recipe for disaster, as are passwords anyone with a knowledge of you or your business would have a decent chance of guessing. Birthdays, children’s names – these are essentially an unlocked door. Use a combination of letters and numbers – preferably one that doesn’t actually mean anything in itself, to make it impossible to guess. And whatever you do don’t write them on Post-It notes stuck around the office!

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Developing an IT strategy is also invaluable. Your IT support provider can help you with this, but it’s good for everyone in the business to know exactly what the procedures are, and that way a lot of problems can be headed off at the pass before you even need to call your off-site support.

As long as you keep ahead of things, and your systems are in good hands, then you’ll be amazed how many problems can be avoided entirely.

If your company requires out-sourced IT support contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak to an expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively fill in our online contact form or visit our website here.

How Can Web Hosting Benefit Your Business

IT Support Essex: The term ‘Web Hosting’ is thrown around a lot in any IT department, but what does it actually mean? Essentially, web hosting is the service which allows individuals to post either a web page or website onto the internet. They are then stored or ‘hosted’ on computers called servers. Professional web hosting allows for technical support and increased web security which is simply not available free. But how exactly can professional web security benefit your business?

Reliability

If you were to choose a large hosting service, despite benefitting from the cheap service in the short term. Your company could actually be in jeopardy in the long term. As the customer,  you are lost in a vast sea of other companies which means no one is really looking after your site, which leads to poor service. Many times, large hosting sites are often a target for hackers as they can extract a lot of information quickly. However, with a dedicated hosting service you are less likely to get hacked and it in turns ends up being a lot more reliable.

Design Roam

A professional web hosting site can give you unrestricted access to how your website looks as well as what supporting technologies you wish to use. This will benefit your business as you don’t need to worry about compromising on certain aspects of your site. You have free reign to create your website, just how you want it.

Personalised Features

With a professional web hosting service you have access to a private domain name. This means that you are able to create personalised emails and email campaigns which contribute to increasing your brand recognition. Potential leads are more likely to use your service if they see that your email address somewhat reflects your company. This will also help maintain your work life balance as you can now introduce clients to your branded email system.

There are just three benefits of professional web hosting to your business. We can offer website hosting, design and domain services for your businesses all over the UK. If you would like more information that our team here at 39 Degress Support Essex offer. Get in touch today.