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Five ways to keep your business IT safe over Christmas

Did you know more hacking takes place over Christmas than at any other time of the year? So much for feeling festive!

It’s a scary thought but there are precautions you can take to stop this happening.

Ahead of the break, which we all deserve, here’s some things to consider to keep your business technology safe.

Identify weaknesses and upgrade

There are many ways to identify weaknesses in your business IT, the best of which is a full IT audit. This will uncover any threats to your data and therefore will give your business actions to take or better yet, the auditor will solve the issues for you.

Following this, any necessary updates can be implemented.

Consider off-site backups

For many businesses, off-site backups can help reduce ransomware attacks and give added safety to their data. This can be a good idea ahead of the New Year for a safer 2021 for your business.

You can do this by discussing cloud opportunities with an IT provider (like Syn-Star) who may then take care of this for you.

Update and keep up-to-date

This is the easiest way to keep your business safe over Christmas. Ensure your devices are fully updated.

It is very easy to continually press the ‘ignore’ or ‘update later’ button when pop-ups appear, however before you close down for Christmas, it is good practice to ensure your computer software is up to date as this gives added security against hackers.

Did you know with most operating systems you can now schedule for when the updates take place; this means no more restarting during inconvenient times!

Strengthen passwords, logins and security questions

This is an annoying one but very manageable. Ensuring your passwords are strong and secure is a good start when protecting your business from hackers.

Just remember your new passwords and store them in a safe location!

Avoid laptop/PC theft through safe storage

With many people working from home, a lot of business technology including private data is now more spread out across multiple buildings and locations. The addition of some people travelling for Christmas means work laptops may be left behind.

Therefore, it is good practice to speak with your employees and make sure their work devices are as secure as possible before heading off for the holiday season.

Many of these steps are ones your business can use internally to ensure the safety of your data, with the majority being relatively simple to implement.

It’s not too late to keep your business safe over Christmas, contact us today!

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