Spring is finally here, which means out with the old and in with the new. Spring cleaning is not just for the home. Now is a great time to clean up and organize areas of your business that will help you be more productive and efficient. One area that continually needs care, maintenance and updating is technology.

Here are 3 simple tasks that should be on your spring cleaning “to-do” list:

1) Review your backup procedures – What are your current backup procedures? What are you currently backing up and when was the last time you reviewed these files and applications? Backing up your data is essential to business continuity. If you don’t have a cloud backup system in place, now is the time to start using one. If you are already have a system in place, review how well it is working for you, and review the files and applications you are backing up. Taking occasional inventory of what you are backing up will help ensure that critical files and applications are available when you need them most.

2) Assess security and protection – According to a recent Internet Security Report from Symantec, the largest growth area for targeted attacks are businesses with less than 250 employees. Why? Smaller businesses are easier to hack into because they are less likely to keep their security up-to-date. Make sure that security patches and updates are installed as soon as they become available. With the expiration of Windows XP on April 8th, security patches and updates will no longer be available for those using that operating system. If you are an XP user, make sure you have a plan in place to secure and protect your critical information after the expiration.

3) Upgrade old technology – With the expiration of XP, now is a great time to take account and make sure that your hardware, software, and operating systems are up-to-date. Upgrading outdated technology, whether it be the operating system, laptop or mobile device, is critical to ensuring maximum efficiency, security and mobility.

If your business needs assistance with “spring cleaning” your technology, our experts are able to help. Please call us today at (405) 242-1000, or email us at support@dobsontechnologies.com if you are an existing customer or sales@dobsontechnologies.com for new customers.

Sources:
http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/technology/ask/1576819/Spring-cleaning-your-small-business-technology.html
http://blog.voicesaver.com/index.php/spring-cleaning-7-tips-for-your-voip-business/
http://www.smallbizdaily.com/15691/spring-clean-small-business/