An end of year tech checklist
By Mark Evans
It’s hard to believe but 2012 is almost over. You might still be busy or things might already be in a holiday lull, but between now and mid-January, you should have a moment to think about if you’re making the best use of technology in your business. Here’s a quick checklist of quick tasks to get your tech back on track.
Update your software
Go through your personal computer and mobile applications and make sure you’re in the latest software updates. It might take just a few minutes to upload a new browser or get your apps updated on your smartphone.
Assessing your bigger software packages might take longer and cost more, but if your employees have been complaining of problems with compatibility or bugs, maybe it’s time to upgrade your databases, word processing software and others. If you do upgrade, give yourself enough time to research to make sure you are still using the industry standards.
Browse the cloud
If you’re not using cloud services such as Freshbooks, Wave Accounting, Dropbox, Google Drive or SugarSynch, take some time to look at these cloud-based services to see if one might help solve a current problem or make your business more efficient, productive or profitable.
Back it up
Is your company’s data really safe in the event of a power outage, break-in or fire? Make sure your information is being backed up, and you’re using the most effective solution to meet your needs.
Have everyone in the office (yourself included) updated all their work-related passwords. Too many of us use poor or weak passwords, and we use them for too many things. Have staff embrace more complex passwords (a mix of letters and numbers, caps and small letters). They can make secret notes to themselves to remind them of the new passwords.
Clean things up
Have your crew take some time to tidy up their computers and mobile devices. Discard old apps and half-written documents, archive notes and emails, run anti-virus software, and give everything a reboot (shutting down and turning back on a few minutes later does wonders for just about any electronic device).