You’re a business owner and you’ve been doing just fine without a huge staff or a dedicated IT guy. So far, so good. Like everything else these days, your business depends on technology: email, databases, documents and spreadsheets—maybe even software unique to your industry. What happens when things stop running smoothly?
Perhaps you and your staff are becoming frustrated with computers that aren’t working properly, and network that’s too slow and you’ve been troubleshooting computer/printer/router problems—your business needs IT support. In fact, we think it need us, UTS.
As you pile more and more work on an older system, it will slow down. At some point, it will heave a sigh and stop working all together. It’s important to perform preventative maintenance on the components of your network. It’s also important to ensure you are using the type of computer, servers and network equipment that is made to handle higher volumes of data.
Rather then waiting until something catastrophic happens, let us go through your current configuration and make recommendations. Adding new devices to your network may seem easy, and in some cases it might be, but it’s not always the case. It is a delicate process that needs to be done by professionals to ensure that it is set up right for the sake of your business.
As the new year begins, it is the very best time to re-evaluate your tech operations, and if your business doesn’t already have an IT strategy, you might need to consider finding an IT partner as soon as possible. We hope that will be Unified Technology Solutions.
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Who cares about my little business? No one would bother to hack my system. I don’t have anything important enough for them to bother.
These are some of the things I here from small business owners, and they are just plain wrong. Cyber thieves and stalkers don’t necessarily care about how valuable your data is. They love it when a site is easy to hack. The data itself might not even be what they are looking for. It could be they are looking to network systems from all over the world in order to give themselves free computing power.
With several data breaches over the last few years, small businesses are still being targeted by cyberattacks. According to a poll from Insureon and Manta, only 16 percent of small business owners think they are susceptible to a cyberattack. Yet, 61 percent of attacks occur at smaller businesses.
2019 could see the beginning of a cybersecurity movement among SMBs. Jim Lippie, general manager of cloud computing for software company Kaseya, said small businesses will start viewing security through the lens of an enterprise business.
“They will finally take security measures to heart,” he said. “SMBs, like their large enterprise counterparts, will lock down on a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution to keep protected, and also form new standardized blocking and tackling game plans to keep the business even more safe.”
Many small businesses have been targeted in the past, so 2019 could be the first year where SMBs start fighting back.”
At UTS, we can make certain you are up to date on the software which can protect your data. Just give us a call and let us show you how we can help YOUR company fight back against cyber thieves.
Technology as we knew it even 10 years ago is evolving much differently than any of us would have imagined. Our smart phones have more computing power than many of the devices we owned when we were younger.
How do you remove malicious software, Malware, from your system? There are do it yourself instructions you can find on Google and the other search engines, but our advice is, call UTS. There are several different versions of Malware floating around, just waiting to get into your network, and if you aren’t proficient in it’s removal, you could end up doing more harm than good.
How can you tell if you have Malware on your system? If your network has been running fine and the response time on the various computers within your network was good, and now all of a sudden things seem to have slowed to a crawl, there is a very good chance something has infected your system.
There are other signs as well, like extensions added to your search bar, or redirects from the home page you normally see.
If you have a strong antivirus software currently installed on your system, the programs usually have a scan component you can initiate to go out and check for viruses. Before you do anything else, go ahead and run the scan. It will notify you of any viruses it detects and sometimes it will even isolate the code in a special area. Then before you do anything else, give us a call. Sometimes the virus you have will bury itself deep in your system, and once you reboot the software, it’s almost impossible to find.
In the meantime, it could be a good idea to take your system offline until we get there and can run our diagnostic programs to try to isolate the virus.
Trying to clean up Malware or Viruses yourself, unless you have some pretty high level technical skills, could be kind of like trying to re-wire your own home. You can cause a mess and it may cost you twice as much time and money to fix any mistakes you might make.
Unified Technology Solutions offers a full range of computer services for companies in the Vero Beach Area. From the purchase of computers and servers to support and more for your Indian River County business. UTS also offers computer repair, network support and cloud services. It is our goal to become your one stop shop for all of your business computing and phone related services. From planning your entire network, to keeping it running smoothly, we offer you a multi faceted support system so that your business never suffers from an outage or data loss.
There is a children’s song that goes something like this, ” Clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share.” If you have children, it’s a safe bet you will use this sing-song to get them to clean up of all those toys they scatter everywhere.
Today I am asking all of you with tons of old files and miscellaneous bits to sing that song for yourself and clean up your computers. When your system gets overloaded with data, it is going to take longer for the software to look through your file indexes in order to find things. It’s also going to have a more difficult time finding contiguous free space to write those files.
Think of it like someone having to carry a heavy load of suitcases around with them all the time. Carting around a load of files and photos and PDF’s that you just don’t need any longer is kind of akin to hoarding. So, try this before you call us and say your system is running way too slow, clean things up.
Go through your documents folder and off load any really old files, general correspondence and old projects. Then go through your photos, We tend to take tons of photos, offload them all from our phones and never look at them again. Some of those photos are blurry or not really very good, so delete them. Let them go.
Video files are huge, so, if you can, move those to the cloud. The same goes with music files. Then run the disk clean up utility on your system followed by Defrag and a general clean up of all the temp files that get downloaded from your internet searches.
It’s also a very good idea to have UTS perform regular maintenance of your computers, servers and peripherals. That way we can diagnose any potential system problems and clean them up before they get serious enough to impact your operations. Just like getting regular checkups for your health, it’s important to do the same for your systems. Maintaining these devices on a regular basis reduces the risk of your system breaking down.