Posts Tagged ‘Data’

Business Disaster Preparedness – You and Your Phone

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Our smartphones have become an integral part of our lives.  They are so entwined into our everyday lives/ and for many the only form of communication to others with the exception of person to person meetings.

So what happens when something happens to our smartphone?    If you’re prepared properly; nothing! If not you could be in a heap of _____!

First we must recognize that all things have the potential to fail, it’s not if, but when.  Given that fact the first priority in making sure we have a backup in place.  The first backup will be a digital version and we will look at the backup options available and their pluses and minuses.  The second backup will be paper-based.

There are two primary digital backups available; one is to the cloud and another to a local memory card.  Both are good and combined can provide a respectable level of safety.

The benefits of cloud based versions offer is the ability to restore your data and settings in the event your smartphone is physically damaged beyond repair or stolen.  The disadvantage is if something happens to the data on your phone and you can’t get a good signal or you have a lot of data which requires substantial time to download, you could have a problem.

Backups stored to local memory cards are fast for recovery and don’t use any bandwidth, making them the first line of defense in the event of a hardware or software crash, or data corruption.  The downside to backups stored locally is if you lose your phone or it gets stolen, you are up the creek without a paddle!

There are many Android based backup applications in Google Play and in the Amazon Appstore.  Google also offers a sync service and Verizon has a backup assistant.

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Data Disasters

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Data is a critical and key component to business and data disasters can strike without a moments notice.  The statistics are very grim for business which don’t prepare for the inevitable, as many never survive.

Many people I talk with regarding business security and continuity are poorly prepared in the event they lose their data.  Computers get hacked, hard drives and other components fail; folders and files get deleted; and computers get stolen.

Several months ago we received a call from a client with a critical issue.  The controller was working on her financial spreadsheets.  She decided to clean up the folder on the server and inadvertently deleted all of the spreadsheets.

As our client had been running our HITman Safe System, we were able to retrieve every spreadsheet very quickly.  We verified the versions were correct and there was no data lost.

While the controller is very good with computers, stuff just happens and mistakes get made.  As long as the proper plans and procedures are in place to mitigate damages, we can usually come through ok.

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This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company, based in Clifton Park and serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.

How Secure is That Business Computer?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Many times when in businesses, I am asked for personal information.  Usually I do not provide it and if required to do so, I voice my concerns.  The person asking me for the information may think I am paranoid or difficult, but I am simply practicing what I preach.

How many businesses really take proactive steps to ensure they are protecting their customer’s data?  What are their browsing habits?  Do they visit gambling or pornography sites?  Is their anti-virus software up-to-date?  Do they have a firewall?  I could go on and on, but you get my drift.

It is our responsibility to keep our personal data secure.  Just because someone asks for information doesn’t mean you have to give it to them.

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Spyware and Malware Misconception #4

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The firewall and security tools provided in the Microsoft Operating System are all the maintenance and protection I need.

Again, this is a terrible misconception. Microsoft does NOT include ALL of the security features to protect your data from viruses, hackers, and data loss or prevent your PC from running slowly.

As a matter of fact, there is no one single vendor that provides ALL of the system security features you need to keep your computer and files safe from harm.

Security and protection from these malicious attacks takes a multi-faceted, layered approach.

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