4 Tech Resolutions to Make in 2017

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Start 2017 off right by making small yet significant changes to your business’ technology.
A new year has begun.  As we begin planning and budgeting for the coming months, we look forward to what we would like to accomplish in 2017.  A common tradition around this time of the year is to make resolutions.  What would we like to see improved this year?  How can we make 2017 the best year yet?
Making resolutions for your firm’s technology can be a great way to start off the New Year on the right foot.  Making improvements that will provide relief from previous frustrations can help position your firm for success.
To help you get started, here are 4 potential technology resolutions that you can make in 2017.
 

Organize your Computers and Mobile Devices

Your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. are one of the most important devices that you own. Not only do they give us access to our work emails, documents, and contacts, they also provide access to our social media accounts, text messaging conversations, and music libraries.
As a result, keeping your devices clean and up-to-date is important.  As we start the New Year, take the time to go through your computers and mobile devices.
 
Devices can become slow or sluggish when nearing maximum storage capacity. If there are any files, photos, contacts, etc. that can be removed, transferred, or backed-up to an external drive, this will go a long way towards freeing up additional space for 2017.
 

Review Your Passwords

With the rise of ransomware attacks in 2016, protecting your data from hackers is a top priority.  Many of us have multiple accounts which need a password for access.  It can be difficult to remember so many passwords which can result in using the same password across multiple accounts.
Having the same password for multiple accounts is extremely unsafe.
 
Take the time in January to go through your accounts and update your passwords.  Ensure that the same password is not being used for multiple accounts and employ techniques such as the 1Password application or opting for passphrases which help generate unique and strong passwords.
To help keep track of passwords, consider creating a password file.  This is especially useful for businesses as it centralizes where password information is stored (no more sticky notes!).  You can also place security parameters around the file so only specific people have access to the file.
 

Implement a Backup System

Having a reliable and consistent backup system keeps your data safe in the event of a disaster.  While the majority of firms have some kind of backup system in place for their data, there are a significant number of people who do not.
 
Take the opportunity to discuss backup in 2017.  This can be evaluating your current backup system to see if any improvements can be made or launch a discussion on what an ideal backup solution would be for your firm and how you would go about implementing it.
Be prepared for everything that 2017 has to offer by protecting your data and information.
 

Get Rid of Unused Devices

Out with the old and in with the new.  The beginning of 2017 provides the perfect opportunity to go through your old devices and computers.  Get rid of that old computer that no longer works and is collecting dust in an office closet.  The accumulation of technology detritus can happen before we know it.  Not only does it take up space, it can be better put to use.
 
By recycling your old equipment, the parts and components can be broken down and reused again.
There is also the opportunity to earn a profit by trading in your old devices.  Services from Amazon and Gazelle offer an easy way for users to obtain a quote on their old devices to see what they are worth.
 
 
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
© 2017 by Triella Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction with credit is permitted.
 

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