Technology has become an integral part of running a business. From computers and smartphones to printers and scanners, most businesses rely on technology to keep operations running smoothly. Unfortunately, as technology has become more sophisticated, so have the threats that target it.
Also, machines are becoming particularly prone to physical damage as businesses increasingly rely on them. This year, it’s more important than ever to make sure your business tech is well-protected and some easy ways to do that include the following.
1. Install security software and keep it up to date
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your computers and other devices from viruses, malware and other online threats. The first step is to assess your needs and choose the right security software for your business.
There are certain questions that you should ask yourself: How many devices need protection? What type of devices are they? What level of protection do you need? Once you have answers to these questions, you can start looking for the right security solution. Make sure to keep your security software up to date. New threats are constantly emerging, and your security software needs to be able to protect against the latest threats.
Security updates also often include new features and performance enhancements, so it’s important to install them as soon as they’re available. If you have employees who work remotely, make sure they’re using a VPN (a virtual private network) to encrypt their internet traffic and help protect their devices from malware and other online threats.
2. Invest in machine covers, cases and screen protectors
One of the most important pieces of business tech is your computer. Whether you use a desktop, laptop or tablet, it’s important to keep it well-protected from physical damage. One way to do this is to invest in machine covers, cases and screen protectors.
There are a variety of covers and cases available for different types of devices. For example, if you have laptops, you can get custom laptop cases that fit snugly around your device and offer extra protection. If you have tablets, you can get cases that include a built-in keyboard for added protection.
Screen protectors are another type of physical protection that can help keep your devices safe from scratches, drops and other types of damage. There are a variety of screen protector materials available, such as tempered glass, plastic and even metal.
3. Use surge protectors
Surge protectors are an important piece of business tech because they can help protect your devices from power surges. Power surges can damage your electronics and lead to data loss, so it’s important to make sure your devices are properly protected.
When choosing a surge protector, you need to consider the number of devices you need to protect, the type of devices you’re protecting and the level of protection you need. For example, if you have a lot of devices that need to be protected from power surges, you’ll need a surge protector with more outlets.
If you have sensitive equipment that needs to be protected, you’ll need a surge protector with a higher voltage rating. Once you’ve selected the right surge protector for your needs, make sure to plug it into a wall outlet that’s not being used by any other devices. This will help ensure that your devices are properly protected in the event of a power surge.
4. Keep your devices clean
Another way to protect your business tech is to keep your devices clean. Dust, dirt and other debris can build up on your devices and cause them to overheat or malfunction. To help keep your devices clean, you should dust them regularly with a soft cloth or brush.
If you have a laptop, you can use compressed air to clean the keyboard and other areas. You should also clean your devices with a cleaning solution designed for electronic devices. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner carefully to avoid damaging your devices.
There are many other ways to protect your business tech, but these are four of the most important. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your devices are safe from harm. Just remember that anything you buy should be of good quality and within your business tech budget.
Author: Raynne Morriss
Rayanne Morriss is currently working towards her BA from Oregon State University. She loves to write, read, travel, and paint. She enjoys finding new coffee shops with friends and expanding her cooking skills with her husband.