It’s that time of year; tornadoes and power outages, hot weather and brown outs, and the flickering power surges that cause electrical spikes.
Anything that causes your electronics to improperly shut down or run at less than full power, can ruin your servers, desktops and printers. Putting a surge protector in place helps only to avoid damaging spikes. Installing a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) will allow your electronics to stay running on a battery, but only for a brief time, allowing you to properly power them off until the electricity comes back on. (That is assuming you are present at the time the electricity goes out). A Smart UPS is your best option. It connects via USB to your server or desktop, and when the power goes out it sends a signal to the device and gracefully shuts it down before the battery power dies. Several brands even have easy and convenient remote accessibility. Need help installing or selecting a UPS? Give us a call, we’re here to assist.
your i.t. guy wants you to know... that if your computer is locked down in some way there is a legitimate reason
Remember when Kevin downloaded a virus that spread throughout the entire network? Or when Brenda took down the entire email server by sending an email that everyone in the office opened for “TodayisFreeBurgerDay-BobsBurgers.html” ?
Or taped to your phone, or worse, your monitor. (Would you tape your house key to your front door?) You target yourself for a breach by giving anyone easy access to your password if you place it for all to find in a not so “hidden” place. Think of how easy it is to walk by with a phone, snap a picture of your monitor and the sticky-note with your password on it. The cleaning crew, maintenance, and even security now have easy access to after-hours activities because of you! Be cyber-safe and use a password protection program such as KeePass, LastPass, Dashlane, RoboForm or Sticky Password, to name a few.
Our resident techie & writer, gives you tidbits and advice to share. All advice is based on real incidents; the names have been omitted to protect the guilty. 😊