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Technology Tips and News for Busy Professionals

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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 3, Number 5

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

8 Questions to Ask Yourself About Disaster Recovery

 

Keep Yourself Protected While Online

 

Changing the Default Download Location for Mozilla Firefox

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Google Ventures into the Retail and Online Shopping Market with Google Market

“Building good relationships between people and their technology 365 days a year.”

 

 

8 Questions to Ask Yourself About Disaster Recovery

 

 

Description: http://i2.createsend5.com/ei/r/3E/7B8/AB3/145942/csimport/a96b8-action-for-disaster-recovery-a_1.jpgOne of the most dangerous yet common mistakes business owners make is assuming “it will never happen to me”. However, there are only two types of people: those who have had a data loss and those who are about to. 

What would happen to your business if you had a major data loss? The possibility is definitely there; this can’t be denied. Data loss disasters come in many forms, ranging from simple human errors to “acts of God” that cannot be controlled. However, you can control how you prepare for them.

Here are eight questions you can ask yourself to test your disaster preparedness.

1.     First: Do we back up our data?

It’s amazing how many small businesses do not have a backup system in place. It’s so easy to assume disaster won’t strike you. But data loss doesn’t always come from huge, cinema-worthy disasters. They can result from simple everyday errors – yet have huge disastrous results. Don’t let this be you.

2.     Do we back up all of our account information?

Many small businesses tend to keep their accounts data on one employee’s PC, instead of the network which is on their backup schedule. But what if you lose your customer database? Be sure it’s included in the files to be backed up.

3.     Do we back up our email files?

Ever wish you had that one email from a few months back, in which a customer gave you the “go ahead” but now they’re refusing to pay for your work? These days, email is increasingly used as legal evidence of agreements or notices to proceed. If they’re included in your backup, you can easily pull up even deleted emails received or sent.

4.     Is our Calendar and Contact information backed up?

What if you came to work one morning and your online calendar and address book was gone? What appointments and communications would you miss, and at what cost? Most of the time, by default your Outlook Contact and Calendar files are stored on the individual PCs. Make sure these files are included in your backup set.

5.     Do we back up folders and files from each computer?

In addition to important information that is stored in shared networks, think about the files that each of your employees create and use on their own hard drives. Spreadsheets, letters, memos, databases wouldn’t it be a shame to lose all that work?

6.     Are we always saving our files to an area that will be backed up?

Consider where each and every file your work on is being saved. Will it be included in your backups? Develop policies and educate your employees on where to save their work so it’s included in your backup schedule.

7.     Do we back up data frequently enough?

This answer to this question is – how much work are you willing to risk? Say you complete an important contract on Tuesday morning, and an employee accidentally deletes it that afternoon. But you only run backups on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bye-bye contract! A more frequent backup schedule would have saved the day.

8.     Do we know where our backups are and how to use them?

If you use USB drives, external hard drives, or backup tapes for your backups, are you storing them offsite in a safe place? Even if your files are backed up to the cloud, do you know how to recover them in case of an emergency? Knowing your backup system and keeping it safe will ensure you can get back to business quickly and efficiently.

Even if you already have a backup system in place, take a few moments to think about your specific business. If the unthinkable happened, exactly what data would you need to get back up and running? What could you not operate without? Once you identify these things, simply make sure they are included in your backup.

Need help? We’re experts in guiding small businesses in setting up a backup system that meets their unique needs. Give us a call today to discuss the options available to keep your business data safe and sound.

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Changing the Default Download Location for Mozilla Firefox

 

 

 

Description: download folderWant to change the default download location for Mozilla Firefox? Perhaps you want to have it default to your desktop, or a special folder on your hard drive?

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Rule of Thumb

 

 

 

Never assume that you’re getting good backups.  On at least a weekly basis, be sure to check your backups to make sure the process is working like it’s supposed to.  It’s also not a bad idea to periodically restore a file to make sure that process is working as well.

 

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NEWS:  Google Ventures into the Retail and Online Shopping Market with Google Market

 

 

 

Description: http://www.purpleguys.com/files/2011/06/19dagg-e-wallet-A.jpgWant to pay for merchandise without whipping out a credit card? Google makes this possible with an electronic internet-based service called Google Wallet. You simply swipe your smartphone over a participating outlet’s cashier, and the transaction is complete.

Smartphone technology has grown by leaps and bounds these past few years, and having a smartphone these days is almost synonymous to being online all the time. Software giant Google has decided to tap into this phenomenon with a new service called “Google Wallet”, which enables users to make purchases and payments from their smartphones.

Partnering with MasterCard, Macy’s, Subway, American Eagle, Citibank, and Sprint, Google assures users that their e-wallet service is safe. The service requires that smartphones have a special chip that allows the user to simply “tap” or “swipe” the phone at participating stores to pay for merchandise or services. When you swipe your smartphone’s e-wallet, you also earn coupons and points for rewards.

The technology is also designed so that the user can turn the chip off when Google Wallet is not being used, making it safe from hackers. If the smartphone is lost, the data can also be wiped remotely.

A similar system to Google Wallet has been operational in some countries including Japan for some time now, but its use is limited to only certain areas and stores there.

While the concept of Google Wallet has great potential, there are still several limitations to the system as Google continues to look for more partners for the enterprise before its official launch, which is slated for within a month or two.

 

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