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Executive Summary: Technology

Breaking Up is Hard To Do

Mint.com, the great financial website, had an article the other day about changing service providers. Whether you are changing banks or tech companies, change can be very scary.

We can help you through this process — even if you are not retaining LICT for your tech support. Think of us an independent third eye, keeping your interests first.

We love Dropbox, and so should you.

Dropbox is a service that allow you to easily share files across many computers, over the internet. Think of it as a server in the sky. Today’s Crain’s has an article about how small businesses are using Dropbox.

If you would like to see Dropbox in action, give us a call and we will be happy to… umm… drop by and show you!

Does a power strip protect my computer?

In a word: No.

If you have a desktop computer, including servers, you should be plugged into a UPS (also known as an “uninterruptible power source”) A UPS puts a battery between you and the wall outlet, stabilizing power. It would be ideal to also plug in a laptop to it, but less necessary as most more or less stabilize the power with their internal battery.

Most UPS units have plugs that draw against the battery, and plugs that are just pass-thrus to the wall. Make sure your desktop/server is plugged into the battery side. We recommend plugging things with motors on it (printers mostly) to the non-battery outlet on the UPS.

The UPS has an internal battery that will need to be replaced, probably after 2-3 years.

And please… don’t plug in a power strip into a UPS, it negates the money you just spent on it!

10 Free (or Nearly Free) Technologies That Can Be Used In Your Business

  1. Hosted EmailOutlook.com, Google Apps, various web hosting packages
  2. Voice EverywhereGoogle Voice, Ring Central
  3. Data EverywhereDropbox, Google Drive, Box.com
  4. BackupMozy, Carbonite
  5. FeedbackSurvey Monkey, Zoomerang
  6. Stay in TouchMail Chimp, Constant Contact
  7. RemindersPhonevite
  8. Defend YourselfMicrosoft Security Essentials, Avast, AVGKaspersky
  9. Social MarketingFacebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus
  10. Your WebsiteSquare Space, 1&1, Rackspace, Amazon
  11. Show Me The MoneyFreshbooks, Quickbooks Online, Square, PayPal

 

The links above either take you directly to the service or to a page that will help you with the service. If you have any questions about these recommendations, drop us an email or give us a call. We use them all and can answer questions.

What is the difference between an Archive and a Backup?

Very few people make a differentiation between an “archive” and a “backup”, but there is a critical difference for business (and some folks).

An Archive is a secure copy of files you no longer use, but are critical to your business. Think of files like QuickBooks from prior years. You don’t need them on your computer, but need them… just in case. Other files like completed projects should not be stored on your computer, but rather be stored in a well organized manner so that you can refer back to them if need be. There are many ways in which an archive can make your business more efficient and productive.

A Backup is a secure copy of your hard drive at a specific moment in time. It is best used in case of a hard drive failure, accidental deletion of a file or if, heaven forbid, your laptop is stolen. A backup is a business-must these days. 80% of businesses that lose their data go out of business within 1 year. Having backups is simple, automated and very inexpensive. (As low as $5 per month!)

There are many ways to create archives and backups. If you want to explore the possibilities that are the best fit for your business, please give us a call at 631-615-5700 or email us at web@lict.com.