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Countdown to 2015: Tech Resolutions to Make this Year

keep everything operating as efficiently as possible.  

Here are some important tips and best practices for a healthy new year for you, your devices and your business!

Back-Up Your Files

Our business and personal lives have gone digital and mobile which makes our data at an even greater risk of being lost, especially if one of your devices crashes or is stolen. Reduce your risk of losing your important data by setting up your devices to back up to a cloud-based storage service. With services like Cloud Backup and Recovery, you get a world-class data protection infrastructure that lets you safeguard your data without additional IT expenses. It automatically centralizes and backs up your desktop, laptop and additional server data from across your entire organization into the cloud, so it’s readily available and secure. Setting this up now will enable you to rest easy, no matter what happens to your devices.

Upgrade Your Technology
You can only perform as well as your technology will allow. Don’t let old computers, programs and devices slow down your productivity and growth. The new year is the perfect time to evaluate your technology needs and see what should be updated and replaced, not to mention what new products, services and software you should be investing in to stay on top of your game. With a new budget year, technology should be a top priority and an investment that will surely make all the difference in the year ahead.

Update Your Software
As tedious as it can be to restart your computer or update your phone, it is one of the most important and simple measures you can take to keep your devices running smoothly and securely. In addition, when you see those pop-up alerts to update to your software, be sure to take the time to update to the latest version to ensure for the most optimal performance.

Manage Your Passwords Effectively
Many people still use the same password or a similar password for all of their accounts to make life easier. However, doing this puts you at great risk for identity theft. The tedious alternative has been to try to remember the countless passwords and user name combinations you have created or store a list with the hopes that no one ever finds it. Fortunately, now there is another option, you can download a secure password keeper like 1Password and simplify your life while keeping everything secure. And, the best part is, you’ll only have to remember one secure password to access them all.

Mobilize your Workforce
Your businesses communications should extend well beyond your corporate environment and the only way to stay competitive is to empower your workforce with the devices they need to drive productivity no matter where they are. Finding a communication solution that offers mobile features, tools and apps and provides you with complete control over your system from anywhere is key to success in today's dynamic workforce. 

Clean Your Devices
Scientific studies show that the average smartphone contains more than twice as many germs as a public toilet seat. If you think about it, we are in contact with our phones when we are on-the-go and our hands are the dirtiest, not to mention, we are constantly resting them in high germ trafficked areas like public restrooms, airplanes and trains. Pretty disgusting! This not only applies to your smartphone, but all your devices: tablets, laptops, IPods and even your stationary keyboard and mouse at the office, should all be cleaned daily. So, make it a priority to keep them clean in 2015.


Make Voicemail Work For You
Listening to voicemail is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Studies show that the majority of users prefer receiving messages via email and text. Make life easier for you and your team and let voicemail work for you in 2015. Utilize a cloud-based business phone system that provides you with advanced voicemail options like voicemail-to-email and voicemail transcription services so you can save time and be more efficient.

Revolutionize Your Meetings
Meetings have evolved and advanced with the culture of modern businesses and long gone are the days where you can only meet in person with everyone in the same location. Enable your team to meet, share, present and collaborate no matter where they are with a high quality video, audio and web conferencing solution that works from anywhere, on any device. This small investment will revolutionize the way you meet and work with your coworkers and clients, save you thousands on travel costs, and keep your productivity at their highest. 

 

Erase Old Apps
If you are like the majority of us, your smartphone and tablet are full of apps and games that you no longer use or need. Take a few minutes and erase the one’s you don’t need and free up space for the latest app revolutions. Here a few of our predictions for the top apps to look for in 2015.

Store Your Data Virtually
Storage is the most critical component of any business today. Having secure and reliable storage in place is vital to your continued success. Modern businesses have seen how moving their data to a virtual environment offers greater control over enterprise and customer data, more efficient delivery and increased security. Private Cloud solutions also eliminate expensive IT hardware and offer you the flexibility to scale up and down with ease.

Protect Your Applications  
As our use and reliance upon applications continues to increase, so does the risks for downtime failures and the effects to our business. When it comes to critical applications like email, custom databases or revenue generating systems, there is little or no tolerance for downtime and data loss. Application Protection services will ensure that the applications you need most to keep your business up and running are secure and readily available, no matter the circumstance.

Nicole Yeager

About Nicole Yeager

Nicole is the Marketing Manager for Broadview Networks, now part of Windstream, where she enjoys marketing the latest technologies businesses can leverage to maximize productivity, improve security and reduce costs.

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