Wondering what to do the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day?  
We’ve got a few items to check off your IT list.

In addition to wrapping presents, the end of year is a great time to wrap up business matters and get things in order for the new year ahead.  Since tech issues and tech clutter can often slow you down, why don’t you take the time this month to do an annual tune up?

Here are a few tips for you to get started.

1) Purge, purge, purge.
Review your folders and files for old documents to make sure that they are filed properly and clean out old versions you don’t need anymore.  You may want to also clear up those photos, videos and music that you’ve been saving.  These files can take up a lot of room and slow you down.

2) Master your in-box.  
Get a system in place, or give your current system a checkup, and create email folders for specific clients or document types.  Delete whenever possible those files that are redundant or no longer needed, and create some new rules for the new year on how you will handle in-coming mail so you can keep your in-box up to date.

3) New Year.  New Passwords.
Yes, it is time to make the change!  Changing your passwords can take a little time, but it is one of the best ways to minimize your chance of getting hacked.  Follow good password management practices and be sure to create passwords that have long, complex characters and that are unique to each site you visit.  If you need tips on how to do this, give us a call.
4) Get up to date…with your devices. 
To make sure that you have the latest security patches as well as any new features, you’re going to want to make sure that all of your computing devices (including phones, tablet, AVG, and operating systems) are updated.  Also check if your other devices such as printers, copiers, routers, wireless access points, security cameras, or AV equipment needs updating.

5) How’s that back up?
As you start the new year, wouldn’t it feel even better to know you had a robust back up strategy and an iron clad plan for disaster recovery.  If you don’t have either one, make this your top priority!  

As a tip, look to have an on-site, off-site and cloud based back up for redundancy and peace of mind.  

6) Employee Training & Compliance Awareness.
When was the last time you had your employees review proper practices for what they can and can’t do on your network?  Have you tried testing your employees with “phishing simulations” – do they know what to look out for to avoid inadvertently opening a malicious document or link?  If not, we can help!

As for compliance, do you have the right restrictions on your network to ensure that you are safeguarding information according to industry standards like HIPAA or the IRS?  If not, it is the most wonderful time of the year to do just that!