It’s not easy running a successful small business these days. You face larger competitors and a still-struggling economy that makes your customers think twice before spending some of their hard-earned dollars. But you can gain an advantage on your competition by using technology more efficiently. As the TechnologySchools.org Web site says, if you use tech more proficiently, you and your employees are more productive. And the site provides three excellent tips for accomplishing this.
Hackers can ruin your small business. The proper passwords, though, can keep these cyber criminals at bay. TechnologySchools.org recommends that you create passwords that are at least eight characters in length. The site adds that you should include symbols, numbers and both upper- and lowercase letters in your passwords. And, needless to say, don’t use passes such as “password” or “1234.”
Keep your passwords out of harm’s way
Of course, creating the right passwords is only one step. TechnologySchools recommends, also, that you keep your passwords safe. Don’t, for example, write your passwords on a single slip of paper that you keep in your wallet. What if you lose that paper? Can you imagine if someone nabs it? The best choice is to use a password-storage service such as LastPass or Dashlane to manage your log-ins and passwords.
A speedier machine
You won’t be nearly as productive with a slower computer. Fortunately, TechnologySchools provides plenty of advice for speeding up even older machines. Each month you should delete programs that you don’t use, drop old files, defragment the hard drive and perform a registry scan to identify damaged or corrupted files you can then delete.