Working online has to be one of the greatest things in the world because anyone can do it. You don't need to save money and rent a shop, so even if you only have a few hundred dollars in the bank you can essentially set up your own store straight away. Instead of hoping people walk past and come in to buy something you can sell your products to people all over the world. Everyone who uses the Internet is a potential customer instead of the people living in your city.
Once you set it up and you're making good money you can't relax even though you don't think anything could go wrong. What would happen if your website was wiped off the map because you were hacked, or what if someone stole your computer with all your data stored inside? Running an online business has many benefits and it's an attractive option for a lot of people, but you must make sure everything is safe and we're going to look at how you can do that now.
You can install software on your computer and if it's ever stolen you can recover the files straight away. The most important thing is that you don't lose them. After they are safely back where they belong you can lock your computer remotely so nobody else can access it. There is even the option to track it by GPS, so you just need to let the police know where it is and they can maybe recover it for you. If you get it back it's great, but at the very least you won't lose your important data.
Has a computer ever crashed on you before? It can be very scary when it happens because you don't know if you will ever get the files back. Even if you do recover the data it could be days before you have access to important business documents. If you back everything up on a second hard drive you can sleep a little easier at night knowing everything won't be swallowed up. Don't keep the hard drive in your office because if there is a fire it will wipe everything out.
Setting up an account with a cloud storage service is easy and it's another line of defense against lost or destroyed information. The only downside with this option is that you need access to the Internet to recover your data, but at least it's always going to be there. Some companies will even let you download software onto your desktop and every so often they will take a backup of your entire system.
Having a different password for everything wastes a lot of time and if you write them down anywhere there is the possibility you could lose everything. If you use password management software you only need to enter your individual passwords once and in the future you can use one single master password. It gives your brain a nice rest and you won't need to worry about being locked out of anything important.
Do you have any important information on your computer that people would like to get their hands on? You might do depending on the kind of business you run and there are two things you must do. Install keylogging software and you will now know when anyone is using your computer and what they are looking for. You'll also need software that stops people from hacking in remotely because that is just as likely and there are some powerful hackers out there.
About the Author: Sheldon Lewis runs an online business and has two firms of his own. As a businessman he often has to meet clients and go outdoors. Hence, he uses Webwatcher a remote monitoring software. He also likes blogging and expresses his views on different aspects of his business.
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