When your computer is your lifeline to earning money, any downtime can have serious consequences.
While there can be many causes, one of the most common reasons for network issues are human errors. In fact, IT experts estimate that over 60% of problems happen as a result of a person making configuration changes.
Even with a home internet business you can have this problem if you work with others.
Anyone that is given access to a portion of your network can make alterations that do not go as planned. They may unintentionally cause problems or that may be their goal. You must protect yourself from downtime to keep your business running smoothly.
Here are some tips on how to minimize the risk of human error to your network configuration.
Maintain a Recent Backup
One of the most important things you can do is to continually back up your system.
That way, if changes occur that result in lost information or other issues, at least you have a recent copy that you can re-install. Using an old copy is not as desirable because you will lose any recent data and have to rebuild it.
Ideally, you will set your backup to automatic so that it completed on a regular basis. While you can do it manually, it is all too easy to forget about it when you get busy.
Have a Plan for Recovery
Even if you only have one or two other people on your team, you need a disaster recovery plan in place.
This plan will tell you what to do to keep working while you are down if possible, and it will provide an organized set of actions for how to get back up as quickly as possible.
It is important to learn the disaster recovery plan. To do this, you need to practice it on a regular basis. It also helps to know any areas that need improvement.
Consider Access Rights
One way to reduce the number of errors committed by humans is by limiting the number of people that have access.
While it is often important to allow more than one person access to certain aspects of the network, it is just as important not to have too many.
You should also review your hiring process to ensure that you know who is working with you. This helps eliminate those who are not qualified as well as those that would have nefarious intentions.
As part of your HR duties in your own business, you also need to set up policies and procedures so that everyone knows how the network operates and what their roles are.
Protecting your network from human error is often challenging but not impossible.
It is an important part of running a business and can mean the difference in how much revenue you bring in and even if your home business is a success or a failure.
Don’t let mistakes ruin your business when you can keep it secure.
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About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including technology and small business.