How to protect your Sole Trader Business

You are working hard to run your business, delivering a good product and keeping your clients happy; so you want to make sure it’s protected. But what if your computer got lost, stolen, damaged or infected?

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your business up and running:

Plan A

1. Back-up your data – the lot, both to an external hard drive and to the cloud (and test it works!)
2. Encrypt your data (including the back-up) in case it falls into the wrong hands
3. Protect your computer with Antivirus, Malware Software and keep all software up-to-date
4. Keep you Passwords complex and secure

You might not think that backing up your data is a priority right now, but if you lost your data your business is unlikely to survive – plus, you can get into trouble with the ICO and pay a hefty fine on top of that.

Plan B

So, your data is backed up, your computer encrypted and secured and your passwords are second-to-none – brilliant, pat yourself on the back. But then it breaks – now what?

  • Do you have a trusted IT company who knows your business needs inside out?
  • How long can you afford to be without your computer whilst it’s in repair? An hour, a day, a week?

It is worth building a relationship with an IT support company before things turn sour, so they fully understand your needs and can have you back up and running in no time.  Most IT support businesses offer a free 30 minute consultation to get to know each other, so make the most of it and get some peace of mind.

If you have a spare computer lying about, it’s a good idea to set it up with the very basics, i.e. email, accounts and word processing, so you can just grab it and keep your business going whilst your Plan A computer is being repaired.

Plan C

Just too busy or not interested in IT?

No problem, let us take care of all your IT needs. With maintenance and support contracts starting from just £59 including security licenses, why not have PC Harmony, so you can concentrate on the more important things…

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