Emergency Planning for Computers

It seems like every time you turn on the news, there’s another disaster somewhere—flooding, tornados, hurricane winds, fire, earthquake. No one expects a disaster to happen to them; then again, that’s why we have insurance, backup our data, have a spare key with the neighbor, and so on.

Passwords—many of our clients click ‘remember my password’ for their remote desktop log in to our cloud or their private cloud. Although convenient, if you have to use a backup log on icon, or your computer needs to be rebuilt, you’ll need that password. Don’t write it down or leave it in your drawer—keep passwords in a secure safe, lock box, or some other locked area.

Backups—there are a lot of ways to back up your data. Have you checked your backup lately to be sure it has data on it? Is the data current and intact? Be sure you know if it is a backup of files that can be restored to a new machine once it is built and software installed, or an image that can be restored to replacement hardware. If it’s accounting data, do you have a way to install the program so the data can be accessed? If your backup is ‘in the cloud’ do you know how long it would take to download the data from the cloud in an emergency? This is highly dependent on your internet speeds and the size of the data.

Power—do you have a generator to keep your fridge and sump pump running? That’s great, but it won’t run your computers. This type of generator creates ‘dirty’ power that cannot be used by computer equipment. Make sure batteries are fully charged, and consider a spare battery for your laptop. Your Internet Service equipment also needs power, so even if your computer is on battery, you may not have internet access. Some cell phones have a ‘hot spot’ service so they can be used to provide internet access.

In an emergency, you may not have access to electronic lists of family names, client names, employee phone numbers, and so on. Plan ahead by having the office print an updated list of names and phone numbers each Friday, and be sure it is available to you and your staff.

Being prepared is a necessity; How can we help?

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