Regular computer and network maintenance often feels like more trouble than it’s worth. After all, it’s not broken. Why work on something that’s running just fine? Unfortunately, failing to take care of basic computer maintenance can cause more problems in the long run than your business wants to deal with–including problems that can be very costly.
Antivirus software should be carefully maintained to ensure the best possible performance. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay a fortune for antivirus software, but it does mean that when your subscription expires, it should be updated. Antivirus software that has gone out of date isn’t protecting your computers or network from new threats–and that means that your system is vulnerable.
Data backup should be completed regularly. How often you back up your data will depend on your individual business, but remember: every time you lose your existing data, you also lose all the work that went into inputting it. A single day’s lost work can have a dramatic effect on your company’s bottom line.
Software upgrades: You don’t always have to be running the latest and greatest version of every piece of software. In fact, it’s often wise to let someone else shake out the “bugs” in a new piece of software before you use it across your business. However, there are many programs that won’t run properly after a while if you don’t update them–and eventually, many companies will stop supporting old versions of their software. Make sure that you’re performing software upgrades regularly and on schedule to make sure that everything keeps running as smoothly as possible (and that if you do have a problem, you can get the support you need).
Feeling a little overwhelmed by the responsibility for keeping all of your computers up and running with regular maintenance? That’s where CARISMA Computer Services can help. Contact us to see how we can make regular computer and network maintenance one of the easiest parts of your routine.