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Last minute tips before Hurricane Matthew

 

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew threatens central Florida

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast of Florida, the size of the storm means that some effects will be felt in Central and West Florida.

If you haven’t prepared your business (or your home) computers, here is a short list of tasks you should check before leaving the office today.

  • Be sure your backup(s) are current and verified. (If you have our Managed Backup Service, we do this for you.)
  • Test any backup power supplies (UPSes) that you have to be sure they are operating.
  • Turn off and unplug any non-essential devices you have that you won’t need to access over the weekend, to protect again, power surges and flooding. (If you are a Managed Service client and wish us to remotely shutdown your servers, that is an included service, just create a ticket and let us know.)
  • Ensure that any essential device that is going to be left on is plugged into either a surge protector or a UPS.
  • Where possible, move surge protectors and computers that are on the floor up off of the floor in case of flooding.
  • If you have a concern about leaking roofs, place plastic over your computers and printers.
    • NOTE THAT any device covered with plastic should be turned off to prevent possible overheating.

During the storm you should be with your family and caring about them. Don’t be worrying about your IT because you didn’t plan ahead!

 

Stay safe, and we wish everyone the best.

 

(Didn’t plan ahead? Run into trouble? We provide 24 hour support.)

 

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Mobile Office technology keeps business going when weather gets bad.

Mobile Office

Mobile Office (remote access or telecommuting)

When weather or other situation, like illness, makes employee commuting difficult, small businesses can deploy mobile office, or telecommuting, to improve employee productivity, safety, and morale.

For people in the Tampa Bay area, it’s been a rough couple of weeks on the weather front. Some unprecedented weather patterns have brought a lot more rain to the area than usual. All that water needs to go somewhere, but when we get so much rain and it combines with high tides, sometimes the water won’t go anywhere quickly, and flooding occurs, and makes roadways impassible.

If you’re a business owner, you want your business to continue, and you want productivity to stay high, but the reality is that your employees are going to have difficulty getting to work, maybe being late; maybe even needing to stay home with kids if the weather is bad enough to cancel school.

Mobile office technology, also known as mobile computing, remote office, telecommuting, work-shifting, and probably some other buzzwords of the week, can help your employees keep your business operations moving along. And employees that don’t have to sludge out into bad weather and traffic complications are happier and have better morale.

Of course there are some jobs, such as manufacturing,  that just don’t fit into the mobile office landscape, but sales, customer service, accounting, administrative, and many other tasks are well-suited to remote operation.

At WJP Enterprises we’ve been working remotely and helping businesses leverage remote computing for over 25 years. Obviously, remote access technology has changed a lot over the years, and we love the capabilities available now for accessing business information on our phones, tablets, home computers, and even business center computers we can rent time on over on the other side of the world.

But all this remote connectivity also means additional security measures are necessary to make sure your business information remains confidential.

The good news is that even with the additional security measures needed, an investment in mobile office technology will easily pay for itself with increased productivity and employee morale. You just need an expert to configure it and walk you through it to make sure nothing is missed. So call or email WJP Enterprises, Inc. and let’s get your business mobile.

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How to Recover Your Lost Computer Files – Inexpensively and Easily

We maintain our computers similarly to how we maintain our own health – rarely do we take the time to learn about preventing health complications, and instead work to repair our health once we’ve become ill! We take care of our computers the same way, in that we rarely think about the safety or well-being of our data until something happens that leads to data loss or corruption. And when that does happen, how do you recover your lost computer files?

Have you ever taken a moment to imagine what would happen if you lost some or all of your computer files? Whether you only use your computer for personal reasons; or for school or work, file or data loss can be devastating! Think of all of those family photographs, music files or class assignments! Think of the report you spent weeks working on. Some files can be replaced with time and effort, while others (particularly your photos or home videos) cannot.

Numerous reports tell us that over a third of computer users don’t back up their files; and of those that actually do perform some data backup – 76% of people don’t do it often enough.

Most people tend to think computer files are lost only due to catastrophic events – like tornadoes and hurricanes. Don’t forget about slightly more common events, including fire, flood or computer viruses. A computer “disaster” does not necessarily have to be one from Mother Nature, either. Suppose you dropped your laptop down the stairs or spilled your coffee on the keyboard?

Losing personal files is devastating because of their sentimental value – while business owners who rely on content and files can consider the loss of data fatal to their business if they don’t have a data backup plan in place.

Create a Plan to Recover Your Lost Computer Files Before Disaster Strikes

Just like many human health issues can be prevented with proper diet and care, having a complete backup plan in place can prevent disaster from occurring to your precious data. Data backup isn’t as complicated or expensive as you might believe. It is far easier to back up your files to be able to restore them after something damages your computer, than it is to recover them after disaster strikes. Consider a data backup plan to be your computer’s insurance policy.

Picking Up The Pieces

If you’ve already experienced the loss of data and you hadn’t backed up your data and files, you’ll need to use data recovery services to recover as much of the lost information as possible. Data recovery makes it possible to save some of the data from damaged, corrupted or failed storage devices, but it’s expensive, and you may never recover 100% of the data you’ve lost.

Data Backup and Recovery Solution

Your best solution is to use a remote data backup system. This will backup and store your data files and information at regularly scheduled intervals to an online data store accessed via the web. Your backed-up information can then be restored to any computer if your computer’s hard disk fails, or if it has been attacked by a virus, or physically damaged. Some people back up their files to CDs or flash drives – and then keep these storage devices in the same location as the computer. If there is a natural disaster, chances are the computer and the backup copies will be ruined.

Remote data backup services exist for both personal computer users and businesses of all sizes. Prices range from very reasonable to very expensive – based on how much storage you require and other factors. Prevention is the best medicine – give yourself peace of mind with a data backup insurance policy for your computer files.

Ensuring business continuity and having a plan in place to recover your data is a critical aspect of a business’s IT Department’s responsibilities. Small businesses without an IT Department need to outsource their IT department to a local provider to ensure that critical tasks such as planning for recovery, and testing that plan, are taken care of.

Click here to learn how WJP Enterprises, Inc. can help you prevent data loss and quickly recover your lost computer files with our Remote Data Storage Services for your business in Brandon, Plant City, and the rest of Hillsborough and Polk counties.

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