One of the biggest and most costly misconceptions that many business owners have is that their networks don’t need regular maintenance. Usually this is because they’ve been fortunate enough to never have encountered a major computer-related disaster, but that’s similar to someone thinking they don’t need to wear a seat belt when driving a car because they’ve never had an accident.
In order to stay up and ran fast and problem-free, computer networks need regular updates and maintenance. In fact, it’s surprising how fast a brand-new computer will slow down after a few weeks or months of use without proper updates and maintenance. Here are just a FEW of the critical updates that need to be done on a weekly – if not daily – basis:
Security patches applied – with NEW viruses and hacker attacks cropping up DAILY, this is a CRITICAL part of maintaining your network.
- Antivirus updates and monitoring.
- Firewall updates and monitoring.
- Backup monitoring and test restores.
- Spam-filter installation and updates.
- Spyware detection and removal.
- Monitoring disk space on workstations and servers.
- Monitoring hardware for signs of failure.
- Optimizing systems for maximum speed.
- Monitoring Internet usage to be sure your bandwidth is not being wasted or misused.
A computer is just like a car: if you don’t change the oil, replace the filter, rotate the tires, flush the transmission and perform other regular maintenance on your car, it will eventually break down and cost you FAR MORE to repair than the cost of the basic maintenance – and cars are far simpler than a computer network!