Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Importance of Computer Maintenance

Never before have computer and network systems been so crucial in the operations of a business. To ensure efficient and reliable performance, routine maintenance is recommended, even when there is nothing overtly wrong with your computer. Preventive computer maintenance can help you achieve the best performance of your machine without making a trip to IT support to help you fix a problem you could have prevented yourself.

Information technology has resulted in businesses large and small depending on computer networks in order to run their business effectively. Indeed, in many cases a particular small business would not be a small business at all if not for computer systems. Therefore, for small businesses preventive computer maintenance is more important than ever before. Network support may not be able to help you if a computer disaster suddenly strikes. There are five things that you can do to mitigate the consequences of system failure and prevent it from even happening.

- Establishing a relationship with a reputable computer service vendor can be essential to maintaining a functioning business. A good vendor can usually repair your computer system much faster than the manufacturer could. The price may be more expensive, but the turnaround is worth it.

- Institute regular, automatic backups. Computer disks have become so cheap that you ignore this at your own peril. This includes both mirrored and active backups of essential files.

- Automatic firewall and virus scanning/protection will allow you to catch any malicious programs or viruses before they wreak havoc on your system. If your computer can connect to the Internet, it is the height of foolishness not to have antivirus and firewall systems in place. Up to several days of productivity can be lost because of lack of foresight about viruses.

- Alternative Internet connections. This is in case your primary Internet connections were to experience problems for any reason. The alternative might be a simple dial-up connection or an entire alternative ISP.

- Use alternative e-mail addresses and backup websites to maintain communications functionality should your primary address or website fail for any reason. This will allow you to remain connected to clients and resources in the event of a server failure or other catastrophe.