4 Big Ways You Can Protect Yourself During National Preparedness Month and Beyond

4 Big Ways You Can Protect Yourself During National Preparedness Month and Beyond
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4 Big Ways You Can Protect Yourself During National Preparedness Month and Beyond

September means a lot of things – the end of summer and the beginning of the cool, crisp days of autumn, a time in which leaves begin to turn colors and when people start thinking about three things: football season, cozy sweaters, and all things pumpkin. For those of us at Network Specialists, September means one big thing – preparedness. In fact, September is officially National Preparedness Month, a month that seeks to educate and empower people nationwide so they may better prepare themselves for a variety of potential disasters.

This month, it’s a time for you to remember that accidents, emergencies, and disasters can occur at any time, whether you’re ready for them or not. They can strike in ordinary communities like yours and affect good people like yourself, along with your business, employees, and clients. We have all seen the damage a tornado, earthquake, flood, water main break, and even power outage can wreak on individuals and businesses of all sizes, especially when it comes to their vital documents and data.

Take the time now to prepare yourself for disaster, if it were to occur. Here are 4 big tips to help you protect your data and documents:

Think Redundancy – Redundancy is a good thing in the IT world. When you store your important information in multiple secure places, you are helping to ensure that you can access that information regardless of your location. Start by storing your data in the cloud and in a secure offsite location. If your building were to burn down or if a flood were to make it impossible for you to access your building, you will rest easily knowing that you can access these files remotely and safely. You will only need a computer that has an Internet connection.

Backup Is Crucial – Backing up your data is essential, and it should be done at least once a day, if not more. Create a backup file of the data you wish to protect and then transfer it to an offsite data storage center. You might also want to back up the laptops and desktops at your firm so that your information may be protected in the event that the devices become lost, stolen, or damaged. And do not worry – you can set up automated backups so you don’t have to worry about remembering!

Install Virus Scanners and Update Them Regularly – Not all disasters originate from the hands of Mother Nature. Viruses, spyware, and malware can all work to tear down your IT infrastructure. Prevent this by installing regular virus pattern updates; it can stop an IT disaster before it can even have the chance to start!

Talk With a Team of Professionals – More often than not, businesses are not equipped to handle a disaster, especially if it means that their data is lost or compromised. You can help yourself on this front by talking with us today! Check us out at to learn about us or schedule a free consultation with the experts today.