When we think of myths we usually think of stories that seem possible but you never know if it’s true or not. Sometimes myths are harmless, but when it comes to business IT myths, not knowing the truth is damaging. Let’s look at some of these myths in more detail and find the truth.
Myth 1: Apple computers can’t get viruses.
While there are fewer malware programs written that target Macs, they are just as vulnerable to viruses as their Windows counterparts. Whether you use a Mac or Windows computer, you want to first, Run a solid, business grade antivirus/anti-malware product, second, You want to protect against human error by educating employees about the dangers of downloading applications and clicking links in phishing emails.
Finally, Put security measures in place to prevent physical theft or loss. Make sure your Mac is password-protected, backed up, kept in a safe place, and set up with Find My Mac.
Myth 2: One backup is enough.
Having one backup is a great start, however, we recommend taking a hybrid approach to backing up your data. This means having both a local and cloud-based backup. The local backup is important to have because it’s quick and easy to restore from. The cloud-based backup would be crucial to getting your business back up and running if your local backup was destroyed.
Myth 3: Antivirus software completely prevents infection.
Antivirus software is valuable, yes, and your business should consistently upgrade its antivirus software. But no antivirus is going to protect your business from every threat.
Security programs do their best to keep up with new threats and vulnerabilities, but infections can spread across the internet quickly. Plus, bad guys are getting better at making threats that evade current antivirus software. As a result, make antivirus software only one piece of your cybersecurity plan.
Myth 4: Cybercriminals only target enterprises.
Attacks on big brands are the ones that get noticed, but nearly half of all cyberattacks hit small businesses. The criminals know that small businesses are less likely to have proper protection in place.
Myth 5: It’s OK to wait until the computer fails to replace it.
You can wait, but it’s not going to be the best thing for your business. Long before a computer fails it could be slowing you down. Older PCs disrupt productivity and reduce employee satisfaction.
As the computer ages, things go wrong, it costs you time and money. Outdated technology also leaves your business vulnerable to cyberattack.
Myth 6: IT outsourcing is not effective for small businesses.
Maybe you think your IT systems are too small to need ongoing maintenance or monitoring, or (Myth 4) that you’re not at risk. IT systems of any size need ongoing, consistent attention, and outsourcing can give you back the time needed to focus on running your business.
A managed IT service provider can monitor hardware and backups, streamline systems for speed, and keep security current. An MSP can also manage firewalls, and identify and protect against threats. Partner with us for business IT support. We’re here to help!