Want to be more efficient? Follow these tips

It’s challenging running a successful small business today. You face larger competitors and a still-struggling economy that makes your customers think twice before spending some of their hard-earned dollars. But you can gain an advantage on your competition by utilizing technology more efficiently. As the TechnologySchools.org Website states, if you use tech more effectively, you and your employees will be more productive. And the site provides three great tips for doing this.

Password power

Hackers can wreak havoc on your small business. The appropriate passwords, though, can keep these cyber criminals at bay. TechnologySchools.org recommends that you create passwords that are at least eight characters long. The site adds that you ought to include symbols, numbers and both upper- and lowercase letters in your passwords. And, of course, don’t use passes such as “password” or “1234.”

Keep your passwords out of harm’s way

Of course, having the right passwords is just one step. TechnologySchools recommends, too, that you keep your passwords safe. Don’t, for example, write your passwords on the same slip of paper that you keep in your wallet. Imagine if you lose that paper? Can you imagine if someone nabs it? The best choice is to use a password-storage service such as LastPass or Dashlane to manage your log-ins and passwords.

No more sluggish computers

Is your older computer slowing down? TechnologySchools offers some tips for you to give it a speed boost. The site recommends that on a monthly basis you delete old files, eliminate unnecessary programs and defragment your hard drive. Finally, you should each month execute a registry scan to find and erase corrupted or damaged files.

Posted on: 11.14.13