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7 Ways Your Business Can Prevent Data Loss

7 Ways Your Business Can Prevent Data Loss

One of the worst things that can happen to any business is a loss of data. If your business loses certain data, it could mean certain disaster, because you could be losing customer information, employee information, and a whole lot more. Not only is your data lost, but there is also a chance that it is lost because it has been stolen, and now someone else has access to all of this sensitive information. Luckily, there are several things that you can do in order to protect your business from data loss. We have compiled a list of seven tips that you can use to protect your business data.

1. Dispose of Sensitive Data

It is important that you make sure to get rid of sensitive data when it is no longer needed. This information could still fall into the wrong hands, and be detrimental to your business. Shred all documents that contain sensitive information before recycling, and remove all data from all electronic devices, including computers, tablets, smartphones, and external storage devices.

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2. Use Password Protection

Hackers are always searching for passwords, so you need to be vigilant about protecting yours. Be sure to password-protect all of the computers in your business, including laptops and smartphones, and password-protect access to the network and accounts. Make it mandatory for employees to change default passwords to strong ones that are complex and have a good variety of characters.

3. Use Malware Protection

There are always going to be spyware and viruses, so you need to protect your business computers. You will need to install software that protects you against this malware, which can be installed on computers without your knowledge. All it takes is for one person to use a device that has malware to infect your network, and then all of your business information is out there for that person to see and use.

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4. Use Data Protection Software

It is important that you take advantage of data protection software that can keep your sensitive information out of the wrong hands. These tools include cloud disaster recovery solutions, firewalls, virtual private networks, antivirus software, etc., and they will go a long way in protecting your sensitive business data, which often includes personal data about employees, clients, and customers.

5. Use Data Encryption

Any device that is used for your business should be protected with data encryption. This includes computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even apps that employees use on the network. There are different ways to encrypt data, including over-the-air encryption and a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). When data is encrypted, the only people who can access it are those who have been given specific authorization to do so.

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6. Create Access Levels

Your IT team should set access levels for data that employees can use to access data within the network. Make sure that a good confidentiality policy is in place for employees. This will restrict their use of company data and prevent sharing it to outsiders. They must sign the agreement at the beginning of their employment, and you must inform them of the consequences of breaking the policy.

7. Create a Backup

It is always important to create a backup plan in the event that confidential data is compromised. You should always have a backup of all of your data that is stored in a safe location that is separate from your network. In many cases, backup files are stored offsite, in case of burglaries, natural disasters, etc. You should also update data frequently, as well as do testing of data every so often to make sure that it is accurate and can be viewed.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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