Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

Welcome to 2016.  Are you still carrying around last year’s High-Tech bad habits baggage? Admit it – you do have some bad habits when it comes to maintaining the security and health of the high-tech tools your business depends on every day. Since it’s a fresh new year, I thought this would be a great time to point out some of the most popular bad habits most businesses should be working on in 2016.

Bad Habit #1 – Not Backing Up Your Data

Funny how most people start their confession of not backing up their data with the words, “I know it’s bad, but…” If you know, then why aren’t you doing it?

I’ll tell you why… It’s because you’re busy. You don’t have the time to figure out how backup systems work. And you’re not sure which solution is best for you.

Here are three tips to get you started…

First, the best backup solutions store your data onsite, where you need it most AND offsite, in case something happens to your onsite data.

Second, your backup solution should be easy to implement. It should work automatically so you don’t have to think about it.

Finally, you’ll want to choose a backup solution that verifies that your data is actually being backed up. You’ll also want to do test restores at regular intervals to ensure your data backup is ready to go whenever you are.

Bad Habit #2 – Using Weak Passwords

One of the biggest threats to your business’s security is using weak passwords to secure your systems or access accounts and information. If you’ve ever used “password” as your password, we’re talking to you!

A good password should be at least 8 characters long and contain a combination of numbers and upper and lowercase letters. If you want an even stronger password add a symbol or two like # or @, or! Be creative and you’ll find it easier to create strong passwords that are also easy to remember.

One final tip – don’t use the same password for everything. Always create unique passwords for every login.

Bad Habit #3 – Not Installing Software Updates and Security Patches

One of the best ways to keep your computers and server secure is by installing security patches and software updates regularly.

We know you’ve seen the screens that pop-up asking you to install updates. But these messages always seem to come up when you’re in the middle of something, so you hit cancel and keep working. STOP DOING that!

Don’t be a hacker’s next victim. Patch early and Patch often. Set your computers and servers to perform updates automatically.

Don’t think that you can break these habits on your own?  Then consider working with an IT company that can handle these bad habits for you.

Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group. Connect with Bob at, or give us a call – 604.270.1730. Your comments are appreciated –ComputerCents@CascadiaSystemsGroup.comBest wishes for 2016.