December 2020 Technology Insider​

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It’s quite hard to believe we’re THIS close to Christmas, isn’t it? 

This year has flown by. I think losing all those months to the shutdown made it seem like the time has gone faster…  although I remember the actual days at the time moving quite slowly! 

How’s your business been this year? And what are your plans for next year? 

As tough as it’s been for many businesses around here, it’s also been wonderful for me to talk to business owners and managers who have great plans for next year. 

I know… it’s cliche to talk about adapting and pivoting. But there are some very smart people around with some incredibly ambitious plans. I feel privileged to be working with so many of them. 

No wonder people are talking about 2020 having seen 5 years of change and progress and I wonder… what does 2021 have in store for us all? 

Would your business survive the 4 beer test this Christmas?

So, it’s unlikely that you’ll be having a traditional office Christmas party this year. Thanks Covid, you party-pooper. 

But, I’m sure at least some of your team will find a way to celebrate together over a few beers after work one day. 

And that’s why it’s worth asking if your business can pass the 4 beer test. 

What’s that? We imagine 4 beers is about the stage where people start to “relax” so much, they start to forget the important stuff. 

Like picking up their laptop bag when they leave the bar. Or as they’re jumping off the Uber in a fluster after dozing off a little bit. 

Laptops and cell-phones get left in bars and on trains all the time, especially on dark winter nights like these. 

Thing is — depending on your IT setup, a lost laptop can either be a minor inconvenience. Or a complete disaster. 

How can you tell which? By asking these 3 questions: 

  • Is it encrypted? 
  • Is it password protected? 
  • Can the data be wiped remotely

If it’s a “yes” to all three, you can relax. It’s annoying you’ve lost your device… but your business’s data is safe. No-one can access it. 

And if you can’t positively answer all three… That’s definitely a problem. These days, the loss of data is a much bigger deal than the loss of a device. 

If you’re not 100% sure you can answer all 3 questions with a big fat YES… then give us a call. We can check for you. 

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