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How to winter-proof your IT system


Winter can be bleak, full of dark nights and cold weather, but you’re IT doesn’t need to suffer. Here are our top tips for winter-proofing your IT system.

Gone with the wind

VoIP works via the internet and is a fantastic option for those looking to future-proof their systems. VoIP also lends itself to remote working as there is no need for arduous installation or hardware. The phones can simply be plugged into a router and are good to go.

When it comes to extreme weather, if you’re leaving the office for a period of time, move all tech equipment and wires off the floor. Should the worst happen and water gets into your office, your tech will be out of harm’s way.

Location, location, location

When it comes to storing your devices, if you’re packing away the laptop in exchange for your kitchen table back, be mindful of where you relocate devices to. Don’t leave them in a damp or particularly cold area as this could cause damage to the screen or hard drive. If a laptop has been left in the cold for any period of time, when you bring it back to a warmer environment, be sure to give it time to come to room temperature first. The rapid change in temperature can cause condensation which may lead to electrical problems.

If you’re on the go, try and avoid keeping devices in the car for a long period of time. Not only does this increase the likelihood of them being stolen if spotted though the window, but extended exposure to moisture can cause damage to your screens, especially any with touch screens features.

If you do have to leave them in the car or a colder environment, make sure they’re bundled up and not able to slide around.

Back it up

It’s good practice to back up all your files and data. Make sure this is done before you log off for the festive period. It won’t be a happy New Year if you come back to the office and can’t access your files!

Data centres are a brilliant option as they are always up to date with antivirus software and firewalls, as well as having top physical security to ensure your data is safe and sound and protected from storms and break ins.

Cloud storage is another great option and aids those who will working remotely this winter. Users simply need to login and they can access their data from anywhere in the world at any time of day.

There are simple things you can do to winter-proof your IT, whether that be storing your devices safely or making sure your antivirus is up to date.

If you’re unsure about anything or would like some advice on how to keep your IT safe this winter, get in touch with a member of the team via info@probado.co.uk or give us a call on 01484 905103.

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