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5 Common IT Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Published April 26, 2021

5 Common IT Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Statistics show that a business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds.

Does your business struggle with security issues? What measures are you taking to prevent a future attack? What areas could you make improvements in your security approach?

Cybersecurity is only growing in importance and knowing what mistakes are common can help you get ahead of them happening to you.

Keep reading to learn more about common IT mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Password Neglect 

Are you consistently changing your passwords? Where are you storing that information? 

Passwords are designed to protect information. While they can sometimes be seen as an annoying step in logging into your computer or inbox, they can help keep unwanted visitors out. Putting time and thought into passwords and making an effort to protect them is important for every business.

Choosing an easy-to-guess password or writing it down on your desk is not a safe way to approach protecting important business information. 

2. Failing to Protect Work Laptop

Do you leave your work laptop where it can be seen in your vehicle? Are you mindful of the wifi networks that you connect to with this device? 

If this device were to fall into the wrong hands, important information about your business could be shared with the wrong people.

3. Opening Random Emails

Have you ever opened an email from someone you didn’t know? The answer is probably a yes. 

In this business world, this is not uncommon given the cold outreach approach that occurs in business-to-business interactions. If you find an email that looks suspicious, it is important to send it to your IT team. As a common rule, it is never a good idea to open any attachment from an unknown sender. 

By clearing these emails with your IT department first, you can be sure that they are safe and won’t give your computer any security issues. 

4. Lack of Accountability

A big problem that many companies run into with web security is that there is a lack of accountability among the people within the company. Everyone should be trained on the same approaches to IT security and held accountable for following those rules. 

If you find that a group of employees leaves their computer on all night when they have left the office, they should be reminded about best practices and the security risks that they are bringing to the company with their actions.

5. Not Learning From Common IT Mistakes

A common IT mistake is not learning from the previous mistakes. Every business is going to make mistakes and likely encounter issues with security even if they are proactive in their efforts. The key is to learn from these mistakes and make plans to improve in this area.

If you feel that your business could use help in this area, you can work with a team of personalized IT professionals that matches the goals of your team.

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Now that you have read more about common IT mistakes and how to avoid them, you can be proactive today. Please contact us today to discuss how we can help your business technology run more smoothly. Check out our blog for more helpful articles like this one.

Pegasus Technologies is the IT Team for organizations that don’t need a full-time IT department. Our technology experts build you a technology plan to keep your business running at its best. We have offices in Kennett Square, PA, Media, PA, and Wayne, PA to provide better computer support and IT services to you.

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Jason Daugherty
jdaugherty@pegtec.com

Jason Daugherty, Systems Administrator. Originally from West Grove, PA, Jason Daugherty is a Tier 3 support professional with 20 years in IT and Managed Services experience. He specializes in Microsoft and Fortinet technologies and is Fortinet NSE4 certified.