[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In one week, the city will swell with fans as the excitement of the NHL All-Star Weekend kicks off in Nashville. Not only has our city been given the honor to host the event, it’s exciting to see that three Predators, Shea Weber, Roman Josi and Pekka Rinne, were also selected for the All-Star festivities. To get to this point, hockey players from all over the country had to prove that they are the best at what they do, and oftentimes that comes with strange habits. For example, the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, was known to apply baby powder to his hockey stick before each game, among many other rituals.
Being an all-star in any field requires commitment and maybe even a strange ritual or two. As technology assumes an increasingly critical role in business, people everywhere are trying to learn the secrets of what it takes to be a tech all-star.
The following are some habits to help score a “hat trick” with tech in the business world, even without the baby powder.
Go for the Upgrade
Athletes continually practice and workout between matches—throughout the busy hockey season and even in the off-season. They have to stay at the top of their game in order to perform well. The same is true with business technology: it’s crucial to keep your computers and any other tech up to date. Upgrades not only make the system run better, they often help fix potential security problems. Keeping current is everything in the sports, business and tech worlds. It’s hard to attract business in 2016 when you’re still on Windows 98.
Twice the Protection
In the final minutes of a game, it’s not uncommon for the losing team to “pull their goalie” and exchange them for an offensive player. This means their net is defenseless. They have sacrificed security for the hope of more points. This is never a good strategy in the tech world. In fact, the opposite approach should be taken. Rather than one goalie, go with two.
Two-factor authentication adds one more line of defense between the attackers and what is being protected. This means attaching a phone number or second email address to a service, so the next time you try to login, your username and password won’t be enough. You will receive a message via phone or email with a unique, one-time password that must also be entered before gaining access to that site, service or account. Websites such as Facebook, Gmail and many banks already offer this authentication. Check the settings of other services you use to see if this feature is available.
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Working in the Cloud
Any business can imitate what’s going on around them; a great one will keep moving toward the future. And the future of business is in the cloud. Cloud-based services keep data safe from a variety of threats, including physical forces like fires and floods. Cloud support also allows employees to work from anywhere. Not only that, but files and documents that might not fit in an email are always accessible. The cloud ensures work can always be done and in a secure manner. Any company that uses technology should determine how the cloud could help their business run better and safer.
It’s not hard to be a tech all-star in your business. By regularly following simple procedures and guidelines you can easily stay in the game and out of the penalty box.
This post also appeared in The Tennessean, where Concept Technology has a bi-weekly feature in the Business section.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]