Servers keep your business IT systems running smoothly. Like most business equipment, however, they require regular maintenance in order to keep running in top shape. This is doubly important as servers can hold sensitive information and thus should never be left neglected and thereby exposed to hackers.
Here are a few server maintenance tips to keep your servers running smoothly and efficiently:
- Backup Frequently
If you’re planning on doing some server maintenance yourself (and even if you aren’t), it’s always wise to create a backup before doing any work.
This is especially important if you’re working on the server that stores your website content.
If you do create a backup, make sure to save it in another location other than the server itself so as not to lose any data should there be an issue with the server during or after maintenance.
Take advantage of scheduled backups or mark it on your calendar so you don’t forget. Data retrieval can be difficult or impossible, so don’t risk losing data. If you do require data retrieval, Tabard IT can help you get it back.
- Keep up with Updates
Your OS, Control Panel, and applications should always be updated as soon as possible. It’s important to ensure that you are always up-to-date with server updates, fixes and patches, designed to better protect your servers from being compromised by hackers. Furthermore, many CMS and open source applications such as WordPress may not function properly (especially if you’re running multiple plugins and themes) if you aren’t performing regular updates. This can be done by reading the release notes or checking your security scanning software for an update notice. It is also a good idea to check in on your OS and router updates as well.
- Maintain Server Security
Protecting your servers from within your organisation is just as important as protecting from without. If your business has had multiple staff changes, there is always a risk of employees accessing data that they shouldn’t be privy to. By removing user accounts and changing passwords at least once or twice a year, you can help ensure that only those who ought to be accessing sensitive data have access and no one else.
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Protecting your servers from within your organisation is just as important as protecting from without. We recommend you employ a firewall and use strong passwords for all server accounts.
Your company’s servers are the backbone of your business, but it can be difficult to keep them up-to-date with current patches and fixes designed to protect them from outside vulnerabilities.
If your business has had multiple staff changes, there is always a risk of employees accessing data that they shouldn’t be privy to. By removing user accounts and changing passwords at least once or twice a year, you can help ensure that only those who ought to be accessing sensitive data have access and no one else.
Protecting sensitive information is essential to remain GDPR-compliant, so don’t risk exposing or losing data with poor server maintenance habits. Increased security and reducing system downtime are always beneficial to your business, so don’t neglect proper maintenance for your servers. Frequent care can reduce the need for remediating potentially costly data breaches or lost revenue during extended downtimes.
Tabard IT Limited provides professional and quality IT support and consultancy services that will help you protect against these risks by building a system of prevention with our proactive approach to managed service solutions. Contact us today!