Keeping your network clean and your local systems freshly inspected is an essential part of network security. A lot of programs can do this cleaning for you, but some things slip through the cracks, especially if you have a small business. If your summer vacation is just around the corner, don’t let network debris pile up until you get back. Set aside an afternoon this month to get rid of all the clutter your network has accumulated so you can enjoy your well-deserved break.

Clean out your (and your employees’) caches.

Websites hook into your business’s computers whether you want to or not. They add cookies so they can personalize a visitor’s experience (for good and ill), offer to remember passwords and settings, and remember what everyone wants most.

But that can be bad news for business security. Regularly dump out all of the cookies, saved passwords, and other caches. Not only does this minimize your business’s vulnerability based on password weaknesses, it means outside sources can’t profile your business and analyze network behaviors. It also means Man-in-the-Middle attack programs that successfully wormed their way inside your system lose access.

Check your backups and recovery processes.

Your databases, computer, and central files should always be backed up. That doesn’t mean just making a backup whenever there are significant changes or always having a backup of the most recent status. Have multiple recovery points so that you can return to data at different points. Not only are there times when someone may have accidentally deleted an important folder without anyone noticing before an automatic backup point, but a lot of data malfunctions start with errors that corrupt data over time, and even going back two or three iterations isn’t enough to catch the root of the problem.

You aren’t going to be the only one heading out on vacation soon. Schedule a system cleanup while everyone’s still in the office so you don’t have to worry about stragglers or delayed approvals.

Cleaning out your computer is an important part of keeping everything fast, secure, and useful. Add these tasks to a monthly procedure if you can, but certainly do it at least once a year. For more computer tips, go to Kotori Technologies, LLC here.

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