Business Plans

The main reason that some people take opportunities when they arise, and others do not, is that some people are ready.

They have their business plan ready and all they need to do is take advantage of the opportunities.

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Part 54 - Free Downloads.

Downloading is the transmission of a file from one computer system to another, usually smaller computer system. From the business owners point-of-view, to download a file is to request it from another computer (or from a Web page on another computer) and to receive it.

In computer networks, to download is to receive data from a remote system, typically a server such as a web server, an FTP server, an email server, or other similar systems. This contrasts with uploading, where data is sent to a remote server.

Free downloads is computer software distributed under terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as to study, change, and distribute the software and any adapted versions. The right to study and modify software entails access to its source code. For computer programs that are covered by copyright law so this is achieved with a software license by which the author grants users the aforementioned freedom. Software that is not covered by copyright law, such as software in the public domain, is free if the source code is in the public domain, or otherwise available without restrictions.

Other legal and technical aspects, such as software patents and digital rights management may restrict users in exercising their rights, and thus prevent software from being free. Free software may be developed collaboratively by volunteer computer programmers or by businesses; as part of a commercial, for-profit activity or not.

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Online file sharing software is making it easier than ever before for businesses to quickly share documents with colleagues, clients and even vendors. Unfortunately, the speed with which people can distribute digital documents using online tools often comes at a price. It is not uncommon for privacy to be breached when businesses allow employees to store and share documents containing proprietary information in the cloud.

  • Utilize a business-grade file sharing system - Personal file sharing tools may be cheap or even free, but the price that users pay for those services is often reflected in the level of security.

  • Control how recipients access your documents - Setting permission is one smart way for business owners to limit access to the documents they distribute digitally. Senders can revoke access to the files they have shared at any time, limiting the hours that colleagues have to review those files even after they have been downloaded.

  • Keep software updated - Hackers thrive on a businesses inability to keep their professional software systems updated. Making sure that every employee at your company has downloaded the latest software upgrades is one of the smartest things that an employer can do to increase online security with zero added cost.

  • Opt for password-protected sharing - Many of the top document management and knowledge sharing systems allow users to place password restrictions on their files. Recipients both inside and outside of the business are prevented from downloading these files without the appropriate credentials.

  • Encrypt files before they are sent - Encrypted files are less enticing for hackers because there is no guarantee that the data contained within those files will ever be exposed. Most file sharing services will encrypt the files that users upload, however this is not always a given and it is worthwhile to double-check this fact before uploading any private or sensitive material.

  • Provide Additional Cover with Two Factor Authentication - If you believe your systems require a second barrier of protection, as well as a password, two factor authentication may help. This will require you to have a login and another physical device (such as a mobile phone) to access the business’ system. This can be as simple as an email code verification process or as high-tech as fingerprint recognition.

  • Train Staff for Effective Protocols - Human error cannot be completely avoided, but it is important to provide your staff with the correct training to ensure this risk is minimised as much as possible. Training your staff will educate them in how to use these security systems and the reasons why they are needed, this way they will be more aware and less likely to make dangerous mistakes.

  • Limit Access to Provide Privacy - Limiting access according to seniority or department means that employees only have access to information they require to complete their job, and not every file in the system.

  • Monitor All Outbound Communications - Monitoring of outbound communications can be a tricky subject when it comes to respecting employee privacy, but unfortunately it is vital for many businesses. For ease, speed and privacy, a software system can be put in place to monitor these communications and prevent a data leak by simply alerting users to the risk and preventing items from sending until this is corrected.

  • According to Cisco, 48% of employees are not concerned with data security and 39% believe it is their employer’s responsibility not theirs. So, with nearly half of staff surveyed admitting file safety is not on their priority list, it may be time to up your game and ensure it is on yours.

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