If you’re a sys-op you’re always busy taking care of everyone else’s computers and systems. If you’re in the IT industry you’re often too busy coding or testing to take care of your own set-up. BUT, It’s important to take the time to clean up your system, check your parameters; update your spam filters and clear out your email. This includes the hidden spam – the stuff that needlessly clutters your inbox. You take the time (at least you should take the time) to make sure you’re in good health. It’s time to do the same for your system.
First step: make sure everything is up to date
That includes your programs, your patches, your anti-virus and your spam filters. If you’re already using our Vircom products (and even if you’re using someone else) make sure that you have the package that you need for your current set-up. (If you’re not with Vircom, please check our free trial https://www.vircom.com/en/FreeTrial/.)
Second step: clean it up.
Trash everything that you can. Yes, this can take time but it will be very beneficial in the long run. When it comes to your email it’s also very important to have a system of rules that you can live with and use regularly or it defeats the purpose. Update your rules and create new ones as necessary to make sure that, for example, your newsletters and offers from trusted vendors aren’t cluttering up your inbox. Create the necessary folders and test it out to make sure it’s working.
Third step: back it up.
Once you have up-dated everything and cleaned it up, archive what you can and make sure that you have at least one backup that is off site. Remember, the golden rule: It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.