If you have trouble keeping up with the latest technology tools, you’re in good company. With a business to manage, it’s hard to find the time to figure out which tools you should invest in. Last week I spoke at a seminar hosted by the Maryland Construction Network. At the seminar we looked at five tried and tested technology trends and tools that aren’t going away. Let’s take a look at the tools you simply can’t ignore, and the benefits that each will offer to your construction business.
Many construction contractors believe that being hacked means they’ll get a mysterious call from a person with a grisly, threatening tone, or they’ll get a pop-up message on their computer that says, “you’ve been hacked.” The truth is, you can get these kinds of messages, but the real danger is when hackers monitor your computer activity and steal your information without you even knowing about it. The reality is that infiltrations of construction companies' computer networks are on the rise. In this infographic, you'll learn the red flags that indicate whether there's a hacker secretly stealing your information.
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Imagine logging into your computer first thing in the morning and nothing works. You and your coworkers can’t open your software or files on the server, bringing essential tasks like payroll processing to a screeching halt. Then, a pop up appears on your screen that says you need to pay to release your files.
Viruses, worms, phishing emails, and ransomware attacks like WannaCry and Petya wreak havoc on businesses every day. But if you’re like most business owners, you’ve heard of and maybe know a thing or two about these cyber threats, but most likely haven’t taken steps to fully protect your business against these very real dangers. [Spoiler alert: antivirus software alone is no longer enough to protect your business from cyber threats.]
The good news is that eight out of ten Maryland construction contractors are using mobile technology in their business. The bad news is that two out of ten contractors aren’t.
We’ve all been there. You’re in the midst of crafting an important document for that Monday morning meeting and — blip — the power goes out. All that work, lost. Next step, you scramble your thoughts together from the past hour of work you forgot to save. Thanks to auto-save and battery protection, you’ve only lost an extra hour of work and only a few strands of hair you’ve ripped out in frustration. What if your work never came back? Or even worse, what if all your data on your computer was corrupt and possibly useless? That’s what it’s like to experience a server failure due to power irregularity — information corruption to the company database.