Why Australian business needs to dive into the cyber age
Did you know that Australian business has one of the slowest uptakes of digital or cloud accounting, stock and client management software in the world?
We are appallingly behind the rest of the world. Why?
Firstly, many claim that it is Australia’s terribly slow internet that makes running your business online near to impossible – it does make it slow, but certainly not impossible and is not really a good reason not to take up the better option of the many online tools that will help you to run your business and could shave hours off your busy day.
Cyber security is another big issue for business and it certainly is a credible threat, but for small to medium size business, there are many ways that you can ensure that your data and that of your clients is well protected.
Password Managers are an excellent way to ensure that you can remember ALL your passwords, and will keep your passwords safe from hackers. It is their job to be super secure!
Password Managers such as Agile Key, Zoho and RoboForm will all help ensure that you have one password that opens a safe that keeps all of your other passwords – sticky notes stuck to your computer screen are NOT a good idea!!
A suggestion made by a leading ‘ethical hacker’ (yes, they do exist; large and IT companies use them to ensure that they are not open to cyber-attack), is also that you use a sentence as your password, these are almost impossible to hack.
A very strong password would be one with caps, lower case, special characters (such as the use of !@#$%^&*) and numbers. The list of strong passwords you can come up with is endless and they can all be securely kept, and easily remembered using password protection software.
This is a lot to think about! But it is the biggest thing holding Australian business back from joining the cyber age and really competing on the global stage – you don’t want to be left behind.
With Think Accountants being a preferred supplier of Xero, you are doing yourself, your employees, your clients and your service providers a favour by looking into this excellent cloud based software.
Think Accountants are linked directly to Xero, so they will be alerted to any hacking threat in real time, and Think Accountants will take the necessary steps to ensure that your business and all of its data is properly protected.
A lot of business owners also have the horrible memories of computer crashes and things not being saved properly resulting in hours of work being lost. These problems can be a thing of the past, as all your data can now be backed up, in real time, to the cloud.
Packages such as Xero offer you a dashboard which gives you a snapshot of how your business is tracking, as soon as you log in.
You can see how sales are tracking, keep track of inventory and stay on top of any outstanding debtors – all in a basic screen shot.
Xero continues to grow and expand their product, they change and flow with the current market climate and ensure that your business has all the very latest information, support and that you are not left behind your competitors.
Xero and similar packages are business enablers, they will make your life infinitely easier. It will improve your dealings with clients, suppliers, your accountant and even your bank!
Talk to Think Accountants today about how you can safely take the safe and smart step to joining the cyber world and how it can improve your business and your life.