It’s Vacation Time. Here Are 3 Ways to Protect Your Data While Taking a Break. has an excellent article out by Bill Aimone on how to manage your data security while on vacation.

The three issues discussed in the article are:

Technology Setup

If you take a laptop on vacation, make sure it’s protected by upgrading to the latest release of your operating system and is password protected.  Also, use a backup product like DropBox which minimizes the amount of information that could be mined by thieves.  Furthermore, it allows you to wipe the correlating data if the laptop is stolen.

The Connection, Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The author points out that connecting to the internet via unknown networks while on vacation is risky. An easy way to access a secure connection is via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs create a secure connection between the laptop and a server in the cloud. It is almost impossible to hack this type of connection.

It’s also easy to set up a hotspot connection from your iPhone which is more secure than connecting through your hotel or the airport’s unsecured networks.

Support for Small Business Owners and Employees to Stay Connected During Vacation 

Technology issues happen, and when they strike it can easily turn into a desperate situation without the right IT support.

Most small businesses cannot afford to hire internal resources to provide 24/7 support to vacationing employees, especially factoring in potential time zone differences.

Small businesses can consider finding remote-access, 24/7 on-demand IT support from companies like EVAN®, which can help traveling employees when in a pinch.

In summary, these three tips from SmallBiz-Resources will help you stay compliant with the old Boy Scout motto of “Be prepared.”

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William Bruce is an Accredited Business Intermediary (ABI) and Senior Valuation Analyst (SVA) assisting buyers and sellers of privately held businesses in the transfer of ownership.  He currently serves as president of the American Business Brokers Association.  His practice includes consulting services nationally on issues of business valuation and transfer.   With offices in Fairhope, Alabama and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he may be reached at (251) 990-5934 (Fairhope), 225-465-5799 (Baton Rouge) or by email at 


About William Bruce

President, American Business Brokers Association / Business Broker and Accredited Business Intermediary assisting business buyers and sellers with the transfer of ownership since 1986 / Author: How to Buy a Business.
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