When my family camped in Yellowstone National Park last month, we were camping in bear country.
Unfortunately, there have been some bad bear incidents in Yellowstone this summer.
A friend of mine let me borrow his bear spray for our trip. Bear spray is like personal-defense pepper spray, except it’s grizzly bear strength. I took the spray and packed it when we were on remote trails.
A warning on the can’s label almost made me laugh: “Don’t intentionally provoke a bear”. I could just visualize some nut feeling confident with his can of bear spray and chasing a bear down in order to confront it, spray it, and earn some kind of moronic bragging rights.
To avoid bear problems, you are supposed to be careful to not leave food out, not to smell like food, not to surprise a bear, not to run away from a bear…the list goes on.
Bear spray is designed to be the last line of defense against bears.
My company provides data repair services for QuickBooks users, and those services could be considered the last line of defense against QuickBooks data problems. But they are not the only defense.
There are lots of things you can do to minimize the chance of having QuickBooks data problems in the first place:
- Have battery backups on your server, your routers, and all your workstations
- Have internet security software installed on all your computers
- Keep Windows up to date on all your computers
- Keep QuickBooks updated on your system
- Use the same kind of networking equipment on all your workstations
- Make regular backups to a location off of your server
If you do these things, you greatly minimize the chance of encountering data problems in QuickBooks in the first place. But we’ll be your bear spray if somehow it ever gets to that point.