Posts Tagged ‘online programs’

Desktop vs Online

May 5, 2010
These days you can do just about everything online. From taking care of your finances–using online banking–to writing documents and creating presentations–using things like Google Docs–it’s all online. It used to be that when you bought a new computer you also had to buy word processing software, music software, picture editing tools, and more. You can do all of that and more online and keep your desktop clean of clutter. Now you can even manage your Mary Kay business online–every part of it. Why ditch bulky desktop programs in favor of the internet? Here are a couple of reasons:

-With online programs, you don’t have to worry about backing up your data. If your computer crashes all of your information is safe.

-You can use an online program on any computer, and in some cases, on your smart phone.
-Web software developers can push updates and fixes to the program to users faster and more efficiently than desktop developers. Instead of sending out download CDs or new versions every couple of years, web developers can send out updates as soon as they are ready. That way everyone is using the most up to date version of the program at all times.
-Good web developers employ the latest virus blockers and firewalls for your safety. It might seem like a desktop program is safer, but many of them are open for easy attack.
-Your desktop program can’t do it all. You might have to use several different programs to do everything one online program can do.
-Desktop software often comes with a set number of (expensive) licenses, limiting how many times and how many computers you can install it. An online computer can be used on any computer.
Those are just a few of the perks of using UnitWise. The best part about online programs is that most of them let you try them out for a while. You can sign up for UnitWise today and try it free for 15 days!

Keeping your business information safe

April 28, 2010

Just because you’re using a program that is based on your desktop, doesn’t mean it’s safe from hackers and viruses. In some cases, desktop programs have lower security than online programs because they don’t have to stay updated against all the latest viruses. Here are some things you can do to protect your business information:

Password Protection

If the programs or websites you use offer password protection, use it! Make sure your password is not obvious, you’d be amazed the amount of passwords out there that are simply “password.” A good password includes a few letters at least one number and at least one special character, something like @ or $.

Financial info

Make sure your financial information, and your customer financial information, is safe and encrypted. Some desktop programs store payment information in text format or easy-to-access files. If someone stole or hacked into your computer, they shouldn’t be able to find that information easily (or at all). If someone steals the credit cards of your clients, you could be held responsible. Unitwise has exclusive integration with ProPay’s new ProtectPay system, so payment and credit card information is encrypted and secure.

Back it up!

If your computer suddenly melted today, what would happen to all your business information? Would you still have it? It’s important to back up your information on a routine basis. Use a portable hard drive, DVDs, or an online storage solution. If you use UnitWise, you never have to worry about losing your information, it’s available anywhere, any time. Power outage? Fried hard drive? No worries with UnitWise.

Don’t put your business and customers at risk, start practicing safe computer habits now.