Hardware Retailing

SEP 2016

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | September 2016 64 Data Security With these advances in technology comes the necessity of keeping your data safe. "It's not the most exciting investment for a business to make, but obviously people care about their personal information and the privacy surrounding it," Koenig says. "People don't even think about it sometimes, but we are generating and collecting more data than ever before. Keeping your customers safe should be a priority—make sure you are up to industry standards and have the necessary best practices in place." It's a best practice to make regular backups of your server and keep a copy of your data offsite as well as onsite. But cloud technology has made data protection much easier today than in years past. After hackers compromised his company database—during the middle of an audit—Miller implemented a cloud backup site so that it was easy to restore his data if he was ever hacked again (and he was). "We used to have a server at a corporate office where data from all of the stores would go, but now we've moved that to a third-party facility in a very secure location, that's backed up regularly and safe from hurricanes or other natural disasters that are frequent in this area," says Miller. "We have a lot more at stake if a server goes out; it could take out the data for multiple stores," he says. "You don't know how much stuff you have on your computer until you lose it all." Some of the more popular cloud storage systems include Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Datto, Dropbox and Box. Most of these systems come with different tiers—the more storage you require, the more you pay per month. There's usually a free version with a limited amount of storage that you " You don't know how much stuff you have on your computer until you lose it all. " —Chris Miller, Parker's Building Supply Rodenticide endcap Our local Bonide salesperson is ready to assist you Deep discounts and extended dating available now CALL: 315-736-8231 x221 EMAIL: sales@bonide.com Glue trays for rats and mice. Glue boards, snap traps and EZ-Set traps for rats. Glue boards, snap traps and EZ-Set traps for mice. All natural rat & mouse repellents for indoor, storage and outdoor uses. ¨ GOT PESTS... get Poison bait for mice.

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