We're all trying to become more connected as part of the digital lifestyle. During the past few years, handheld devices, such as those based on the Palm OS and Microsoft Windows CE Pocket PC design, have become mainstream gadgets -- taking on a front-and-center role in the digital lifestyle. Many executives and professionals, for example, have become "addicted" to these PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), but these same gadget groupies also tend to neglect some really basic data protection and security issues.
As we start connecting our PCs to our mobile phones, digital cameras and PDAs, the stakes go up...way up. So as data becomes more concentrated and more invaluable to both business managers and ordinary, connected people, this failure to properly care for the data becomes a really scary prospect - putting some of your most private, personal and irreplaceable digital-lifestyle trappings at risk.
Small businesses, telecommuters, and remote branch offices, without full-time in-house IT pros on staff, often overlook how to protect their intellectual property stored on PDAs.
If you use PDAs for important business data, consider:
To help you get started on the right track, here are 10 simple tips to help you protect your PDA data and avoid frustrating, related tech-support headaches.
PDAs are taking on an increasingly important role in the digital lifestyle. Use these simple, low-tech tips and best practices to minimize your PDA support headaches and maximize the security of your incredibly valuable data.
Casio Cassiopeia -- http://www.casio.com/personalpcs/
Handspring Visor -- http://www.handspring.com
HP Jordana/Compaq iPAQ -- http://www.hp.com
Microsoft Windows CE -- http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/wince/
Palm OS -- http://www.palm.com/us/
PDABuzz -- http://www.pdabuzz.com
PDA LIVE -- http://www.pdalive.com
PDA Street -- http://www.pdastreet.com
Pocket PC Passion -- Small Biz Tech Talk -- http://www.smallbiztechtalk.com
Tucows PDA -- http://www.pilotzone.com
Microsoft Windows CE -- a specialty version of the Microsoft Windows operating system originally designed for handheld computers based on Microsoft's Pocket PC design specification; largest major competitor is the Palm OS.
Palm OS -- a specialty operating system designed for handheld computers manufactured and marketed by Palm and others; largest major competitor is Microsoft Windows CE.
PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) -- a handheld, pocket-sized computer generally designed for the Microsoft Windows CE or Palm OS platforms.
USB (Universal Serial Bus) Port -- hardware communications interface used to connect peripherals to computer systems; eventually could replace parallel and serial interfaces in PCs; offers far superior performance throughput and easier configuration than both parallel and serial port-based peripherals.
Joshua Feinberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) helps small businesses save money on computer support costs. His latest book, What Your Computer Consultant Doesn't Want You to Know ($19.99, Small Biz Tech Talk Press), exposes 101 money-saving secrets of expensive techies. To order Joshua's new book, visit http://www.SmallBizTechTalk.com or call 866-TECH-EXPERT (866-832-4397).
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