RIP Windows XP

Windows-XP-LogoOld news, but after April 8th, 2014 Microsoft is done with Windows XP (and Office 2003). Read what Microsoft has to say about retiring them here…

It’s no secret that XP is possibly the least secure Operating System currently in use, and from what I understand the “Bad Guys” are just waiting to pounce.

Please, if you are still using XP, and you value the data stored on that computer; consider unplugging it from the Internet after April 8th and getting yourself a new computer. It’s probably time.

Peace Of Mind: QuickBooks Backup Files

You can save backup copies of your QuickBooks files to protect them against accidental data loss. Backup copies are important insurance—if you lose data for any reason, you can restore the data from your backup copy.

If you are not regularly backing up your QuickBooks company files using the built-in backup feature, now might be a good time to consider doing so. Merely backing up (copying) the folder which contains your company file(s) isn’t good enough. Here’s why:

  1. A QuickBooks backup file contains everything you need to re-create your company file and QuickBooks environment, including all of the QuickBooks files related to your company file.
  2. The built-in backup can optionally be configured to check the integrity of the company file. I strongly recommend enabling this step as QuickBooks files can become corrupt, especially when you work in a multi-user environment. A corrupt company file can appear to work correctly, and you may never know it… until it is too late.

So do yourself a favor; get everyone out of QuickBooks, run through the Backup Wizard, select your backup settings and create a backup file to a network drive; external hard drive; removable storage device such as a CD, USB flash drive, or Zip disk; or to a remote site over the Internet.

You do backup your data, right? If you don’t, consider contacting me so we can create a plan to protect your valuable data.