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5 Ways To Secure your Laptop Wherever it is

Whether you’re working from home or on-the-go, it is paramount that you protect your laptop from cyber-crime. While your company has probably provided you with a VPN to securely connect to their network, what about your personal passwords and local files? Let’s take a look at 5 great ideas to secure your laptop wherever it is;

Small Business IT Day 2020

Our dedicated Technical Account Managers will provide you with advice and guidance on the latest remote working, collaboration, security and website management to help your business along this unprecedented IT journey!

Is The Office a Thing Of The Past?

The recent pandemic has made dramatic changes to how businesses and non-profits operate. Most organisations have offices, however with the success of home working, some have no intention of returning to the office. Organisations are considering implementing full remote working solutions, taking advantage of some of the benefits and cost savings of not having a physical office space.

Covid-19 Update

A message in response to COVID-19 from our Operations Director, Adam Graham, to our customers

Outsourced VS In-House IT Support

Over the last 20 years or so, the Internet has revolutionised businesses, making it easier than ever before to store data, find new customers and promote your company. However, because of this growing emphasis on IT infrastructure, it’s important to have a dedicated team in place to assist with any problems.

What’s New In Microsoft Teams?

Since the start of June, Microsoft Teams has considerably improved in terms of efficiency after several updates that have taken place. During this, Teams has become very popular with organisations as you can stay in contact with colleagues and clients effortlessly whilst working at home or in the office!

SharePoint VS Hosted Desktop

With SharePoint Online becoming more and more popular, many companies are asking the question which is better cloud storage or a hosted desktop? If your company is using a hosted desktop but are thinking about replacing it with something faster, more flexible and secure which allows for better organisation, then the benefits of SharePoint and its powerful document management capabilities could be what you need.

Social Media Marketing For Charities During Covid-19

Social media marketing is now easier than ever, with just one click of the button your post can be seen by thousands of people meaning your charity can gain lots of recognition! Social media is particularly helpful for smaller charities with limited internal resources, and when done effectively charity marketing campaigns drive high response rates.

Keep Your Charity Safe From Cybercriminals

As most employees are now working remotely, cybercriminals have taken the opportunity to access unsecured data from individuals who need to improve the overall protection on their personal devices. This makes it more important than ever to be extra vigilant and make sure you are secure from cybersecurity threats, especially those directly targeting charities.

Are you in need of business financing?

Due to the current pandemic, most companies have had to resort to funding, along with this there is economic uncertainty which is highly difficult for many companies.
Below is a summary of the 14 key government schemes, which are now available to support businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Creating the perfect home working balance

Whilst the majority of employees have taken on working from home during this pandemic, it is highly important to make sure that you maintain a balance between your work and your home life, as well as creating a good home working environment!

Hackers Target Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

Stay alert whilst using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), remote working is providing a massive opportunity for hackers! As a result of the current pandemic, most organisations are turning to Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to permit staff to work from home.

Is your office social distancing friendly?

Does your office support social distancing? After the recent update from the Government, it is key to start planning on your social distancing strategy for when you get back to the office! Prepare yourself and your colleagues for social distancing in the office by reading our essential checklist below.

10 things you can do with Microsoft Teams!

Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. Teams is a great way to stay connected with your colleagues or peers remotely and has recently been relied on massively by many organisations!

Home Working Hints & Tips FREE Download

Due to this unprecedented time, most organisations have had to resort to making the move to remote/home working for their users. This change has highlighted how vital it is to make sure that your home working set-up is efficient and you’re using Office 365 to it’s full potential, optimise your home working by reading below

10 Tips to Stay Safe on Social Media

Recently there has been a rise in the use of social media, both for business and leisure purposes. Social media plays a very important role of being able to communicate to people from all over the world almost instantly, however it is highly important to manage your digital footprint and to manage the security and privacy

How to avoid COVID-19 phishing scams

Have you ever been worried that you may become a victim of a phishing scam? There has been several incidents of cyber criminals exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic recently, so listed below is some information and ideas of how to prevent this!

How to stay secure whilst working remotely

As working remotely has become more prevalent than ever for most organisations, it has become even more essential to have the best security for your setups as there have been many incidents of malicious cyber criminals exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic! Here are some ways to help you make sure your companies data is secure and protected;

SharePoint, making remote working easy!

HAVING PROBLEMS WITH REMOTE WORKING? With remote working more prevalent than ever, having remote access to your office desktop pc and server can often raise some connectivity problems. When the line goes down or the power goes off in your office, the access to reboot and reconnect systems is limited.

Windows 7 End-Of-Life Support – What You Need To Know

As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and that includes Windows 7. After running for a decade, from January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop providing security updates or support for devices running the hugely popular Windows 7. Microsoft has said “Every Windows product has a lifecycle.

10 Ways to Spot a Phishing Email

With cyber crime continuing to be one of the biggest threats to business, attackers are continually finding new ways to try to compromise the cyber security. Phishing emails and hacked email accounts are becoming increasingly common, particularly those which bank details can be changed in a bid to intercept payments.

2018… Year in Review

According to Google 2018 has been the year of searching for Good. Indeed there have been many good things that have happened in the world

GDPR six months in

Look back 6 months and companies all over the UK were in a mild panic about the impending General Data Protection Regulation that was about to come into effect. Re-opt in emails were flying everywhere, companies were cleansing their data, DPOs were being appointed and no one was quite sure what would happen.

Social Media for Business

With over 38 million people now using social media, the rise of its use as a marketing tool has been staggering. Raising brand awareness and gaining customers through social media was once an easy win, however with such a crowded marketplace many of the channels have made free social traction increasingly difficult.

Six Tips for a Seamless IT Office Move

Relocating your business can be a hugely stressful and complex experience. A poorly implemented office move can have a negative impact on your business, with IT downtime and disruption proving costly. Minimising these IT concerns through detailed planning and careful organisation will ensure that your business’ efficiency does not suffer during the move.

Top Tips for Office Network Cabling

Network cabling is at the heart of the connectivity which drives businesses in today’s digital age. It is a fundamental part of office systems, enabling computers to connect to the internet and powering communication between nearby computers in the building. The quality and effectiveness of network cables will affect the speed

What Makes the Best IT Support?

Good IT support is hugely valuable to a business, having a powerful influence on user experience. It builds trust and brand awareness which can ultimately lead to increased sales. The kind of interpersonal relations provided by a business can mean the difference between adequate and outstanding IT support, which will affect the reputation

How do I backup my computer?

It is inevitable that we will all lose data at some point in our lives. In today’s fast-paced world, it is essential to backup your files. We tend to store a multitude of things on our computer, from important documents to personal data.

Why Preventing Network Downtime Is So Crucial

No organisation wants to see money go out of the window. As the availability of IT systems is directly linked to business performance, network downtime poses a great threat to an organisation’s IT operations and can seriously impede its success. With the ever-changing demands of IT, preventing network downtime is becoming more challenging.

Why is my computer so slow? 15 Tips to speed it up!

We have all experienced the frustration of a slow computer. Waiting for a sluggish computer when you’re desperately trying to get something done is extremely annoying, especially when you simply want to load a web page. However, it is not unusual for computers to slow down after time and after extensive use.

What impact does colour have on your website?

Its one of the first questions we get asked as kids, what is your favourite colour? Each of us probably had a different answer, and what’s more it probably changed over time. But why, what effect does colour have on us?

What is Ransomware?

With several new attacks appearing in the news over the last few weeks you may be wondering what is Ransomware and how do I stop it? Ransomware is a type malicious software that is designed to block access to your computer, devices and/or network until a sum of money is paid.

Could changing your printer save you money?

It is something you rarely think about, the costs of printing and copying, however it can have a large financial impact on your company if your printer is not cost efficient. There are many types printers and copiers available and add in options to lease or buy, it can seem like a big decision

Email Marketing Tips For Charities

A recent survey carried out by Connect Assist highlighted how more than 70% of charities placed a high or very high importance on building relationships with its advocates, yet less than 20% of these charities effectively engage with their supporters digitally.

SharePoint Data Security

SharePoint is becoming increasingly popular as more organisations move towards cloud computing. We have previously discussed the various benefits of SharePoint vs File Servers. To encourage users to adopt SharePoint Online over traditional file management systems Microsoft has invested in making the product more user-friendly and efficient than any other enterprise file management system available

12 Easy Steps to GDPR

We are under a month away from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect. If you haven’t done anything to prepare yet now is definitely the time to act.

SHAREPOINT Vs. A FILE SERVER

If you are still using a file server but are thinking about replacing it with something faster, more flexible and secure which allows for better organisation, then the benefits of SharePoint and its powerful document management capabilities could be what you need.

Is Your Website Ready for Mobile First Indexing?

Google announced on Monday that they are rolling out their mobile first indexing. Traditionally, Google’s ranking systems have used the desktop version of a company’s website, however with the increase in smartphone users this is no longer the optimum solution.