Covid-19 Update

A message in response to COVID-19 from our Operations Director, Adam Graham, to our customers: How has Covid-19 affected our business? As keyworkers, Premier Choice staff have been working throughout the entirety of lockdown and will continue to do so as we all find our place in the ‘new’ normal. Our dedicated team continues to […]

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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. The main actions needing to take place is; further […]

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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! Below are some of the keys functionalities […]

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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 […]

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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! Common phishing techniques; Malicious files – In most cases, cyber criminals send out an email […]

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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; […]

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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. At Premier Choice Internet we have a solution […]

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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. The lifecycle begins […]

10 tips to spot a Phishing Email

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. The credibility and genuine intelligence […]

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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. Six months […]

Social Media For Business

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. That is not […]

TIPS FOR A SEAMLESS IT OFFICE MOVE

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. Although moving […]

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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 in which data is […]

Best IT Support

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 of a […]

How do i backup my computer?

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. However, having all your data in one place is dangerous and if […]

Why Preventing Network Downtime Is So Crucial

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. As organisations […]

Artificial Intelligence vs Humans

Artificial Intelligence vs Humans: Who Wins in Customer Support?

If you’re familiar with Siri, Amazon’s Echo, or any similar type of software, then you’ll recognise how technology has revolutionised today’s society, forming an essential part of human progress. The ability of machines to perform human-like tasks is the epitome of this technological development and artificial intelligence is increasingly shaping not only our personal, but […]

Why is my computer so slow?

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. More importantly, whatever […]

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? It is a widely discussed topic, what impact colour has, especially when it comes […]

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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. The most well know […]

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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 to […]

Email Marketing Tips For Charities

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. Add the recent GDPR into the mix and many organisations are unsure on the […]

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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. If you are still unsure on what you need to do the ICO have put these 12 steps together to guide you through the […]

SharePoint vs File Server

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.

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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. Whilst some companies have invested in ensuring that their websites are mobile optimised, there are […]

Improve Conversion Rates

Five Tips to Improve Your Charity Website Conversion Rates

Creating a charity and encouraging a large volume of visitors onto your website is one thing, but the real difficulty lies in persuading users to make a donation to your charitable cause. This is known as conversion and it’s only when you start to achieve high conversion rates that your charity website will really be […]

Cyber Essentials

Why Cyber Essentials has become Business Essential

Cyber security is a topic that is hot on everyone’s lips at the moment. With the GDPR just 84 days away, businesses have very little time left to ensure that their data protection and cyber security are up to scratch. According to Sophos 54% of organizations have been hit by ransomware in the last year. […]

5 reasons to update your website

5 Reasons to Update Your Website

Your website is often the first interaction you have with a potential customer. If they have never heard of you before and have found you online what impression does your website give. We have all done it, found a company online, looked at the homepage and immediately left because it wasn’t user friendly, didn’t load […]

How do I Comply with the EU GDPR?

How do I Comply with the EU GDPR?

Is your organization ready for the EU GDPR? If you hold personal data on EU citizens it needs to be stored securely, otherwise you risk fines of up to €20 million or 4% of worldwide, annual turnover – whichever is higher. Take our free test to find out:   If you would like to learn […]

Cyber Essentials Certification

We Are Cyber Essentials Certified!

We are very excited to announce that we are now Cyber Essentials certified. The certification process involved a full assessment of our systems which has been independently verified and we were presented with the certificate displayed above last week. Not sure what Cyber Essentials is? The Cyber Essentials scheme is a cyber security standard against […]

Best Practice Analysis

Why You Should Start Your Year with a Best Practice Analysis

As an organisation you are likely to be highly, if not completely, reliant on your IT infrastructure. With such advanced technology at our finger tips we sometimes forget just how much IT is integrated into every area of business. Despite this it is something that often gets taken for granted. We don’t give our IT […]

2018...The Year of GDPR

2018…The Year of GDPR

With just 140 days left until GDPR comes into effect the first half of 2018 is likely to be heavily focused on organisations preparing themselves. GDPR is set to transform the cyber-security landscape for decades to come and as the deadline fast approaches many companies are still unsure what is required to gain compliance. For those of you that have been hiding under a rock for the last year lets here is a quick summary of what the GDPR is:

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2017 in Review…The Year of Ransomware, Security and New Gadgets

When you think back on 2017 in the world of tech the most prominent theme will be cyber security. The last 12 months have been filled with new types of ransomware and admissions of previous cyber attacks on some huge household names. With one ransomware managing to infect 81 NHS trusts and 595 GP practices, […]

Christmas and New Year SEO tips for Charities

Christmas and New Year SEO tips for Charities

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So why not make it the most profitable time of the year for your charity? After all, the festive season is a great time for charities because users increase their donations towards worthwhile causes. For instance, did you know that the Christmas card market for non-profit organisations […]

What is a DPO and do we need one?

What is a DPO and do we need one?

The DPO is a Data Protection Officer and has been spoken about a lot since the announcement of the GDPR. There has been a lot of confusion over what a DPO does and whether organisations are required to have one under the GDPR or just recommended. What is a DPO? Whilst the concept of a […]

Charity Fundraising Ideas

18 Brilliant Charity Fundraising Ideas

According to recent statistics, the UK raises approximately £9.3 billion in voluntary donations per year. If you are a member of a charitable organisation and are looking for interesting ways in which you can tap into this generosity, then listed below are several brilliant charity fundraising ideas. Your non-profit organisation can utilise these fun and […]

GDPR Individual Rights

GDPR Individual Rights

With GDPR fast approaching there is still a lot of confusion around what is covered by the regulation. In particular, the GDPR individual rights that are included and that must be adhered to by all companies that carry EU personal data following May 25th 2018. First let’s look at what GDPR applies to: •   GDPR […]

Charity Websites

The 7 Best Charity Websites & What We Can Learn From Them

By scrutinising the techniques of some of the UK’s best charity websites, you can learn how to adapt their successful digital marketing strategies to improve your charity’s website. By doing so, you can significantly improve your website’s online reputation, which in turn will exponentially increase the amount of donations your charity receives. To help you achieve these aims, here are seven of the best UK charity websites with some helpful hints highlighting what you can learn from them.

GDPR Compliance

Should I panic about GDPR compliance?

In short, not yet, you just need to ensure you have a GDPR compliance plan in place, so now is the time to act. The GDPR comes into effect on 25th May 2018. It is a new law that is designed to strengthen the privacy and protect data for citizens of the EU countries.

10 things you can do with SharePoint

10 things you can do with SharePoint, Right Now

SharePoint is an industry leading document management and collaboration tool developed by Microsoft. It’s basically an intranet and content management system that is used for internal purposes to assist with bringing business together including secure document management, collaboration opportunities and much more. SharePoint is comprised of a multipurpose set of technologies that are integrated with Office 365 as well […]

Hardware Lifecycle

Pulling the plug on your old hardware…when is the right time?

There is a fine line between squeezing all the value you can from your hardware and the lower productivity, increased downtime and elevated levels of stress caused by old equipment. There are, of course, key indicators that it is time to refresh your hardware: performance issues and constant outages. However, it is far more beneficial […]

Cloud Computing

10 Brilliant Benefits of Cloud Computing

As discussed in our previous blog post, What Is Cloud Computing?, we talked in depth about exactly what this latest fashion is and some of the core reasons to consider switching to the form of document saving. In a nutshell, cloud computing is effectively the storing and accessing of data online, where everyone with permission […]

Managed IT Support

What Is IT support? Does My Business Need It?

IT support is typically viewed as solving the problems an individual or company may be having online. IT stands for Information Technology and otherwise may be regarded to as technical support. On most occasions, a company will offer this support and help with computer technology to those requiring their service. Of course, not everyone is […]

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What is Cloud Computing? And Should You Be Using It?

Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk on cloud computing. But what is cloud computing? Nowadays it seems to be everywhere and if you don’t know what’s going on, the chances are you’ll feel you’re missing out on something important. To try and clear this matter up and put you […]

6 Steps to a Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social media has exploded over the last 10 years or so. No longer are we using Friends Reunited, Myspace or Bebo though. Instead, the super heavyweights have moved into this space and millions are actively on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others. So, with plenty of potential customers to track on these social media platforms, why […]

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing vs a Dedicated Server: Which is best for your business?

Cloud computing has been a revelation in the online world and now many businesses are taking advantage of the possibilities available with this solution. With Cloud you’re able to access shared data online from any location. Rather than saving to a hard drive after making edits, data will automatically save online. When saving data on […]

Six Reasons Your Company Should Have a Network Audit

The IT infrastructure of your business is crucial. There are many factors contributing to the smooth running of your IT and the chances are it has been slowly built up over time, as your company has grown and expanded in the 21st Century. Your IT system no doubt has to cope with numerous things at […]

In-house vs Outsourced IT Support: What is best for your business?

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.

For business IT support, a company would seemingly have two options to consider; either hire an in-house team to manage the IT side of the business or outsource.

Returning To Work VS Flexible Solutions

Over the past few weeks we have been inundated with queries, requests for quotes, as well as actively migrating people from traditionally on-premise IT networks to flexible solutions. This is due to the fact that many companies are set on not renewing their leases in the office as they do not have any intentions of […]

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. For business IT support, […]

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! Up to 49 people on one […]

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 […]

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. Now […]

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: Business RatesThe UK Government announced business rates holiday for […]

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! Here are some tips to striking the perfect home working balance: Manage time […]

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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. Remote Desktop allows staff to work from home but access all the resources of their […]