That offer’s too good to be true

That offer’s too good to be true

We all love a bargain. Buying things online is getting the country through this crisis.

However, when you’re searching for stuff online, it’s always worth remembering that if something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

Of course a fancy coffee machine at 90% discount is appealing. And that new website designer does have incredibly low fees.

But will you actually receive anything once you’ve handed your money over?

If you land on a website offering something you want at an unbeatable price, do your research first. Look at the website address. Is it amazon.co.uk or is it actually discountamazon.co.uk? Does it have a trust mark? Is there a padlock in the address bar?

Check the spelling and grammar on the website. Is it perfect English, or could someone do with a spellcheck (or even English phrase book)?

Look at the ‘About us’ page. Does the company’s address match with what you’d expect? And what’s the returns policy like?

If you’re still not sure, look for some online reviews. If there are loads you’re probably safe (unless the reviews are terrible). If you struggle to find any it’s likely a bad sign.

As time goes on, cyber criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated in their techniques, so be vigilant. Never, I repeat, NEVER, make a bank transfer to a business you don’t know.

We will always be happy to help if you need any advice about scam websites, or want to check a website out. Even during home working it’s important to stay on top of this (in fact, more important).

If we can help with this, or anything else, call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

The assembly point is the car park

The assembly point is the car park

You might not be there right now. But you have a fire escape plan in your workplace.

Of course you do, it’s a legal requirement.

You’ll have one or two people who act as marshalls. When that fire alarm sounds, it’s their job to make sure everyone’s out of the building in a calm and orderly fashion.

This is sort of how your emergency IT plan should work too.

Hopefully, if you have a security breach it won’t be so bad that everyone needs to evacuate. But someone should be responsible for making sure that an appropriate recovery plan is put into action in an efficient and timely manner.

Crucially, everyone in your business needs to know who to report a potential data breach to (would that be you, or someone else?).

The first step should be to not press any more buttons. And contact us to get on the case immediately.

This is as critical as ever, because your team aren’t physically together, so can’t just chat about it.

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected] if you would like to discuss this.

Keep your data safe when staff use their own devices

Keep your data safe when staff use their own devices

Because we have to work from home for now, your team are probably using their own devices.

Which is fine… so long as your business’ data security isn’t compromised in any way.

That’s a big ask. Especially if your staff are sharing their devices with other members of the family.

We’ve created a brand new video highlighting seven golden rules for keeping your business’s data safe:

 

This protects your data in your staff’s homes

This protects your data in your staff’s homes

Did you know that allowing staff to access company data on their own devices is called BYOD (for Bring Your Own Device)?

It’s a critical way to get things done right now…

But the big downside is that data security can accidentally be compromised.

So to help you while home working is still critical, we’ve put together a new guide to BYOD.

It contains a series of things your business can do to ensure company data stays safe, no matter how long this goes on.

Instantly download this new guide