Less than 100 days to go…

Less than 100 days to go…

In less than 100 days, Microsoft officially switches off all support for lots of very popular software.

It will reach its end of life. Meaning if it breaks or gets hacked, Microsoft won’t fix it.

And this isn’t obscure software we’re talking about. It’s Windows 7, Office 2010, and a load of server software.

Half of all businesses will be affected.

And it’s terrifying us how many of them a) still don’t know about this, or b) know, but haven’t taken action yet.

Because the only way round this is to upgrade the software to newer versions.

That doesn’t always have to mean new computers. But expired software is a major security risk, and also against GDPR. The risks are huge.

Please don’t put this aside and then have a panic on 30th December. It’ll be too late to help you then.

If you know you have some of this out of date software – or you’re not sure –please get in touch.

We can check for you and advise on your options.

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at hello@crosstek.co.uk

Are you giving away too many secrets???

Are you giving away too many secrets???

Your social media profiles provide strangers with all sorts of information about who you are.

If those strangers have criminal intentions, you could end up having your business accounts hacked, losing valuable data (and money).

This is real. If a member of your staff talks about their dog on Facebook, hackers will use brute force software to try thousands of variations of that dog’s name when trying to break their password.

Suddenly, “Fluffy123” feels like a very weak password, doesn’t it…?

Our brand new video shows you how social media accounts can put your business at risk.

It will only take up a minute of your time to watch it. But it might just save you a lot of hassle and money.

Watch this video now:

A new culture of safety

A new culture of safety

Cyber crime is now officially the number one threat to businesses in the UK.

So it’s never been more important to get your online security nailed.

But it’s not 2005 any more. Keeping your data safe is about much more than just buying anti-virus software.

Hackers can only steal your data if someone gives them access to your network.

In the vast majority of cases data breaches are caused by well-meaning staff accidentally clicking on infected links.

So if you’re serious about protecting your business critical data, you need to create a culture which encourages people to make the right decisions.

And to speak up if they make a mistake and click something dodgy (rather than try to hide what they’ve done, or just forget about it).

Our brand new educational guide tells you all about this.

Click here to download it, instantly

You have 7 seconds

You have 7 seconds

It’s said that humans decide whether they like each other within the first seven seconds of meeting.

Whether right or wrong, that all important first impression has won and lost interviews, contracts and first dates all over the world.

Unfortunately, winning people over within the first few seconds is even more challenging in today’s digital world.

The way you represent your company online has the power to make or break a relationship…  way before you’ve had the chance to show them how good you are.

From websites to blog posts, social media updates to online contact forms, today’s customer has a huge amount of information at their fingertips to help them decide who they want to buy from.

But that’s just the start. Once they do choose to buy from you, it’s important to show them they made the right decision.

Your IT set up plays a huge role in how customers see you. If you’re not able to keep up with demand, answer their enquiries quickly or show them you care, you can’t expect them to stick around.

Fact: Old out of date IT setups kill sales and damage retention.

Any time you want us to assess your current setup and identify potential upgrades or easy wins, we’ll be there. Just call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at hello@crosstek.co.uk.

 Do you use Chrome?

Do you use Chrome?

Do any of the devices in your business use the Chrome browser?

I’d be surprised if none of them did… it is the most used browser in the UK (two thirds of people use it).

We’ve noticed a flurry of security alerts over the last few months about extensions that can be added on to Chrome. Most of them are helpful and innocent.

But a small number of them have been used to steal, then sell sensitive user data from people’s computers.

It’s important you establish none of these extensions are in use on any of your devices.

Would you like us to do a review for you? Just call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at hello@crosstek.co.uk.