Your strategic review for 2020

Your strategic review for 2020

Business moves fast. And that’s why I like to do strategic reviews with my clients, normally every year.

It’s where you can fill me in on your growth plans. And together we can agree your tech strategy.

Would you like to book your review now for next year?

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected].

‘Tis The Season To Lose Your Mobile (tra la la)

‘Tis The Season To Lose Your Mobile (tra la la)

Christmas. It’s a classic time for accidental stupidity.

How many of us have had a few beers, jumped on the last train home, fallen asleep and rushed off in a panic at the right station… only to leave our laptop or mobile behind?

You might not have done. But loads of people have.

What would you do if you were one of the unfortunate few? Can you be confident your data would be safe?

Actually, it’s not just you to think about. If a member of your team accesses business data on their mobile, are you 100% sure:

  • It’s encrypted
  • Password protected
  • And the data can be wiped remotely?

It’s our job to think through stuff like this for you.

Would you like us to review your current data security setup and check? Just call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected]

Make sense of your scribbles

Make sense of your scribbles

Office 365 contains lots of features you might not know about yet.

One of our new favourites is Ink Replay. It lets you replay exactly what happened when you scribbled a note on a Word document or PowerPoint.

Great for remembering what you were thinking at the time. Or putting extra emphasis on slides during a presentation.

It’s simple to use. And we’ve done a brand new video to show you:

 

Windows 7 is your January headache

Windows 7 is your January headache

We loved Windows 7. But now it’s old hat. Its time has come. And on 14th January, Microsoft kills it for good.

(long tear slowly drips down from eye)

If you have a single Windows 7 machine in your business after this date, you’ll be at increased risk of hacking and GDPR data breaches.

So we put together a new guide. To help you understand the issues and why the time to take action is now.

Click here to download our new guide, instantly

Don’t change your password

Don’t change your password

Possibly not the advice you were expecting from your IT support company.

After all, haven’t you been told for a long time to change your password on a regular basis?

Well, that advice changed in April. Microsoft previously advised all passwords were changed every 60 days. Now it says that’s no longer necessary.

In fact, it called the practice “an ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value”.

Wow!

And no wonder, really. In our experience, we saw people just using different versions of the same weak password – Fluffy1, Fluffy2, Fluffy3 etc.

As cyber security experts, our advice now is to:

  1. Use a random password generator to set long passwords made up of gobbledegook characters
  2. Use a password manager to keep track of these passwords, and fill them in for you
  3. Make sure you use multi-factor authentication – where you prove it’s you by launching an app on your phone and getting a login code

These 3 simple steps alone can make a dramatic difference to the cyber security of most businesses.

Certainly a lot more than changing your password every couple of months.

Would you like us to review your current email setup and make some recommendations?

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected] to arrange a time to talk.

72% haven’t done it yet

72% haven’t done it yet

This doesn’t make for comfortable reading.

The latest data shows that 72% of UK organisations still fall short of their GDPR requirements.

That’s 18 months after the legislation became law.

Oops.

GDPR compliance is essential for businesses of all sizes. No matter how big or small, you’ve got to get your data protection together.

The ICO has plenty of help here: https://ico.org.uk

We can help with the data security aspect of GDPR. It’s a speciality of ours. Making sure your data is very unlikely to be breached or stolen.

Call us on 01732 617744 to talk, or drop us a line at [email protected].