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Posted on 11/10/2017 by Charlotte
Getting Your IT Ready For GDPR
By now most business owners worth their salt have heard about the new GDPR. The really savvy ones might have even started putting measures in place to get ready for it. Sadly, most of the businesses who fell into that last category are the ‘big businesses’. You know, the ones who have ...
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Posted on 11/10/2017 by Charlotte
Getting Your IT Ready For GDPR
By now most business owners worth their salt have heard about the new GDPR. The really savvy ones might have even started putting measures in place to get ready for it. Sadly, most of the businesses who fell into that last category are the ‘big businesses’. You know, the ones who have ...
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Posted on 20/09/2017 by Charlotte
PEN Testing Your Business (And Why It’s Important)
As the awareness of cyber criminals who are targeting businesses increases, so do the measures businesses are taking to protect their most precious asset – their data. But before you go installing extra firewalls and investing in other security solutions, it’s worth finding out exactly...
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Posted on 06/09/2017 by Charlotte
What Hardware Does Your Small Business Really Need?
Even the best concept for a small business won’t go anywhere if the IT supporting it isn’t right. This includes the software you’re using, and more importantly, the hardware it’s running on. But how much hardware does your small business need to invest in? Of course, the sp...
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Posted on 23/08/2017 by Charlotte
Why Use Hosted Services For Your Business?
We’ve been talking an awful lot about cyber security lately (partly because there have been so many good stories to share with you). So this week, we wanted to go back to our roots and talk about something different. If you’re a small or medium sized business, you’ve probably bee...
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Posted on 09/08/2017 by Charlotte
4 Ways Your IT Can Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder
  We’ve all heard the old adage, it’s better to work smarter than harder. And what that means is that you shouldn’t be looking to spend all of your time working your fingers to the bone to achieve your goals, when you could be utilising t...
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Posted on 26/07/2017 by Charlotte
4 Reasons Your Small Business Needs IT Support
When you’re a small business owner, you tend to keep a very tight handle on the purse strings while focussing on doing what you do best. But when you’re so consumed with doing the job, planning for your business can often fall by the wayside. One of the most common elements that we see...
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Posted on 12/07/2017 by Charlotte
Trump Hotels Data Disasters
Over the last year, Trump has been at the centre of all sorts of scandals, publicity and discord. Despite being elected as the President of the United States, issues still seem to be following in the mans footsteps. Trump has spent his years trying to build up an empire, and this month yet another...
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Posted on 28/06/2017 by Charlotte
BA Errors – Proving That Human Error Is Still The Biggest IT Risk
A little while ago, we wrote a blog about IT’s biggest downfall – the people involved. That post talked about the NHS mass email fiasco, and was in itself inspired by 2 IT disasters &...
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Posted on 14/06/2017 by Charlotte
Ad Blocking - What And Why, And What's Google Doing?
So there has been a bit of controversy going around the tech world over the last few weeks. Nothing new there really, there’s always some new cutting edge process or piece of software coming out that causes a lot of discussion. But this time the controversy isn’t about a new system, bu...
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Posted on 24/05/2017 by Charlotte
Let’s Talk About The NHS
Ok, I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here, but only because it’s an important thing to address. But let the record show, I feel like I’ve been writing way too much about high profile cyber security breaches recently. The recent ransomware attack on the NHS has stirred up quite ...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 by Charlotte
Google Docs Breach Causes Chaos
Earlier this month, Google sent users into shock when it reported that a phishing scam had been targeting their users. The emails were sent out to millions of users, claiming to be from Google itself and doing a very good impression of the emails automatically generated by Google when someone shar...
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Posted on 26/04/2017 by Charlotte
The Broken Record – Security Patches
Ok, so this might be a topic we’ve covered before (just a few times)! But it is a message that bears repeating, not least because there has been an excellent example of why users need to install security and software update patches when they come out. We know they can be a nuisance, and they...
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Posted on 12/04/2017 by Charlotte
Three Words Business Owners Need To Watch Out For
Meet Betty. Betty works in the finance department of Teapots Inc., and is responsible for managing payments to their suppliers. Last Tuesday she received an email from his boss, saying that a new supplier needed paying urgently to help secure a very important teapot contract. The su...
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Posted on 22/03/2017 by Charlotte
Think Like A Bad Guy – Embrace Cyber Security
Cyber security is one of the biggest growing concerns in the UK business world. While many organisations have been making the effort to get smart recently, the bad guys have always been one step ahead. Studies of business cyber security has shown that current improvements, while taking great steps...
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Posted on 08/03/2017 by Charlotte
DVLA Email Scams You Need To know About
So I know we touched on scams and viruses of 2017 very recently, but once again the cyber criminals are ahead of the curve. Over the last 2 weeks we have seen a spate of particularly slick looking scam emails, which aim to gather your credit card information through fear. To help you avoid this an...
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Posted on 22/02/2017 by Charlotte
When Computers Have A Mind Of Their Own – Troubleshooting IT Issues
As business IT support specialists, around 70% of what we do every day is troubleshooting. From helping guide users through basic set up wizards for software they’ve downloaded to going in and working out why the systems we designed have started misbehaving, troubleshooting is a big part of ...
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Posted on 08/02/2017 by Charlotte
Cybercrime And Business – New Scams, Malware And Issues That Will Plague 2017
It’s a new year, a new you, and a new landscape for cyber criminals who want to steal your data. Every year the cybercrime landscape is constantly changing, with IT professionals playing a permanent game of cat and mouse with the criminals, determined to stay one step ahead. While I can&rsqu...
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Posted on 25/01/2017 by Charlotte
Lloyds Left Shaken After DOS Attack
If you’re a Lloyds customer, you may have noticed a few issues with your online banking around 2 weeks ago. Think back. Maybe it was a bit slow logging on, or possibly you weren’t able to access it at all, instead being told to try again later. Well, the good news is it wasn’t an...
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Posted on 11/01/2017 by Charlotte
The Changing Shape Of The 2017 Tech World
I know what you’re thinking – every year the tech bods roll out hundreds of predications for wat’s going to be hot the next year. We did it ourselves last year, predicating the rise of robotics and more adaptive, naturalised security measures. You can see how well those predictio...
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Posted on 14/12/2016 by Charlotte
Our 2015 Predictions Revisited
Wow, where did 2016 go! It seems like only yesterday we were writing up our predictions for where the tech world would go in 2016, and yet here we are on the brink of another new year. So, to match our post from around this time last year, we wanted to revisit the ...
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Posted on 07/12/2016 by Charlotte
Secure Cloud Storage – Your Issues And Options
Security is a bit of a hot button topic this year, with lots of high profile businesses falling prey to hacking of their drives and servers. But all businesses have data to store, so what do you use? Cloud storage is now a go-to option for most businesses, as it offers a built in backup for disast...
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Posted on 23/11/2016 by Charlotte
IT’s Biggest Downfall – People
Way back in April (I know, it’s a fair way back to remember) we wrote about the importance of having a human involved in your IT. This came off the back of 2 disaster stories at the time – some printers in the US that started sp...
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Posted on 09/11/2016 by Charlotte
New Strain Of Ransomware Threatens Business Users
We’ve talked before about a particularly nasty strain of malware know as ransomware – a programme that ‘locks’ your files and only allows access once you pay a fee. Ransomware is very difficult to detect and get rid of, and paying it usually won’t work either – ...
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Posted on 26/10/2016 by Charlotte
Cyber Insurance – Is It Worth It?
As long as there have been businesses, there have been insurances. In today’s market being insured is an absolute essential, but the degree of coverage and type of insurance can change depending on your field. But now that cybercrime and digital theft are becoming such a prevalent problem, a...
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Posted on 12/10/2016 by Charlotte
Why Security Matters - TalkTalk’s Big Mistakes
It’s not been a good month for communications giant TalkTalk. You might remember the incident last year, when TalkTalk lost hundreds of thousands of customer records and data to hackers who took advantage of their lax security measures. But that wasn’t the end of it, as TalkTalk custom...
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Posted on 28/09/2016 by Charlotte
In The Clouds, On The Ground, Or Somewhere In-Between?
Business owners today are facing a lot of pressure to get their business ‘on the cloud’. Whether it’s because the barriers to access and costs are so low for setting up, because the cloud is the only thing that can cope with their explosion of growth or simply the fact that they ...
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Posted on 14/09/2016 by Charlotte
5 Basic IT Policies Your Business Needs
Does your business use a computer or the Internet? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes! Pretty much every business out there now uses technology in some form or another, and yet there are thousands of businesses out there who still do not have any IT policies in place to prote...
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Posted on 24/08/2016 by Charlotte
Everything You Need In One Package – The Pros Of Office 365
By now you should all have heard about Office 365 – it’s been around quite a while. In fact, we’ve talked out it and some of its cool hidden features before. You might have even looked at all of the tools and fe...
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Posted on 10/08/2016 by Charlotte
App Maddness – 4 Applications That Will Make You More Productive
There’s a saying I often hear from customers – ‘a computer is only as smart as the person who programmed it’. For context, this is usually what I hear when things start to go wrong. But the fact is that while this was true in the beginning, computers and applications have c...
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Posted on 27/07/2016 by Charlotte
5 Reasons Why Your Computer Is Slow
One of the first things I hear whenever I say I work in IT support is ‘ooh, my computer is running a bit slowly, can you help me?’ Usually this is a quick and easy fix, and quite often something they could do themselves. Computers start to slow down for many reasons, from malware to ol...
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Posted on 13/07/2016 by Charlotte
Android User? Be Aware!
You might have seen the slightly terrifying headline from the BBC proclaiming that up to 10 million android phones have been infected with a particularly nasty kind of malware. The malware (christened ‘HummingBad’) generates f...
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Posted on 22/06/2016 by Charlotte
Go Mobile With Your Small Business
When was the last time you checked your phone? Odds are, you did as soon as you read that sentence. Our mobile phones have become an absolute necessity in our lives. They are often the first thing we reach for when we wake up, use them during our breaks, as a go to resource for research and we even use them as a substitute fo...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 by Charlotte
The Cloud Explained
We throw the term ‘the cloud’ around a lot these days, to the point where it has almost lost meaning to us. If something is in ‘the cloud’ it’s floating in some kind of digital nether space above our heads, almost like real clouds. Cloud computing is something many of...
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Posted on 25/05/2016 by Charlotte
Cleaning Up Your Malware Infected Computer The Easy Way
It’s the final post in our malware extravaganza this month, and this one is designed to help you out should the worst happen. You turn on your computer one day and discover it is infected with malware. This could be a lock out virus, a Trojan that could steal your data or a worm that has lef...
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Posted on 11/05/2016 by Charlotte
A Guide To Protecting Against Malware
Last month we started our epic journey into the world of malware by looking at what exactly malware is. We talked about the types of malware and what they do to your computer if they find their way in. All in all, it was a bit of a scary post. So in this on...
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Posted on 20/04/2016 by Charlotte
What Exactly Is Malware?
Whenever we talk about security you will usually see us throwing the term malware around. But what exactly do we mean by malware? The official definition of the term ‘malware’ is the general term for software which is specifically designed to disrupt or damage a computer system. Its fu...
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Posted on 06/04/2016 by Charlotte
Why You Need A Human Involved In Your IT
The Internet of Things is a wonderful concept. But as itnews pointed out a few weeks ago, it’s ...
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Posted on 23/03/2016 by Charlotte
A Beginners Guide To Endpoint Management
In the early days of your business, IT may have been the simplest thing you had to manage. Many businesses now are starting out with a collection of computers all sharing similar storage, with websites and other hosted solutions all being taken care of by managed hosting providers. But as your bus...
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Posted on 09/03/2016 by Charlotte
Back It Up! Saving You More Than Just Time With Regular Back Ups
When we usually talk about backups, we talk about how important it is to back up all of that essential and valuable business data to a secure space and locking it away so that it’s safe should ever need it. For the most part, people are fairly good at backing up their computers, but the same...
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Posted on 24/02/2016 by Charlotte
5 Office 365 Features You Probably Didn't Know About
At All Your Computers we are big advocates of Office 365 for business. If you use Office yourself, you’ve probably had it for a while now. If you haven’t, why not? It’s a little different from normal cloud based software, as this is cloud software that you also install onto your ...
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Posted on 10/02/2016 by Charlotte
Give Up Bad Tech Habits This Lent
Today marks the start of lent. A time of year when a lot of people promise to give up chocolate or alcohol for 40 days in an attempt to better themselves. The sad thing is, most of the time these promises don’t work, because quitting these addictive substances cold turkey is challenging. So ...
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Posted on 27/01/2016 by Charlotte
What On Earth Is ‘The Internet Of Things’?
    According to research, the term ‘Internet of Things’ is something 87% of people haven’t ever heard of. Today I hope to rectify that. As we march into yet another year of technological development, the phrase is going to s...
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Posted on 13/01/2016 by Charlotte
Tech Trends To Rule 2016 (Maybe)
  Well now Christmas has come and gone and the ball has dropped on 2016, it’s time to start thinking about what the year has in store for us. In my life everything is about technology, and my business makes it im...
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Posted on 16/12/2015 by Charlotte
Apple VS PC For Business
It’s an age old debate, and one that has been known to cause some heated debates in offices, pubs and homes over the world. Is Mac better than PC, or vice versa? As a supplier of both Mac and PC hardware, it’s a question we often get asked, and today we wanted to present you with some ...
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Posted on 09/12/2015 by Charlotte
Protect Against Power Surges This Christmas
I’m going to be clear from the offset here – this post is mainly for those who work from home. That doesn’t just mean you work at home full time – but also if you work from home occasionally, or have a machine hooked up to your home power that you work on. At this time of y...
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Posted on 25/11/2015 by Charlotte
Writing Your Disaster Recovery Plan
When it comes to disaster recovery, a lot of businesses start to cringe. It’s a policy that we all know we need in place, but it’s surprising how few businesses actually have one in place. It doesn’t matter if you are a one-man band or a 100 strong business, it’s still important to plan for the worst. ...
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Posted on 11/11/2015 by Charlotte
Avoiding Data Loss The Easy Way
For modern businesses, we would be nowhere without our data. Even the most service oriented business relies on their data to keep them operational, and so making sure it’s protected is an essential business practice. Regardless of how it happens – whether by hardware failure, theft, vi...
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Posted on 28/10/2015 by Charlotte
Why You Should Treat Your Cyber Security Like Your Home Security
The modern world is all about technology, and unlike 20 years ago, a huge amount of our lives are spent online. That’s why October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It’s a time when us industry professionals can get together and share our knowledge of cyber security, and how ...
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Posted on 14/10/2015 by Charlotte
A Beginners Guide To Crafting A Secure Password
It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so we wanted to talk a bit about passwords this month. No matter where you go online, you will find a hundred different rules for creating a secure password. With MailChimp for example, you have to use punctuation in your passwords, with Gmail yo...
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Posted on 23/09/2015 by Charlotte
The Problem With Dropbox Security
When we think about remote file sharing, there are usually one or 2 of the big brands that pop into our heads. While these systems might be great for sharing some holiday snaps or managing budget spreadsheets for the home, there are some serious concerns when it comes to security from a business p...
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Posted on 09/09/2015 by Charlotte
Why Backups Make Your Small Business More Secure
Backup is one of those things that everybody knows they should be doing, but not many people actually do. And if they do, odds are they are not paying as much attention as they should be. But not only do your backups keep your IT department happy, but they also make your business more secure, and ...
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Posted on 28/08/2015 by Charlotte
Why Security Patching Is More Than Just A Bandage
Updates can be the bane of your life sometimes. They pop up on your phone, tablet and computer and demand to be installed. Sometimes this means restarting your device, which is just another annoyance, and sometimes (particularly with phones) they seem to do more harm than good. This opinion has st...
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Posted on 17/08/2015 by Charlotte
It’s fair to say that Windows 10 hasn’t got off to a flying start. In fact, so far it has caused a mix of reactions, from disappointment to pure, hair-pulling rage. The software giant Microsoft has spent the better part of half a year talking about ...
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Posted on 01/08/2014 by admin
Office 365 – Be careful where you buy it
The chances are you have lots of different bits of software loaded onto your machine, that you are using for the express purposes of running your business. What you probably don’t know is that if you have the wrong version you could very well be breaking the law and heavy fines could ensue if you got caught. ...
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Posted on 24/06/2014 by admin
Windows 8 – Another Vista?
After the dismal failure that was Windows Vista, many of us would have been forgiven for thinking that Microsoft were back on track with Windows 7. However, having installed Windows 8, I can’t help but think that they have learnt nothing from their past failures. It really has to be said that the new way of working in W...
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Posted on 24/06/2014 by admin
Passwords, Passwords, Passwords
It really has to be said with the growth of the internet and “cloud technology” has left us with an increasing number of passwords and trying to choose and remember good ones can be a total nightmare. The chances are that you have an account on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any of an increasing range of online re...
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