All it takes is one email

Did you know it can just take one email to bring your entire business to its knees? Why? Because a surprising 90% of cyber attacks begin with an email. And if you and your whole team are reliant on email every day, your chances of falling for a scam increase. Fortunately, there are lots of smart things you can do to reinforce your email security and keep your business and its data safe. In our latest guide we tell you what these things are and how you can implement them to stay safe.

Why you’re better in a contract with your IT company

What happens when your business suffers an IT issue? Whether it’s suspected malware, a data breach, or a computer that refuses to connect to anything, chances are it’s going to cause you and your team downtime. And if you only have a break/fix relationship with your provider (that’s where you only call them when there’s a problem), it’s going to mean unexpected costs, lots of waiting, and stress. Plenty of stress. But if you have a contract with your IT support partner, your business will take priority, the issue becomes easier to fix (because your partner knows everything about your business), and there will be no additional costs. In fact, you may not even know there’s been a problem… thanks to proactive monitoring, the issue may have been spotted and fixed before it affected anyone. In our latest guide we talk about break/fix vs contracted IT support, and the benefits for your business.

Secure your data under lock and key

The data in your business is invaluable. Without it you wouldn’t have much of a business left, would you? So that data must be kept safe… and one of the best ways to do that is to encrypt it. That way, even if a cyber criminal gets their hands on it, your data is worthless to them. Our latest guide explains everything you need to know about encryption, and why it’s something you should implement straight away.

How proactive monitoring will help your business weather any storm

You’re the captain of your own ship. You have an excellent crew behind you. You’re prepared for anything! Or so you thought. Then one day, out of the blue, a massive digital kraken tentacled its way into your ship's systems, causing havoc. Your lookout was using the crow’s nest as a cosy place to nap. What you really needed was a vigilant lookout, alert for any small sign of danger. This is the difference between being proactive about monitoring your business’s systems, or reactive. And we all know that prevention is better than cure, right? Our latest guide explains everything you need to know about proactive monitoring for your business.

Why outsourced IT always beats DIY

Did we ever tell you about our friend Dave? Dave’s a business owner, just like you. And, maybe just like you, Dave struggled to let go of some of the things he did in his business. Whether it’s because you’re trying to save money, you don’t trust anyone to do things as well as you do, or maybe there’s another reason, one thing’s for sure: when you try to do everything yourself, you hold your business back. And that includes DIY’ing your IT. Our brand new guide tells you exactly what happened to Dave, and what he should have done way, way sooner. If you want to grow your business, you should do the same thing.

On the battle front: Protect your business from these cyber security threats in 2024

We’re weeks away from the new year. And this is a great time to start thinking about what needs to get better in 2024. We believe you should allocate a little more of your business’s precious resources on cyber security. Because as technology develops, so do the techniques used by cyber criminals to trick you and your team out of your precious data… and ultimately, your business’s money. Our latest guide explains what the risks are in 2024 and beyond, and the security measures to stay protected.

Don’t forget home office security: A guide to keeping remote workers safe and secure

Are you forgetting something when it comes to your business’s security strategy? It’s likely you are, and cyber criminals are already taking advantage. More people than ever are working remotely. That means they’re using home networks and maybe even personal devices… and if you’re not taking the right steps to keeping everything secure, your entire business could be at risk. Our latest guide explains all the security measures you need to consider, from the basics to more advanced protections that will keep your team’s home set-ups as secure as your office.

Could AI be key to growing your business?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) may feel futuristic and intimidating to some, but the truth is it’s neither. And it’s time for businesses to start embracing it… not just for customer support or writing emails, but to stay ahead of the competition and achieve real business growth. But where do you start with something that feels so… big? Our latest guide explains the various ways you can start to use AI right now to revolutionise your business.

10 productivity apps in 365 you’re already paying for (but might not be benefitting from)

Microsoft 365 is essential software for millions of businesses. But it’s easy to forget that it’s so much more than Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams. It’s a comprehensive platform designed to enhance collaboration, streamline workflows, and ultimately, boost your business’s productivity. And if you haven’t taken the time to properly explore it, you could be missing out on some business-changing applications. Our latest guide talks about 10 of the best productivity apps you may want to consider using.

The Metaverse explained: How it could affect your business

The Metaverse is a term that's been buzzing around the tech world for some time now, and it could revolutionise the way we live, work, and play. As a business owner, it's important that you know what the Metaverse is so that you don’t fall behind your competition. Our latest free guide explains: What the Metaverse is How it works How it could impact your business operations And how it could totally change the way you look after your customers Download your free copy now.

Human error

Your biggest cyber security risk Small and medium-sized businesses are the most likely targets for all kinds of cyber attack. And the weakest link in your chain is your people. Good cyber security awareness training is critical – for everyone in your business. But first, you need a strategy. What’s your baseline level of security knowledge? What are the biggest risks to your business? How do you create a training plan? How do you know if it’s worked? Our latest free guide has everything you need. Download it now.

Back up your data

Backing up your data is one of the strongest precautions you can take. Set it up properly and make it part of your routine to check that it’s working. Because one day your backup could save your business. What should you back up? How often should you do it? How do you choose a solution? What tech should you choose? Our new free guide tells you all you need to know.

Wouldn’t it be great if…

How to start planning a big IT project A major change to your IT infrastructure isn’t something to be planned in a hurry. So if you’re starting to think about ending it with your current systems and bringing your business into the 2020s, there’s plenty to think about before you commit to another long-term relationship. How do you determine your needs? Who should you involve? What haven’t you thought of? Where do you even start? Our new free guide tells you all you need to know.

All businesses should adopt MFA. Now

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) means you need at least two pieces of information to log in to a device or an app. Perhaps a password plus a fingerprint, and possibly an extra, single-use code sent to your phone. Cyber criminals use increasingly sophisticated techniques to bypass security. So the more barriers you put in their way, the harder you make it for them to break into your systems. All businesses should be using MFA as it provides great protection against cyber attacks and other security threats. Our new free guide tells you all you need to know.

Learn to talk tech with our IT Jargon Buster

Does IT jargon feel like an alien language? We steer clear of tech talk as much as possible when we’re working with our clients. But next time you need help with an IT issue, it could save you a lot of time if you have a few words of lingo in your locker. That’s why we’ve created our new, free IT Jargon Buster. It’s a great A-Z of just some of the terms you might hear when you’re talking with an IT expert.

Getting to Grips with Email Security

Owners of small and medium-sized businesses often make the mistake of thinking that they aren’t on the criminals’ radar. But more than 40% of cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses – and email is usually the criminals’ way in. Our new guide, ‘Getting to Grips with Email Security’, reveals why you might be vulnerable, what you need to look out for and what you can do to protect yourself.

Your need-to-know guide to cloud security

The growth of cloud computing has completely changed how we work. But security in a cloud environment can create a long list of its own challenges. In our new guide, we cut through the jargon to give you all you need to know to protect your business. You’ll discover what you can do for yourself to stay safe in the cloud, and where some professional help will make a big difference.

8 tech trends that you need to be ready for

December is a month when many of us take time to plan for the year ahead. But instead of looking at your forecasts for the next 12 months, we’d like you to think about what’s coming up over the next decade. Will you keep up? Will you choose the right tech? Here’s our guide to the 8 tech trends that your business needs to be ready for.

How to get faster Wi-Fi in your office and for remote workers

The quickest way to upset your staff is by giving them slow access to the internet. Bad Wi-Fi quickly creates tension in the team and is a real productivity killer. You don’t have to suffer slow Wi-Fi. Here’s our guide to making Wi-Fi faster whether you’re working in the office or from home.

Everything you need to know about password managers for your business

If you’re confused about password managers, you’re not alone. A password manager is software that generates safe passwords, remembers them, and autofills logins for you. That saves time. But means your business can quickly lock out staff when they leave. Some people say they’re the best thing ever. Others are more negative. We believe they’re a very useful business tool if you pick the right one. So we’ve created this new guide with the full lowdown on password managers for business.

The business owner’s complete guide to phishing Everything you need to know to keep your team and data safe

Chances are you know about phishing. It’s where someone sends you a fake email pretending to be someone else. They’re hoping you’ll click a bad link or download a dangerous attachment. It’s one of the biggest kinds of cybercrime. But do you know what the red flags are? Here’s our top advice on how to stay a step ahead of cyber criminals.

How to get the perfect video call setup, whatever your budget

Ever been on a video call, and the other person looks and sounds AWFUL? Perhaps they’re staring down at a laptop webcam (never a great angle). And they’re badly lit so look like a criminal. And have a cheap microphone which makes them sound like they’re on a bad phone call? Video calls are here to stay. If there’s any risk your team are video calling like this, it’s time to give them an upgrade. We have advice on improving video calls for all budgets in our new guide. Download your copy instantly.

An overview of EOS

The Entrepreneurial Operating System can help your business focus on growth As IT professionals, we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about operating systems. Without Windows, your computer is just a big useless lump of metal and plastic. But have you realised that your business needs an operating system? It’s an unusual concept, but one that’s really working well for thousands of companies around the world. It’s called EOS - or the Entrepreneurial Operating System. We don’t sell it. But some of the businesses we work with have been interested in knowing more, so we’ve written a short guide. Download your copy instantly.

The business owner’s briefing: Reduce the burden on your brain

Focus more, be interrupted less… and get stuff done When you own or manage a business, your cognitive load can be overwhelming. Not only do you have your own work to think about, but your focus often has to be split between that and what your people need from you. That can mean interruption after interruption; a mounting to-do list; and never quite achieving that work/life balance. Which was probably one of your main goals when you started your business. Not good. Fortunately, there are loads of tools available to you right now that can help free up your time, reduce interruptions and give you better focus. And many of them are already included with your Microsoft 365 subscription. We’ve written a business owner’s briefing to help you decide which ones could work for you.

What could digital IT transformation do for your business?

We have all seen a LOT of change over the past couple of years. We’ve changed the way we work. The way we shop. And the way we interact with others. How has your business changed? What change do you need to make in the years ahead? And how does your technology help to power that? We’ve written a new guide about something called digital IT transformation. It’s how you use modern technology to bring on a revolution. It’s what Netflix and Lego did… and Kodak famously didn’t. Read case studies about this, and how digital IT transformation affects businesses of every size, in our new guide.

Your essential cloud migration strategy checklist

If you’ve ever considered moving your business’s data and applications over to a cloud-based solution, you’d be forgiven for breaking out in a cold sweat and forgetting about the entire thing. It’s complex. And there’s a lot that can go wrong, from increased downtime, to data loss or things not working as they should. But when you get it right, the benefits are countless. They can include big cost savings, increased security, and better scalability. Not to mention access to extra features that may be available. Download our brand new guide to see how your business would benefit. It includes an essential cloud migration checklist.

The 7 KPIs for ROI from IT

How to ensure your business’s spend on IT is an investment, and never an expense No matter what kind of business you run, technology sits at the heart of it today. And it’s going to become more and more important in the future. Big business thinkers see IT as a long-term investment. They understand the correlation between the short-term impact to cash flow, and the enormous long-term benefits of business growth, increased productivity and highly satisfied staff and customers. To get your Return on Investment (ROI) there are several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track. Our new guide tells you what they are.

The security problem of John’s “other” laptop

How to keep your business’s data ultra-safe during the Work From Home revolution Working From Home and hybrid working are here to stay. And that means as businesses, we need to get a grip on security in our staff’s homes as much as we do in the office. We’ve written a new guide to look at all the issues.

Defend and Invest Your technology strategy for 2022

Did you get a short break at Christmas? Even if it was just a few days, that break can give you huge clarity of thinking about where to take your business this year. We call this the January Refresh & Refocus. Let us tell you the two technology areas that will be the most important in 2022. They are Defend and Invest. Defend is about protecting your business from cyber criminals. We believe cyber-crime is going to rise again this year, to levels never seen before. Invest is about making sure technology is powering your business forward, not holding it back. Our new guide looks at both these areas in detail.

Here’s a crazy question: Are you paying your IT support partner enough?

I bet that’s a question you’ve never asked yourself before… But it’s important you do. Because in the world of technology, there’s a definite link between what you pay, and the quality of the service you receive. Picking an IT provider on price alone is a false economy. If you’re paying too little, you’re running one of four big risks. Find out what they are in our brand new guide.

Windows 11: The wait is over

All the benefits of using the very latest version of Windows in your business After a four month wait, a brand new version of Windows is finally here. It’s a lot more secure, has better functionality and greater possibilities. And it looks beautiful. New PCs are now on sale with Windows 11, and the upgrade will be available for existing computers early next year. Not all machines will be able to upgrade. There are strict hardware requirements. We’ve listed them, plus the best benefits of the new Windows, in a brand new guide. It’s written so anyone can understand it.

Sooner or later your business WILL be attacked

5 steps to improve your ransomware resilience Ransomware is the most terrifying data security threat your business has ever faced. Imagine all your staff trying to login one morning. But all of them get a bright red screen saying your data has been locked away, and you must pay a huge ransom in Bitcoin to get it back. Terrifying. Read our new guide now. We’ll answer all your questions about ransomware. Plus you’ll discover five steps to improve your business’s ransomware resilience.

If your IT support company is ALWAYS fixing your technology… it’s time to switch

Improve profits with your IT partner’s Proactive Problem Prevention Just fixing technology when it breaks is so 2010. These days most businesses prefer an IT partner who proactively prevents problems from happening. If you don’t have this, you really need to read our brand new guide. You’ll see the countless benefits for your business of a more proactive approach to your IT.

10 apps you didn’t know you had in Microsoft 365

Boost productivity, save time, and improve customer experience. Microsoft 365 is like a treasure chest, full of delights waiting to be discovered. Most businesses get it just to access Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams. And then they discover there are so many other apps included. Find the right ones and you can save time, increase productivity and motivation, and create a smoother workflow for everyone in your business. With more of us working remotely, that’s never been more important. Boom. That’s what we’ve done. Here are the 10 Microsoft 365 apps we think every business should look closely at.

The biggest security threat to your business is on your payroll

Someone working for you right now is also working alongside some of the world’s most successful cyber criminals. And before long, they’re going to take down your business from the inside. They’ll put your sensitive business data in the hands of your number one enemy. Where does this leave your business? Potentially held to ransom to regain control of your data. Perhaps losing all your data for good. And having to explain to your clients that their personal information has been stolen…

These are the threats to worry about

An easy to read guide to the 9 most terrifying types of malware. These days, hacking is a profession. And a very lucrative one for some. The internet has made it very easy to access hacking knowledge and powerful automated tools. Anything that has been designed to steal your data or hurt your computer systems is now called malware – for “malicious software”. There are a number of different ways you can be targeted. Being aware is the first defensive weapon. Download our guide to the nine most terrifying kinds of malware.

Crisis: Your Office is on Fire

Your people are all safe… but now what? What important preparation do you wish you had “got round to doing…?” It’s the phone call no business owner or manager ever wants to receive. A call, from the police, late at night – there’s been a fire at your premises. Businesses that lose their data in this way have a greater chance of going under, than surviving If you think that sentence alone is scary, read our guide to find out more.

Cyber-crime: Your business’s 5 step plan to prepare and protect

It’s estimated that more than half of businesses don’t have a plan. Does yours? If not, it’s time to do something about it. There’s been an explosion in the number of ransomware and phishing attacks over the past couple of years. If you’re don’t have an effective plan in place to keep your business protected – and to minimise damage should the worst happen – you’re leaving yourself vulnerable.

5 key I.T. areas you must address in your business’s 2021 growth strategy

As we finally approach the end of – what we can all agree has been a difficult year – it’s likely that the last thing you want to think about is your I.T. next year. However, being the I.T. super-fans that we are, we’d suggest that now is the best time to do this.

Ransomware Guide

It’s the fastest growing crime on the planet but what does ransomware mean to you? If you’ve heard of it, you may have put two and two together. And figured out that ransomware is a form of malware (malicious software) that holds your business to ransom.
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May 2024 Newsletter

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