Why the Cloud is not backup

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Cloud computing has revolutionised the way businesses work.  Companies that utilise the cloud will have coped the best with COVID-19 imposed restrictions.  Whether forced to by circumstance or not, businesses are moving from the traditional server in the office to cloud systems.  By far the most common cloud services being considered first are Microsoft Office 365 and Google G-Suite.  There is a common misconception that when you are in the cloud you don’t need to backup.  But storing data in OneDrive or G-Drive is not backup on its own. While it is unlikely that your data will be lost through hardware failure, there are other things that can go wrong. Read More

Office 365 and Windows RDS: Maximum Remote Working Flexibility

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Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) has been around for years, I was using it over 20 years ago and was a fan.  It was an excellent solution for flexible working over slow connections, which is all we had back then!  However, back then, you needed something else to make RDS complete, and in my case, this was Citrix Metaframe.  Citrix added lots of missing functionality (printer and drive redirection, load balancing features, etc) and made RDS sing.  However, it also made it quite expensive.  Thankfully, these days this functionality is built into RDS and you get all you need out-of-the-box.

Office 365 (rebranded as Microsoft 365 for SMB offerings) also provides an excellent solution for flexible working.  As Office 365 is a managed service in the cloud, it is accessible from anywhere and allows each user the ability to install on up to 5 devices.   This could be a company-provided laptop, mobile phone, home computer and more.

Which One Should I Use?

It can be seriously confusing trying to understand which of the various solutions are right for your business to offer maximum value.  Read on to get our take on the pros and cons of the options. Read More

How To Secure Your Business When Remote Working

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The global COVID-19 crisis means that more people are remote working than ever before.  Businesses rushed to enable their employees to work from anywhere very quickly, which may include access to sensitive company data.  In the rush to stay operational during the crisis, it can be easy to overlook security in favour of convenience.  However, remote working can be done securely, and here are some key pointers to help you. Read More

How to spot a scam

In the 21st century, you are highly unlikely to encounter a con artist in the street as they hide behind phones, text messages and emails.  But the motivations behind 21st-century fraudsters have not changed; they want to make easy money and don’t care how they do it.  The internet makes the market for fraud global, and criminals don’t even have to get out of their pajamas to do it! In times of crisis everyone has a heightened sense of danger, and hackers know this and will exploit it.  The COVID-19 virus has Read More

Why now is a great time to start your own business

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“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

We are living in unprecedented times.  People are being prevented from leaving their homes and the average worker has been sent to work from home, put on reduced hours, or worse.  It is understandable that this is a very scary time for people, not knowing what happens next.  Fortunately the UK government has stepped in, providing support so businesses can continue to pay their employees if the business has to go into stasis.  This means Read More

Anti-virus programs aren’t enough

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Today many business owners install an antivirus program as their single line of defence and call it a day. However, there are many ways to get into a network that circumvents anti-virus.

Hackers are creating malware faster than anti-virus programs can recognise them (about 100,000 new threats are released daily), and professional cybercriminals test their creations against all commercially available platforms before releasing them.

Even if you had a perfect anti-virus program that could detect and stop every single threat, there are many attacks that circumvent anti-virus programs entirely. For example, Read More

Is Your Business Ready for Coronavirus Lockdown?

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With the COVID-19 coronavirus continuing to spread in the UK, and Italy and China placing lock downs on their towns and cities, it seems likely that the UK will follow suit if the outbreak continues apace.  Experts have stated today that the spread of the virus in the UK is around 2 weeks behind Italy.  So it is likely that in two weeks time the UK could also be on lock down. If employees are prevented from gathering, effectively being home bound, this is a worrying time for businesses.  However, many businesses can significantly mitigate the impact of a coronavirus lock down by providing tools allowing employees to work more effectively from home. Read More

What is a Managed Service?

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If computers are an essential part of your business you will probably have someone looking after them for you, but what type of service are you getting from them?  Have you heard the expression “Managed Service” or “Break/Fix”?

You may have heard these expressions and wondered what they mean and how they differ. First let’s understanding how managed services came to exist. Read More