SMBs Can Become a Weapon in Cyberwarfare

Headlines today highlight Ukrainian tragedy or North Korea testing missiles. It can seem far away from your business, yet battles are being fought online, too. Your small business's IT systems could be weaponized for cyberwarfare. That statement may surprise you. You've heard of cyber targets such as: critical national infrastructure;election and v...
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What an MSP Can Offer Your Business

The Benefits of having a Managed Service Provider It's not as if the name "managed services provider " (MSP) is that self-explanatory. You might read that business description and have no real idea what it is an MSP can do for you. We're providing managed services … OK, but what does that mean? To make things easier, this article outlines the actua...
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Could the Business You Work for be More IT Savvy?

Working for a small business, you can be asked to wear many hats. Even if one of your many roles is not IT, you may need to speak up about your business technology or cybersecurity. It's easy to think cybersecurity is someone else's responsibility, but IT may not be getting the attention it deserves, and that could be damaging to the business, your...
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On-premises Software “Ownership” vs. The Cloud

 Cloud computing is common in business. Yet there are some who remain sceptical. One of the sticking points is that the business doesn't own the software it is using in the cloud. This can cause concern, but this article helps you weigh up the options. Your business has two choices really. Buy a software package and install it on your devices,...
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Windows 11 is out Today

It's October the 5th, 2021, and Microsoft has launched the latest version of its Windows operating system. Windows 11 will be a free update from version 10, which will be offered to you in the coming months. At this point, we are recommending not updating right away! We can help you if you wish to upgrade as there are a few system requirements need...
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Is the Cloud Right for Your Business?

 Is Cloud Migration Right for your Business? Cloud services have been shaking up the industry for years now, and its adoption by small and mid-sized businesses is driving cloud computing's growth. Yet while there are many benefits to migrating to the cloud, it isn't the solution for every situation. This article will explore some reasons why y...
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How to Safely Retire Old Devices

 It's inevitable that we'll retire old devices to upgrade to the latest and greatest. A new laptop, desktop, or phone is exciting. Yet, before you get too distracted by your shiny, new device, take the time to safely retire the old one. When buying the new device you may take trade-in value. Otherwise, you may let that old iPad sit in your dra...
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What Not to Do on a Work Computer

Working from home has its advantages but can also blur the line between professional and personal time. Plus, employees may grow more relaxed about what they do on their work computer while remote. This article shares things employees should avoid doing on work computers, whether remote or in the office. What to avoid doing when working remotely Lo...
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Secure Your Remote Work with the Right Backups

Working from home is no longer only for a few employees in special circumstances. The pandemic pushed many businesses to enable remote work. The priority was getting it working and securing access. Now that it's routine, it's also time to consider how you back up work from home. Data backup creates a reliable copy of business data. An accessible, a...
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7 Common Business IT Myths Debunked

MythBuster programs on television never focus on business misconceptions about IT. Too bad, because believing these myths can be both costly and dangerous to your business. This article debunks seven common business IT myths. Sometimes myths are harmless, but when it comes to business IT myths, not knowing the truth is damaging. Make smarter tech d...
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Why Law Firms Need Managed Services

The law industry isn’t known for embracing change quickly: tradition can trump a willingness to embrace new technologies. Yet digital technology has become an essential part of many lawyers' working day. Partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) provides support and enhanced cybersecurity during this evolution.

Lawyers Rely on Technology Today to:

  • communicate with colleagues and clients;
  • exchange documents;
  • schedule events and share calendars;
  • research precedent and legal issues;
  • streamline file management;
  • automate menial tasks;
  • track billable hours;
  • invoice clients and pay vendors;
  • access information from mobile devices, when and where needed;
  • virtually conference during the pandemic.

Now, imagine the disruption if that tech-savvy firm’s systems went down, even just for a few hours. No, this is not an argument to return to paper-pushing and the old-school methods; it’s a reminder that you need an IT expert at the ready in case something goes wrong. Plus, an MSP can manage and watch systems to help prevent the worst.

The MSP Solution

Legal service provider clients expect digital proficiency. They want to schedule appointments online; they want to upload documents to the cloud instead of coming into the office; they are looking to provide digital signatures and pay securely online. The MSP can set up software to meet customer expectations without risking compliance or cybersecurity.

An MSP with experience in the legal industry can also boost competitive advantage. These IT experts can identify opportunities to improve productivity. It may be a faster network or computer upgrades, or you may benefit from improving software integrations and adopting better collaboration tools. The MSP’s initial tech review may also save you money. They'll identify where you are overpaying or places to streamline software licenses.

Also, on the financial front, the law firm can enjoy a consistent budget line item working with an MSP. Instead of waiting for something to break and then looking for someone to fix it, you’ll have expert ITs on call, which can reduce costly downtime. Better still, the MSP will take preventative action to avoid that downtime in the first place. This includes keeping your antivirus and security updated and checking technological asset health.

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How to Protect Your Proprietary Information

 

Proprietary information makes your business special, whether you’re a tech startup with a smart algorithm or a food manufacturer with a secret sauce. Regardless of industry, business gains competitive advantage from distinct practices or unique data. The last thing you want is someone with ill intent getting their hands on your differentiators. Here’s how to protect your proprietary information.

 

Protecting proprietary Information

 

We all know cybercriminals are trying to gain unauthorized access to your computers. Most attention is on hackers stealing personal data, or malware attacks that render computers useless unless a ransom is paid. Other prime reasons bad actors seek out technology vulnerabilities are for corporate espionage or to make a buck selling your proprietary information to the highest bidder.

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Doing Business in Microsoft 365? Backup Your Data

 

 

Many business tools are moving to the cloud. One popular option is Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365. This unified platform consolidates Excel, Word, and PowerPoint with collaboration and communication tools. Added apps and services help streamline operations, too. Simplifying your IT infrastructure can also cut costs and reduce duplication of effort. Still, when you’re leveraging the convenience of Microsoft 365, data backup is your job.


 

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Microsoft 365 Streamlines Business and Reduces Spend

 

 

When doing business online, you have many options for available software and systems. You might turn to one solution to handle online meetings, another to drive collaboration, and yet another to manage your content and workflow. It can get confusing. Plus, when you are duplicating tools, IT spend can mushroom unnecessarily. Microsoft 365 aims to offer a single, all-in-one solution. This article highlights the benefits of streamlining your software needs.


 

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Computer Backup

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Stop for a moment and think what you have got saved on your computer or laptop. Precious photos, work documents, files full of important information; the list goes on. Now think how you would feel if your hard drive was damaged or stolen and you never saw those items again, it doesn't actually bear thinking about does it? Everyone who stores all of these, and more, in one place is running a real risk of permanently losing them.

Technology is only great while its working properly and at some point your computer will stop working and the cost of recovering what is on your hard drive can be a very costly business. Likewise, if your hard drive is damaged it depends on the severity of the damage as to whether any of your saved data can be retrieved, and this too can prove to be a costly exercise. Computer back up should be a top priority irrelevant of whether you have personal or business data stored, and thought of as a form of insurance.

The average cost of recovering data is considerably higher than what it will cost for an effective back up solution. Data recovery from a damaged hard drive can cost from upwards of £500 depending on the amount of data you need retrieving and, as mentioned previously, the extent of the damage. The question you should be asking yourself is not could you afford either of these but can you afford NOT to have back up?

The experts at Cumbria Computer Repairs recommend a three point plan when it comes to computer back up. This simply means having your data in three different locations; in a Cloud storage system, on an external hard or DVD drive and another of your choice, such as a flash drive. This is not being over zealous, this is simply covering all bases so that if one fails you can access your data through one of the other two means. At present, your images, videos, files etc are only as safe as long as the device they are saved on remains active, don't wait until it's too late to bring your back up plan into action.

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World Backup Day

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Did you know that World Backup day is fast approaching?  It is on Thurday 31st March.

Don't be an April Fool.  ensure your files are all backed up! WHAT IS A BACKUP? A data back up is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.

Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer, like the vast majority of users do), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.

ALRIGHT, I GET IT BUT WHY SHOULD YOU BACKUP? Losing your files is far more common than you’d think.

Have you ever lost your phone, camera or tablet? That counts. Your stuff could have been saved with a backup.

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When was the last time you backed up your computer documents?

 

 

While we are all been asked to work at home to prevent the spread of COVID19, backing up your computer is now more important than ever. Should anything happen would you or your business be able to keep working?


 

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World Backup Day


Don't be an April Fool.  Ensure your files are all backed up!







WHAT IS A BACKUP?




A data back up is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.




Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer, like the vast majority of users do), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.




ALRIGHT, I GET IT




BUT WHY SHOULD YOU BACKUP?




Losing your files is far more common than you’d think.

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7 Benefits of Cloud Computing for Accountants


The public cloud services market has grown dramatically, and, according to Gartner, migrating to the cloud is a top priority for a third of companies. Analysts predicted the market would reach $266 billion in 2020. Accountants enjoy cloud computing, too. This article rounds up the advantages of available cloud services.







Cloud computing can help accountants:




  • improve productivity;
  • empower employees;
  • optimize operations;
  • reduce operating costs;
  • backup better;
  • scale effectively;
  • add security.



Let’s talk about each of these in greater detail.




#1 Improve productivity




Cloud computing centralizes access. Files are available on any connected device, in real time. Avoid version control concerns as files pass among your team members or between you and the client. Everyone can work on the most recent file that is instantly updated in the cloud. The files are accessible on other devices if needed, too.




#2 Empower employees




The cloud enables on-demand access to computing resources. This includes software, networks, servers, and storage applications. Accountants can work from wherever they are, on their own timetable, from their own devices. With the widespread adoption of remote work, cloud services have become even more appealing.

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E-accounting: Top 3 Considerations for Online Client Meetings


Many businesses were teleconferencing before COVID-19. After all, meeting virtually saves both you and your client time, and busy business owners often don’t want to spend the time to make a trip to your office. The coronavirus has hastened the move to e-accounting, but this approach presents some new problems, which we’ll address in this article.







#1 Speed




First, let’s consider speed. You may have a promised internet speed such as “up to 15 Mbps.” But internet connection speed, which impacts your experience, reflects bandwidth and latency. Bandwidth is the amount of data transferred per second, whereas latency is how long it takes for that data to get from source to destination. You need both to be good to be able to handle many video calls at once. Yet a lot of consumer-grade hardware is not built for several of your staff to be on the same call with a client.




Tip: Switch to a business-grade router. Optimize its settings to ensure security from bandwidth leeches and improve signal strength.




#2 Quality of Service




Large downloads can also impact your connection with a client or team member. If you’re on a video call and someone else in the office downloads a large file, your call could lag or drop. Likewise, if you’re working from home during a conference call and your teen is playing Grand Theft Auto, that could also cause issues.




Tip: Use smart networking hardware. You can rank the activities your business values more to improve Quality of Service (e.g. configuring video conferencing to take data preference ahead of file downloads).

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