Yearly Archives: 2019

Why Are Software Updates (or Patches) So Important?

Software updates (or patching) is familiar to us all. We’ll update the apps on our mobile phones with some regularity and the same should apply to all the software applications we use on all devices we use.

Unfortunately, we find that many businesses are still using out of date or older versions of the software they use daily.

Want to Get Back to Doing Your Day-Job?

“IT Support is not in my job description” “There’s a queue of IT problems at my door each day”

Whilst speaking with SME business owners, Finance Directors and other IT decision-makers at initial prospect meetings, I am increasingly hearing statements like these.

What is particularly interesting is that the people who say these things are usually outsourcing their IT to a third-party IT support business or Managed Service Provider – so why do they say and experience these things when they are paying good money to someone else to take care of them?

Why Email Filtering is More Important than Ever

Email poses perhaps the greatest risk for organisations in terms of cyber security.

Clicking on a bad link or downloading malware delivered by email is a constant risk. So why aren’t organisations putting enough effort into their main line of defence?

Which type of IT support is best for your business?

So much of the IT activity we all undertake is reactive – often it takes a malware attack to prompt us to upgrade our security software or a broken hard drive to make us think seriously about backups.

Which is exactly why your IT approach shouldn’t be reactive. Find out more in this article…

The 10 Phishing Red Flags Your People Need to Know About Right Now

Phishing is the most pernicious type of cyber-attack. While you can stop some phishing attempts with your security tools, it’s almost inevitable that some will reach their intended targets.

This means educating your people has to be a key plank in any phishing defence strategy.

Calling Last Orders on Windows 7!

The Windows 7 operating system was launched by Microsoft on October 22, 2009, and there remain many people and organisations in the UK who are using it. If you’re one of them, you need to act now to upgrade before it goes out of support on January 14 next year.

15 Quick Tips for Staying Safe Online

Staying safe online isn’t just a message we need to share with our kids. We all need to stay abreast of the latest scams and dangers so we can stay safe.

We might think we know how to protect ourselves online, but gaining this knowledge isn’t a one-time job. The threat landscape is constantly evolving and so must our knowledge of it.

On the Blacklist

The National Cyber Security Centre says maintaining a password blacklist is an essential part of good password security.

We take a look at what should be on your blacklist and how to go about enforcing it.

Attention: How You’re Being Researched by Cyber Criminals

We might think we know about the perils of social media: distraction from real life, difficulty switching off, anxiety, FOMO (fear of missing out) and heightened stress.

But this misses perhaps the most dangerous peril: the use of the information you share by cyber criminals who want to target you.