Up and down the country, businesses use pirated software, but many are unaware of the risks. We look at what can go wrong if you decide to follow this path.
Long before the internet ever came along, people have made unauthorised copies of objects and media. But as old as this practice is, the digital age has made it easier and faster to duplicate things than ever before. Millions of films, TV shows and songs get illegally shared every day – and the popularity of legal alternatives has done little to reverse the tide. Bearing this in mind, it’s probably no surprise that pirated software is widely shared too.Read More »
Don't let data loss spoil your day.
Unless you’ve never used a computer before, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced data loss at some point. It can happen in a variety of different ways, but the result is always the same: something you’ve been working on for a while is gone, and getting it back is either difficult or impossible. Follow a few simple rules to save your electronic documents and you can easily avoid data disaster in future.Read More »
Investing in your IT solutions has many benefits – not least the fact it makes you look good. So how does old tech reflect on you?
If the popularity and potential value of retro computers is anything to go by, old technology isn’t without its fans. But that appeal doesn’t usually carry into professional world. In a business environment, old technology doesn’t only slow you down and make you vulnerable; it also makes you look bad.Read More »
IBM has launched a free service that aims to protect people from online security threats. Called Quad9, this new service could be a major benefit for both individuals and businesses. Here's why...
Proving that the best things in life really are free, IBM, along with two partner organisations, has gifted the world a new security service – Quad9.Read More »
The benefits of outsourcing your IT needs to a managed services provider are considerable, but how do you decide who to work with? It is, of course, vital that your IT service provider is robust, experienced and knowledgeable, but what are the factors that make them right for your individual business?Read More »
As small enterprises grow, a pressing question is whether to invest in bespoke business software, or to continue using legacy or off-the-shelf solutions. So called off-the-shelf software solutions are often portrayed as an inferior choice to bespoke software, and usually unfairly so. These solutions include market-leading platforms by Microsoft and Adobe, among others, and provide excellent versatility and value for money.Read More »
Construction companies of all sizes operate slightly differently to other businesses, so they require a tailored approach to the management of their IT services. In part, this is due to specialist software that is required for the planning and delivery of complex construction projects, such as CAD, while procurement of materials and resources, and project planning, tend to operate by different rules. Therefore, working with a managed services provider (MSP) who has experience of supporting clients in the construction sector is essential if your IT is to work for your company, rather than against it.Read More »
You only need to turn on the television to see Mother Nature in her potent fury. From hurricanes in the Caribbean and typhoons in Asia to wildfires in Australia and earthquakes in Turkey, natural disasters inflict a horrendous toll on millions of people’s lives. In the UK, the threat of a catastrophic natural disaster is very low. But low risk isn’t the same as no risk, and a natural disaster doesn’t have to be Hollywood-scale to wreck your business:Read More »
With rapid advances in technology, businesses of all sizes face a challenge keeping up with the pace of change. Maintaining an in-house IT department is expensive and relies on continual investment in equipment and training. Also, technicians often spend many hours carrying out routine tasks that amount to little more than 'IT window dressing,' when their expertise could be better used in other ways. Outsourcing some or all of your IT support functions to an outside service provider is a beneficial strategy that can free up your team and add real value to your business.Read More »
Data loss is one of the leading causes of disruption for businesses, and financially the most damaging. Many companies rely on critical data to function day-to-day, so a sudden loss can massively damage profits, productivity, and brand reputation.Read More »