Give your business a marketing boost with Google's free advice service.
Digital marketing is a vital component of any modern business strategy. Traditional marketing channels still have a huge role to play, of course, but digital marketing has allowed businesses to interact with potential customers in real-time. Highly affordable, measurable and targeted marketing activities can all be carried out with the help of digital marketing, with the added bonus of a level of audience interaction and engagement that traditional marketing methods cannot match.Read More »
New security standard could mean spending more.
A new version of the encryption technology that protects wireless network connections has been released. Version 3 of WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) was first announced in January 2018, but it’s now ready for manufacturers to include in their products.Read More »
Scammers take adantage of alphabet similarities.
Could you tell the difference between ‘www.amazon.co.uk’ and ‘www.аmаzоn.co.uk’? Or ‘www.hsbc.co.uk’ and ‘www.hѕbс.co.uk’? If not, you could end up being a victim of cyber crime, thanks to a simple scam that involves swapping characters in web addresses with ones that look similar or even identical. Known as IDN homograph attacks, they’re on the rise, and they’re a very real threat to users and businesses.Read More »
Making the most of IT means understanding its limitations as much as its powers.
In an increasingly digital age, the role of technology in business is clear. It's revolutionised everything from communication and record keeping to security, service delivery and customer support. But no technology is perfect. Things can and do go wrong.Read More »
Are data laws too taxing for the taxman?
If you weren’t already convinced GDPR was a bit of a shambles, this week HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) made headlines for allegedly storing the biometric data of millions of UK taxpayers without permission.Read More »
Trust is hard won but easily lost.
The recent data breach at Dixons Carphone has shone yet another unwelcome light on a very real and pressing issue for businesses: consumer trust. According to data from cybersecurity specialist Bullguard, businesses have a lot of work to do to.Read More »
How access to broadband can have a real impact on your bottom line.
The problem of digital inequality has been starkly illustrated by a new study from comparison service GoCompare. Looking at 57 major business hubs across the country, the research has revealed significant differences in the availability of high-speed broadband and mobile internet.Read More »
Is it time to bring shadow IT into the light?
Shadow IT is something all big companies will have to deal with at some point. Some see it as a boon to productivity, while others see it as a hindrance and a security risk. But what is shadow IT? And does it affect small businesses too?Read More »
Bigger, better, faster, more expensive.
Mobile operator EE has announced that it's planning on launching the UK’s first live trial of 5G services later this year. The operator said last week that its trial would go live in October, giving ten sites around London’s Tech City hub - five small businesses and five homes - the chance to trial 5G using prototype devices.Read More »
... As well as Windows 8.1, Office 2010 and more.
With just over a year and a half until Microsoft drops support for Windows 7, the firm has announced it will no longer provide advice for the operating system on its official forums. Joining it will be Windows 8.1, 8.1 RT and a bunch of other older products.Read More »
Which packages are best for staying connected while on the move?
Today’s mobile broadband solutions are designed to keep employees connected at high speeds without any drop-off in connectivity, allowing for flexible working patterns and more reliable communications. Providers offer various solutions at varying costs to suit a range of data demands - so much so that there is little excuse to be left with understrength, stuttering mobile broadband.Read More »
How moving to a proactive support contract can benefit your business.
As great as technology is for businesses, it can, of course, go wrong from time to time. When that happens, it usually means calling your IT provider so it can come out to fix the problem, after which your contracted number of support hours is reduced or you receive a bill for the work. But there is another way, a way that reduces the inconvenience and cost to your business. It’s called managed services.Read More »
Atlanta hack shows just how long the damaging effects of cyber crime can linger.
The long-term impact of cyber crime is being felt sharply in the USA this week. In March, the city of Atlanta was hit by a massive ransomware attack, in which criminals demanded a $50,000 ransom.Read More »
Did Apple underwhelm at its most recent conference?
Another year, another developers conference for Apple, and we’re sad to see that there was not one single hardware announcement at the WWDC event in San Jose. No new iPads or iPhones; not a hint of a new Mac or Macbook.Read More »
The fun never stops.
Beleaguered bank TSB has messed up once more, as it was revealed this week that customers had received letters containing other people’s details.Read More »