Starting a new business – Don’t buy the wrong laptop and other tips

If you are thinking of starting a business then, at some point, you will probably need to consider a computer and that will, most likely, be a laptop.

Browse online shopping sites or wander into your local electrical retailer chain and you will see shelves of laptops, possibly in different colours and slightly different sizes but otherwise nothing to distinguish one from another, other than a load of numbers, acronyms and a price tag.

Are you ready for working from anywhere?

2020 threw a massive curveball at us.

After the urgent rush to work from home in March, many businesses now have some staff still at home, with others in the office.

And it’s looking like (cliché alert) this will be the “new normal”.

Seeing as we don’t know what the next few years have in store us, this is a great time to make sure that all of your team can work from anywhere, on any device, any time.

That gives you maximum flexibility and minimum future disruption.

We’ve put together a brand new guide to show you the most important things to consider with a permanent flexible working arrangement for your people.

Keeping your business data safe

Could your team tell the difference between a genuine email from Dave in accounts, and a very convincing fake? This is a great time for cyber security training. We’ve written a free guide to help get you started

#FreeGuide #CyberSecurityTraining #KeepYourBusinessProtected

What does ransomware mean to you?

It’s one of the fastest growing crimes in the world.. but what does it mean to you?
Ransomware can be scary.
What if you switch on your work computer tomorrow morning and instead of the screen you normally see, the screen goes totally red.
Your then shown a message saying that your business’s data has all been locked and that the only way to retrieve it will be to pay thousands in Bitcoin.
Statistics suggest is not a rare event. It happens to businesses every day – everywhere – even in Ryedale. Every business is at risk. And it can be one of the hardest things for us as your IT support company to fix.
We’ve written a brand new guide.

Microsoft Teams: Make working from home & the office easier

Many businesses have now shifted into a new way of working. A hybrid way.
Some people have gone back to the office and some people work from home. If you’re , typically, in an office based role then you now need to be able to work from anywhere at any time – it should be possible – and it is possible.

Preparing to return to the workplace

The more you prepare now for the end of lockdown, the easier it will be

At the moment of writing, lockdown is still in force but have you started planning yet, for when your staff can return to the workplace?

It’s going to happen at some point. And the more you plan and act now, the easier it will be.

There are three areas to consider:

Urgent Advisory: How to avoid current online and phone scams

We’re helping every person and business in Ryedale to stay safe, by issuing this urgent advisory.

Hackers have become very creative in the last few weeks, leveraging the Coronavirus to target people.

We’ve seen a massive surge in attacks.
Click to read our full advisory

How to make your team’s video calls easier and less stressful

Video calling and conferencing has exploded since most of us had to start working from home.

And we’re getting so many questions about it every day. Such as:

• Which platform should I use?
• I read that Zoom and Houseparty aren’t safe… are they?
• How can I make video calls and conferences less stressful for me and my team?

So we’ve pulled together a guide to video calls and conferencing while you’re working from home.

Working from home: 7 Steps To Keep Your Data Safe

Keeping your business’s data safe while your team are working from home.
We have a new video to watch and PDF guide for you to download.

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9 ways to get staff on board with Cyber Security

The most robust way to protect your business from hackers is to mobilise your staff

Cyber criminals are targeting all businesses, all the time. They want to get into your systems and find ways to steal cash from you.