Your 5 step plan to prepare and protect your business from cyber-crime

Some type of incident relating to cyber-crime was reported by two thirds of all organisations a couple of years ago.

That number is going to be higher now due to changes we have made in the last year to work from home, possibly in a rush, creating further opportunities  for fraud.

Overall the world economy loses more than $1 trillion to cyber-crime every year. That’s a figure that’s increased by over 50% since 2018.

Your business needs to be as prepared as it can be against the threat of cyber-crime.

7 signs that you need a new computer

It’s can be tempting to put off  buying new computers and other IT equipment but it can sometimes cost you more if you hang onto equipment for too long.

If a device is more than 3 years old it can actually be cheaper to buy a new one?

A 5 year old PC could cost twice as much to run as a new one
A 4 year old PC suffers 55% more security incidents than in its first 3 years

Getting the balance right between equipment that can be repaired or upgraded and will happily last another couple of years – versus slow, unproductive equipment that really needs to be replaced is important.

Read our brand new guide now. We have 7 signs that will tell you whether or not you need new computers.

Get more done in less time – your 2021 productivity guide

Have you set your goals for 2021.
Maybe, after last year, the goal is to maintain a decent profit or maybe you’ve set your goals a little higher. The focus will be on maintaining or increasing sales and profitability.

4 signs you’re under attack from ransomware

A ransomware attack is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to your business.

This is the computer attack where a hacker locks you out of your systems and data. And you must pay a ransom, typically in Bitcoin, to get access again.

What most people don’t realise is that hackers access your system weeks before they launch the attack. It takes time for them to set it up, and prevent IT security experts from helping.

So there are signs to look out for – ways to spot if your system has already been breached, and an attack is imminent.

Download our brand new guide and know how to keep your business safe.

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

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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: