Get a Super-Deduction: Buy new computers and claim 130% capital allowance

If your business is a Limited company and pays corporation tax it can currently claim 130% capital allowance against certain new equipment. Equipment includes new computers, servers, NAS boxes and other IT equipment.
This means that if you buy some new computer equipment for £1000 it will reduce your corporation tax bill as if you had spent £1300.
This Super-Deduction tax relief scheme is running from 1st April 2021 and lasts two years.

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.

Ransomware: How to spot an attack before it does real damage

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and they are one of the most troubling things that can happen to your business and its data.

Hackers take control of your computers, cloud accounts, network and encrypt all your data, making it unusable. They won’t undo the damage unless you pay a “ransom” fee.

They can do so much damage because they secretly break in to your system a long time before the attack is launched but you can keep an eye out for symptoms you’ve been breached and hopefully take back control before it is too late.

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.

Top 5 Phishing Scams: How many have you heard of?

Which of these phishing scams have you heard of?

You’ve probably all heard of phishing.

This is where someone send you an email, pretending to be someone else (like your bank), to try to get sensitive information from you.

How about vishing? Or smishing? Or even whaling?

These are all forms of phishing designed to steal your information, and ultimately your money.

We explore each one in our brand new video.

The more aware you and your staff are; the better protected you’ll be.

Bloatware: Why your new computer is slower than it could be

You get a new computer and you start to unpack it and plug it in – it can be exciting (for something related to a computer anyway)

You then switch it on for the first time and discover, once you get through all the initial question and answer section that the machine is full of software you don’t need or want.

This is called bloatware.

Help plan 2021 with Microsoft Planner

Microsoft 365 has some amazing productivity and collaborative tools already built in.

Did you know that within Teams there’s a useful project planning tool?

Watch our short video for the lowdown on how to use Microsoft Planner.

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.

Merry Christmas from tKnowIT – Let’s make 2021 virus-free

Seasons Greeting to one and all,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Although it may be a challenge this Christmas try to have fun if you can and avoid clicking on those phishing links, opening those ‘too good to be true’ emails.

4 ways to make your video calls better in 2021

Love them or hate them, it looks like video calls – Teams, Zoom, etc will continue into 2021.

With a few tweaks you can improve your calls significantly with just a few small tweaks.

There are four areas to pay attention to.

Our new video will show you what to do and how to do it.