Is working from home really good for your business?

Working from home. Or remote working, as it’s now called.

It’s the big thing in business, isn’t it? And some people love it.

They’re happier working where they want, and when they want. And that makes them more productive and less likely to leave.

But have you stopped to consider the downside to remote working? The negative elements for your business and your people?

While many employees are happy to work from home using video calls and collaborative software to stay connected, there’s a small percentage who find the whole experience isolating.

Your business is losing hundreds of hours to spam every year

Spam emails. Everyone hates them.

It’s not just the emotional pain of clearing spam from your inbox. Having to do that is a real productivity killer, too.

A recent report found that each one of your employees could be losing up to 80 hours each year, thanks to filtering and deleting spam emails.

That’s a LOT of lost productivity.

Anywhere between 45% and 85% of emails generated each day are spam emails. And worryingly, that also includes malicious emails and those hoping to infect you with malware.

Never use your browser’s password manager

Microsoft is always introducing new features and services to keep your people safe online, and your data secure.

As a business owner or manager, you should already know that weak or reused passwords are one of the biggest risks to data security.

A new update coming soon to Microsoft Edge will give you access to a new and improved password management feature. This will allow you to store all your passwords within your browser automatically, giving you a cost-effective way to avoid password-based cyber-attacks.

However. Although this new feature is more secure than using the same login details across multiple applications, our advice would be to avoid browser-based password managers in your business.

Why?

Businesses are spending more on IT this year

As a business owner or manager, you know how important good IT is. Your business couldn’t function without it.

Your IT isn’t just about computers and data. It’s everything from your phone system, to your printers, to where you access your documents.

And that’s without going into the measures you must take to keep your data and infrastructure safe and secure from cyber criminals.

So we weren’t surprised by a new forecast from IT research and consultancy firm, Gartner, which predicts businesses will spend more on technology this year.

Do you know if any of your staff would click a dodgy link?

Do you know if any of your staff would click a dodgy link?

Phishing is one of many cyber-crimes and it’s a pain.

Emails are sent by criminals pretending to be someone they are not, hoping someone will click on a link and accidentally provide them with access to your data.

Do you think your team would be able to spot that phishing email?

Watch the latest video to see the easy way to check.

How do you stop programs loading at startup

One of the reasons windows can take ages to start can be due to the number of programs or apps trying launch automatically at startup.
Over time you install programs and they decide they should add something to your startup list.
Our new video shows how to manage this.

Be prepared: your business WILL be attacked

5 steps to improve your ransomware resilience

Ransomware is the one of the most terrifying and concerning data security threats your business will face.

What if your staff try to login one morning but all they see is a bright red screen saying your data has been encrypted, and you must pay a huge ransom in Bitcoin to get it back.

Terrifying? Concerning?

Read our new guide now. We’ll answer all your questions about ransomware. Plus you’ll discover five steps to improve your business’s ransomware resilience.

How to turn off the password manager in Chrome

I recommend that you use an external password manager rather than the browser version. If you try to use both it can be confusing and time consuming. Turn off the browser password manager.
This video shows you how to turn off the password manager in Chrome

Does your IT always need fixing? It’s time for a Proactive IT Partner

If you or your current IT support company are always fixing your tech then it’s probably time to consider an IT partner who can proactively prevent problems.

Download and read our latest guide that highlights the benefits for your business of a more proactive approach to your tech.

What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)?

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)? MFA is one of several simple security measures you can use to raise the protection level for your business. Our latest video explains what, how and who you need to start using it in your business.