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Cyber-crime: Your business’s 5 step plan to prepare and protect

Two years ago, two thirds of all organisations reported some type of incident relating to cyber-crime. That's bound to be higher now because of the fraud opportunities created by the rush to Work From Home.In fact, overall the world economy loses more than $1 trillion to cyber-crime every year.It's a figure that's increased by more than 50% since 2...
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The top 5 questions you could ask us, that we’d love to say ‘YES’ to

The pandemic made hundreds of businesses round here question the quality of the IT support they were receiving.We've been very busy recently talking to businesses, and onboarding new clients as their IT partner.There are five questions in particular that you could ask us, and we'd be delighted to answer with a very positive YES!So we've put them in...
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Your 2021 productivity super guide

Ready to make this a wildly successful year for your business? To shake off the memories of 2020, and focus on increasing sales and profitability? Excellent.A great place to start is helping you and your team to get more done in less time. We've pulled together a productivity super guide, looking at setting goals, collaboration, and communication. ...
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5 key IT areas you must address in your business’s 2021 growth strategy

All business owners and managers hate it when their staff's productivity goes down.Bad IT is often used as an excuse to start talking and stop working! So now's the time to make sure it can't have a negative effect in 2021.(it's going to be a challenging enough year as it is)You and your team could be more productive, more motivated – and ultimatel...
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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...
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Are you set up for working anywhere, on any device, at any time?

 Didn't 2020 just throw 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 t...
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It’s the fastest growing crime on the planet… but what does ransomware mean to you?

Ransomware is terrifying. Just terrifying.Imagine switching on your work computer one morning. And instead of the screen you normally see, the screen has gone totally red.There's a message telling you your business's data has been locked. And the only way to get it back is to pay thousands in Bitcoin. This is not a rare event. It happens to busines...
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Make Work From Home (and the office) easier with Microsoft Teams

After the drama of lockdown subsided, we've shifted into a new way of working. A hybrid way.Some people work from home. Some are in the office. Anyone needs to be able to work from anywhere at any time.And that can play havoc with getting things done. Communication becomes a chore and interferes with projects.But not if you use Microsoft Teams. It'...
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5 difficult questions to ask your IT support company

Sometimes in life we have to ask awkward questions. How much did that cost? Do you really need a second piece of cake? What's that smell? But you don't usually expect to feel awkward asking questions of an IT support company. Well, you should.A few tricky questions could help you to decide if they're really the people you want to protect your busin...
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The more you prepare now for the end of lockdown, the easier it will be

So lockdown is still in force right now. 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:  1. Your people, especially if you end up with a mix of some at the workplace, and others sti...
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Your urgent Coronavirus advisory

How to avoid current online and phone scams  We're helping every person and business in Carlisle 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. So we've compiled a list of some of the most recent scams drea...
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How to make your team’s video calls easier and less stressful

Another useful work from home guide from Cache4 IT SolutionsVideo 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 stre...
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How to keep your business’s data safe while your team are using their own devices

 With the current situation, it's critical right now that your staff use their own devices for work.This has a name – BYOD – meaning Bring Your Own Device.But there are LOTS of things to consider, to keep your company data safe on their devices. So we've written a brand new guide about itIt's been written for humans not geeks. And it's an esse...
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