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I’m Stuck in a Contract, Can I Change My IT Support?

As a business owner, your company’s IT system is likely to be a vital part of your wider infrastructure. It’s not just investing in the best IT hardware and software that’s important when bolstering the business-focussed technology that helps you deliver the highest quality service to your own customers. The support and guidance you call upon to fine-tune your IT operations is also essential, a fact that means one debate always tends to rage on. The benefits of outsourcing your IT support and hiring professionals in-house are always carefully analysed by business owners. With enhanced control over IT costs, reduced…

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Top Tips for Writing Your First IT Security Plan

Preparation is certainly the key to safeguarding your company against all the nasty characters and consequences of the cybercrime world. Yet creating an IT security plan and conducting regular audits of these detailed security measures is still not a priority for many businesses. According to an article by Small Business, 45% of small firms don’t have a cyber security plan in place for their company, a worrying statistic that will certainly be relished by cybercriminals out there. Further research revealed that just 14% of small businesses had formal cyber security incident management processes during 2017 leaving the remainder particularly vulnerable…

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How to Spot A Phishing Email

In the online world, it appears that no one is out of bounds to hackers and other cyber criminals looking to steal personal information and sensitive data. As well as the large corporations that regularly hit the headlines due to security breaches, individuals, small businesses and start-ups are being targeted with a number of hacking techniques. Phishing is just one practice used by cyber criminals, and unfortunately incidents are on the rise. Phishing attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated, and whilst in previous years, it was easy to spot a scam, it’s more difficult than ever to decipher authenticity….

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Improving Device Security For Browsing On The Go

In today’s super connected, technologically driven world, browsing on the go has never been so simple. As well as having the best device to browse remotely – our tablets and smartphones are more decked out than ever to serve our online needs – free public Wi-Fi is more widely and readily available, meaning you can browse without using your mobile data in a vast range of public spaces. Jumping on free internet connections has become the way to browse the web, access online accounts, keep on top of workloads, and check email inboxes and social media profiles. For all the…

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Why Should My Small Business Focus on Cyber Security?

With the majority of businesses delivering their products or services via an online outlet, keeping your brand safe on the net certainly counts. Technology is after all a wonderful thing but in the wrong hands, the digital benefits that are embraced by most modern day businesses carry a substantial amount of risk. For small businesses in particular, the prospect of beefing up cyber security may not be a priority. As with medium sized enterprises and large corporations, cyber-attacks are very real threats, and serious ones at that. In this blog post, we reveal just some of the reasons why small…

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The Cost of a Cyber Security Breach

Cybercrime is now one of the most prevalent and damaging criminal activities on the planet. It appears no business is safe, with hackers, fraudsters and cyber criminals targeting organisations of all shapes, sizes and niches as well as individuals. According to Lloyd’s of London, serious cybercrime has cost the global economy more than £92 billion, that’s higher than the cost of the world’s worst natural disasters. Businesses who fall victim to the tools and techniques used by cyber criminals suffer direct financial losses, but how much does a cyber security breach cost? Cost and recovery times by type The average…

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Should I Take Out IT Emergency Cover?

IT emergencies happen, and whether issues arise due to a sudden network failure or your company’s been hit by a cyber-attack, getting the support you need right away can make all the difference. For small to medium-sized businesses in particular, getting the professional IT support you need in house just isn’t possible in most cases. Recruiting an IT professional of your own after all costs money, and with funds tight for the majority of SMEs this may be a bill you simply cannot foot. You don’t have to do without though, thanks to our IT emergency and support services you…

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How to Successfully Move Your Business onto the Cloud

Cloud computing has been a buzz term for a number of years now, and with more and more businesses embracing the wider use of technology company-wide, an increasing number of firms are looking closely at the benefits that moving to the cloud could bring. Cloud computing uses a network of remote servers hosted over the net to store, manage and process data, a far cry from the traditionally used solutions found via your local servers and personal devices. Using the cloud, individuals and businesses can harness a more flexible, efficient and affordable computing solution, one that is easy to access…

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How To Spot An ICO Scam

Inspired by the ‘pump and dump’ scams we got to know in Hollywood blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street, ICO scams have evolved to plague the cryptocurrency market. An ICO or Initial Coin Offering is a fundraising process where those looking to finance new projects sell crypto tokens in exchange for Bitcoin or Ethereum. Think the cryptocurrency version of Kickstarter. Whilst many legitimate start-ups use ICOs for the development of new projects, cybercriminals are using the same mechanism to raise funds through scam projects, initiatives that will never see the light of day and will simply take your Bitcoin or…

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What to Do in the Wake of a Cyber Attack

According to the latest government statistics, almost half of all UK businesses have been hit by a cyber-attack or breach in the past 12 months. Whilst much emphasis is put on preventing a cyber-attack, knowing what to do if your company and its data fall victim to cybercrime is just as important. The aftermath of a cyber-attack or breach is after all devastating. Regardless of your company’s size or niche, a cyber-attack has the potential to lead to loss of customers, loss of sales, reduced profits and even business closure. As a leading provider of outsourced IT support, we know…

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It's easy to switch..

We had some concerns when faced with the requirement to move our IT service contract away from our existing provider. Our concerns were unjustified. The process was entirely stress free and caused no additional workload for our team. Syntec project managed the transition, providing an efficient migration without any impact to service or our existing procedures.
Stuart CastleTechnical Consumer Products Ltd
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