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30 July, 2020

Six Top Tips To Avoid Phishing Scams

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30 July, 2020

Six Top Tips To Avoid Phishing Scams

In a world that is becoming increasingly more virtual, our data has never been more vulnerable. With a vast amount of our sensitive information stored online, we have to trust that our security systems are robust enough to protect it from fraudulent access via deceptive means, known as phishing.

Phishing can take many forms – from glaringly obvious, badly worded emails to more sophisticated attacks that use attractive templates and ‘phishing kits’ to clone a website, installing credential-stealing code. So, how do you protect your business from them? Read on for our six top tips:

  1. Using a spam filter will go some way to redirecting any blank sender emails and prevent viruses, and when used in conjunction with decent security software, will go a long way to protecting your information and hardware.
  2. Change passwords regularly, using a hard-to-guess and complex arrangement of letters, numbers, and symbols to make them difficult to guess.
  3. Use encryption for any employees or colleagues who work remotely.
  4. Disable HTML emails, opting for text-only versions.
  5. Always check URLs in emails before clicking on them, and watch for URL redirects when you click a link.
  6. Don’t post too much personal information online – you could be opening yourself up to potential security issues.

If you are concerned that an email isn’t legitimate, although from a familiar individual, double-check the email it was sent from. Hackers often change one letter or number in an email, making it appear to be correct at first glance. If you are in any doubt, start a new thread using a trusted email address.

This is by no means an exhaustive guide to protecting your business from phishing attacks, but it’s a handy overview of a few of the ways in which you can protect your business on a day-to-day basis. To ensure you and your business are fully protected from phishing at all times, speak to us at Bell IT Support, and we can guide you!

12 July, 2020

Five Reasons Your IT System Could Be…

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12 July, 2020

Five Reasons Your IT System Could Be More Vulnerable Than You Realise

Having a secure IT system is extremely important as you not only protect your business, but also your customers, their data, and your reputation.

You would be surprised at how vulnerable the IT system of even a small business could be. Just imagine the damage that could be caused if you lost your data or someone discovered all your passwords!

Here are five points to consider when thinking about how secure your IT system IS:

  • Do I have a backup and if not, why not?

You may have your data stored on your computer hard drive or in the cloud, however, do you have a backup of this data? We do not mean a copy on a USB stick or external hard drive that you carry around with you but a backup at a different location on a secure server.

If you do not, then your data could be at risk. It could be easily lost or, at worst, if you store it on an external drive someone could easily steal it and just think about the access they could have!

  • Do I know who is accessing your data (including old employees)?

You may be surprised at who has access to your data. Have you perhaps shared your logins with a contractor, or even have an ex-employee who is still able to access your systems?

You should be extremely careful about who has access to your data and systems. This access should be carefully managed and tightly controlled.

  • Who has the keys to my palace?

What we mean by this is whether all every employee needs to get access to the data they have access to. For example, if you use OneDrive, does someone working as a receptionist have access to financial management information?

You should always have levels of access set up for each user to protect your data and ensure that people only have access to the data they need to carry out their job.

  • Am I open to attack?

The last question is about your firewall and antivirus. Do you have one and if so, is it kept up to date? With nearly one million new malware threats released each day, you must be secure.

If you are open to attack, hackers can not only access your data, but potentially your systems, sensitive customer data, and even cause you to be fined for breach of General Data Protection Regulations.

30 June, 2020

Four Reasons You Need To Have A…

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30 June, 2020

Four Reasons You Need To Have A Reliable CCTV System

As a business owner, you will know how important it is to always keep your premises safe and secure at all times. Whilst many businesses have a CCTV system in place, a large number do not and there are a lot of benefits to using it!

We specialise in basic to complex CCTV installations and there are five big reasons why it is worth having a reliable CCTV system installed to help you remain safe. These are:

  1. Crime deterrent

The top reason people install CCTV is generally that is acts as a fantastic crime deterrent to criminals and anyone else carrying out illegal activities. Even the right of a CCTV camera can act as a deterrent in and of itself.

  1. Reduces your insurance

A CCTV system will not only save you money by acting as a crime deterrent, it will also help save you money by reducing your insurance bill. This is because your premises will have increased security and is statistically less likely to experience crime.

  1. Provides evidence for the police

In the unfortunate event of a crime occurring, having a CCTV system is extremely helpful as it provides evidence that will help in solving the crime. Statistically, crimes are solved much more easily with the help of CCTV footage.

  1. Keeping records

Every business knows the importance of keeping good records and CCTV will help provide you with information such as when staff and visitors are coming in and checking out as well as things such as deliveries and any other activity. This will help you make sure that everything is running smoothly and monitor anything you need.

14 June, 2020

Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional?

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14 June, 2020

Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional?

A question we are regularly asked when setting up new machines for clients is what version of Windows should be installed. Many businesses actually run on Windows 10 Home edition; however, we would always recommend using Windows 10 Professional edition.

Although the professional edition may cost slightly more, there are several benefits that mean it really is a must for your business. These features mean that your machine is more geared towards business use as well as being more secure than a home edition.

Windows 10 Professional includes a piece of software called BitLocker. This software is not available on the home edition and helps you meet GDPR regulations. BitLocker is a piece of software that encrypts data stored on your hard drive.

It means that if your device gets lost or stolen, the data remains safe and you remain compliant in order that it does not fall into the wrong hands risking you a significant fine.

The second major benefit to using Windows 10 Professional is how you are able to add it to a corporate domain. The benefit of this include being able to roll out centralised user and computer policies to ensure your users keep within the company IT rules, centralised user logon, managing all users with what they can and can’t do, network drives and much more all from your server.

We hope that this gives you a valuable insight into why we will only set up new machines with Windows 10 Professional edition. It may cost a little bit more but is certainly worth every penny.

As a reliable and quality provider of IT Services, we ensure that our clients have the right solutions that keep their business protected and our team are always happy to answer any questions you may have!

2 June, 2020

How To Get Your Business Telephony Right

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2 June, 2020

How To Get Your Business Telephony Right

We know that telephony is a vital part of your day-to-day business operations and it is often not the highest in the order of priorities until it goes wrong!

A faulty telephone line can not only lead to lost sales, but it can also lead to dissatisfied customers should they not be able to get hold of you or at the worst even cause customers to end their service with you.

Particularly at the moment when a lot of us are working remotely, it is important to give some extra thought to the impression you are creating through your telephony system.

Also, as you may have read in our previous blog post, BT is switching off its analogue telephone lines from 2025 and therefore you will need to move to a VoIP system.

What is the right system for me?

There are a lot of telephone systems available such as virtual numbers, simply using your mobile phone or home telephone or system provided by a managed office and it is important to make sure that you select the right option for your business.

We will always advise that you have a system that will grow with your business and this is where we generally recommend a VoIP solution. As well as being relatively inexpensive, a VoIP system will mean that you are not tied down to a particular telephone line and can set up your system to function as your business requires.

What are the benefits of a VoIP system

There are a significant number of benefits to a VoIP system, however the main ones are as follows:

  • Your business is not tied down to a specific line or number (your system is portable as your office grows and / or moves)
  • Calls can seamlessly be transferred even if your team are not in the same physical location
  • Calls can be handled via a headset, desk phone, mobile app or desktop software
  • Calls can be received and made from the same number, regardless of physical location
  • Your system is future proofed in preparation for the BT switchover in 2025

Telephony is an area that we help many of our valued clients with. If you would like to discuss the right solution for your business, we would welcome your call or email and be more than happy to discuss further.

3 May, 2020

Why You Should Always Have A Backup

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3 May, 2020

Why You Should Always Have A Backup

 

We would like to start by asking a question and that is a simple one “if you lost all of your data, would you be able to operate your business and what is your back up plan?’’

Many businesses store their data on things such as G-Suite, OneDrive, Dropbox or some other form of cloud-based storage solution. These solutions are fantastic as they enable you to share files between devices and access them remotely, however they have one major floor and that is in relation to backups.

Whilst you may believe that your files are stored safely, there is no guarantee that if a virus got into them, you accidently deleted them or even if the host lost them, you will be able to recover the data.

This is a big risk as the data that businesses store is often invaluable, and you would be surprised at the number of small, medium and even large businesses who do not have a reliable data backup system. Some statistics quote that this could be as high as 50%!

What is a backup & how does it work?

Simply put, a backup is a second copy of your data that is stored elsewhere and accessible should you experience any issues.

There are several different solutions that can work depending on your business needs. The majority of solutions incorporate a cloud backup which is where your data is stored in a physical or virtual file or database to a secondary, off-site location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe.

You may wish to have all of your files backed up in one go, or incrementally back up files which is where all files are backed up on a specified date and then where only new or updated data is backed up each time.

Disaster recovery

Disaster recovery is a solution that helps protect your organisation from the effects of significant negative effects, such as an on-site fire or other major disruption.

A disaster recovery plan is extremely important for organisations who solely rely on their IT systems for day-to-day operations. Whilst this is a large majority of companies, examples may be care homes, financial institutions and major supermarkets.

If you have an on-site server or hosted on-site software, a disaster recovery system will mean that you are able to be back up and running in a relatively short period of time in order to minimise disruption.

If you do not have a backup, then we strongly recommend that you get one set up and do not run the very real risk of losing your valuable data.

We have a range of backup and disaster recovery solutions to suit the needs of all sizes of businesses and ensure that they remain protected, safe and secure. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your IT needs, our team would be more than happy to help.

29 April, 2020

How Working From Home Can Be Extremely…

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29 April, 2020

How Working From Home Can Be Extremely Effective

With many of us currently working from home, businesses are needing to adapt to a new landscape. We provide our clients with solutions that enable their teams to continue operating seamlessly whilst ensuring that their IT system and data remain secure.

We thought we would put together a summary of our top advantages & disadvantages when working from home as there are several things that should be considered.

Advantage 1 – Flexibility

Perhaps the main advantage to working from home is the flexibility that it can provide. It enables your team to be able to continue with some of the simple day-to-day things such as receiving deliveries, working flexible hours, taking care of the kids and much more.

This flexibility is something that is very attractive as it can help your employees to maintain a healthy work / life balance. It also cuts out the time your team spend commuting which is always welcome!

Advantage 2 – Creature comforts

It goes without saying that working from home means that your team can work from an environment they feel comfortable in.

This includes things such as having their own kitchen to cook lunch and being able to work in a relaxed environment. It is a known fact that a less stressful environment generally leads to a better quality of work!

Advantage 3 – Access to office systems

Unlike in the early 1990s, advances in IT technology mean that your team can access office systems in much the same way as if they were in the office.

Making the most of things such as shared drives hosted software means that you no longer need the confines of an office to continue working as normal!

Whilst there are many advantages to working from home, there are also some disadvantages that should be considered.

These disadvantages, however, do not need to be things that prevent your team from working effectively!

Disadvantage 1 – Communication with team members

Working remotely can cause a few challenges when a team environment is helpful to how you function. In addition, it means that things such as face-to-face team meetings are not possible.

Whilst this can be a disadvantage, we are able to provide things such as bespoke videoconferencing, team chat software that can help to overcome this and bring your team together. In addition to this, integrated telephony solutions can mean that your team can take and make calls as if they were in the office.

This is an extremely cost-effective way to work when you consider the overheads of an office!

Disadvantage 2 – IT Issues can be a challenge

When your team are not based in the office, having an IT issue can prove to be a challenge. In addition, they may find that their internet connection is not wholly reliable and therefore cause downtime.

Whilst we are unable to help fix any home broadband issues that are the cause of your Internet Service Provider, having a managed IT service means that your team will always have someone to call should something go wrong. This means that they can take action rather than doing nothing!

Disadvantage 3 – Ensuring that your team are working efficiently

This is often one reason where people like to have their team working from a central location. We have all heard about the three-hour lunch break, heading off for a round of golf or having a nice lie in and cutting the day short!

These things do not need to be a concern however, as by using our software you can see when your team are online or offline and monitor computer usage to track actions in a non-intrusive way. This will help provide valuable insight as you run your business.

Overall, the advantages of working from home often far outweigh the disadvantages and as well as being possible, they can save you the overheads of an office!

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your IT needs, our team would be more than happy to help.

22 March, 2020

BT ISDN and PSTN Switch Off 2025

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22 March, 2020

BT ISDN and PSTN Switch Off 2025

In 2014, BT announced that it would switch off its voice ISDN and PSTN circuits by 2025 and orders for these circuits will no longer be available from 2023. Advances within new IP technology, mean that these services are no longer worthwhile.

What do I do?

You can migrate your lines to SIP or move to a hosted telephony solution such as VoIP (Voice over IP). SIP is an IP Based telephone line. This is the direct replacement for voice services previously using ISDN or PSTN. If you phone system does not have availability for SIP functionality, we can migrate your services to SIP and then back to analogue using a converter. However, our hosted telephony solutions are feature rich and can reduce your overheads and the stress of the BT switch off.

 

Will I lose my numbers?

No, not at all. We can seamlessly port all of your number to Bells IT without losing a single call.

27 February, 2020

Microsoft Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange…

  Back in June 2019, Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange…

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27 February, 2020

Microsoft Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 End-Of-Life

 

Back in June 2019, Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 would become end-of-life products early 2020. The date was set for January 14th, 2020. On this day, Microsoft will stop supporting these products, but what does that mean? Well, this means that Microsoft will stop producing security patches or updates, it will no longer be classed as a compliant system for some vendors and they will no longer support the operating system. However, this does not mean that your computer will mysteriously stop working. We have had many conversations with new clients panicking about the deadline, believing that their computers will stop working.

 

So, what are my options?

An in-place upgrade to Windows 10. Previously, Microsoft offered all Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE. However, they decided to stop this offer more recently. If you have opted in for this service, you are still able to receive it. For all new upgrades, there is now an upgrade cost.

How do I upgrade to Windows 10?

The first step is to decide if your existing hardware is reliable enough to last. If you are having to pay for the upgrade, you may want to bite-the-bullet and purchase newer hardware that comes with Windows 10.  If your hardware is relatively new, then you can pay the small fee for the Windows 10 installer. We can also offer to manage all of this for you and for your company.

 

What about the other products, do they impact me?

Server 2008 and Exchange 2010 are normally used commercially or within small to medium businesses. If you are aware of using a small business server, or have an older server, then yes, this may affect you. If you are a business owner with a server and unsure on the products you use, then we are here to help. Give us a call to discuss your options.

12 February, 2020

CCTV Law – Home vs Business

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12 February, 2020

CCTV Law – Home vs Business

 

CCTV at home

If you are looking to have CCTV fitted at your home, it’s important to choose the right location and angles to capture the areas you want. There a few legal implications of installing home CCTV systems. It is advised under the Human Rights Act, that you make every effort to ensure that ‘collateral intrusion’ of nearby premises or public areas are kept to a minimum.

CCTV for your business

It is vital to follow the guidelines for use of CCTV at work. Failure to follow or understand the guidelines may result in your footage being dismissible if you ever needed to use it. If you are looking to use CCTV in your place of work, you are now required by law to register with the ICO. You will also need to comply with the Data Protection Act 1988.

At Bells IT Support, we can design, install and manage your CCTV requirements. We can offer this service to all individuals and all industries.