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Password policies in the small business

Passwords exist to protect you and your business, keeping safe all the money, data and more you store in online bank, office tools, social media and other accounts. Yet the more secure the password, the more difficult it is to remember. Add the recommendation that passwords should be changed regularly to the typical 10, 20…

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Make light work

In Star Wars, the medical assistance droid FX-7 had multiple arms enabling it to accomplish sophisticated medical, diagnostic and procedural tasks simultaneously. Like this admired droid, FX7 Solutions has many arms – managed IT services, on demand IT support, cloud computing, VoIP telephony, email and spam protection, and EPOS – that work simultaneously to provide…

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In-house server or cloud service for file storage: private cloud – best of both worlds

In-house server or cloud service for file storage: why using popular cloud services can be bad for your business

There are many cloud storage providers and often it is as easy as registering with your email and creating a password to start using free storage, but are these services suitable for your business? It’s unlikely that free services will provide the level of service or security that your business needs. Remember the GDPR (General…

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In-house server or cloud service for file storage: things to consider

The growth in cloud services makes online storage attractive to small businesses. For a start, there’s no need for capital investment in computer kit that will need maintaining and upgrading to keep it up to date and working 24/7. And you don’t to have to worry about the security and integrity of your systems if…

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Use the Internet of Things to improve productivity in your business

Once seen as a gimmick to enable your fridge to tell you when you run low on milk, the Internet of Things (IoT) is developing rapidly to offer a range of useful applications not only in the home, but also in business. Amazon’s Alexa has helped promote take-up of IoT, with many people using it…

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Ransomware: Is the backup and good antivirus enough?

A ransomware attack can lock or encrypt your computers and data, releasing them only once you’ve paid a ransom that will be hard to trace, although paying the ransom won’t guarantee getting your data back. While there are lots of technical measures you can take to protect your business, you can also strengthen security by…

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Ransomware: What technical measures can prevent attacks?

A ransomware attack can lock or encrypt your computers and data, releasing them only once you’ve paid a ransom that will be hard to trace, although paying the ransom won’t guarantee getting your data back. While ransomware is constantly evolving, so no preventative actions are ever guaranteed, there is a lot you can do to…

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The secret is out

In wartime, it’s often necessary to keep locations secret to prevent forces tracking down their enemies. In Star Wars, FX-7, the medical droid that inspired FX7 Solutions, was based in the rebels’ secret Echo Base on the ice planet of Hoth. Technically, FX7 Solutions is based in a location that doesn’t exist, although this is…

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Ransomware: What is it and how it is spreading?

Imagine reaching your office after a long commute early one morning when you’ve got too much to do, only to turn on your computer and click on a link to see a message on your screen telling you that criminals are holding you and your business to ransom. Fiction? Unfortunately, it’s not. Many businesses find…

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