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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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“We do not need IT Support” – and why you are wrong

As computers and software have become more intuitive, it’s easy to think that your business doesn’t need IT support, but this will mean you spend a lot of time sorting out IT problems which you could be spending on client business. Here are five reasons how professional IT support helps your business run better: Professional…

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Why offsite backups complement onsite and shouldn’t be the only backup?

Backing up data to online services is as easy as copying a file to a folder, but while offsite backups are convenient, they do not provide all the security you need. If you backed up all your data to a cloud provider, what would you do if the service was down when you needed it…

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Why backups should be onsite?

Your data is one of your most important business assets. If you lost all your data, could your business continue to operate? Would you know what orders to work on? Would you be able to complete your tax or VAT returns? Backing up your data onsite means that you have a copy of everything you…

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Also known as Fixit

Sometimes IT can seem like a battleground with devices urgently needing to be fixed, software needing patching and data needing restoration, all the while keeping your day-to-day business processes functioning uninterrupted. In Star Wars, the FX range of medical assistance droids were often placed in Alliance mobile surgical units to tend to wounded troops in…

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