Top IoT trends to watch for in 2017

As the internet of things (IoT) revolution gathers pace, and more devices in our homes and workplaces become connected, what can we expect from the market in 2017? One certainty is that the potential is there for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to benefit as the sector evolves, grows and matures. One estimate claims there will be more than…

Three Best Practice Tips to Preventing Ransomware Attacks

The number of ransomware attacks has exploded over the past few years, infecting millions of computers and costing companies millions of dollars. We recommend three best practices that every organization, regardless of size, should employ. 1. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS We hate to say it, but your largest attack vector is also your weakest. Many of your employees…

When is the right time to refresh your computer fleet?

Stanford University’s IT department has a minimum standard for what computers can do. For teaching staff, the standard is that the computer can handle having at least four applications open at the same time. And the university expects to replace computers every three to four years. It’s just one example, but it’s a good one…

What big data means for small business

Big data is being used by big companies to make big decisions, but small and medium businesses are often sitting on more data than they realise. Is your data “big data”? Maybe not compared to what Facebook or Target are collecting, but it’s surely big enough to use for better decision-making. Thanks to advances in…

It is not just a tablet world

If you listen to technology pundits, it’s easy to get the impression that no one is using laptop computers any more. In the real world, though, there are still many, many tasks for which a laptop computer is the only solution that makes sense. It’s not that mobility isn’t important, but for many users it’s…

How strong is your password?

For all the money and effort we spend on securing our computer systems, users continue to compromise security with passwords that are easy to remember—and easy for outsiders to guess. It’s understandable: most users struggle to remember different passwords for the half-dozen or more systems they need to do their work. Each new cloud application…

Don’t be held to ransom!

Hopefully as you read this you have not been a victim of Ransomware. The number of articles published and news clips seen on TV have been numerous yet every day infections occur around the globe. What is Ransomware? The current common threat is a Ransomware virus called Cryptolocker which encrypts all user files on the…

Is my business secure?

Cyber Crime is on the rise. Every day businesses both large and small are being hacked and having data leaked to public sites, costing businesses billions of dollars a year. Unfortunately local businesses are an international target for hackers for two simple reasons: We are considered to be a very rich nation by global standards…

Protect your documents

Gone are the days when protecting a document meant writing it in invisible ink or padlocking your diary. Business documents, whether stored on a PC or in the cloud, frequently contain sensitive data: trade secrets, financial results, contact details for employees and clients, and legal information. Here are some simple tips for keeping your documents…