You know what a ransomware attack is, right? Cyber criminals access your data and encrypt it so you can’t access it. Then they demand a ransom fee to get it back.

A shocking 97% of business leaders who’ve already been hit by ransomware say they would pay up if it happened again, despite experts strongly advising against it.

Why? They understand what a nightmare it is.

The only way to protect is to prepare. Our newest video tells you how. Watch it here:

Want help preparing your business? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Hybrid working is here to stay, and so are video calls.

Do you want to give your home or office video call setup an upgrade? Maybe make yourself look and sound better? Our newest video gives you three easy ways to improve your video call set up. Watch it here:

Want our help? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

 

 

How many different applications do you have to log into each workday? 5? 10? Maybe more?

So how do you ensure the passwords you’re using for each account are long, strong, and most importantly… unique? The answer is a password manager. But be careful, as not all password managers are equally safe to use.

Microsoft Edge is soon launching a new password management feature BUT… our advice is not to use it. Our latest video explains why. Watch it here:

If you’d like help choosing the right password manager for your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

The use of Microsoft Teams has just exploded in the last few years. It now boasts over 270 million people using it every month. Its constant growth has been helped by the many improvements and new features being released all the time.

This short video we’ve created will give you the details on three new updates coming soon to Teams. Watch it here:

If you’d like any assistance setting up Teams for your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Updates are crucial for all our devices. They’re released regularly to help protect us from the security flaws and vulnerabilities that cyber criminals love to exploit. Updates also help us by making software and applications more usable and adding new features.

It’s best practice to run updates as soon as possible on every machine across your business. If you already do this, you can give yourself a high five.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has reported that there is an enormous number of Windows PCs that aren’t up to date.

So, what’s happening? Is it just staff clicking the ‘later’ button when they get the update notifications? That certainly may account for some of it. Updates can be time consuming and sometimes people need to get on with their work. Though we certainly don’t condone this behaviour, we do understand it.

Technical problems with updates may account for some of these out-of-date PCs too, but the majority of update issues are coming from something else entirely. It turns out that Windows machines often need to be connected to the internet for a very long time for updates to work properly.

Microsoft’s recently explained that when an update is installed, a device must remain on and connected to Windows Update for a minimum of two consecutive hours, and six hours in total. That gives your device time to successfully download the update and install it.

The best way to make sure all your devices are successfully updated every time is to insist that your team leave their devices powered on and connected overnight.

This also means that you have to check your Power Management settings to stop your devices from going into hibernation mode or deep sleep too quickly.

To offset any environmental impact, you should also ensure you’re following the recommended power settings on each device.

If you’d like any help checking that all your devices are running the latest security updates, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

 

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We all tend to have many applications running on our computers throughout our workday. Unfortunately, this can drain our battery quickly, as well as slow down our devices.

Luckily, there soon may be a solution! Experts are currently testing a new Windows 11 feature that could make a big difference. Our newest video tells you all you need to know about “Efficiency Mode”. Watch it here:

Want some helpful tips to speed up your devices and increase battery life? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about phishing. It’s one of the biggest concerns when it comes to cybercrime as it targets your business’s weakest link – your staff. With phishing, cybercriminals send emails to your business pretending to be someone they are not, like your bank or a vendor. Their hope is that one of your employees will click a link and accidentally give them access to all your data.

Do you think that anyone on your team would fall for a phishing email? Well, our new video shows you an easy way to check. Watch it here:

If you’re interested in help protecting your business, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

If your business falls victim to cybercrime and your customer’s data is leaked, it won’t just be your productivity and revenue that take a hit, your reputation and client trust will also be damaged. If your clients don’t feel like they can trust you, they will choose to spend their money elsewhere.

Our newest video discussed how to prevent cybercrime from losing you customers. Watch it here:

If you’re interested in finding out more, book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

How easy is your business making it for cyber criminals to steal your data?

Microsoft revealed that it blocked over 35.7  BILLION malicious emails last year alone. That is 1000 emails per second! Guess how many malware and brute force attacks Microsoft protected your business from last year?

Our new video has all the stats and some important ways that your business should be protecting itself. Watch it here:

Want assistance protecting your business? Book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

Remote working has really come of age in the last two years. Many people have loved it, while others have realized that they prefer an office environment.

Can you guess how many people would like to make remote working a permanent option? According to a new report, a whopping 96% of employees want to solely work from home, even when the pandemic is over. They’d even be willing to take a pay cut to make that happen.

But wait – it gets even more shocking. Of these people, a third said they’d be willing to sacrifice HALF of their monthly wage to do so. Not only that, but they’d also give up their health benefits and even paid time off.

Are you as shocked at those figures as we are?

In terms of work/life balance, some people have never had it better. Now that things are slowly recovering, they’re not going to want to give it up.

Many of your people might not want to go back to the stress, the distraction, and the commuting. It is even likely that some of them don’t want to leave their beloved pets on their own!

As an employer, giving the option to make remote or hybrid work permanent seems like an ideal solution. You’ve already seen that your people can be trusted to do a great job wherever they work. You may have even seen an increase in motivation and productivity.

Your business could even cut down on some of its fixed costs, with office space being one of the big savings.

If you’ve only had temporary work from home measures in place for the last 2 years, it’s time to make them official. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to make sure that everyone’s home set-up is suitable before permanently transitioning to remote working.

The first priority is to look at data security. How do your people access your network? Do they have the right security measures installed on their devices? Are their home networks protected from unauthorized access?

But it’s not just security that you need to consider. You will also need to look at the collaboration tools you’re using. If your team is unlikely to be in the same place at the same time, should you invest in a better solution to make sure communication doesn’t suffer?

As well as reporting on salary sacrifices, the report also found that nearly 2 in 5 people feel ignored in video meetings. Upgrading their equipment and devices might be the answer. Professional quality webcams and microphones can help by making sure video quality is high and that voices are heard.

Don’t forget that older laptops or desktops will need to be upgraded every few years to make sure they’re performing well and costing you less to maintain.

If you’d like any help making sure your home setups are right for permanent remote workers, feel free to book a 15 minute, no obligation call with us at www.durham-it.ca/book-a-call/.

 

 

Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.