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The countdown to Christmas has officially begun!
And to mark the occasion we have turned our final 20 tips for our 20th anniversary year into 25 Advent round-up tips from all the advice we have been giving you in 2018!
1) Keyboard shortcuts – how many do you know? Our favourite is Ctrl and K: Create a hyperlink.
2) And another useful keyboard shortcut is Ctrl and Z: Undo the last action.
3) Excel shortcuts – so useful! Our favourite is Alt+F1: Insert a chart sheet.
4) We also like the Excel shortcut Shift+F10: Display shortcut menu.
5) Shortcuts are a wonderful thing – let’s look at Powerpoint. Try W: Make screen white during a show.
6) And did you know about this Powerpoint shortcut? Ctrl and M: Insert a new slide.
7) Get on top of your Cyber Security – Check out the action leaflet issued by the National Cyber Security Centre. Make sure you use anti-virus software on all computers and laptops.
8) Think about remote working for your team. The increase in cloud technology means employees can work from anywhere!
9) Moving to the cloud means improved security: the providers are responsible for any patching which is needed where there could potentially be vulnerabilities in the system.
10) Make your business faster with a wireless network. It can boost productivity and encouraging information sharing.
11) Wireless networks also mean employees can move about the office without losing connection – everyone in a team meeting can have access to up-to-date information.
12) Use a firewall to increase security, especially when working from home. We have been installing Sonicwall firewalls for more than 10 years.
13) IoT is growing…do you know what it is? It’s the Internet of Things and is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, which are able to connect and exchange data. Preparation is key, and the use of the Internet and IoT is not looking like slowing down anytime soon.
14) Have you applied for your businesses’ broadband grant worth £25,000? The Business Broadband Grant is available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Shropshire and is aimed at accessing high-speed broadband connectivity.
15) Have you thought about remote monitoring? This allows us to actively monitor and track a client’s business critical IT equipment. We know what to look for and are always checking the things that need to be checked regularly. If something is out of the ordinary, we will spot it.
16) Are you safe online? Effective protection will safeguard against your computer being infected with viruses and spyware that could result from online activities that seem completely harmless – such as searching the internet, downloading, playing games and even using email. It will also safeguard you against potentially serious consequences such as fraud and identity theft.
17) Are you protected against malware? That’s malicious software designed to disrupt, damage or gain access to a computer system. Make sure you know how to spot it on your system.
18) Has your software got the latest patch? It’s important for software and other devices to be kept up-to-date by including the latest in security patches, otherwise known as software updates. Updates to software and any security patches for use on devices that can receive an internet connection need to be carried out fairly quickly and within a clearly defined timeframe.
19) Choose strong passwords: Strong passwords use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Create a unique password for each account.
20) Control access to your machine: Don’t leave your computer in an unsecured, public area, especially if you’re logged on. The physical security of your computer is just as important as its technical security.
21) Avoid phishing scams – beware of suspicious emails and phone calls. Cyber criminals will attempt to trick you into giving personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.
22) Back up your computer on a regular basis. If you are a victim of a security incident, the only guaranteed way to repair your computer is to erase and reinstall the system. If you back up, you won’t lose everything.
23) Social Media – be careful what you share on social media sites and be wary of what might be showing in the background of any photos.
24) Monitor your accounts – keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it might be a sign that you have been compromised.
25) Use a VPN ( Virtual Private Network) – this is a great idea if you visit areas with public Wi-Fi. These services encrypt data that goes to and from your PC to servers online, making it difficult for hackers to see what you’re doing or intercept your information.