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Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2019 Technology Innovator Awards.

The awards now in its fifth year, showcase some of the best most innovative companies, projects, and services within the technology industry. The surge of available technology products and its constant evolution means that the technology industry now stands as one of the most vitally prominent in the world.

North West-based IT and telephony provider, The PC Support Group has been unveiled as the Best SME IT Support Business 2019 – North West of England from CV Magazine.

Commenting on the success of this year’s awards and winners, Laura Hunter, Awards Coordinator for Corporate Vision stated:

Now in its fifth year, the Technology Innovator Awards showcase the very best of the best from across the technology space. I am proud to offer my congratulations to all of my winners and wish them all the best of luck for the future.”

Phil Bird, managing director, The PC Support Group said:

We are passionate about helping businesses across the North West realise their business potential through world-class IT support and winning awards like these means we are achieving what we set out to do.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit https://www.cv-magazine.com.

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According to a report last year, two-thirds of SMEs now use managed services and this is rising.

 

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is a third party who manages IT infrastructure on a subscription plan meaning the SME can focus on developing the business and the day-to-day responsibility lies with the MSP.

 

For businesses that don’t have the resources and expertise to look after their IT or simply want to spend time growing their business rather than fixing problems or maintaining IT systems, it is the perfect solution.

 

Managed IT services can cover a range of functions from network, systems, applications, data storage and backup, cloud service solutions, cybersecurity, VoIP telephony and printer management.

 

With technology being essential to all businesses to varying degrees and in particular how fast it is changing, businesses can’t afford to be left behind.

 

If you’re considering using a MSP for outsourcing your IT here is a useful article that outlines the benefits to help you make an informed choice.

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According to a recent study, 86% of the top UK websites failed to comply with GDPR.  Considering GDPR is now a year old, this alarming news.

The findings by ImmuniWeb, a global security testing provider, highlighted that the majority of UK websites were using non-compliant processes or insecure systems to host and manage user data.   Eighty-six percent were found to be using insecure cookies and 17% of sites had either missing or hard to reach privacy policies.

On a positive note, 100% were using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or HTTPS and had up-to-date content management systems.

The stats also revealed that sites operating across the rest of Europe are more likely to be compliant with GDPR.

Here are some tips on how to make your website GDPR compliant:

  1. Make sure your privacy policy is very clear about the data you are capturing and easily accessible.  It needs to outline the usage of advertising, marketing, transferring data to third parties (who must be named) and IP tracking
  2. Make sure an SSL certificate is obtained for your website to encrypt data to stop people hacking it
  3. Make sure any data capture forms on your website have active opt-in boxes for acceptance reasons including for social media
  4. Make sure users can unsubscribe their consent/withdraw their permission easily and clearly and this should be separate to accepting terms and conditions
  5. Your website should have procedures in place to detect, report and investigate personal data breaches.

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With hackers getting smarter and malware having increasingly devastating results, cybersecurity has never been more important to keep your business safe.

One way of increasing your cybersecurity is with an antivirus (AV) software. That is why it is essential to invest in good AV software. However, it should be stressed that this should be in conjunction with other security measures.   Previously, AV software was renowned for slowing your computer down and therefore an excuse for not investing in it; however, software has come a long way.  According to independent testing by IT PRO, the best business antivirus software for 2019 is Kaspersky Internet Security 2019, which came out as virtually faultless.

The other recommended AV software included BitDefender Internet Security 2019, McAfee Internet Security 2019, Panda Free Antivirus and Avast Free Antivirus.

If you’re unsure about which antivirus software to install or how to configure it, speak with your IT provider for advice or contact The PC support Group here.

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New research says that almost 90% of SMEs are now looking to switch to the IT Managed Service Provider with the best cybersecurity services, above all other selection criteria.

Global IT management company Continuum spoke to SMEs across the UK, US, France, Germany and Belgium about their cybersecurity concerns. Its main conclusions included:

  • Almost all SMEs are now aware of the business-critical importance of cybersecurity
  • 89% of those surveyed would consider switching to a new IT support provider if it offered the right cybersecurity solutions
  • Almost a quarter have already switched following a cyber attack.

The research highlighted that cybersecurity is now the most important issue for SMEs selecting an IT provider and that virtually all businesses were willing to move away from their current provider if it meant getting a better service elsewhere.  Interestingly, the majority don’t feel like they are protected sufficiently and therefore are considering switching for better security

Is your business protected against cyber attacks like ransomware or email phishing? Do you feel that your current provider is giving you good advice and being proactive with measures to protect you and your customers? Or is it time to look at other options to keep your business safe?

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What makes the iPhone such a smart business device is its power.

The iPhone’s security features are market-leading and with a wealth of apps available to power your entire life (it is estimated there are 2.2 million apps worldwide) there is no better device for mobile working.

According to IT PRO, here is a summary of some of the best (free and paid-for) business apps for productivity and collaboration purposes for the iPhone for you to consider.

  1. Bear

This is a powerful writing app for notes, essays, to do lists and coding

  • Genius Scan

Your own portable document scanner that uses the iPhone’s camera to produce copies of documents in PDF format

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

A file viewer and editor necessary for anyone who regularly works with PDFs

  • Airwatch Agent

This is an app that manages and supports devices across your company.  Great for companies that rely on communication and collaboration between teams.

  • Dropbox

This is a cloud storage app that allows you to store and share files and documents between team members allowing you to work from anywhere

  • CamScanner Pro

This app allows you to get high quality scans from wherever you are which are easily accessible and backed up using just your iPhone

  • Enlight

This is a mobile photo editing suite app which allows you to touch up images.

  • Evernote

This app allows you to sync across all of your devices, so you don’t have to keep switching between them.  It is a great workspace for everything from note-taking, creating checklists and more

  • Inbox by Gmail

This mail app is great for bundling similar messages together and making reminders in separate entries for easy reviewing to minimise the amount of time and attention given to inboxes

  1. Invoice2go

This app allows you to create and send professional invoices using a variety of templates.  It is a comprehensive way to track money owed, paid and received.

  1. iPlanner UK

This is a highly customised app to keep track of meetings and events

  1. ITranslate Voice

This app can help you communicate more efficiently across languages allowing you to translate spoken language into written English for example

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Under new government plans, tech companies and social media platforms will be compelled to abide by a duty of care relating to online content.

Those companies that breach standards set out in the duty of care, which will be established by a digital regulator, will be issued notices or receive “substantial” fines for failures to remove harmful or extremist content.

The statutory requirement is seen as necessary following repeated calls to action by The Government to tackle harmful and illegal content that is still too readily available online as well as the growing mistrust of online services.

The Government has hinted it will target the biggest companies first such as internet giants Facebook and Google or those companies that pose the clearest risk to users.

“Tech can be an incredible force for good and we want the sector to be part of the solution in protecting their users. However, those that fail to do this will face tough action” said The Government’s Digital Secretary, Jeremy Wright.

To find out more visit https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2019/april/government-announce-world-first-online-safety-laws/

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Due to the increased number of cyber attacks, and consequently ensure that good practices in information security take place, the UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS), introduced a government-endorsed scheme called Cyber Essentials.

Cyber Essentials was developed back in 2014 in collaboration with industry partners such as the Information Security Forum, the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium (IASME) and the British Standards Institution. Due to the significant rise in these attacks in the last few years, especially for SMEs, security is more topical than ever.

The mandatory scheme was introduced to ensure the protection of sensitive data by ensuring companies follow a basic level of due diligence on how data is used and secured to avoid it being compromised.

Companies that have the Cyber Essentials trust badge are showing their compliance and dedication to cybersecurity which aims to build trust and confidence amongst clients.  It is also a useful standard for companies to check for when working with potential partners when data is involved.

The PC Support Group is an IT provider with the Cyber Essentials trust badge.

To find out more, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

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In recent months we have seen a significant increase in reports of major security breaches around the world, resulting in large-scale theft of data and cash, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the victims.

By the day, the tactics used by cybercriminals are becoming ever more sophisticated. 

1 in 6 UK SMEs have suffered at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the last 12 months and those that were affected, 21% reported that it cost them over £10,000 and 11% said that it cost more than £50,000.

It just makes sense to protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build – and demonstrating that you have cybersecurity measures in place is increasingly essential for SMEs wishing to supply large organisations.

A small investment today could save your business tomorrow.

Here, at The PC Support Group, we have produced a Cyber Crime Security bulletin which highlights some of the key risks and the preventative actions that you could take which will help minimise the risks to your organisation as well as fulfilling your legal obligations.
 

If you’d like to receive your FREE Cyber Crime Security download, click here, email our friendly staff on info@pcsupportgroup.com or call us on 03300 886 116 for a confidential chat about your cybersecurity or IT support requirements.

Phil Bird
Managing Director, The PC Support Group

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How has 2019 started for you and your business?
Here we are nearing the end of February already – so are you on track to reach the objectives you set for this year in developing your company?

We want to help at The PC Support Group so I’d like to invite you to help to set the agenda for the next series in our programme of regular IT advice and guidance emails. Just let me know what your IT concerns, issues or fears are and we’ll use these to guide our information communications over the coming months.

For example do you worry about:

  • cybersecurity and how to guard against attacks?
  • how to keep up with the latest IT developments?
  • whether your people have got the right IT to provide a great service?
  • investment decisions – on premise, or move into the cloud?
  • your customers’ expectations from your IT?
  • what would happen if your IT goes down, for one hour, one day or one week?

Please let us know your top three IT-related concerns (which may or may not include some of those mentioned above) by emailing us at info@pcsupportgroup.com and we’ll take it from there.

What’s great is that you probably have similar IT challenges to many colleagues in our SME community, so hopefully, by helping you, we can also help other businesses too.

After all, by sharing useful information we’re supporting each other and helping make our businesses more efficient and profitable!

So, please send in your suggestions and, in the meantime, if you’d like to speak to us directly about IT or telephony support, call us on 03300 886 116, leave us a message here or email info@pcsupportgroup.com for an informal and confidential chat.

Phil Bird,

Managing Director, The PC Support Group