Tips to stay safe using hotel and public wi-fi networks.

Tips To Stay Safe While Using Hotel & public Wi-Fi

Yann Guides 11 minutes

Public Wi-Fi has come a long way over the last few years in terms of improved security as many have realized that by offering this amenity, they are somewhat liable if their occupants get hacked while using it. Wireless access is now everywhere, on trains, in shopping centre and just about anywhere we meet other people. Nevertheless, it is still very …

Business broadband our guide for small to medium businesses.

Business broadband – A quick overview on the new broadband technologies

Yann Guides, News 1 minute

What is the difference between FTTP and SOGEA? We can help demystify what broadband service you need for your business. We match your business technological requirments with the most suitable broadband package. Our broadband solutions make us the perfect end-to-end supplier for your connectivity and communication requirements. Includiing IP telephony, video and conferencing services as well as instant messaging,

Technologies transforming the workplace.

How to make the most of the modern workplace

Yann News 11 minutes

Throughout history, the concept of an ideal workplace has constantly evolved, from the Action Offices of the ‘60s to the rise of office cubicles and the introduction of computers in the ‘90s, and the recent adoption of remote and hybrid working. Novel technologies underpinned many of these changes, and that is no different today with new technologies enabling businesses to …

Cyber essentials why cyber essential certification is important for smbs.

Why Cyber Essentials certification is important for SMBs

Yann News, Services 15 minutes

In recent years, it has become increasingly important for businesses to secure their IT systems to reduce the chance of falling victim to a cyberattack. In the UK alone, 39% of businesses were targeted by a cyberattack in the last 12 months. Whilst most newsworthy cyberattacks target large businesses and enterprises, it is just as common for small businesses to …

How crucial are passwords in the realm of cyber security?

The role passwords play in a world of cybercrime

Yann Guides 9 minutes

In previous articles we have described that there is a multi tiered approach to adopting cybersecurity. This is an ongoing process and needs to be constantly reviewed and improved upon. One very important aspect and should take priority, is safeguarding the use of passwords. For businesses, one weak password can be the cause of a major cybersecurity incident. For this …

Every successful business has a trusted internet partner.

Connectivity – Every successful business has a trusted Internet Partner

Yann News 1 minute

Today, businesses are expected to respond quickly to customer requests and want reliable, high performance connectivity solutions that can help them enhance their customer service. They also need to be ‘agile’ and see using cloud applications as a way to increase flexibility. Choose a trusted partner with a data network you can rely on to deliver great customer service and …

Cloud based call control.

The business case for SIP

Yann News 1 minute

Cloud-based call control allows you to automatically direct calls to a destination you define such as a colleague, mobile, hunt group or call queue. Combined with all the features and benefits of SIP Trunks, including call bundles and the only fraud management tool that protects you and your customers by enabling them to set spend limits, SIP Trunk Call Manager …

What is shadow IT and how can it help businesses?.

What is Shadow IT and how can businesses combat it?

Yann News 11 minutes

Shadow IT refers to information technology (IT) projects that are managed outside of, and without the knowledge of, the IT department. As companies reach to the “cloud” their enthusiasm for hasty adoption can suddenly be tempered by security, compliance, and governance concerns. Once this is reviewed and a plan of action made then adoption makes perfect sense. However it’s the shadow/ …

How can you make better use of microsoft teams?.

How to make better use of Microsoft Teams

Yann News 10 minutes

Microsoft Teams has taken the productivity world by storm. That’s because it’s so much more than just a chat app. The true power of Teams lies in its integration with the rest of Microsoft 365, and its emergence as a one-stop-shop collaboration hub. As businesses across the country have made the move to hybrid work, technology should empower employees to …

The 2021 guide to hybrid working cyber security how to keep your business safe from anywhere.

The Move to Hybrid Work

jay@stockportwebdesign.co.uk eBooks & Downloadable Content 2 minutes

The Future is Hybrid After months of working from home, restrictions have now eased, and many businesses have implemented a hybrid work model whereby employees work both in the office and remotely. This comes as no surprise as a recent survey found that 47% of employees would be likely to look for another job if their employer failed to offer …

10 technology trends that will reshape businesses in 2021.

10 Technology Trends That Will Reshape Businesses In 2022

jay@stockportwebdesign.co.uk eBooks & Downloadable Content, News 2 minutes

The past two years have been a period of immense change for all businesses, regardless of size or industry. Businesses and employees alike have adapted to these changes by harnessing technology to enable productivity, collaboration, and communication. For some businesses, this was the first time they truly embraced the cloud with Microsoft Teams, cloud storage and IT systems to enable …

How can your business stay victorious in the face of increased global cyber risk?.

How can your business stay vigilant in periods of “heightened” global cyber risk?

Yann Guides 10 minutes

Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre has placed the cyber threat in the UK as “heightened”. The cyber challenge becomes increasingly complex as the hacktivists group Anonymous have become involved. Anonymous has apparently hacked into Russia’s media censorship agency and released 340,000 files in the latest undermining of Putin’s war media campaign. The reality is that …

Oculus VR charity donation for Brighton.

VR charity donation

Yann News 4 minutes

This local charity called Extra Time is expanding across Sussex and we are proud to be their IT partner of choice. We’ve donated recently, an Oculus VR bundle and the main idea is to promote the use of educational apps in Virtual Reality. No games have been installed (lets see how long that lasts!) About The Extra Time Project The …

Microsoft Azure cloud OS with Azure Active Directory.

What Azure Active Directory can do for your business

Yann News 9 minutes

During the 2020 pandemic, there was a shift from office-based authentication to home working. Fortunately, most of our clients had already migrated to the cloud and their phones were cloud-based. If the business was not cloud-centric, they would need access to data and if the physical server was in the office, then this posed a few problems. Data needs to …

How does cloud technology benefit nonprofits in 2021?

How does Cloud Technology Benefit Not For Profits

Yann Guides 10 minutes

Charities and voluntary sector businesses must operate at optimum and ensure they get the best value for money. Technology has become increasingly important, and if the systems don’t operate properly, this can affect time-critical service delivery and projects. If your charity or organisation has not moved across yet, there are some key considerations to make. What is the business case …

Ukrainian "fake ransomware" malware attacks decrypted with cyber secure techniques.

Ukrainian Malware Attacks: Fake Ransomware Explained and why your business must be cyber-aware

Yann News 9 minutes

Ukraine finds itself the centre of attention once more as troops from all sides gather at its borders. The Mainstream media sets about its rhetoric of subtle and persistent biases and succeeds in stoking fear and paranoia among their audiences. Western media is now focused on reporting that Russia is supposedly threatening an invasion, and that this strife between the …

What is all the fuss about passwordless authentication?

What is all the fuss about Passwordless Authentication?

Yann Guides, News 9 minutes

Poor password hygiene remains a key security weakness for many businesses. All employees know that a password should be long, complex, unique and never shared with anyone. Although this is simple in theory, in practice it can be difficult to remember a new complex password for every application or system. For this reason, it is common for employees to re-use …

Q&A session addressing SMB cybersecurity concerns.

Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses – Q & A time

Yann News 9 minutes

It is no surprise that the past 2 years of remote and hybrid working has significantly accelerated digital transformation for most small and medium businesses. Although the implementation of new technologies has changed the way that these businesses function, it may have also created many potential security risks. As businesses move into 2022, it is important that all small and …

Endpoint protection - what is it and how does it work.

Key challenges of endpoint security

Yann Guides, News 8 minutes

  The rise of hybrid working has forever changed how businesses must view their security posture. As employees are now working between multiple locations, the risk of data breaches, cyberattacks and network intrusion has grown exponentially. With employees working from home, it is more difficult for IT teams to ensure employees are following best practices to avoid an attack, and …

Why should businesses migrate to sharepoint online?.

Why should businesses migrate to SharePoint Online?

Yann News 7 minutes

Why businesses should migrate to SharePoint Online Microsoft SharePoint was launched 2001 and over the past   20 years has massively grown in popularity with over 200 million users relying on the product in 2020. SharePoint Online is a cloud-based content management tool that enables users to store files online for sharing and collaboration. A well-designed SharePoint site also reduces the …

2021: the year of cyber attacks.

2021.. the blockbuster year for Cyberattacks

Yann News 9 minutes

2021 has been a year of digital transformation for all businesses. The widespread adoption of remote and hybrid work has resulted in employees being more reliant than ever on technology. A consequence of this reliance on technology has been a massive rise in the frequency and severity of cyberattacks, across all industries and business sizes. Many of these attacks were …

A group of soldiers forming a human firewall around an email symbol.

The Human Firewall: 6 steps to design effective cybersecurity training using your staff

Yann Guides 8 minutes

The cybersecurity threat landscape is constantly evolving, and cyberattacks becoming more common with 4 in 10 businesses reporting having cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the past 12 months. There are many cybersecurity solutions available to strengthen a business’s security posture, including firewalls, endpoint protection and email security. However, for a business to safeguard themselves from a potential attack they must …

Benefits of implementing single sign on for businesses.

Why businesses should implement Single Sign-On (SSO)

Yann News 7 minutes

Businesses typically have subscriptions to many different cloud services, everything from Microsoft 365 to Client Relationship Management software. With so many services requiring unique login credentials, employees often reuse passwords between multiple applications. This poses a significant security risk – if one cloud service suffers a data breach, cybercriminals may be able to access all other accounts with the same …

What do you do if you experience a cyber attack?

What do you do if you fall victim to a cyberattack?

Yann Guides, News 9 minutes

Between 2020 and 2021, 4 in 10 businesses and a quarter of charities reported some form of cybersecurity breach or attack. These figures are increasing year-on-year as cybercriminals innovate with new attack vectors to infiltrate businesses for profit or to steal valuable data. For a business owner, if you have not already, now is the time to invest in a …

Thinking of implementing BYOD? Some key tips on getting it right.

8 steps to successfully implement a BYOD programme

Yann Guides, News 8 minutes

As employees return to the office, many businesses will be implementing a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) programme. There are many potential benefits of introducing a BYOD programme, including substantial cost savings, convenience for employees, and flexibility in work location. However, if your programme is not well planned, it carries a significant security risk. Employees may be using an unsecured device on a …

2021 guide to hybrid working: keep your business safe from anywhere.

The 2021 Guide to How to keep your business safe from anywhere, on any device – Hybrid Working – Cyber Security

Yann Guides 3 minutes

After months of working from home, restrictions have now eased, and many businesses have implemented a hybrid work model whereby employees work both in the office and remotely. This comes as no surprise as a recent survey found that 47% of employees would be likely to look for another job if their employer failed to offer flexible working arrangements. Hybrid …

Work smarter in excel with these 13 tips.

Work smarter in Excel with these 13 tips

Yann Tips 11 minutes

Microsoft Excel has been a mainstay in the Microsoft Office suite of products for over 30 years.  It’s a powerful program that can be used for everything from simple graphs and charts to fully-fledged traffic and leads calculators. The primary limit to what can be done within Excel is the users’ knowledge of the product and its features. In this …

Our top 10 nuggets microsoft ignite.

Top 10 Golden nuggets from Microsoft Ignite November 2021

Yann News 2 minutes

Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s biggest conference where the tech-giant announces new features, capabilities and innovations across their ever-expanding product portfolio. This November’s event did not disappoint with exciting announcements across AI, security, the Metaverse and more. At the virtual Ignite conference 2021, Microsoft chief Satya Nadella made exciting new announcements and innovations across artificial intelligence (AI), security, enterprise collaboration, Metaverse …

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10 tips to get the most out of Microsoft OneNote

Yann Guides, News, Tips 8 minutes

Microsoft 365 is the gift that keeps giving. There is a smorgasbord of cool apps. Notably, this feature is about OneNote. This great app is a digital notebook for legal eagles, students and everyone else. Microsoft OneNote is a digital note-taking app that is packed full of features. It is easy to use and can be organised like a real …

Two individuals using Facebook's Wi-Fi while seated at a table.

Facebook WI-FI for your clients and customers.

Yann News 3 minutes

ABCOM are now rolling out Facebook Wi-Fi to help businesses attract and retain customers by providing guest Wi-Fi. Facebook Wi-Fi helps small and medium-sized businesses attract and retain customers by providing a seamless guest Wi-Fi experience. From coffee shops to event venues, customers can easily connect to the internet using their Facebook or Instagram accounts and engage with the business’ …

Guard, organization, cyber attacks

What is Cyber Essentials and why does my business need it?

Yann News 11 minutes

Cyber attacks come in many shapes and sizes, but the vast majority are very basic and carried out by relatively unskilled individuals. They’re the digital equivalent of a thief trying your front door to see if it’s unlocked. Our advice is designed to prevent these attacks. All businesses will hold and access some form of data. These can include confidential …

Using the charity cloud to enable resident services for charitable organizations.

Cloud computing for charities

Yann News 8 minutes

The role that not-for-profit businesses play in society has evolved significantly over the years. In the past decade, the number of charities in the UK & Ireland has grown by 10,000, with many of the newer ones looking to fill gaps in the countries’ mental health and social support systems. Unfortunately, the level of public trust in charities has not …

6 ways to improve your it security now.

 6 ways to improve your IT security and avoid a ransomware attack NOW

Yann News 9 minutes

The recent ransomware attacks on the Irish Health Service show that, regardless of size or industry, any business can be targeted by cybercriminals. It can be difficult to stay up to date with all the new attack vectors and methods that hackers are using to gain access to sensitive data or lock businesses’ IT networks. However, there are policies and …

Work smarter with Microsoft Outlook tips.

Work smarter in Outlook with these tips

Yann Guides, News 10 minutes

The amount of emails sent and received around the world is growing day by day. By 2021 there are approximately 4.147 billion email users in 2021 Microsoft first released their email client known as Microsoft Internet Mail and News in 1996. Since then, Outlook has gone through many changes and is now one of the Microsoft applications that most people use …

A hoodie-wearing man displaying expertise in social engineering techniques.

Hacking the Humans: close protection tips against social engineering attacks

Yann News 9 minutes

Most of us are familiar with the traditional way of hacking such as cracking passwords, hacking computers or exploiting software vulnerabilities. However, when businesses are trying to increase their security, one of the most dangerous methods is often not given enough attention, these are social engineering attacks. What is social engineering? Social engineering attacks rely on human interaction to manipulate …

Virtual desktop

Is the future of the computer experience virtual?

Yann News 8 minutes

As the UK stutters and stumbles towards a post-freedom day “full reopening”, companies across the land are still struggling with changing regulations. Peoples’ expectations also change in regards to remote work, safe workplaces as COVID continues to spread, and productivity in this new hybrid model of employment. Another significant factor many companies will have to contend with is the question …

Whatsapp scam - how to get rid of whatsapp scam.

Whatsup with WhatsApp

Yann News, Social Media 9 minutes

WhatsApp Messenger, or simply WhatsApp, is an American freeware program owned by Facebook, Inc. It’s a cross-platform centralised messaging and voice-over-IP service package. It allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share images, documents, user locations, and other content. In recent years it has become very popular and is increasingly used for business communication. …

Six interesting new features of windows 11.

Get The Most Out of Windows 11

Yann News 6 minutes

6 years ago, Microsoft released Windows 10, the successor to relatively short-lived Windows 8. Microsoft has just announced the next major release of the Windows operating system, Windows 11. This release has a new user interface and aims to increase productivity and provide a seamless experience for those working both in the office and at home. We’ve compiled a list …

Time to update security updates for adobe acrobat and reader.

Adobe Acrobat and Reader threat advisory

Yann News 6 minutes

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Recent Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader THREAT UPDATE Critical security updates for many Adobe products have recently been released for both Mac OS and Windows. These updates are extremely important as they could lead to potential machine and network compromise. The most popular Adobe products, Acrobat and Reader, have particularly critical vulnerabilities. We recommend applying …

How to make the new hybrid workplace work more effectively..

Yann News 8 minutes

How to make the new hybrid workplace work  moreeffectively Introduction A recent study has shown that 70% of employees are wanting flexible work options to continue once restrictions ease, and 65% are craving more in-person time with their teams. This combination of statistics show that business leaders would be wise to listen to employees and start planning for a hybrid …

Azure Active Directory powered by Acomm IT Solutions.

10 reasons why you should be using Azure Active Directory

Yann News 5 minutes

Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a cloud-based directory and identity management service. It’s an important platform when any company wants to engage in secure cloud services and offers many security benefits. Azure AD (Now called Entra) includes multi-factor authentication, device registration, self-service password management, auditing, security monitoring and alerting. This product is cost-effective and easy to use. Azure …

A man wearing a vr headset is writing in front of a window.

Introducing Microsoft Mesh

Yann News 3 minutes

At the recent Microsoft Ignite conference, the company’s Alex Kipman unveiled a new hologram-based mixed-reality communication platform called Microsoft Mesh. This new blend of technology is potentially game changing.  It  will allow people in different physical locations to join a shared virtual environment. Using 3D capture technology a process Microsoft call “holoportation” . This will create a live hologram of …