Are your Hosted Phones Secure? As well as computers, our internet phones can also pose a security risk. Alarmingly, hackers can often eavesdrop on conversations and make premium calls from people’s phone lines. VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) phones are popular with businesses, however keeping software updated is important for security protection. Hosted Phones connect to the internet, just like our computers, but which potentially leaves the devices open to security risks. Many people are unaware that some hackers can actually be operating their systems without their knowing. Keep Firmware Updated Telephones can be out of date with their firmware. Just like keeping your software updated with your anti-virus programmes installed on desktop computers, you must also do this for your phone. Current firmware versions are regularly released so keeping these updated is vital. During installation of your VoIP system, passwords need to be set, which is naturally, our SOP. Not setting passwords is a growing concern and a common one. Don’t be vulnerable, so ensure your phone is protected. Need the Perfect Phone Solution? For all your Hosted Phone and IT needs speak to ABCOM IT Solutions on 01444 871200, who provides IT Managed...
Is it the end of life for windows 7? Fear not. Windows 7 is well entrenched in business, but interestingly it has just appeared on the list for Microsoft mainstream support. So we thought we should mention that. We will eventually see the product in all its 10 variants slowly edge towards extended support (January 13 2015), then into non supported mode (at the end of 2020). Mainstream support for Windows 7 will end on 13 January 2015 – which is only 5 months away. While this is not as business-critical as the Windows XP deadline last April, it is likely to get companies starting to plan their next upgrade cycle either around Windows 8.1 or Windows 9. Planning sooner than later helps plan your IT expenditure. Other products included on that list include Windows Server 2008, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Storage Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics. “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported,” Microsoft recently explained in a Forbes article. “Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.” What Windows 7 users must know, however, is that they have to be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for these days to apply. Support for Windows 7 RTM (Released to Manufacturing – the original release software) was stopped back on 9 April 2013 – so if for some reason you aren’t keeping Windows 7 up to date do so immediately. On 13 January 2015 Windows 7’s ‘Mainstream Support’ will...
There are so many gadgets and technology solutions out there that it can be easy to buy more than you need, or to buy the wrong types of products that just don’t deliver the solutions your business needs. When deciding what types of technologies can help your business reach its goals, here are a few things to look for: Communications – technology is well known for its capability to improve the ability for people to communicate with one another.Whether you’ve got employees on the road or down the hall, virtual phone systems can route calls to cell phones and keep everyone in touch regardless of location. Instant messaging and email provide quick ways to communicate with the written word and keep documentation of these conversations for future reference. Social media and networking sites provide a way to keep in touch with co-workers, customers, and the competition at a glance. Data Storage, Warehousing and Search – If you find employees are spending a lot of time looking for certain reports, forms or other data that they need to perform their job responsibilities, investing in network hardware and software to keep track of the whereabouts of your data can be useful. Telecommuting – many small businesses also find that there isn’t a need for all employees to work in the same office building in order to get their work done. Having employees who telecommute requires the technology to make that happen (a secure network for employees to access data they require to do their job; improved communication systems to receive incoming phone calls at their homes or on their cell phones...
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