Yearly Archives: 2014

How to keep business laptops secure

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm

If you have a business where your staff are given a laptop to use its important to remember that this could cause a risk as far as data protection goes with this in mind there are certain things that you can do to ensure documents and client details are not accessed unlawfully.

Firstly with and company laptops it’s important to disable the USB ports for storage devices and also the CD drive if it can burn discs (provided this function is not needed) this should help to stop any data being saved onto another device.

It’s also important to issue a ‘Terms of Use’ document to your staff stating that activity on their laptops will be monitored and that it is forbidden to store any client details or to forward any without consent from management.

The laptops need to have an encryption key that is requested as soon as the laptop is started up, this will protect any data on the PC should it be stolen.

It’s usually more secure to keep the laptops on company premises than allow your staff to take them home.

Posted in IT Solutions

Anti virus for your business computers

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

No one should ever browse the internet or connect removable hardware from a PC or device without having adequate antivirus software installed. If you run a business and store data and personal information this is even more imperative. There are so many potential threats waiting to access your network that visiting a site only once can be enough to plague your system with unwanted software and phishing scams, putting not only you but your customers at risk.

Make sure that you invest in a good antivirus program that is installed on every device and PC within your business and be sure to always keep it active and up to date. If you have a business website you also need to ensure that it has been programmed in a secure way so as not to allow hackers access to it. If your website is hacked, you may notice adverts placed on your site or that your site has been taken off line and a new page loaded in its place or at worse, that your customers are completing purchases or contact forms and their details been sent elsewhere.

Posted in IT Solutions

Gaining positive reviews for your company or website

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

When choosing a company to use for a project or purchase, many people reply up on reviews. There are thousands or independent review site out there that allow users to comment and often leave a star rating for a company that they have had an experience with.

You can of course add reviews and testimonials to your own site, but people are aware that often these are biased and will only show them the positive comments that have been left.

Social Media websites are also a type of review site for many businesses as customers can post their feedback on your wall (if allowed). Even if you do not have a presence on these sites, people can start their own groups up to discuss your company or even just mention you in their own posts.

One tip I have is always try to respond to reviews, especially the negative ones. If a customer leaves a review that is unfair try and state the reason for the situation and how it was rectified or why it could not be. Also make sure that you invite a user who has left bad feedback to contact you directly to discuss the problem in greater detail and allow you to come up with a solution. This shows other potential customers, that like any business, you have problems and issues arise but that you deal with them promptly and professionally.

 

Posted in Marketing

IT solutions for your business

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

If you own or run a business, the chances are you will use I.T. computers and networks can seem very complicated and setting them up in a secure environment can prove tricky for the less experienced. If you have an I.T requirement and do not know how to go about solving it then it may be best to call in the specialists. Regardless of what your situation is, they will normally always be able to find a solution that suits you and your budget.

You always need to ensure that you have backup systems in place, as if you reply on computers and networks to run your business or assist you with it, then it could prove devastating if the worse should happen and you lose all your data.

I.T security is imperative – regardless of if you are storing financial details. All companies should have stringent security and antivirus software in place and this should be reviewed and monitored often.

Posted in IT Solutions

How to rebrand your business and boost your marketing

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Rebranding a business can happen at almost any stage of the businesses life cycle. Some companies decide to rebrand quite early on following on from marketing and consumer information that they have gathered since starting up, while for others it isn’t done until a lot later on when their current brand is already well established. Most large national companies have gone through multiple rebrands over the years whilst also keeping their identity and customer base.

Rebranding can be a great way to boost your marketing strategy. If you are considering this then you should firstly ask yourself a few questions:

Have you out grown your current brand?

Have changes in the industry made it so there is a need to update your design?

Does our brand give the wrong impression?

If you answer yes to any of these then a rebrand may be the answer. It will allow you to remarketing your business changing any parts of your logo / website / branding that you have an issue with and get people talking about your company again.

Posted in Marketing

Are updates essential to maintaining your website

Posted on July 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Once you have a website up and running you may be told later down the line that you need to update it. There can be many reasons that updates should be carried out one of them is for security. With hackers becoming more and more competent, a site that is a few years old may be at risk from an attack which could be detrimental to your business and also your customers. Site security is something that visitors to your website find very important and if you have had an issue in the past you may find that you will lose repeat business. Another reason to update your site is that search engines like fresh content and something that shows them that you are keen on advertising your business online and that the information you offer is relevant. This may be achieved simply by adding a few blog posts or testimonials every few weeks but really you should speak to your web marketing company who can advise you what they think you will need to do to the website in order to stay proactive.

Posted in Marketing

Web Design agencies in Coventry and Warwickshire

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

All businesses must have a website, even if you don’t intend to sell anything online, your business really must have a website. The days of looking numbers up in a phone book are long behind us, nowadays people search online for companies that they want to contact. Without a good website you are missing out on potential new custom.

DIY Web Design

It is possible to build a website yourself, but to do it properly you would need to spend a long time learning how to use the software and write code to create your site. Using the website builder tools is one solution, but this will often result in an unprofessional and awkward looking site that won’t do you any favours.

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Posted in Design

How to find a great website development company

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Knowing where to start with having a website created can be a daunting task. Once you have decided you want a website or want your current one revamped, you should contact a good web design company or developer to assist you. One thing to remember with web design is that if you really do get what you pay for, 99% of the time, so do not necessarily go with the cheapest company.

The best way to find a web design company is to talk to other professionals that have had one done. Take on board their experiences and views of the company and have a good look at the web developer’s website. Read testimonials and have a look at other sites that they may showcase. Remember that you may not like the look and feel of some of the sites, but it is the overall prospective that you want to obtain.

Posted in Design

Should you have a website?

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 11:28 am

Many companies and self employed people now have a website. For those of you that don’t, maybe it is time to start thinking about it. A website can do several things for your business. Even if you do not want to sell products / services or give away information, you should still have some sort of online presence, so you can compete against those that do. Many people now use the internet whether it is on a phone, tablet or computer, to find a company that can assist them with what they need. If you do not have a website you may be missing out on a large amount of potential business. Even having one or two pages with limited information but clear contact details can help.

You may want your website to do a bit more for you. For those who want to sell products / services online, ecommerce websites are great. Make sure you chose a reputable company and set up a secure payment gateway. Any good website design company will be able to talk through the options and assist you in setting it all up.

Posted in Marketing

Microsoft office 2010 training; does it make business sense?

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Many questions have been asked regarding the benefits of Microsoft office 2010 training. Presently, spreadsheets, documents and charts are a way of life in as far as presentations are concerned. To be to compete in the business world, you need to be familiar with the software. Moreover, they are of great help especially when it comes to keeping track of your finances at home. Without the training, it would be difficult to take full advantage of this innovative product.

Why take the training?
The Microsoft office 2010 training will see to it that you are equipped and ready for the product. It also makes you familiar any changes that may be associated with this software.

Notable changes in the product
The product features web based versions which were not there previously. This enables users to use the product online. The applications are referred to as Office Web Applications. They can be used through the various browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Its desktop version is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3. In addition, the product also comes with a 64 bit version.

Options for Training
There are a variety of options in as far as Microsoft office 2010 training is concerned. These include on-site training, online training and through the do-it-yourself videos. Whichever type you decide to go for will adequately prepare you to work with this product. Experts in the previous versions of the product can also learn a thing or two through the training.

Corporates are encouraged to make arrangements for their staff members to go through this kind of training. This will provide them with an edge, especially given the competitive nature of today’s business environment. Given the advances made in the technical world, this training makes business sense.

Volume Licensing and Software Assurance (SA)
Companies that have paid for the service above have their training covered. This is because Microsoft offers them an e-learning resource as a bonus. This means that the companies can train their staff members on the latest technologies from Microsoft at no extra cost. Companies that don’t have Volume licensing have to get training resources on their own.

This product features the “how to get started” function just like its predecessors. This covers the basics for beginners and offers users important tips. However, this may not be ideal for people using a Microsoft product for the first time. A novice may have a hard time understanding workings that the tutorial explores through.

Available resources for training
Businesses can opt for free guides in the form of e-books on Microsoft 2010. These electronic books study the upgrade paths and changes that this product presents. The downside of these books is that they may be fairly difficult to find. This may necessitate the services of experts in this field who know just where to find them. The support section of the Microsoft website also features some information on the product. Computer based Microsoft office 2010 training probably offers staff members with the easiest way to improve on their Microsoft skills.

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