5 Common Security Mistake YOU Could Be Making

At ITbuilder, our clients’ main concern is usually security. Businesses are concerned about getting hacked, staff access, hosting reliability and other factors and, rest assured, we share this view hence the reason for us banging on about it in this blog. We thought it would be useful to just re-iterate a warning about how security can be compromised by general human carelessness... ways that are so simple you probably didn’t even consider them. Take a look at our five point checklist below and if you are guilty of any of the security mistakes then it’s time to stop. 1.       Passwords Written on Sticky Notes We have been to so many offices where passwords are written on notepads and sticky notes next to the PCs or servers. Now think about that for a minute- isn’t it crazy? You have installed a state of the art security system and then left the passwords sitting around for anyone to use. Perhaps you don’t do this, but have you checked the desks of ...

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Should You Trash Your Server And Move To The Cloud?

Scenario Your server is now rather old and you have stuck with it through the good and bad times. Now your applications are slow, there is no more space and your IT support has told you that you need to replace it. So the question you are faced with is...do you replace it with a new server or move to the cloud? ITbuilder takes a look at the cases for and against moving to a cloud hosted server. The Case For Cloud Many businesses have already moved over to the cloud and those that haven’t yet, have factored in a move with their next update. Onsite hardware is still necessary to a degree however servers are rapidly being replaced by cloud hosted storage. Cloud is ideal for dynamic companies who want the flexibility to grow to scale and save on hardware costs. Cloud hosted storage is cheaper but also allows for increased productivity and capabilities within the workplace.  They allow you to be more flexible and save on IT costs, resulting in higher revenues and increased efficiency. Mi ...

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Start-up IT Infrastructures on a Budget

We are living in exciting times for start ups as more and more individuals and small companies embark on new ventures and challenges bringing innovative and fresh ideas to the market place. We always read about the Silicon Valley tech start-ups which often have sensational funding to enable them to progress but what about the majority that don’t? Starting a new company can be a stressful and costly process and one of the major factors to consider at the outset is your IT infrastructure. ITbuilder has assisted a number of start-up companies to plan and implement their IT structure and ... believe it or not ... we were also once a start-up! Read our 4 point guide below on what to aim for and what to avoid when planning your IT infrastructure on a budget. Don’t Rush The decisions you make early on with regard to your IT setup can haunt you later on if you make the wrong ones! Think carefully about where your business will be heading and not just where you are right now. It is easy to make im ...

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Does Your IT Infrastructure meet Staff Expectations?

There are a number of hot topics in the IT world right now when it comes to staff expectations and infrastructure. Should your staff be allowed access to social networks? Should you provide them with “work from home” technologies? Today it is usually not necessary to teach employees about the latest technologies because they already know. They have grown up with internet, tablets, smartphones and social media and therefore their expectations for the workplace will include these elements. At ITbuilder we believe that by embracing new technologies whilst maintaining sensible boundaries companies offer staff the chance to work more effectively without the frustrations of rigid workforce boundaries. Social Media Social media is now entirely integrated into the framework of life. It spans all ages, demographics and incorporates personal and business elements. Traditional Response If you give staff social media access they will just waste their time on Facebook all day and productivity will ...

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Countdown to GameOver Zeus Virus

As International crime agencies have warned computer users that they have just two weeks to protect themselves against the latest malware, ITbuilder takes a look at GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker ransomware and advises you what you should do now. It’s been a bad year for computer viruses and security scares and just as we recover from Heartbleed it seems we have another threat looming. A variation of the old password stealing malware Zeus is back and GameOver Zeus now uses very sneaky encryption to dodge standard firewall systems leaving users susceptible to attack. GameOver Zeus targets passwords and financial documents making it nasty for most computer users and is especially worrying for large corporations. Because the EXE type file which was linked to GameOver Zeus will now be picked up by anti-virus software, the authors of the malware have begun to encrypt the file to distribute it as an ENC non executable file. This presents your computer system with a file which seems normal and may not be pic ...

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VOIP ... What Your Phone Provider Doesn’t Want You To Know!

Let’s start at the beginning... if you haven’t heard of VOIP you are probably not alone. VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol which is a way of making phone calls over the internet without using a traditional landline. Are you using Skype? Well then you are using VOIP you just didn’t realise it! ITbuilder is seeing more and more clients converting their business needs to VOIP so let’s take a closer at what your phone provider doesn’t want you to know! VoIP can turn your standard Internet connection or WIFI into a way that you can make free calls. By bypassing the telephone companies you are also bypassing their call charges!. Three Ways to use VOIP  1.   ATA – Analogue Telephone Adaptor – Using an ATA you can connect your regular phone to your PC or internet connection to make a call. The ATA takes the analogue signal and converts it into digital data making the call possible.This is a way of adapting your existing setup but not one ...

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5 Ways To Cut Your IT Budget

Following the economic conditions of recent times, many organisations are trying to cut costs and to save money but often make their cuts from the wrong areas of their business. Shaving money off your IT budget doesn't mean cutting back on progress or innovation, it simply means reassessing your current expenditure and trimming the unnecessary fat. In this article “5 ways to cut your IT budget”, ITbuilder takes a look at the practical changes you can make right now. 1. Conduct a Software Audit By and large, software is procured on a subscription basis renewing on an annual basis. As your staffing levels have changed you may find that the licences you have purchased are no longer cost effective. This could be because you are paying for more licences than you need or it could be because there are more cost effective packages available. You may find that you are paying for software that you don’t even use. Take an afternoon to sit down with your IT service provider and analyse the ...

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BUSTED! 3 Myths About The Cloud

These days everyone is concerned about data security, especially in the wake of the famous Heartbleed bug. Of course, security concerns affect medical and academic institutions, the legal profession, accountancy firms, but is now a concern to many small businesses. This is because most all data is now stored digitally, it is sensitive and also invaluable. However, as we accumulate more and more data, the traditional methods of storage are not sufficient so many businesses have moved into cloud storage to facilitate their growing needs, not only in terms of capacity but also accessibility. At ITbuilder we hear a lot of security concerns and general myths regarding cloud storage and so we want to dispel them before they fester into fact. Using the cloud for business offers an array of benefits to an organisation including: Data Backup Automatic software updates Team collaboration Flexible, Low Unit Pricing Managerial Controls Remote Access Possibilities Enhanced Securi ...

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5 Cool Ways To Use The Cloud

If you are not already employing cloud technology for your business then perhaps you need a little convincing. Cloud computing is cost effective, innovative and powerful and can allow your business to branch out much faster than traditional technology. Still not convinced? ITbuilder takes a look at the top 5 cool things you can do with cloud based technology in your business. No More Attachments With Cloud File sharing If your business works with documentation (which most of us do) then sending attachments can be really annoying. You have to email the attachments which are sometimes too big to send and then any changes made by a team member need to be resent amongst the collaborators. Cloud-based file sharing systems puts an end to all this! Early cloud sharing software such as DropBox is ideal for very small businesses and personal users who can collaborate and edit files without duplicating content or needing to send emails. DropBox is limited to 2BG (free) however ITbuilder can assist you with profe ...

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Financial markets data provider trades up on tech

The Client Based in the Wall Street of London, Directors Deals is a company in the beating heart of the financial district. An established global brand, Directors Deals collates a database of share trades made by directors in their company stock. As well as individual transactions, the database comprises information on the directors themselves as well as company information and share price performance data. Dating back as far as fifteen years, Directors Deals holds data on 65,000 companies and over 400,000 directors with a client list that includes The Financial Times, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. Founded in 2001 by Michael Tindale, the Directors Deal brand has gone from strength to strength to become a revered global provider. The Focus As an international brand, Directors Deals employees are located around the globe and every minute they are entering trades in different time zones.  As with all financial market data, execution speeds are critical to achieving accurate and positive out ...

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