• Home working arrived with a bang and it looks like it is here to stay. Are your teams able to work ‘securely’ from home?

    Are your teams able to work ‘securely’ from home? Coronavirus has brought about a big shift in our daily lives. Huge swathes of people have swapped a morning latte, a power suit and a commute to an office to a cup of homemade coffee, a desk in their living room or newly created garden office and casual clothes (or even pyjamas on the very odd occasion...!) For the most part, this is working well. People are able to log on to their work remotely via VPN and are managing to do their day to day tasks with less interruption and seem to be more productive. BUT what happens when we…

  • WannaCry Outbreak

      We are sure you were concerned with recent reports of the massed cyber attack that took down systems in over 100 countries, including a large chunk of the NHS.   The Malware, Wanna Decrypt0r also known as WannaCry, was spread using an exploit called EternalBlue that was discovered by the NSA, and since leaked by a group of hackers. Microsoft released a patch for its currently supported operating systems in April, and it was approved for installation on our network management system. Any PC or Server that has had an update cycle (i.e. been left on overnight) will have had the patch installed. If you are concerned that a…

  • Office 365 Portal

    Welcome to the first of our #betyoudidntknowthat series of hints, tips, tricks and advice around the Microsoft suite of software / cloud including Windows Desktop, Office 2013/2016 and Office 365. In this article we're just dipping our toe into the water with the Office 365 Portal (http://portal.office.com) with a few intro tips picked up from our experience of introducing new end users to the platform. Office 365 is a very powerful cloud communication and collaboration platform and on the most-part isn't fully utilised by most users. Features such as OneDrive, SharePoint and Skype for Business can really enhance the way in which you are able to work, share and communicate…

  • GDPR: the easy wins

      The General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable at the end of May 2018 but we are still seeing business trying to get up to speed with their data protection and compliance.   Despite being a relatively complex subject that impacts on various areas of a business, getting the basics right is the first step to ensuring that you don’t fall foul of the new rules. This is particularly true for IT data handling processes and storage - here are our three quick wins to tidy up your data security to help satisfy this important aspect of GDPR compliance: Encryption   With Windows 10 Professional and a PC with a…

  • “Your@email has been hacked”

      We are currently seeing a lot of extortion / phishing emails that contain details of passwords – sometimes correctly – along with a demand for payment via bitcoin. They all follow a similar template, and the worrying thing is that they often tell the recipient their password.   If you receive one of these emails you should take action – but the threat isn’t as bad as it seems. All the perpetrators have on you is a stolen password, certainly nothing that warrants handing over money to them or losing any sleep over potential consequences. How did they get my password?   They would have acquired your password from…

  • Protect Office 365 emails & data

      Every day, more organisations are migrating to SaaS and cloud-hosted environments like Office 365. Already, 42% have migrated whilst almost half of the remaining 58% are planning to migrate in the next 12 months. So, the question we have is, are you safe in this new off-premise world?   With email-borne data theft, malware, spam, and phishing attacks becoming increasingly sophisticated, it is now believed that 91% of hacks start with a simple targeted email attack, leading to disasters that could disrupt your business and impact on your obligations for security and prevention of data breaches under GDPR. How can Barracuda MSP help? We want to make sure you’re…

  • How safe are you in the cloud?

      Microsoft’s primary focus within Office 365 is ensuring that service and data availability are not disrupted. However, it is YOUR responsibility to protect the data that you store in the Office 365 cloud. With 91% of hacks starting with a targeted email attack, you need to protect your users, data, and assets.   Shadowfax specialise in implementing and maintaining Office 365. We provide secure, simple and reliable solutions that ensure both Office 365 and cloud services meet your business needs and that you are protected from hacks and attacks including ATP/Zero Day, malware, spam and email phishing. What do Shadowfax services do?   •Protect users and data from email-borne…

  • Can you spot phishing bait?

      We’ve written about phishing before in our Shadowfax blog but, as it’s most definitely the hot topic of the moment, we felt it was worth sharing with you a handy Google tool that anyone can use to test their ability to spot typical ‘bait’ and distinguish what is real or fake within received email communication.   As we all know by now, phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. Typically carried out by email spoofing, it often directs users to enter personal information on a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to a legitimate site.…

  • What if you lost everything?

      With both our business and home lives becoming more and more digital, the importance of protecting digital files from loss or attack is greater than ever. Losing your files is way more common than you would think and yet only 1 in 4 people back up their data on a regular basis.   Just look at the stats: 113 phones lost or stolen every minute, 1 in 10 computers infected with viruses each month and, criminal activity aside, 29% of disasters are caused purely by accident. And yet, despite the risks and subsequent importance of safeguarding data, 30% of people have never backed up! A backup is a simply…

  • Sneak a peak into the meeting rooms of the future with Jabra Panacast

      Conferences have always played an important role in business. They are used to educate, motivate, network and share ideas. Conferences are used by all businesses large and small. A small conference might be arranged in an in house meeting room with some staff joining in person and some joining remotely via video conference. Conferences can also be held on a large scale with hundreds or even thousands of delegates converging on a central spot globally or logging in remotely. Technology, particularly the introduction of video conferencing is changing the way businesses operate. Video conferencing has the advantage of allowing key speakers and presenters to sit together in a huddle…