“It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”

“It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”

Imagine this. You get back from a lovely holiday abroad. And on a routine check of the business’s bank account, you see a payment for £5.5k made to a supplier you don’t recognise.

So you check with Sandra in accounts. And her words make you feel sick.

“You asked me to pay it last week, boss. You emailed me and said it was a new supplier and the payment was urgent. It seemed a bit weird, but I paid it anyway”.

This is a real scam. It’s where hackers gain access to the boss’s email, and play the long game.

They watch and learn how the boss likes to communicate. Then wait for them to be out of contact for a while. And send an email, pretending to be them, with a new payment request.

There’s usually an element of urgency to it. Many staff just pay it, rather than risk annoying the boss on holiday…

There are a number of ways to prevent something like this from happening. Some are technology; others are training. Really, you need a mix of both.

We can help you with this. Helping to protect businesses from cyber crime is what we do.

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected]

Less than 100 days to go…

Less than 100 days to go…

In less than 100 days, Microsoft officially switches off all support for lots of very popular software.

It will reach its end of life. Meaning if it breaks or gets hacked, Microsoft won’t fix it.

And this isn’t obscure software we’re talking about. It’s Windows 7, Office 2010, and a load of server software.

Half of all businesses will be affected.

And it’s terrifying us how many of them a) still don’t know about this, or b) know, but haven’t taken action yet.

Because the only way round this is to upgrade the software to newer versions.

That doesn’t always have to mean new computers. But expired software is a major security risk, and also against GDPR. The risks are huge.

Please don’t put this aside and then have a panic on 30th December. It’ll be too late to help you then.

If you know you have some of this out of date software – or you’re not sure –please get in touch.

We can check for you and advise on your options.

Call us on 01732 617744 or drop us a line at [email protected]

Are you giving away too many secrets???

Are you giving away too many secrets???

Your social media profiles provide strangers with all sorts of information about who you are.

If those strangers have criminal intentions, you could end up having your business accounts hacked, losing valuable data (and money).

This is real. If a member of your staff talks about their dog on Facebook, hackers will use brute force software to try thousands of variations of that dog’s name when trying to break their password.

Suddenly, “Fluffy123” feels like a very weak password, doesn’t it…?

Our brand new video shows you how social media accounts can put your business at risk.

It will only take up a minute of your time to watch it. But it might just save you a lot of hassle and money.

Watch this video now:

A new culture of safety

A new culture of safety

Cyber crime is now officially the number one threat to businesses in the UK.

So it’s never been more important to get your online security nailed.

But it’s not 2005 any more. Keeping your data safe is about much more than just buying anti-virus software.

Hackers can only steal your data if someone gives them access to your network.

In the vast majority of cases data breaches are caused by well-meaning staff accidentally clicking on infected links.

So if you’re serious about protecting your business critical data, you need to create a culture which encourages people to make the right decisions.

And to speak up if they make a mistake and click something dodgy (rather than try to hide what they’ve done, or just forget about it).

Our brand new educational guide tells you all about this.

Click here to download it, instantly