Your new employee of the month

Your new employee of the month

Do your managers ever become employee of the month?

This one will.

Which manager? It’s your password manager.

Because using a password manager is the best way to keep your passwords safe and strong. Without you having to remember anything.

Better still, it ensures that none of your passwords are the same. And that no one will be able to guess them, because they’re genuinely random (strings of characters that make no sense at all).

We’ve helped loads of our clients to implement password managers in the last couple of years. Not only does it add that extra level of cyber security, but it also makes it easy to lock out former staff when they leave.

Shall we talk about getting this implemented for you and your team?

Call us on 01732 617788 or drop us a line at [email protected].

How to store your passwords securely (stop writing them down!)

How to store your passwords securely (stop writing them down!)

With a large portion of the UK workforce still working from home, security best practices have undoubtedly been relaxed and with that in mind, it’s even more important to have good password hygiene in order to protect your business from threats.

 So, what kind of password storer are you?

  • Write all passwords in the same place
  • Have the same password for everything
  • Create weak passwords all in lowercase
  • Disguising your passwords as phone numbers
  • Write them on little scraps of paper you always seem to lose

If any of the above apply to you, you’re potentially compromising the security of your business in a massive way.

It’s understandable though. According to recent research from Nordpass, the average person has around 100 passwords they need to remember. But with the best practice when it comes to password creation being to randomly generate a string of letters, numbers and symbols for each application or piece of software you use both personally and at work, how on earth Is anyone meant to remember them all?

There is a secure solution to help you keep your password security tip top without you having to hammer the ‘forgot password’ button.

Watch our password manager video to discover how they work, and how using one will benefit you.

I’ve got a plan…

I’ve got a plan…

And I bet you have too.

In fact, you’re probably full of new plans to make your business even better this year.

But how do you keep your plans all in one place? Making sure everyone involved can see the progress and what action they need to take to get it completed?

Microsoft Planner, of course!

It’s part of Teams. If you’re new to it, don’t worry. We’ve created a handy short how to video, to show you how it works.

Watch our new video right now:

 

 

Beef up your password security with multi-factor authentication

Beef up your password security with multi-factor authentication

What is multi-factor authentication (MFA)?

Multi-factor authentication, sometimes referred to as two-step authentication, is a way of adding one or more extra steps to any login process, in addition to your password in order to increase security.

This can take quite a few different forms, the most common is probably in the form of a code, either being sent to a separate device, your email address, or generated by an app. But other types of MFA can include: facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, phone authentication, or even security questions.

Why would I want to make it harder for myself to log in?

The reality is that the extra few seconds it takes for you to input a code after your password could be the difference between a cyber criminal gaining access to one of your accounts, and your account remaining secure.

Despite our best efforts discussing good practice when it comes to password security, a distressing number of people still use the same password for many things. That means if there was a hack on a particular website or service and your email and password for that becomes leaked online, cyber criminals are likely to try the same email and password combination on other websites such as Amazon or eBay, and it could even give them access to your email. If they have access to your email, they’ll not only be able to read any sensitive information you may have in your inbox, they’ll also have the means to ‘request a new password’ for other accounts that you log in to using your email.

This is hugely important on a personal basis, but perhaps even more important for businesses where you’re not only responsible for protecting your own business data, but any data you hold on your customers. In the event of a data breach, you can be liable for fines if it’s found you weren’t following recommended security practices.

In conclusion, it might take an extra few seconds to sign in to things, but it’s more than worth it for the peace of mind!

If you’d like us to take a look at your data security setup and look at implementing multi-factor authentication, give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]. Your security is our priority.

The ultimate guide to productivity in 2021

The ultimate guide to productivity in 2021

It’s fair to say that last year will forever be remembered. We all had some setbacks.

Starting this year on a positive note then – let’s set ourselves up for huge success, shall we?

You’ve probably already set yourself a juicy list of goals for the year.

So to help you achieve those goals, I’ve created my ultimate guide to productivity – getting things done in 2021.

Inside, I’ve highlighted many of the areas you need to look at, to boost productivity across your whole business. And the apps that can help you do it faster.

Download your free copy instantly

Take this one crucial step before you sign off for 2020

Take this one crucial step before you sign off for 2020

There’s a lot to think about before we close our businesses for Christmas.

  • Is someone on standby for emergencies?
  • Is the voicemail switched on?
  • Wait… did we reply to that important email?

But I have one more thing to add to your list. It’s one of my favourite things to talk about… updates!

The holidays are a great time to make sure all updates have been applied, and give your device a bit of attention before it has its annual break.

We need to schedule this to fit with our holiday support hours, and make sure we’re not interrupting your team.

Call us on 01732 617788 or drop us a line at [email protected].