Archive for February 2014

3 Essential Steps to Avoiding Data Leaks at your Business

Since the news broke regarding Edward Snowden and his disclosure of various classified documents to media outlets across the US, it would only seem logical for IT departments to really up their game when it comes down to knowing who they’ve got onboard.

However, Snowden’s ability to use particularly unsophisticated methods when accessing these documents will always have business leaders concerned. So what can you do to protect your business from the unnerving possibility of data leakage? Here are three essential steps you can take to ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Prepare Yourself For the Worst Case Scenario

The best way to start out is to presume that all the electronic devices associated with your business are entirely unsecure. Computers are capable of remembering things for eternity, so any slip up with an unsecured network or any type of integration with online methods of the outside world is only going to enhance the damage caused by data leaks.

 

Know What’s Confidential  

You don’t really want to be labelling the instruction manual for the drinks machine as confidential, so why bother doing it? If you end up overusing the word confidential then you risk the genuinely confidential data becoming as important to your business as the toilet directions.

 

Don’t Make Confidential Documents Free to Read

If employees are free to read all the data they’re not allowed to write, you may as well let them write it anyway. There’s often quite a lot of focus on not letting employees manipulate data but in reality they shouldn’t even have access to documents that won’t have any bearing on their job.

 

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Can HP’s Chromebox work in the office?

With Microsoft users preparing to abandon their older Windows XP models in search of a new PC, we take a look at one of the latest pieces of innovation from HP that could certainly prove to be the ideal replacement for laptop and desktop users alike, the HP Chromebox.

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The first thing we realise with the Chromebox is its similarities to the Apple Mac Mini with reasonably small, rectangular dimensions, a few USB ports, HDMI display and Bluetooth connectivity. It also works in a similar way to any other Desktop PC, with an external mouse and keyboard.

The Chromebox has all the characteristics to appeal to a wider audience with a selection of colours to choose from and a sleek, curved finish that makes it all the more appealing to the eye. It’s also got some pretty strong specs onboard with Intel processors that range from Haswell micro-architecture to the 4th gen i7. The micro processors are both efficient and powerful enough to support the expected web surfing and application demands.

The question is, could it ever replace the standard office infrastructure that we are currently used to? Whilst the i7 processor is more than enough power to work within an office environment, has it got anything else? It’s small and user-friendly which makes storage particularly straightforward. You could even make it portable and carry it from office room to meeting room if necessary. However, it seems HP have used their website to emphasise the products capabilities in the domestic environment instead and this could result in businesses turning their attentions elsewhere for now.

If you’re still using Windows XP or you need advice on obtaining IT Support for the future, get in touch with Pronetic today and we can take you through our specialist IT solutions and discuss how they can benefit your business.

Should Microsoft make Windows 9 free to install?

Whilst we’re all getting used to the idea of the latest smartphone applications being free to download, Microsoft are still struggling in their attempts to persuade people to upgrade from Windows XP. Is there a connection? It’s quite simple really; so much is free in today’s online market but Microsoft are still trying to get us to spend a small fortune on a new operating system or the latest desktop PC. So what if Microsoft just decided to give Windows away for free instead?

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Microsoft are currently in the process of developing their latest operating system Windows 9 but are still having trouble persuading people to change from Windows XP, even if they are cutting off its support services. Traditionally, consumers would unintentionally find themselves getting used to the latest Windows operating system after getting a new PC, whilst you could also just pay for it separately. However, the success of Windows XP over every other operating system that’s been released by Microsoft has caused people to forget about upgrading.

So, why not make Windows 9 free to install? Apple takes this approach with iOS by introducing updates and offering them up for users to install. What was even more substantial though was Apple’s decision to release their latest desktop operating system for free, whilst Microsoft were throwing Windows 8 at consumers for a reduced fee of around $40.

Ultimately, Microsoft would be sacrificing quite a major chunk of their revenue if they did choose to make Windows 9 free but can they really let the potentially dominant iOS seize control with its own free releases? Maybe it’s time for Microsoft to consider other ways to improve their revenue…

Pronetic are IT support experts that can give you the advice you need should you still be reliant on a Windows XP infrastructure. Get in touch today for a more detailed explanation of how we can help you out.

Technology firms growing at their fastest for almost a decade

Technology firms across the country, especially in the capital, are seeing some of the most dramatic hiring & investment upturns for nearly ten years. Many tech firms are now looking to increase their budgets, improve wages and further add to their staff numbers.

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The influx of economic activity seems to be the reason behind the industry’s successes according to recent studies provided by the information services company Markit and KMPG.

The global economy seems to be finding its feet as the gradual emergence from recession continues, with sustained growth since 2009. Meanwhile, the vast majority of tech companies across the country have managed to sustain their rate of hiring staff.

The study from Markit showed that tech firms were keen to expand the number of job opportunities available, with 50% of them planning on increasing staff numbers from now until the end of the year. It seems that tech companies are more determined to employ people now than they have been since the studies began.

Markit say that the recent positivity is down to a significant economic boost, affecting both emerging and developed businesses. In fact, the technology sector has 580,000 employees based in the capital at this moment in time, proving that IT workers are as in demand now as they’ve ever been.

With wages also increasing, the government are now focusing on how they can transfer the success and significant growth seen by tech firms in London to the rest of the country.

If you’re part of a growing business with rapidly changing IT support needs then get in touch with Pronetic to find out how we can help drive your organisation to new heights.