Hackers are targeting your business right now

This is 100% true. Because they are targeting all businesses, all of the time.

Whereas once hacking was something done for the challenge and the bragging rights, these days it’s a form of organised crime.

Hackers use automated tools that are constantly looking for vulnerabilities they can exploit.

This is why it takes just one click on a dodgy email to let someone into your entire network.

To know what you’re up against, download our brand new guide: The 9 cyber threats you need to know about now.

We’re 39D Services, looking after businesses in Essex. And we’re on a mission to educate thousands more businesses around here about how to keep themselves safe from hackers.

Cyber crime is the fastest growing crime to affect businesses. When you see what you’re up against, you’ll be better prepared.

Fill in your details here to get this new guide emailed to you immediately.

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5 terrifying password stats – that prove your business is at risk

You probably know that cyber crime is a massive threat to businesses everywhere.

You probably also know that poor password practice is a major contributing factor in data breaches and hacking attacks…

… if not THE major contributing factor.

If you’ve already got your password procedures sorted and you’re confident you’re doing everything possible to keep your business safe, that’s great.

But if you’re among the thousands of Essex business owners and managers who keep winging it, now’s the time to change.

Because it only takes Dave in accounts to keep using the password “YourLocalFootballTeam123” (i.e. ManCity123) to put your business at a shockingly high level of risk.

We’ve written a brand new guide called “5 terrifying password stats that prove your business is at risk”.

Fill in your details here to get it emailed to you immediately.

11 scary signs your business has been hacked. Have you seen any?

We all get frustrated with slow laptops, or when computers start doing strange things. But here’s another way to look at it…

What if your laptop is being slow… just because it’s been hacked? And in the background it’s doing lots of things for the hackers (which is why it can’t do things for you).

A really slow computer is one of the 11 scary signs your business has been hacked. To find out what the other 10 are, just download our brand new guide instantly.

The guide is free for business owners and managers in Essex. Fill in your details here to get it emailed to you immediately.

WhatsApp is not a secure way to run your business. Here’s a better way

Do your staff use WhatsApp, to discuss company business?

That might seem secure, but it means you’re not really in control of what data is where. How do you wipe company data from someone’s WhatsApp when they leave the business?

There is a better tool – and you probably already have it. Microsoft Teams is a real game changer, for helping your staff communicate and collaborate.

It’s included free in Office 365. And we’ve just written a brand new FREE guide to Microsoft Teams, to help you get the most out of it.

The guide is free for business owners and managers in Essex. Fill in your details here to get it emailed to you immediately.

There’s so much you can do with the cloud… have you got it right for your business?

It’s no exaggeration to say that cloud computing has revolutionised the way people do business; so much so that 88% of UK organisations have now adopted it in some form.

And this is where the fun begins. Because there are an infinite number of ways to implement the cloud for your business.

Some businesses go all in, transferring everything to the cloud. Others stick with a hybrid solution; keeping the benefits of some on site servers and technology.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just what’s best for your specific business. It’s why you should always get an experienced, professional IT support company to pull together your technology strategy for you.

We’ve written this educational guide to explain the different options that are open to you. This guide might reinforce that your current set up is spot on. Or it might give you some powerful ideas to explore, to gain greater flexibility and productivity.

The guide is free for business owners and managers in Essex. Fill in your details here to get it emailed to you immediately.

The 12 month countdown has begun… is your business protected from the 2020 problem?

It might have only just turned 2019. But we want you to look ahead to next January, in 2020.

Because there’s a major software problem on the way… and it’s going to affect half of all businesses and organisations in Essex.

In January 2020 Microsoft is ending the life of lots of old versions of popular software.

This includes the 2010 version of Office, some popular server software – and Windows 7.

If you have even one computer that runs any of this software, you’ve got a major headache from next January.

In fact, your business will be at severe risk of being hacked, as well as no longer being GDPR-compliant.

We’ve put together a brand new guide to help you see if your business will be affected – anyone can check, regardless of technical ability.

Plus we tell you why you mustn’t wait till next year to take action. This problem has to be tackled now.

The guide is free for business owners and managers in Essex. Fill in your details here to get it emailed to you immediately.

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Thank you for visiting Ghost at The Business Show 2018

 

Thank you for taking the time to speak with Ghost at The Business Show 40th Edition, at ExCel London. We hope you had a fantastic time at the exhibition, and that you found our stand interesting and insightful.

If you have made arrangements with our team for a follow-up phone call, meeting or web conference, we look forward to speaking with you again and seeing how we can benefit your business.

If you did not get the chance to arrange a further meeting and would like to, contact the Ghost team on 01279 800039 and we can book a follow-up meeting within the next couple of weeks.

Let’s get social

Whilst you are here – follow us on social and keep up-to-date with the latest news, blogs, videos and activity from Ghost.

Ready to reform your IT for a better and successful future?

Ghost is your one point of contact for everything IT related, and we provide a wide array of IT support services to businesses throughout Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas.

If you would like to find out more about how we can reform your IT to help you provide an outstanding service to your customers, contact Ghost today on 01279 800039.

Digitisation Of Data – Basic Advice For Reducing Risk

The increased digitisation of data offers many obvious benefits to a small business in terms of keeping track of all your valuable information. However it also brings with it a plethora of new risks and potential problems. These can be avoided or ameliorated by simple planning and thinking ahead (and having someone proficient and skilled in charge of your IT systems, of course!), so it’s handy to have a look at just what they might be so they can be tackled before they become a real issue. Remember, data is just as important to your business as profit is – losing your accounts can be as destructive as burning your money.

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Perhaps the most important thing you can do in order to minimise further problems down the line is effective staff training. This can’t be overstated – if everyone knows what they are doing and what the procedures are, then the likelihood of problems drastically decreases. And that includes yourself, so make sure you’re completely up to speed on all your IT systems before you start teaching everyone else.

 

Having an off-site tech team is recommended, but even once you have one of those in place there are things you need to do yourself in order to make your life easier. Little things, the kind of things a lot of people tend to overlook – such as having strong passwords, for example. “1234” is a recipe for disaster, as are passwords anyone with a knowledge of you or your business would have a decent chance of guessing. Birthdays, children’s names – these are essentially an unlocked door. Use a combination of letters and numbers – preferably one that doesn’t actually mean anything in itself, to make it impossible to guess. And whatever you do don’t write them on Post-It notes stuck around the office!

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Developing an IT strategy is also invaluable. Your IT support provider can help you with this, but it’s good for everyone in the business to know exactly what the procedures are, and that way a lot of problems can be headed off at the pass before you even need to call your off-site support.

As long as you keep ahead of things, and your systems are in good hands, then you’ll be amazed how many problems can be avoided entirely.

If your company requires out-sourced IT support contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak to an expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively fill in our online contact form or visit our website here.

Thanks for visiting us at The Business Show 2018

We’d like to thank you for visiting our stand at The Business Show 40th Edition - we hope you had as great a time as we did.

We were overwhelmed by the large number of visitors who took interest in our diverse range of services. Thank you for taking the time and opportunity to speak with a member of the Ghost team - we look forward to speaking with you soon.

 

Whilst you’re here, why not follow us on social and keep up-to-date with the latest news and information from Ghost.

 

This year’s Business Show was our 1st, and we found that it was a great opportunity to present our comprehensive range of services and to speak with a variety of businesses that take interest in IT.

 

If you spoke with a member of the Ghost team and would like to discover how we can reform your IT, do not hesitate to contact Ghost. Get in touch with us on 01708 380 370 or alternatively, fill in the contact form below and one of our experts will get back to you.

Once again thank for visiting us at this year’s The Business Show - we hope to see you again next year!

 






Critical Hardware and Business Applications Can Fail

Critical Hardware and Business Applications can Fail

One of the most alarming things about the nature of any company’s IT infrastructure is that a lot of the time you don’t realise there’s a problem until it’s too late. Critical hardware and business applications can fail, and nobody knows anything about it until the damage is already done. Fixing things retroactively is a time-consuming and costly process, and can keep your systems out of action for periods of time when you really should be getting on with the day-to-day running of your business. Spotting these things when they first occur is a vital first step in tackling them and reducing downtime and negative effects on your bottom line.

 

tech monitoring for small busines

At 39 Degress Services, we offer 24-hour remote network monitoring, meaning we can prevent problems occurring in the first place. Potential hardware issues can be predicted by utilising trend analysis, and we can advise on where investment in upgrades is required.

 

24 hour offsite tech support

Our customised dashboard is monitored twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, allowing us to keep track of everything from your apps to your network security. We will keep a close eye on your CPU usage, disk space and memory utilisation to make sure that everything is running as well as it possibly can – and that it will continue to do so.

 

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The importance of maintaining a regular schedule of backups is well understood, and we will ensure that this is adhered to guaranteeing the safety of your most valuable data, whether you require a daily, weekly or monthly backup. Network connectivity issues can also problematic, and we will monitor your usage, stability and Wi-Fi effectiveness. Monthly performance report emails will keep you abreast of our findings, though of course if any issues arise we will contact you at the time in order to ensure that you don’t lose any productivity due to unnecessary downtime.

We also offer cloud storage solutions, and we can take care of your cyber security as well, while ensuring all your data usage is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation. Contact us today to discuss your IT requirements and we will provide you will the solution.

If your company requires out-sourced IT support contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak to an expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form or visit our website here.