The Importance of Cybersecurity Over Christmas

Are you looking forward to the Christmas break? Well, so are cybersecurity hackers! Unfortunately, while you’re relaxing on the sofa eating the abundance of chocolate oranges you have received. They’re digging deep into your computer’s data.

Believe it or not, there is usually a sharp rise in hacker attacks around Christmas and New Year.  People’s attention is diverted away from their PCs. We want to help stop this!

That’s why the team at 39 Degress Support Essex have put together a few ideas to help ward off any opportunists this Christmas:

●  Hackings

Most begin with a simple email or even SMS, which contain a link or a document containing malware. If you were to open this document or click on the link, you will allow these extremely dangerous viruses into your computer. As IT Security Experts, we ask that if you don’t trust these messages, you bin them instead.

●  Passwords

You have heard it all before and we’re going to tell you again. Passwords need to be complex and changed regularly. You must also keep all of your passwords secret from everyone! Particularly, if you have very sensitive data. It is well worth ensuring that this is protected on a higher level: not just by the usual username and password method.

● Devices

What most people fear about using location-based websites and applications is being tracked! However, most phones and computers will allow you to browse the internet from an incognito mode. While it is not guaranteed to keep you completely safe, it can be another defence for your cybersecurity efforts.

● Secure Data

With online Christmas shopping on the rise and lots of details being shared over the internet, it’s important to have an effective and thorough encryption system like the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). At 39 Degress Solutions Essex, we use a military-grade advanced encryption to ensure all your data is kept secure.

● Despite all of our efforts, hackers are constantly developing ways of getting into computer systems to spread chaos or steal your data. The best way to protect your computer’s this Christmas would be to update your virus checker. Also your operating system if you haven’t already.

If you’re in any doubt about your cybersecurity – try asking the experts. The team at Ghost are always here to help with your business IT support. If you would like to find out more, why not get in touch with us on 01708 390370 or email sales@ghostservices.co.uk

The Importance of Updated IT Equipment

Updated IT equipment has distinct advantages ranging from security to customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. Whilst reliable staff and a great product are driving factors behind a company’s success, you still need to keep up with the ever changing advancements of technology.

Below are some of the reasons that highlight the importance of updated IT systems in the workplace.

Security – The older your technology is, the higher the security risk. Outdated equipment and servers can cause loss or corruption of data and they’re a lot more prone to crashing. In the long run, they will cost you both time and money and much more so than investing in modern equipment.

Flexibility – Slow systems and outmoded computers can cause frustration amongst many, including your staff. In turn, this could limit their productivity and prevent their flexibility within their job role. By having updated equipment and systems you will often see an increase in mobility and the ability to access your data on the go.

Professionalism – Your appearance to customers and potential clients can be vital in the growth of your business. The use of portable technology such as tablets and laptops can enable staff to remain attentive and professional beyond the restrictions of the office. Without updated technology your staff could suffer and become cut off from their daily work schedules.

Keeping up with competitors – Change is constant and you may think that your current systems are adequate, but with the shift in the digital environment you could find that this might not be the case for very long. By investing in new technology and information systems you will give your business an edge over its competitors.

Here at 39 Degress Services, we are able to not only offer you updated hardware but the remote support and security that sits alongside your IT systems. We have a range of IT solutions and being based in Essex means we are accessible to many locations. For more information, give our IT security experts a call today on 01708 390370.