The more you prepare now for the end of lockdown, the easier it will be So lockdown is still in force right now. But have you started planning yet, for when your staff can return to the workplace? It's going to happen at some point. And the more you plan and act now, the easier it will be. There are three areas to consider: Your people, especially if you end up with a mix of some at the workplace, and others still working from home The equipment they use. Laptops are still difficult to buy with limited supplies. But [...]
We’re helping every person and business in our service area to stay safe, by issuing this urgent advisory. Hackers have become very creative in the last few weeks, leveraging the Coronavirus to target people. We’ve seen a massive surge in attacks. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the most recent scams dreamed up by hackers and phone fraudsters. Fill in your details here to get this urgent advisory emailed to you NOW.
How to make your team’s video calls easier and less stressful Another useful work from home guide from Knibbs. Video calling and conferencing has exploded since most of us had to start working from home. And we’re getting so many questions about it every day. Such as: Which platform should I use? I read that Zoom and Houseparty aren’t safe… are they? How can I make video calls and conferences less stressful for me and my team? So we’ve pulled together a guide to video calls and conferencing while you’re working from home. Discover which platform is right for [...]
With the current situation, it’s critical right now that your staff use their own devices for work. This has a name – BYOD – meaning Bring Your Own Device. But there are LOTS of things to consider, to keep your company data safe on their devices. So we’ve written a brand new guide about it It’s been written for humans not geeks. And it’s an essential read while your team are working from home. We've created this video to help you work safe remotely. Fill in your details below to get this new guide [...]
Microsoft has announced that it is working towards the launch of its ‘Office’ mobile app (currently only available in public preview) which integrates Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mobile apps into a single app. The ‘Office’ Vision Microsoft says that the mobile app, called simply ‘Office’, represents their vision for what a productivity solution would look like if first built for mobile devices. The idea is that users have all their Office documents together in one place, can reduce the need to switch between many different apps, and can reduce the amount of space that they use on their phone compared [...]
Security company McAfee has reported observing a phishing scam which uses a fake voicemail message to lure victims into entering their Office 365 email credentials into a phishing page. How The Attack Works According to McAfee’s blog, the first step in the phishing scam is the victim being sent an email informing them that they have missed a phone call. The email includes a request to login to their account to access their voicemail. The email message actually contains an HTML attachment which, when loaded, re-directs the victim to a phishing website. Although there are slightly different versions of the [...]
The BBC has announced that it is making its International news website available via the ‘Tor’ browser (usually associated with the ‘dark web’), in order to get around censorship in other countries. Blocking by Some Countries The BBC is concerned that countries including China, Iran and Vietnam have tried to block access to its website or programmes in the past. With this in mind, and with the BBC wanting to compete in the world broadcasting market and widen its audience, as well as wanting to maintain and extend the perception of its World Service as a trusted news source, the [...]
A poll by recruitment firm Hays appears to show a lack of awareness about preparedness for next year’s new IR35 tax reforms for medium-to-larger private sector organisations. What Is IR35? The IR35 tax reform legislation, set to be introduced in April 2020 is designed to stop tax avoidance from 'disguised employment', which occurs when self-employed contractors set up their own limited company to pay themselves through dividends (which are not subject to National Insurance). IR35 will essentially mean that, from April 2020, medium-to-larger private sector organisations could become responsible for determining the tax status of any non-permanent contractors and freelancers [...]
In a recent blog post, Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, has said that the police need to slow down and justify their use of live facial recognition technology (LFR) in order to maintain the right balance in reducing our privacy in order to keep us safe. Serious Concerns Raised The ICO cited how the results of an investigation into trials of live facial recognition (LFR) by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and South Wales Police (SWP) led to the raising of serious concerns about the use of a technology that relies on a large amount of sensitive personal information. [...]
If you need to be able to quickly see and access any of your top 25 most visited websites, there’s an easy way to display this list in Windows 10 on the taskbar or Start menu. - Right-click the Microsoft Edge icon to display the Jump List of your top 25 websites. - Click on any website on that list to load the website in a browser. - Right-click on any entry to remove it from the list.