Strong Enough Cyber-Security In Place?

When it comes to protecting your business and the data that you have stored, it is important that you do everything you can to prevent cybercriminals from attacking.

Research shows that more than half of board members recognise that cyber security threats are a top risk to their business but do not receive a sufficient amount of information or training on how to deal with that risk. Most large businesses already know they are high on the list for cybercriminals to attack and have put measures in place to protect themselves and customers from attacks. Small businesses however should ensure they have defences in place as well.

Cybercrime is growing, and the more criminals there are, the more likely they are to hit your company. For more information on cyber-security, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.


BYOD stands for brings your own device. This is the practice of allowing the employees of your business to use their own computers, smartphones or other devices for work purposes.

Allowing BYOD in the workplace can bring advantages:

– Brings familiarity. Employees will know there way round their own phones which in turn can provide greater efficiency.

– No need for training. If an employee is used to certain devices and your firm uses a different brand or model, they may need to be taught on how to use the equipment, which is time consuming. If they have their own device, they already know how to use it.

– Saves your business money. If your employees prefer BYOD then it saves the need to buy company smartphones and computers.

For more information on BYOD, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.

IT Basics – Firewall

A firewall is a piece of software or hardware that helps to screen out cyber criminals, hackers, malware and viruses that are trying to reach your computer via the internet. It is a network security device that manages and controls both incoming and outgoing network traffic, deciding whether to allow or block specific traffic based on a defined set of security rules.

Software firewalls are installed on your computer and like most software available, you can customise it. This allows you to have some control over its function and protection features. This will protect your computer from outside attempts to control or gain access your computer, keeping you protected and safe away from potential hackers.

By not having one, you are putting yourself and your computer at a security risk. For more information on Firewalls, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.

How to Improve Employee Trust Whilst Securing Them

Securing your employees within a business and keeping them safe is important, but you can also improve their trust at the same time by following these simple tips:

– Get the appropriate technology to begin with. Make sure they have firewalls in place, anti-viruses activated, block spam and many more IT basics, this will keep them protected.

– Keep your employees in the know. If there is a new ransomware out, let them know this and how they can prevent this from making a risk. If you’re conducting security checks, let them know this is happening.

– Lay out your company expectations. Employees should be shown an IT policy and a social media policy so they know what they can and can’t do/post. This keeps both your company and its employees safe.

– Get your employees to report anything suspicious. They will then be helping themselves out as well as their other colleagues and the company itself. This will be motivational as they will understand that they are a vital part of the business.

For more information on cyber-security, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.

Why Migrate to the Cloud?

Here at Matrix IT, we are dedicated to helping you think through the process of moving applications from traditional data centres to modern cloud providers. The Cloud is one area where we can make a real difference. We will guide you through the decision-making process to ascertain whether, or not, the Cloud is right for you.

By migrating to the Cloud with our help you will achieve:

Resilience – As redundant systems in the Cloud help create enterprise-wide availability, tremendously benefiting your business continuity.
Scalability – Affordably scale your IT operations in tandem with your organisational growth. Through Cloud computing you can achieve a very high level of scaling; this level of scaling without the need of major integration projects.
Accessibility – Discern and discard the limitation of disparate client server environments and enjoy access to the latest data, systems and applications from any computer, anywhere, anytime of the day or night is the motto of Cloud computing.
Cost Savings – Eliminate unnecessary capital expenditures and budget-destroying hardware refreshes.
For more information on moving to the Cloud, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.

LinkedIn Phishing

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details often for malicious reasons. Although this is usually done by cyber-criminals via email, it is now starting to occur on LinkedIn as well.

A recent attack on the social media platform shows cyber-criminals have been using existing LinkedIn user accounts to send phishing links to their contacts via private message but also to external members via email. The fraudulent message includes a reference to a shared document and a link that redirects to a phishing site for Gmail and other email providers which require potential victims to log in.

Those who go ahead and follow this process will have their username, password, and phone number stolen but won’t realise until after. If you receive a private message like this, DO NOT click the link and DO NOT enter your details, it is a scam!

For more information on LinkedIn Phishing, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.

End of Life for Outlook 2007

Come the 31st October 2017, Outlook 2007 will no longer connect to Office 365. This means if your business is using Office 365 and you access your emails via Outlook 2007, you will lose access to your emails via Outlook from the end of October onwards.

Although these can still be accessed through an internet browser, the only way that you can continue connecting to your email through your system is by upgrading to a newer version of Outlook. By upgrading to the latest version of Outlook, it will allow you to continue to access your emails hassle free within Office 365, and not have to inconveniently connect to a web browser each time you need to access your emails.

If you are still using Outlook 2007 and need to upgrade, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.


The Risks of Working Remotely

Working remotely is easier than ever before. The Cloud is now part of our everyday lives at work and at home. It is becoming a popular solution as bandwidth and internet connections become quicker and more stable proving very beneficial to many business’. However, there are still risks of working remotely that you still need to be wary about:

– The Cloud and Wifi. Wireless internet access is available mostly everywhere nowadays so you can connect from anywhere you like. However, using public wifi is a danger due to many networks being unsecured, making it a prime target for potential hackers.

– Losing your devices. If a device is lost or stolen, the chances are your work will be lost unless it is saved to the right places. Also, if your device gets in the wrong hands, important information can be exploited.

– Employee Efficiency. If one of your workers is constantly working remotely, how can you be sure that they’re getting all their work done? Having a workforce that constantly works remotely does not always bring benefits or success.

IOS 11 – Email Issues

If you use the built-in Mail app on your iPhone or iPad and use Office365, or Exchange 2016 for email, you may want to hold off installing the new iOS 11 update, or purchasing one of the newly launched iPhone 8 and iPhone X – it’s not currently supported and has a number of issues including inability to reply or send.

A workaround is to install the free Outlook for iOS app from the App store, here: as this works fine, and has additional features which aren’t available in the built-in Mail app.
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Microsoft Release First Upgrade to Windows Server 2016

Microsoft will release the first upgrade to Windows Server 2016 later this month. The update will be the first of many that Microsoft will roll out, with them aiming to bring out a new update every September and March, starting now.

Windows Server 2016 is a server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows family of operating systems, developed currently with Windows 10.

For more information on Windows Server 2016, please contact us via email or phone at 01329 888444.