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I know what you did this summer

Now that we are at the peak of summer, every other person is going on holiday. It’s easy to let your guard down on holiday – whether its getting chatty with the person sat next to you on the plane, or befriending the other families at the pool. This however, should definitely not be the case when it comes to your cyber security. Whether you are travelling for business, or for leisure, read on to get the best of our travel cyber security tips.

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10 IT Terms That Every CEO Should Know

If you are a CEO and sometimes think your IT team speaks a different language, then you are not alone. Many CEOs find it challenging to understand IT terminologies. This blog identifies ten of the most important IT terms which are necessary for CEOs to be aware of. Knowing standard IT terms will give you credibility, broaden your knowledge, and allow you to ask the right questions to help your business stay competitive.

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5 Must-Have Agenda Items your IT Strategy Should Address

Having a robust IT strategy is critical to the success of any business, whether they realise it or not. No longer is IT just an enabler for businesses to run software, answer emails or take phone calls. IT has transformative effects on their ability to grow effectively and efficiently. However, for this to ring true, IT must be aligned with the business; and this comes from a carefully thought out strategy. Yet many businesses are moving forward with a poorly designed IT strategy or with no strategy at all.

The IT strategy serves as a road map that will help businesses understand how to leverage existing and emerging technologies to support business objectives. Below are five must-have agenda items your IT Strategy should address:

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 4 – More storage is always better

Truth: Depends what you mean by better!

We’re always being sold more. We are conditioned to believe that more of something is always better, and that we are getting more for our money.

However, this is not strictly true when it come to hard drive storage capacity. You may well need to have 1TB of storage, because you’re a photographer that takes hundreds of photos a day.  But  for the average computer user, what we really want is performance.

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5 Benefits of Fixed IT Costs

When you are looking for business IT support, you can find various types of contracts and agreements. You could just decide to Pay As You Go (break/fix) basis, pay in advance for blocks of hours, or choose a fixed price IT support contract which includes the majority, if not all, the things your business will need on a monthly basis.

The biggest benefit of a fixed price model, is that you know exactly how much your IT support costs will be each month. This is great for cash flow and essentially your IT costs just become another commodity – just like paying your rent, electricity and insurance. But there are some other major benefits that you may not have realised.

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 3 – You should shutdown your computer every night

Truth: You really should.

You will save power if you shutdown your computer at the end of the working day. It’ll also stop the fans from sucking in dust during the night.

Another advantage is that a regular reboot can resolve many computer niggles (it’s a cliche, but “have you tried turning it off and on again” – really does help).

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 2 – Magnets can erase your data

Truth: It’s possible

Only certain types of hard drives can be affected. Solid state drives (SSD), like pendrives, are safe. Traditional hard drives, like those found in most computers are at risk, but you’d need a really big magnet. Like those used in MRI machines, for example.

For most people, there’s nothing to worry about – your data is safe.

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Why you should change your passwords right now

Think your password is strong enough?

We’ve all been guilty of using weak passwords. But doing so makes you vulnerable to having your online accounts hacked. We all know we should use stronger passwords, so why don’t we?

Well, humans are creatures of habit. We like to repeat; it makes things easier to remember. We also find it difficult to remember complex patterns, so we use passwords that are easy to memorise, such as your house name, or date of birth.

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Tech Myths Busted: no. 1 – Adding RAM makes your PC faster

Can more memory really improve your computer performance?

OK, so there may be a little truth in this one. With a really old computer, adding more RAM (memory) can give it a speed boost. An increase from 1GB to 2GB will see a noticeable improvement in an ageing system.

But in a modern machine where 4GB is the norm, the benefit is much less noticeable. Increasing to 8 or 16GB will only really benefit software that can take advantage of it – gaming, or video rendering/production for example.

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