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Online Learning

What is Online Learning?

In the wake of the Corona Virus UK business quarantine, with many people working from home, school children having virtual classes, and many companies offering online options of their normal face-to-face events it’s important to be aware of the dangers of online learning.

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Broadband – What’s the Best Option?

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Broadband – What’s the Best Option?

In these uncertain times where many businesses are now working remotely it is more important than ever to have superfast business broadband.

So, what is it?

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Online Security and Why You Need to Take it Seriously

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Online Security and Why You Need to Take it Seriously

There is a lot of publicity about internet security and how very few of us are actually doing enough to keep our online identity and data safe. Let alone to meet GDPR standards.

Not opening attachments from unknown people, and not giving your bank details to international gold merchants who want to transfer £13m to your bank account just isn’t enough anymore, this is far too obvious and unsophisticated.

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The Ins and Outs of Website Hosting

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The Ins and Outs of Website Hosting

What is Webhosting?

Without a webhosting service provider your website will not be live on the internet. These providers are a little like estate agents - you are paying them ‘ground rent’ for your little bit of real estate on the internet.

Google and users much prefer that your website loads quickly so make sure you go with someone who has fast servers.

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Why you Should Outsource IT Consultancy and Support

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Why you Should Outsource IT Consultancy and Support

When your IT systems are running smoothly, with no problems, error messages or viruses it is very tempting to pat yourself on the back for saving money by not using outsourced IT support services. You could use Bob on reception, Bob knows a bit about computers so he will sort it out...

However, what do you do when you have ransomware on your machine, and none of your files are accessible? Who do you turn to? Bob?

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Everything you Wanted to Know about VoIP Telephony

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Everything you Wanted to Know about VoIP Telephony

What is VoIP?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol (AKA IP Telephony), and is a system for providing voice communication over the internet. This includes voice calls, video calls and multimedia/video sessions.

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Why Won't Everything Work Together? The Problems of Legacy Systems

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Why Won't Everything Work Together? The Problems of Legacy Systems

Migrating from an old system to a newer version or even a different system can be a major headache, especially when old programmes and software refuse to work with the new system.

However, keeping old legacy systems in operation may seem like the easiest option but this is only a short-term solution and can end up having a negative effect on your business.

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Keep Connected While Working At A Distance

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Keep Connected While Working at a Distance

As the COVID-19 crisis continues companies have had no choice but to set up their staff to work remotely. We need to adapt quickly or be left behind.

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How Cyber Essentials can protect business data

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How Cyber Essentials can protect business data

One question all businesses face over the coming months is maintaining a level of security across all devices that access and use corporate data.

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Why Should I Migrate to MS Office 365?

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Migrating to a new system doesn’t have to be a painful and stressful process. Although there may be a little inconvenience or downtime, inevitably the new system will be more efficient, and with more capability than the one you are using currently. This can help your business run more efficiently and gives you potential to grow.

So, what are the benefits of migrating to Microsoft Office 365 for business?

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The Mistakes You Can Make When Purchasing IT Hardware

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The Mistakes You Can Make When Purchasing IT Hardware

When you are just starting your business, you have to make a lot of decisions, but none are as important as the sort of hardware you will need going forward. Making the wrong decisions and purchasing inappropriate hardware can be expensive and will give a bad user experience.

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How To Generate An App Password

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How To Make An App Password - Multi-factor Authentication

Generate App Password - Outlook Keeps Asking For A Password

Once 2 Factor Authorisation is turned on your Office Suite applications will (probably) start asking you to type in your password and verify it's really you once again. It is often the case that Outlook will be the first to not accept your normal password.

If Office Suite applications are not accepting your regular password try the following solution:

Go to https://portal.office.com and log in to your Office 365 account

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Add a shared mailbox to Outlook on the web

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How to add a shared mailbox to Outlook Web App

What is a Shared Mailbox?

A Shared Mailbox is the best way for a group of people to monitor and send email from a generic email address like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (i.e. not a named person). When a person in this group replies to an email it will appear to come from that shared address, not from the individual.

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How To Change The Retention Time For Recoverable Items

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By Default Exchange (ergo Outlook) Will Move Deleted Items To Recoverable Items 30 Days From Date Of Deletion - 14 Days Later Those Items Are Gone For Good

You can change the recoverable items retention time by following these "simple" PowerShell commands...

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What are the benefits of using short term business finance for your IT purchases?

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Bongo IT Has Partnered With iwoca To Provide Finance On IT Equipment And Installation

What are the benefits of using short term finance for your business?

Short term finance can help unlock your business potential through increased cash flow. Investing in your business can take some time to show the results; being able to spread the cost of your payments means you can keep your cash handy. Here are some of the key benefits of using short term finance for your business:

● Invest in the future - wasting labour hours with old or outdated equipment? Invest in efficiency with confidence.

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Can I buy a future proofed laptop or PC that will last 10 years?

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We pose the question: is it possible to get a future proofed machine, that will last me the next 10 years? 

There are three aspects to this, hardware, software, and warranty. 

Software 

As you are probably painfully aware software changes every 5 minutes.

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Security News - Wi-Fi Hotspot App Exposed Two Million records

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The usage of self-managed mobile devices can leave you up the creek!

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - Just Don't Do Anything With IT!

it's great isn't it. All your work email on your phone, and access to file storage etc. What about those other apps your colleagues use though? A BYOD policy at many workplaces is great for the business, it empowers and enables staff to be better integrated with the business, and saves the business a bit of money on tablets and mobiles. WIFI Finder aims to make life even easier by sharing Wi-Fi access between users.

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Business Networking - Is It Worth It?

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Our Experience With Business Networking

Business networking comes in all shapes and sizes, and at a huge range of costs. We don't think that you have to spend the earth to get good results though, but you do have to have a strategy, and work hard to achieve it.

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Skype for Business Is Coming to An End

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In the beginning there was Lync. Then we got Skype for Business (SfB), which is a nice product, much like Skype (personal edition) but far more fully featured. SfB integrates very well with Outlook for setting up meetings to collaborate with internal and external parties, even if they don’t have SfB themselves. Early in 2018 Microsoft released Teams, and now this newbie is taking over from SfB as the new video/audio conferencing tool for Office 365.

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Password Managers – Are They Safe?

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A new study performed by ISE and funded by the Washington Post has found that many of the top Windows 10 password managers are vulnerable to malicious attacks. Popular apps such as Dashlane, KeePass, LastPass, RoboForm and 1Password have all been found to have weaknesses. The study has found that these apps are at risk of exposing passwords even in a (supposedly) secure "locked" mode. If you are using a browser app for your password manager, hackers may also be able to claim the master password for your entire database!

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