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7 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Computers

Here are some "fun" facts which you probably didn't know about computers

 

1. Your PC has a battery in it...how else does it know the time after being unplugged? You can take the battery out too, but we wouldn't reccommend it unless you know what you are doing!

2. You can turn off your PC if it freezes by holding the power button down for 4 (or more) seconds.


3. Everything you see and hear off the internet is technically coming from your computer. This is because the file has to create a locl copy of itself on your computer before it can play, thats what "buffering" is.

4. An Intel Core i7 3.4Ghz processor can do about 150,000,000,000 floating point operations per second, thats so much maths I can't even count....

5. The first computer (that resembles todays computers) was invented by British mathematician Charles Babbage around 1833.

6. Silicon is the most likely substance of which Alien life is created (does that mean machines will take over and destroy us?! The irony!)

7. The Russians made a computer that ran on water in 1936. I tried running on water but I sank...

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Why Should I Use Longer Passwords??!! ...Security!!!!

 

Why you really, really should use stronger passwords

 

This blog post was created from a conversation we had with one of our clients since they sent us this link with a subject line of "interesting?" Advice From A Real Hacker which is worth reading first.


There are many thoughts on this. The suggestion is that we as IT companies should stop forcing password changes so often. Users simply make every new password simpler than the last which is counter productive. Don’t forget, Password1 is a 9 character password containing uppercase, lowercase and numbers!

 

It has been suggested that we enforce a policy of not using dictionary words, this is not a good argument in reality. It forces passwords to get shorted and shorted, as jumbled characters are hard to remember. How about a (misquoted!!) phrase: ItWasTheWorstOfTimesItWasTheBestOfTimes No matter how many dictionary lists you are using, you will still have to run them all 12*12 times to spot a 12 word phrase.

 

If “it doesn't take me very long to test every … word combination in the dictionary” then use a word combination that is not in the dictionary, or indeed in any book anywhere...

 

Where passwords are concerned we will allow:

Never Use Just Numbers

Use All of the Allowable Character Types

 

Please note he suggests using munging, even tho Wikipedia has a munging lookup table: Munging

 

Our conclusion? A few steps:

 

Step 1: Use the same password on all the sites you don’t care about. The forum you registered on just to say “lol” on a post? Pasword1. The site you had to register on to download some shareware? Password1. The city council site you have to register on to receive SMS alert about your dustbins? Password1. Who cares if they get cracked, and it makes your life easier.

 

Step 2: Use a password manager. For the (few) sites that you actually care about, generate a unique, strong (20 random characters, with all of the Allowable Character Types) password. You will need a password manager, as there is no way you can remember one of these, let alone a few of them for important sites. I define important as “I could lose money if this was hacked”. That loss can take place via simple theft (i.e PayPal) or via complicated ID fraud (i.e. UK Govt. Website). I like KeePass, and LastPass is a strong offering too. They will generate the password, store it encrypted, and when you need it auto fill it onto the web page. Now, you only have to remember 1 password. How about:

“ASingleManInPossessionOfAGoodFortuneMustBeInWantOfAPasswordManager”

(with apologies to Jane Austen).

 

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End Of Life For Server 2003 - Time To Move To The Cloud?

On 14 July 2015 Microsoft will pull extended support for Windows Server 2003. So unless a customer has piles of cash to spend on this antiquated system there will be no more free patches, updates, or security fixes to be had.

 


 

There could also be a whole host of compliance issues for any company running SBS 2003 integrated software, including any Microsoft applications which will also no longer be supported. If you are considering NOT upgrading then make sure you have a couple of hundred thousand spare a year to pay for the support.

 

HP (the largest supplier of Microsoft servers) estimated there to be 11 million machines out there which will need replacing. That's 10's of thousands of machines needing to be replaced each day before the deadline.

 

According to a Windows survey 62 percent of customers don't have an upgrade plan (or a migration to the cloud plan), or are not aware of this deadline.

 

Our advise is to start getting ready to migrate or upgrade. Our preference these days is migration to services like MS Office 365 for which we provide high level consultancy, and implementation. To find out more contact us now.

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Guest Blogging Is Dead - How Not To Get Backlinks To Your Website SEO 2014

Matt Cutts From Google Announces "Guest Blogging Is Dead" & More On New SEO Malpractises

This is a very bold statement but to be honest we can sort of see why this has come about. If you have a website with a blog you may also have been approached by somebody purporting to be in your industry and offering to write for you. A win win situation it may seem like; you get content, they get a link back.


Does this really add any value to you though? Matt Cutts says it depends who the content writer is. If they are of note, such as a journalist or even a highly regarded blogger, and have high quality content which is highly relevant to you, and provides insights in your industry then there is no problem. These are the kind of people you would obviously want to collaborate with.

However if the person approaching you has maybe been outsourced, is passing the same articles round multiple people then the principals are wrong in the arrangement. Here at Bongo IT we always believed that there was a fine line between creating great content and business affiliations, and blogging for the sake of getting backlinks.

So what else is new with regards to backlinking techniques? Well here’s another thing. If you are a website developer it used to be the case that for every website you make “go live” you would usually have a link back from the footer saying “Designed by Mr So and So http://soandso.www” (or something along those lines). It is now deemed bad practise to do this. You (the developer) haven’t really contributed anything (other than blood sweat and tears) content-wise to the site, so why should the backlink we worth anything? Even worse these kind of backlinks can be damaging to your SEO “score”. We are investigating whether having a link to a private page on the website (from the footer) with your company profile on there is an acceptable way to go about things.

So time to plug myself back into the Matrix and fill my HDD with more Kitties doing something unspeakably cute. Thanks for reading.

You can read more here

Matt Cutts SEO

Or watch this video on what Google think of guest blogging for backlinks

 
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Microsoft Rebranding Of Office 365 Web Apps Confusion

Microsoft Rebranding Of Office 365 Web Apps Confusion

Microsoft in all their infinite wisdom (and partly due to Rupert Murdoch) have re-branded several parts of their (relatively) new Office 365 system, again. Please bear with us whilst we explain:


What was Sharepoint (your secure file storage) was then called Skydrive Pro. Skydrive was just the personal version of this, very much like Dropbox, with 7Gb free storage space. These have now been changed and have been re-branded as OneDrive.

Why did this happen? You may well ask. The renaming is due to Microsoft losing a trademark dispute with British Sky Broadcasting. Whoops, should have seen that one coming really, but hey we can't all be godlike.

Not only have they changed the names of these features but the whole system is now called Office Online. That's a change I'm sure we can all live with.

For more information on how to get onto Office Online or if your company needs  migration to the new Office in the cloud then get in touch with us now. We can be your delegated admin and help you improve your workflows.

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Does Your Business Rely On A Free System?

Does Your Business Use Any FREE Software Or Webware?

This is an interesting subject. We all probably use something that is currently free. But how long can that last? As I'm sure you are aware the likes of Twitter and Facebook get heaps of money before some years later being politely told to think about ways to actually MAKE money. 


What about a password manager that is currently free to use like LastPass or something like LogMeIn which allows remote access to your computer?

So what if the "free" service stops.

Well I can tell you from personal experience. Its a massive pain! And guess what LogMeIn have just gone and done? More details here:

LogMeIn Stop Free Version

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Lean Cost Management

Top 5 Tips of the Cost Reduction Trade

Indirect, Non payroll cost reduction specialists

  1. If you are purchasing or renting a new property make sure you lock in a utility (gas and electric) contract A.S.A.P. From the minute a new owner gets the keys to a property, the utility company, who has control of the meter, will be charging their highest tariff. Most utility companies will back date the new, lower rate which you have signed up for up to 3 months.

  • With waste collections keep the number of contract collections to a minimum. If you get busy or require more as a one off just call your waste collection company and they arrange for an additional collection. This will save you paying for empty bin collections.
  • Keep track of contract end dates and termination periods –Just because the contract end date is July per se doesn't mean that you have until July to move it or cancel it. Some suppliers require 6 months notice to move or cancel a service.
  • You don’t get anything for loyalty these days, move suppliers at every opportunity, new business rates are ALWAYS better than renewal rates.
  • The termination letter is your best friend, 9 times out of 10 suppliers will find movement on their prices once you have issued it. To find out more contact Lean Cost Management on 01993 846503 or visit www.leancosts.com
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Top Ten Social Media Strategy Planning Tips

Our Top Ten Tips For Starting A Social Media StrategyInformation - Communication  - BusinessThere is a great deal of information out there on the web and its advisable to read around and create a strategy that works for you. There are many statistics about social media and it's impact on businesses and we would advise you to look the latest ones up yourself, we wont bore you with stats in this blog...this time. There are a few basics though that you should definitely think about before investing your time in "going social".


    1. Your brand. it's important to get your company logo and color schemes incorporated into your online profiles. In this way you can more easily be recognised across your digital real estate at a glance. Your brand should also have at least one key message such as "we are 100% organic carrot farmers"...so long as its suitable for your business. Your message should be included in your regular communications. It's what you want to be known for so tell people about it! 2. Gather and list your sources of information. This will allow you to keep sharing informative material quickly and easily. There is a wealth of news and general information available to you to choose from but you might want to pick those with which you are most familiar and knowledgeable. For example if you are into IT you might want to share and comment on items from The Register, BBC Technology News, New Scientist Technology and so on. Four or five sources of information will suit most people. Check these every day and keep them as bookmarks for quick access. 3. Find where your audience are located. There are more than 450 social media sites catering for almost every topic, age group or personality you can think of. The most popular sites you will have heard of such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogger, Wordpress. Find the stats on each one by searching the internet and study how you can engage with the most relevant to your audience.  4. Understand where social media fits into your marketing plan. Social media should almost always be complimented with more regular types of marketing activity such as advertising, PR and business networking.  5. Recognise your objectives. Social media is there to engage, communicate, research and connect you with potential clients and other businesses. 6. Set a schedule for creating the plan and delivering content. If you spend one hour a day doing marketing then at least set aside part of that time for social media. Your most regular updates can be automated using social media management tools giving you more time to just engage with your audience.  7. Get others involved. If you have employees the chances are they will already be using social media in some format. Provide them with the access and some short guidelines on how to act. Find who your industry influences are and engage with them whether that be groups or individuals. 8. Get tooled up! There are some great, inexpensive social media management tools out there. Find one you can work with. We would recommend: Sprout Social, MarketMeSuite or Hootsuite. 9. Measure. You can use the tools mentioned above as well as your own website statistical package. Tools like TweetReach can give you some great feedback for free.  10. KISS. Keep it simple stupid; yes it's an old adage but it rings true. If you have a simple set of procedures to follow you can more easily measure the results from them. Treat each part of your strategy as an experiment, know your apparatus, methodology, predictions and results. And finally engage with your audience as much as possible. Social media is a two way conversation. Please comment on this post, add your own thoughts. You will receive a free PR2 backlink for your trouble!

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Our Favorite Ways To Use Adobe Illustrator - Guest Blog - John Taub

Our Favourite Ways to Use Adobe Illustrator

This start-up guide is intended to help new users get to grips with the way that they use this design software. Illustrator is an incredibly powerful program and when you first start looking around you might feel overwhelmed by all of its functions and working tools.

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Company reports and brochures

Illustrator is the perfect software to help you put together brochures and annual reports for your company. You can create styles, save them, and apply them to title, subheadings, and paragraphs, to allow you to quickly make changes across the whole document. The intelligent text boxes within Illustrator allow you to easily move your text around your documents. You can also insert picture objects within your text that nestle in your text and you can also choose how the text reacts to the object.

Comic book art

For all budding comic book artists and illustrators, Illustrator helps you to convert your pen and ink artwork into editable vector artwork. From here on, once you have a vector drawing, the world really is your oyster. Edit the line thickness and style, apply colour schemes and swatches, and place your story panel into a neat framework. There really isn't much you can't do.

Social media experts

When you want to create a distinctive visual identity for your community, you can turn to Illustrator to create stunning banners, buttons, icons, and graphics for your page. The ability to save styles and preferences within Illustrator, alongside all of the smart guides, means that creating a contemporary and exciting brand identity is a cinch. You can start off by creating a logo or even designing your own font style. Next, search the web for pre-created templates by designers who have made it easy for you to create your own Facebook timeline cover or Twitter banner.

Typographers

If you've always had an interest in graphic design, and in particular typography, then Illustrator is the industry-standard tool you need to know. Illustrator allows you to perform minute adjustments to text such as kerning. This is the art of defining the distance between individual letters in a piece of text. The font is not perfect for every task. Sometimes, as you increase the font size (to fit into a large banner for example), the distance between the letters obviously needs adjustment. Use the kerning tool to set this to your own preference. These adjustments are usually made by eye.

 

We hope you found these tips helpful. When learning a new piece of software, the initial learning curve can seem incredibly steep. That's why it's important to read any literature you can get your hands on that will help you unlock all of its potential before you get frustrated and give up. Don't be afraid to refer to online training videos posted by Adobe, Lynda, and other publishers on YouTube. You can also pick up the official training books and buy magazines, which feature tutorials on how to get professional results. Source: www.visopix.com 

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WARNING! Windows XP Will No Longer Be Supported From April 2014

The Windows XP Operating System Is About To Become Obsolete

You Need To Read This If You Are Still Using Windows XP

Microsoft have been saying for a while now that they are going to stop support for Windows XP. The time has finally come. As from April 8th 2014 support for Windows XP is over. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. 


Do you remember what you were doing on on the 25th of August 2001? I'm not sure I do but the guys at Microsoft were busy releasing Windows XP. Yes this operating system really is 12 years old. In computer years that's a century!

 

So why do you care?

Windows Vista is the successor to XP. Vista will still be receiving patches for security vulnerabilities and bugs. The details of which will be public knowledge as soon as Microsoft release the patch details. This will give hackers insight into flaws allowing them to break into Windows XP, and nobody is going to fixthem.

 

What Is The Solution?

It's time to upgrade your computer, or at least your operating system, preferably to Windows 7. Contact us for details on the options you have available. Don't delay, this is important!

 

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Search Engine Optimisation Basics - A Guide

Search Engine Optimisation Basics - How To

Understanding What SEO Is And Making The Most Of It

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the holistic approach to improving your websites ranking within search engines using well positioned, targeted keyphrases and the use of HTML/HTML5. Or to put it in very simple terms SEO is the window dressing for your online business/shop front. 


It helps attract visitors and search engines like Google to come into your website. SEO can be broken down into six main activities. This brief guide will help you understand what is involved in SEO.

  • Keyphrase Research Keywords/phrases are the things that people look for (type in) when they search on the net. To research keywords/phrases you can use the Google Adwords keyword research tool (free with a Google account) or another similar tool such as the SEO Moz keyword tool which is paid for by subscription. Keywords should relate to your commercial objectives. An example of a keyword phrase for our company, Bongo IT is “IT Support Oxford”. This is a highly competitive keyphrase though as there are many IT companies competing for this space. An easier keyphrase for us to rank well for in the search engines is “PCI DSS experts Oxford”. This is a much more specialised industry and therefore the competition is lower. The above mentioned tools will give you an indication of what is competitive and how many people (traffic) are searching for a given keyphrase. Using the Google search to judge and know your competition is also a very good idea. If you are planning on advertising; using SpyFU to check what your competitors are spending on online advertising may also be an option you want to take up before spending any of your own money.undefined

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  • On-site SEO This relates to the architecture and content of your websie. In the SEO world meta tags (identifiers) are used to tell the search engines what content is important and therefore what the website is about. When people are searching for something your site is about you want to come up in the Search Engine Results Pages (SERP’s) so make sure this information (keyphrases) is researched well. Meta tags are created from HTML/HTML5 code which is a programming language. The Meta tags themselves will identify text which is important to your website and business. For instance at Bongo IT we want to show up in search results for “IT Support Oxford” so we need to have a page title tag (

    ) which also includes these words. Have you ever heard the phrase "content is king"? In SEO this relates to your written content. The better the content (and its layout) and the more informative and original it is the more the search engines like Google like it. New or updated content will also be of greater interest to the search engines that content which hasnt changed for months. This is part of the reason why blogs are so popular.

  • Off-site SEO Creating relevant backlinks to your site is important. An example of this would be posting a comment on a forum which relates to your business activities. The comment is not only informative but also has your website address for people to follow if they want more information. this will help increase traffic back to your website and can help increase your position in search engine rankings over time. There are many ways to create backlinks, directory sites for local businesses, social networks, reciprocal links, blogs, comments and squeeze pages on alternative domains to name the most common. Anchor tags can also be used to maximise your SEO potential. Put simply they are keyphrases which have the dual purpose of also being a hyperlink. An anchor tag example for our company would be "Web Design In Oxford" and would link to our web design information pages.
  • Search Engine Indexing If you do nothing at all your website will eventually get picked up by Google and their “spider” programs will crawl it, and log its content. A better way of getting found more quickly by the search engines is to manually submit your content to them. If you are not a Google or Bing Webmaster then you can still “submit website URL” to either search engine, and many more besides. Websites should all have a page or file which is a dedicated site map, usually in the form of an Xml file. If you don’t know how to generate this there are many web based programs which can help, or you can just contact us.
  • Adwords/Advertising Paid for advertising can greatly increase traffic to your website. Due to the targeted nature of the advertising you can reach clients in specific locations with your message when they search for the chosen keywords/phrases in your campaign..
  • Analytics To find out if your SEO is having any effect you will need to monitor the traffic to your site. There are a plethora of ways to do this but most commonly Google Analytics is used. We use PIWIK to monitor traffic to our website as it allows us to look at all our historical data for comparrison. Websites like Ahrefs can provide free insight into the backlinks to your site as well.

A Few Key Terms Explained:

The Meta description tag - this tag does not provide any SEO value however; it is important that this description accurately describes the content of your selected site page in a manner which makes clients want to click through to the page. 

HTML5 - As of yet there are no clear guidelines on how much the use of HTML5 will improve your search rankings.

Panda Algorithm - this looks at the "quality" of content on your website. Does not eat bamboo.

Penguin Algorithm - this checks to see who is linking to you, what content is being linked and its relevance to your website. If you have lots of links from "spammy" websites it will affect your ranking in the search results and the Page Rank (PR) of your page. Having good contextual links to your website is the best way to go.

Hummingbird Algorithm - semantically connects people, places and things through the Google knowledge base to provide "better" search results.

Top Tips

Use Long Tail Keywords (in Meta tags) - these are long phrases containing many of the keywords you want to use about a particular subject. e.g. "SEO basics for beginners, a guide to SEO and Semantic Searches" could be a good title for this article. 

Semantic Searches - this seeks to improve the accuracy of search results using the contextual meaning of words and how they link together. Use of synonyms for some keywords can help improve your SEO and give you a wider spread of potential words to be found by. 

If You Can A/B Test - If you have several domains available do experiments to see what works best. Change one thing at a time and be patient to see the results.

Thats all folkes!

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Bongo IT Join With Partner In Business - Free Business Support and Advice In Oxfordshire

FREE Business Support and DevelopmentTo Help Support New And Growing Business In OxfordshireBongo IT are proud to announce they have joined Partner? and can offer FREE support to SME businesses, in Oxfordshire“We are delighted to be joining PARTNER? the new business support group that provide servicesto small and medium (SME) sized businesses in Oxfordshire”, commented Justin Smith Director of BONGOIT Ltd (www.bongoit.co.uk).Justin added that “the range of IT support services, web site design and development, and the Microsoft products provided by BONGOIT, complement the services already available through PARTNER?, in support of start-ups and growing SME businesses, in Oxfordshire”.


  PARTNER? provide small and medium sized businesses with a range of products and services  that can help their client’s business find funding, handle employee issues, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, grow sales, and more. The PARTNER? team have extensive experience in business  including, business start-ups, internet trading, franchising, exit planning, acquisitions, and more. A unique aspect of the services PARTNER? provide is the ongoing FREE support and advice,  subject to agreement. Having an experienced Partner? available to provide advice and support  can and will save a business thousands of pounds. To find out more e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out the website http://partner-in-business.co.uk ABOUT PARTNER? (editors note) Partner-in-Business LLP, trading as PARTNER?, is a group of experienced business managers  and professionals who provide a wide range of services to small and medium sized businesses. Based in Oxfordshire, a unique aspect of the services PARTNER? provide is the ongoing FREE  support and advice, subject to agreement. PARTNER? in Oxfordshire will comprise of up to 30  business partners working together to support local SME’s in this region.  For further information visit www.partner-in-business.co.uk E Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Contact telephone: 01280 706683 Mobile: 07798 653 139 Partner in Business LLP Registered in England OC385856. Halstede House, Hinton in the Hedges, Northants. NN13 5NF

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How To Personalise Your Outlook Emails And Add A Signature

Personalise Your Outlook Emails And Add A SignatureYour brand is your advert to the world. It should be consistent, evolving and engaging. Using a signature and Office Stationary is the standard for most businesses.Keeping a consistent brand image can be made easier by using some of the simple tools available to you. Email is a primary form of communication for many companies and should contain your branding material. Information in the footer of your email, also known as a signature, should at least contain: your name, website, telephone numbers, fax, social media links, perhaps even your latest news. You may wish to also include a disclaimer such as this: "CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information transmitted, including attachments, is intended only for the person(s) or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, re-transmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and destroy any copies of this information. Have a nice day". 


  Moving on quickly let's look at how we set up a signature to put all this information into an Outlook (Desktop) email. This is the same process for the Microsoft Office 365 version of Outlook too.  Open a new mail Look in the middle of the top bar (of the new mail) for the signature icon and click it Chose signatures Click new and name your signature (it is possible to have multiple signatures) Click ok In the text box provided type in your full signature starting with the usual end to your mails such as "Kind regards, Fred" and add the other details afterwards. You may wish to add a logo to the top of your signature too. Click ok, it is now the default signature, and close the window Now when you create a new mail your signature will appear. The next step is to create Office Stationary to really personalise your messages. In the Outlook main program window go to File Options Mail Stationary and Fonts Theme, and pick your theme. Try a few different themes to see what suits you and have a play with the other settings.  Right that's all folks, have fun :-)

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Cloud Migration Experts Oxford - Easily Migrate Your Company to Office 365 - Your Office In The Cloud

Bongo IT Are Office 365 & Cloud Consultants.

Bongo IT Have Completed Multiple Types Of Cloud Migrations Quickly And Efficiently.

 

What Do Bongo IT Do?

 

Educate you and your staff on the how's, why's, and when's; and help you to get an ROI in terms of productivity, not just a product.

 

For more in depth information please see our product page Office 365 Information

 

Bongo IT have helped organisations in Education, Retail, Charity/Not for Profit, and SME's unlock the power of the cloud. From a business of 1 to 22,000 people we are the go to consultants.


 

  • We will consult with you to help you decide on the package that suits you.
  • As part of this we might see the need to hold discovery seminars to get a more informed understanding of your business, and to educate your team leaders and/or staff on the benefits of Office 365.
  • Teach you the productivity benefits of using this cloud solution.
  • Train your staff on the best usage of MS 365

 

Implement Solutions

 

  • We will transfer any existing email you have onto the cloud. We will set up your computers to work with the new versions of the software.
  • If you have an office server we can transfer all your files to the cloud and decommission your old office business server.

 

NB: There should be no downtime however sometimes circumstances will not allow for this. In these rare cases we will minimise downtime by completing the migration during the evening or at the weekend.

 

Testimonial from one of our clients:

" I have recently switched (to Office 365) both the Charity I set up (The Nasio Trust) and my business (Expert Wealth management) with Bongo IT. In the process bongo IT have been excellent – Justin did both ours and his support was great – any issue that arose he dealt with them asap. My experience since switch is very positive – adding new devices / machines to the system is so easy now – whilst it is still early days I can see that we will save on IT support etc going forwards. We are already seeing the benefits of the remote working aspect and bring your own device benefits of office 365. I can also see me getting rid of a number of IT services we currently use to solve the remote working issue – for example – GOTOMYPC, GOTOMEETING, DropBox etc etc. There will be some incremental cost savings around." Jonathan Hunt.

 

What is Office 365?

  • Reliable - Microsoft hosted servers in secure datacentres
  • Secure - Encrypted email
  • Work from anywhere - login at portal.microsoft.com and have access to all your email and documents
  • Collaboration - Easily collaborate with colleagues, share documents and run business webinars

The Microsoft Office 365 Cloud is still a big unknown for many companies. So let's have a look at Office 365 itself and what benefits it holds for your business. Basically Office 365 is just like the Office that you know and love (we hope you love it!). There is a new look to the interface which is colour coded by Application but the layout is basically the same. As it is all connected to Microsoft's servers you gain reliability, business continuity as well as always knowing that your data can be backed up (some data must be backup up manually from your local computer) and your software is always on the latest version. As the data is in the cloud it enables easier remote working and access to files from any machine. In a nutshell this version of Office gives you peace of mind for your business and is highly capable it it's business functionality. 

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Office 365 features all the standard Office applications such as:

  • Powerpoint.
  • Publisher.
  • Word.
  • Excel.
  • Sharepoint.  
  • OneDrive for Business (formerly Skydrive) is much like a business orientated version of Dropbox for storing and collaborating work documents. Using this tool you can backup, open, edit and share your documents.
  • Lync allows instant messaging, document sharing and webinars with your work colleagues. You can even invite up to 1000 people who don't have Lync to join your webinars. All your email is hosted on the Microsoft servers so there is no need to worry about downtime or backups of your email. It is a fast and reliable solution for your business.
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FREE Office 365 & Lync Webinar Trial

For a free trial of Office 365 including Lync just contact us, we permanently run a live webinar which we can use to show you around the system, ask us for the link to it. Lync is an extremely powerful and cost effective way of running any professional webinar. There are many versions of Office 365 available so please contact us and let us guide you to the right solution. 

 

Contact us now and get your business onto the cloud.

 

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IT Services Oxford

Computers and the City

This blog post is simply us sharing some of our recent inspiration of Oxford based business with you. Times have been difficult recently but we believe in a bright future. If you get overly sentimental then read no further!

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5 Ways To Create Quality Backlinks To My Website

Free Backlinking For Your Website

FYI - This article is quite old now so you will need to check the material to see if it works for you. The principals are still passed on to newer websites though, good quality, trusted places to post your content gets good backlinks.

Google Profiles -probably the best known of these back linking sites and another Social Media Hotspot (you knew I would mention it again!). Just sign up and get yourself an account and make sure you use your web address in your profile description...and in your posts too.

MSN Articles- Msn is constantly updated with news and articles on a huge range of topics, to get a backlink you just need to comment on an article leaving behind your thoughts, name & website link.

Yahoo Answers -you will need to work at this one as you will need to answer circa 20 questions before you can start adding your own back link. Great for building you PR weighting up though...and for helping people with their questions of course!

GoDaddy - by now you will probably have heard of GoDaddy. To get a back link from here just find Bob's blog (currently top right in a tiny font size!), watch a video and leave a message.

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Some good tools for checking your backlinks and websites health include ahrefs, SEOmoz and SEOWorkers. There are also more Google Aps than ever so go and check them out now!

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EU Cookie Law Explained

EU Cookie Law

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file placed on the user's machine by a website. This file allows the website to keep track of activity on the site during visits, and access that information on subsequent visits. The information includes login and personalisation preferences, as well as analytics information. 

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Reading The Web And The Magic F - By Rosie M Rogers

How you read the web - and 5 ways to improve your copywriting

I’ve got some bad news for you. Of all the brilliant, titillating and engaging online content that you are writing for your website, only 28% of those words are read by your audience. Web users don’t gorge over every word when they read the web, they scan for the information that they need. To optimize your copy, you need to understand how people read the web.

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How To Maximise The Potential Of Your YouTube Channel

Maximising YouTube Traffic

This is a really quick guide to optimising your existing YouTube channel.

These are techniques some of the ones I have used myself with great success whilst running campaigns for various clients, most recently for Dark Matter Audio. During those campaigns we had our YouTube videos watched by thousands of people. Now I must admit we had a great mix of PR and media hype at the time surrounding the release of an exciting new product so the videos were going to do well because they were well placed, timely and shared a popular interest however; to maximise on any success here are some of the things you need to think about when using your YouTube channel/s.

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What is PCI-DSS Consultancy?

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is an information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information. All merchants, whether small or large, need to be PCI compliant. The burden of compliance can be daunting at first, but at Bongo IT we are here to help.

You may have noted that in 2018 some of the Payment Service Providers e.g. Barclacard have tightened their regulations and are now providing more difficult questionaires. If you now find yourself stuck, please speak to one of our team.

 

What is involved

Our first step is to document the cardholder data flow. This allows us to understand how sensitive data flows through your systems, and which parts of those systems need to be scanned. We will then look at reducing the number of systems involved in the flow of cardholder data, to lessen the compliance task.

After filling in the correct questionnaire for your level of interaction with cardholder data, we initiate the scan. The scan tests all the systems through which data flows for basic security vulnerabilities. After rectifying any vulnerability, and re-running the scan until no vulnerabilities remain, compliance is achieved. We will then inform your Payment Service Provider (PSP) that you are compliant. The scan will automatically run every 3 months, and will inform you if you ever drop out of compliance.

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