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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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Why businesses should switch to Bongo for IT support

As businesses grow and develop, failure with IT systems will inevitably occur and qualified assistance will be needed to fix the problems. Unfortunately, many IT support businesses are run by IT specialists who adopt a technical and/or quick fix approach which doesn’t help users to understand the core problems or provide a truly supportive service.

 

We believe that IT should be seen as a simple utility like water and electricity – inherently reliable and always ON, with added flexibility to grow and adapt as organisations change. At Bongo IT, we offer a set of core services through a simple menu-based approach, such as broadband, email, telephony and general IT support to name a few. We audit current requirements and provide a comprehensive IT Strategy Review, ensuring that customers clearly understand their requirements now and into the future, and only pay for the services they need.

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Why the ad-hoc approach eventually leads to IT issues

All SMEs and smaller charities rely on IT, but do not always have the time, skills or knowledge to fix problems when they occur, which can have a negative impact on business performance and productivity. Relying on external help, temporary fixes are often the solution, which doesn’t allow the organisation to understand the true underlying issues. This leads to the external IT team being perceived as a necessary (and often expensive) cost, without really understanding why, or being able to challenge the core problems.

 

We believe that IT should be seen as a simple utility like water and electricity – inherently reliable and always ON, with added flexibility to grow and adapt as organisations change. At Bongo IT, we offer a set of core services through a simple menu-based approach, such as broadband, email, telephony and general IT support to name a few. We audit current requirements and provide a comprehensive IT Strategy Review, ensuring that customers clearly understand their requirements now and into the future, and only pay for the services they need.

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Why so many people do NOT take a planned approach to IT

With single devices or small networks, it can be easy to set up additional devices, but this piecemeal approach can be dangerous as businesses grow. Over time, file integrity can be compromised and IT becomes unreliable, resulting in a negative impact on business performance and productivity. Relying on external help, users often don’t understand the core issues and don’t know what is being done to fix problems, or the longer-term impact.  This leads to the external IT team being perceived as a necessary (and often expensive) cost, without really understanding why, or knowing if they are providing value for money.

 

We believe that IT should be seen as a simple utility like water and electricity – inherently reliable and always ON, with added flexibility to grow and adapt as organisations change. At Bongo IT, we offer a set of core services through a simple menu-based approach, such as broadband, email, telephony and general IT support to name a few. We audit current requirements and provide a comprehensive IT Strategy Review, ensuring that customers clearly understand their requirements now and into the future, and only pay for the services they need.

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Key Issues for Organisations Without in House IT Expertise

All SMEs and smaller charities rely on technology for maintaining digital records and systems, but small businesses are unlikely to have ready access to in-house IT support to manage their requirements. As they don’t have the time or expertise to manage IT internally, they will look for external support, often being faced with complex and expensive answers that tie them into a contract, with no guarantee of reliability and often a need to spend even more!

 

We believe that IT should be seen as a simple utility like water and electricity – inherently reliable and always ON, with added flexibility to grow and adapt as organisations change. At Bongo IT, we offer a set of core services through a simple menu-based approach, such as broadband, email, telephony and general IT support to name a few. We audit current requirements and provide a comprehensive IT Strategy Review, ensuring that customers clearly understand their requirements now and into the future, and only pay for the services they need.

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How to Add or Remove Email Accounts For Apple Devices

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Before you start using your new Office 365 account on you iPhone or iPad, you'll have to remove your old account, or it will automatically get logged in when you download Outlook.

To do this just follow the steps below:

  1.  Open the settings app
  2. Tap "Passwords & accounts" above mail. Some iPads/iPhones may have this named Mail/Mail, Contacts, Calendars or Accounts.
  3. You should have the list of accounts added to your device. Tap the email you wish to remove, and you will be shown more details.
  4. Then press the Delete Account button at the bottom of the page.
  5. Confirm this by pressing "Delete Account", or for some versions "Delete from my iPhone".
  6. Once you have done that, you can add your new Office account.
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New Year! - New Password? - I Don't Think So!

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Happy New Year to all and to all, stop changing your passwords!

"What" I hear you say "actually stop changing my password often? But you have been telling us for.. years, many years that regular password changes make computers more secure"

Okay we admit it, we have been saying that but, times they are a changin. There are two aspects to this:

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What’s New in Window’s 10 - 1809

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So here we are, waiting for Microsoft to iron out the bugs before we delve into the new exciting features Windows 10 brings to us. Here are those new features in an easily digestable format...

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The Latest Windows 10 update (1809) - Issues And Features

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Before going into detail about these bugs the first thing to know is the lifecycle and nomenclature of Windows 10 products. When we talk about updates, we use numbers to identify which one we are talking about, the “code” is a simple one.

Spring update “1803” means March 2018, “1809” is September 2018. You can check which “build” you have in the About section of Settings, under Windows Specifications, Version.

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Do I Need A Centralised System?

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You have been running your business / charity / CIC on mostly free software and are getting by, so do you really need to invest in a "centralised system"?

 

Nb: centralised system in this context means a CRM or suite like Office 365 or G-Suite

 

Does this sound like you?

We run a small charity / business which has organically grown in size to 15 (or more) people. Staff / volunteers all work remotely, use their own computers, and email addresses, to do their work and send us data about our clients. We are worried about compliance with GDPR, and what we can do when we don't own the computers.

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Having A Bad Week? Have A Bit Of Fun...

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Try Out These Deliciously Entertaining Google Easter Eggs

 

What Is An Easter Egg, Andrew?

Good question. An Easter Egg is not only a timely chocolate confection but also a hidden or secret area in a game or program, left there for us to stumble upon and amuse ourselves. Google has a few of these dotted around, and here's how to find them...

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Business Leaders Masterclass: 5 Secrets For Sales Growth by Sandler Training

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Business Leaders Masterclass: 5 Secrets For Sales Growth by Sandler Training

 

Last Thursday we were privellieged enough to attend one of Sandler Training's taster sessions. We spend two hours looking at the slaes process, and much of that from the customer perspective.

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What is PCI Security and why is it important?

What is PCI Security and why is it important?

Payment Card Industry Security is an essential for any online business that uses any kind of debit or credit card to make transactions. The PCI Data Security Standard (or PCI DSS) is a standard for companies that handle (or store) customer credit card details and bank details. In this blog we will explain the benefits of PCI DSS and how you and your company can reach the standard.

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What Is Cyber Essentials and How can I get secure?

What Is Cyber Essentials and How can I get secure?

The Cyber Essentials scheme was set up by the government and a group of cyber security experts to help many small to medium sized companies become digitally secure against 80% of known cyber threats. In this blog we will explore how Cyber Essentials could help your business, point you to several ways of implementing it, and suggest other things you can do to make your network secure.

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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, Manufacturing, and SME's unlock the power of the cloud. From a business of 1 to 22,000 people we are the go to consultants.

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What is PCI-DSS Consultancy?

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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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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. ...
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 atta...
As businesses grow and develop, failure with IT systems will inevitably occur and qualified assistance will be needed to fix the problems. Unfortunately, many I...