While you can save money by using the Home or personal version of Office 365, it will probably cause you problems in the long run. The home version is not commercially licensed and just isn’t set up for businesses and their needs. It doesn’t have the same security level, the collaboration tools, or the level of functionality that the business versions have. We listed a few of the advantages the Business Standard version and above have over the Home and Personal options below.
Cybersecurity is something most organisations want to get right. But where do you start? What are the basics that every business should be using to protect their IT and data?
Are you wasting pounds by saving pennies on your IT? It’s an old saying, but if you are running a business, it is true – time is money. If you or your staff are spending time on your IT, you are not spending time doing what you do best, and more importantly – what you get paid for! It’s not just that time you spent purchasing and maintaining your own IT to save money either – if you purchase cheaper IT products and services, it can waste a lot of staff time.
You have a variety of files on all of these that have information you do not want unauthorised people having access to. It could be personal information, financial information, legal matters or just anything that could be commercially sensitive. Whatever it is, you need to make sure that access is limited to those that you want to see it.
We have talked a lot about how essential it is to protect your data to avoid losing it in previous blogs. But what about making sure you are the only ones with access to it? We all have to send emails with extra sensitive information sometimes that we do not want anyone other than the receiver to see, but some emails are more sensitive than others. In some cases, the wrong people accessing an email can mean a high cost to your business.
Even if your staff are working from home, they should be accessing your server via VPN and storing all work data there (and/or Onedrive for Office files). You can set…
We have all got used to video meetings since March 2020. But how do you manage meetings as staff come back to the office? Many of our clients are moving to a “hybrid” model, with employees only coming into the office one to three days a week. This is great for staff morale and will benefit many businesses, but it does mean that you may need to hold meetings for a mixture of staff working from home and in the office. So, what are your options?
There are all sorts of reasons that you could lose files. They could be deleted or overwritten by accident, be in a previous employee's inbox that's been deleted, or even lost because they were encrypted in a ransomware attack (see our last blog for more about that). In fact, the No. 1 cause of data loss in systems such as Microsoft Office 365 is accidental deletion. About 70 per cent of all lost data is due to end-users accidentally or maliciously deleting data.
Ransomware attacks are becoming more and more common and are a serious risk to your business. If you don’t protect yourself, your business could be sent back to a 1950s…