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Windows 10 is getting a very useful Windows 11 feature

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Windows 10 is getting a very useful Windows 11 feature

Windows 10 is getting a very useful Windows 11 feature

There’s no denying the Windows 11 has a lot of really cool new features. If you haven’t made the move from Windows 10 yet, you’re missing out. But there’s good news. To make the (eventual) move from Windows 10 to 11 a little easier, Microsoft is sharing a couple of 11’s most useful features. The first should make printing a little easier. We can hear your cheers from here! Anything that makes printing easier is OK in our book too. Printers don’t have a terrible reputation for nothing… This feature makes printing PIN-protected. That means when you want to print a document, you’ll send it off to the printer – but it’ll only print when you’ve reached the printer and entered your PIN. This removes the risk of you printing something confidential and leaving it on the printer for everyone to see. Or accidentally printing several copies of the same document. Yes, this will reduce paper waste. And that’s not all… There’s a second really useful feature coming over to Windows 10. It’s called Focus Assist and works alongside do not disturb. Switching on do not disturb is great when you want a little uninterrupted time to

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What does the global chip shortage mean for your business?

What does the global chip shortage mean for your business?

For the past couple of years, the tech world has been struggling with a huge shortage of chips. But it’s not just tech businesses that are feeling the impact. So many of the things we use every day contain a chip. Laptops and desktops, sure. But also household appliances, even our cars. It’s hard to find an electric device without a chip. This shortage has the potential to disrupt our modern lives. Did you know, it’s been ongoing since 2020 (ah, that year really was a gift, wasn’t it)? It started during the pandemic as production fell while demand went up. Other events since have made it worse, including extreme weather, the Ukraine war and a factory fire. We’re told that increasing chip production isn’t easy. It can take years to build a new factory because of the unique production demands. Of course, all of this is someone else’s problem. Let’s make it real to you – what does this actually mean for your business? Essentially it means you need to plan ahead more. Some of the technology you need to run your business may be in short supply. As an example, getting large numbers of the

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If any of your staff work remotely, you need to be on top of this

If any of your staff work remotely, you need to be on top of this

Remote and hybrid working is now the norm for a lot of people. But a recent survey has found that, despite it being more than two years since many of us were forced to work from home, too many businesses still don’t have the right cyber security measures in place for those away from the office. The survey was originally intended to learn about spending plans from now into next year. However, the results highlighted just how few businesses have the right cyber security protections. And it’s a worry. Since the beginning of the pandemic, cyber security incidents – like malware, ransomware, and data breaches – have risen sharply. Cyber criminals began by taking advantage of the panic, and have since developed increasingly sophisticated tactics. It’s costing businesses around the world billions, plus causing excessive downtime. While the survey did show that around two thirds of businesses have good web security measures in place, like malware filters, some of the results were more disappointing. Just 50% of companies have cloud-based cyber security systems in place right now (although 15% are exploring their options). Cloud security gives businesses multiple layers of protection across their network and infrastructure that

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Some employees won’t stop using apps that could be a security risk

Some employees won’t stop using apps that could be a security risk

It’s likely a lot of the applications and software tools you’re using now are different from the ones your business used before the pandemic. That’s because we’ve all had to make big adjustments to the way we communicate and collaborate. And to begin with, it may have been hit and miss. It’s possible in the first few weeks and months that your employees had to use whatever tools they had available to them. Now that we’ve settled into permanent new ways of working, we can pick the software tools that best suit our businesses. Unfortunately, your employees might not like your choice of which apps should be used within the company. And some of them may continue to use the ones they prefer, despite the security risk that comes with that. A recent survey found a massive 92% of employees want more control over the software, collaboration tools, and applications they use. And 51% continue to use apps that have been banned by IT departments. It’s putting business owners in a difficult position. Blocking apps and software may lead to employees feeling untrusted. This can lead to frustration and lack of motivation. It can really have a

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Ever wondered if your apps are spying on you? Now you can find out

Ever wondered if your apps are spying on you? Now you can find out

It’s no secret that some applications are a little too interested in us and what we’re doing. We’ve all had this experience. You might be talking to a friend about a new product that you’d like to try. Or perhaps you’ve discussed somewhere you’d like to visit. Then the next time you go online you see adverts for the exact things you were talking about. It’s more than a coincidence, surely??? Until recently, we haven’t had a lot of control over what information our apps are gathering about us. Android and iOS first stepped up to give us more power over our online privacy. We were given the ability to control which apps could access our data, and sensitive things like our camera and microphone. But while it’s easy to think of this only being an issue with phones… laptops have the same problems. So here’s some great news. Microsoft’s testing a new feature in Windows 11 to put the power back in our hands. It’s currently testing a new feature – called Privacy Auditing – which allows you to see which applications have been accessing sensitive hardware, like your webcam and microphone. You’ll also be able

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Your business is losing hundreds of hours to spam every year

Your business is losing hundreds of hours to spam every year

Spam emails. Everyone hates them. It’s not just the emotional pain of clearing spam from your inbox. Having to do that is a real productivity killer, too. A recent report found that each one of your employees could be losing up to 80 hours each year, thanks to filtering and deleting spam emails. That’s a LOT of lost productivity. Anywhere between 45% and 85% of emails generated each day are spam emails. And worryingly, that also includes malicious emails and those hoping to infect you with malware. Although we don’t all receive the same number of emails every day, the hours lost to filtering them out adds up. If one of your employees gets 30 external emails a day, they’d get around 30 spam emails each week. That would work out to around 5 hours each year wasted on sorting through and deleting them. For an employee who gets up to 60 emails a day, it would be an average of 11 hours a year wasted. And for someone who gets more than 100 emails each day, you’re looking at around 80 hours of productivity lost to filtering emails each year. Now add that up for each

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At last! Google Chrome’s going to block disruptive notifications

At last! Google Chrome’s going to block disruptive notifications

When you’re browsing it can feel like you’re being bombarded with things other people want you to see. Not only do we have to click on permissions for cookies and tracking, but now a lot of websites ask for our permission to send us notifications. And while many of these notifications are harmless – news updates, latest recipes, product releases – sometimes they can be outright spam. It’s distracting, it’s making us less productive at work, and it’s just really annoying. It’s called ‘notification spam’ and it’s becoming a problem. In fact, Google says it’s one of the top complaint reports from people using its Chrome browser. So now the tech giant has decided to do more about it. Back in October 2020, Google first acted on harmful notifications by exposing websites that misled people into giving permission. It created its own prompts to warn people the website may have malicious intent. Now, Google intends to take things a step further if it feels the website is ‘abusive’ or ‘disruptive’. It’ll revoke a website’s permission to send notifications, and even block attempts to request permission. Even if you’ve accidentally allowed a malicious site to send notifications, Chrome

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Is your business making these cyber security mistakes?

Is your business making these cyber security mistakes?

It feels like every day we’re being warned about a new threat to our cyber security, doesn’t it? That’s for good reason. Last year, ransomware attacks alone affected 73% of UK businesses. And the cost of cyber-crime is estimated to hit $10.5 trillion by 2025, according to the ‘2022 Cybersecurity Almanac’. But we’re still seeing far too many businesses that aren’t taking this threat seriously. It’s not only your data that you could lose if your company falls victim to a cyber-attack. The cost of remediation or mitigation can run into tens of thousands of £££. And at the same time you’ll suffer an average of 21 days downtime after a cyber-attack. Imagine… 21 days without being able to use all your business technology as normal. It doesn’t bear thinking about. That’s not to mention the loss of trust your clients have in you, which could lead to you losing their custom. It’s really important that your business is taking appropriate steps to keep your data safe and secure. That most likely means a layered approach to your security. This is where several solutions are used, which work together to give you a level of protection appropriate

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3 easy upgrades to improve your video call setup

3 easy upgrades to improve your video call setup

Early on in the first lockdowns in 2020, did you ever sit at your computer and think “I really like working from home”? Or were you the opposite; desperate to get back into a building and meet with other people like in the old days? Whichever was the case – and whether you feel the same now – we’ve ended up with a mix of the two: Hybrid working. Some people are in the office. Some are at home. The days of having everyone together at the same time are gone. Maybe forever. Which means that video calls are here to stay. If you want to invest in your video call setup, here are three easy upgrades for you. The first is about improving your picture quality. Many people use the built-in camera on their laptop, which is OK. Cheap webcams also do the job. However, if you’re spending a lot of your day on video calls, you can instantly make yourself look better with a decent camera. The simplest option is to use an old smartphone. The cameras in most modern phones are great. And it’s really easy to link them up to your computer using

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Most ransomware victims would pay up if attacked again

Most ransomware victims would pay up if attacked again

Ransomware is one of the fastest growing cyber-crimes in the world. Last year, 37% of businesses were victim to an attack. In case you didn’t know, a ransomware attack is where cyber criminals infiltrate your network (or device) and steal your data by encrypting it. The data is still there, but you can’t access it. Then they demand you pay a large ransom fee for the encryption key. If you don’t pay the demand (which can be tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds), they delete your data. It’s not just the cost of the ransom fee to worry about. There’s the stress, reputational damage and downtime that goes with it. In 2021, the average downtime suffered after a ransomware attack was 22 days. Official advice is not to pay any ransomware demands. However, a new survey has shown that a massive 97% of business leaders who’ve experienced a ransomware attack in the past would pay up quickly if they were attacked again A third of them would pay instantly. What does that tell you about what a nightmare the whole thing is for any business? The other problem is, when you pay a ransomware demand,

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May I take this opportunity in thanking you for your prompt action in dealing with our hardware problem last week. We were in jeopardy of not being able to pay some clients employees at the end of last month and although we needed to work additional hours we fulfilled our deadlines on time.
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Infinity Business Solutions - a company aptly named! They always provide solutions, they're always businesslike and offer no end of help and advice. It gives us great confidence to know that Infinity are on board.
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I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work put in supporting our systems It is really appreciated that you are on the ball  and I really feel that we can rely on Infinity when it counts.
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I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work put in supporting our systems It is really appreciated that you are on the ball  and I really feel that we can rely on Infinity when it counts.
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The staff at Infinity are always cheerful, courteous & helpful and pretty much resolve problems first time. Nothing is ever too much problem and they even are prepared to help outside of hours when urgent help is needed. Keep up the good work...and don't lose the personal touch!
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Infinity understand that down time is the most important issue and do all they can to ensure that our staff have minimal down time when experiencing problems.
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You don’t know how good it is not having SPAM arriving every 3 minutes! I’ve received no SPAM since 4pm yesterday ... nothing in my Inbox, Junk Mail folder or caught by the SPAM controls within Exchange. Perfect!
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