Password protecting your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files #MSOffice

A discussion about security measures with an SME I have been working with highlighted the need to provide some tips on how to protect files. They wanted to add passwords but were not sure of the best way to do this. So here is the way to do it in MS Office applications for Office365.… Read More

A is for App and B is for Behave

This isn’t my first blog about Apps that can take your personal information, and it probably won’t be the last. I am all for Apps that make you more productive and provide information on what is going around you. But there are too many that want access to information they could never legitimately use. I… Read More

Perception vs Reality of cyber crime

Would you consider your house as secure if it had been broken into in the past year, and the police had not caught the gang that was breaking into most of the other houses on your street? Probably not. Compare this to businesses and cyber crime. A recent report indicates there is a disconnect between the reality… Read More

The SMEs guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA) in May 2018. The headline-grabbing impact of the GDPR are the fines; up to €20m or 4% of global turnover (whichever is the higher) depending on the scale of the issue you have with personal data. But it also presents OPPORTUNITIES; to improve… Read More

Why keeping information secure is much more than an IT issue

When I ask business owners what they are doing to keep their business information secure, the vast majority say it is an IT issue and I should talk to their IT team or the company used to maintain their IT systems. But what about dealing with risks from your staff, lack of adequate physical security or keeping… Read More

Questions for an SME to ask when they want a new website

Every company needs a website to let potential clients know what they do and why to use them. When a new SME is setup, there may not be much time to do a formal evaluation of different suppliers. A supplier may get selected via a recommendation, or it could be a service offered alongside other marketing… Read More