Productivity tools are supposed to make you more, well… productive. But if they’re not embedded properly within your business, tasks can actually end up taking longer than they should. That’s frustrating for employees and you. It wastes time, and it costs money – which is the opposite of being productive.
So how can this happen?
Often a lack of consistent training means everyone is using tools differently, or finding their own workarounds. Maybe the tools haven’t been properly integrated with other apps, creating additional work. Or perhaps employees simply don’t find some tools useful and give up on them.
Bringingnew technology into your business can be a big step – so big that lots of owners try to avoid it completely. That might be because of understandable risk aversion, or because they simply don’t have enoughinformationto choose the right solution from thethousands of available options. It doesn’t help that nearly all tools work differently and offer different advantages.
What most business owners need is expert help. It’s easy to say you plan to introduce new productivity tools to keep employees happy and to gain a competitive advantage, but in practiceit’s a lot more involved.
One thing’s for sure.As AI solutions become more and more integrated into new solutions – and others in your industry start to benefit from the new tech landscape –businessesthat don’t keep up, risk being left behind.
Working with professionals can not only help to identify the most suitable tools for your business…
But also to help get the most from them byensuring all your peopleare fully trained.
That means you’ll not only be gettingall the productivity benefits you hoped forfrom your investment,you’llalso have a more engaged, better skilledand more productive workforce.
This is something we help businesses with all the time. Get in touch if you’d like us to do the same for you. Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.
If we talk about ‘bots’ you’d be forgiven for thinking of the amazing AI chatbots that have been all over the news lately. But this isn’t a good news story. Bots are just automated programs, and bot malware is a worrying new security risk you need to defend your business against. Malware bots are particularly dangerous because they steal whole user profiles – that’s a complete snapshot of your ID and settings. This potentially allows cyber crooks to bypass strong security measures like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Usually, if a criminal steals your username and password, they still can’t access your account because they don’t have access to your MFA authentication method. But with your whole profile available to them, using your cookies and device configurations, they can trick security systems and effectively switch off MFA. Once profile information is stolen, it’s sold on the dark web for as little as $5. And it’s not even super-sophisticated cyber criminals deploying this technique. Just about anyone can obtain your details and use them for phishing emails, scams, and other criminal activity. Since 2018, 5 million people have had 26.6 million usernames and passwords stolen, giving access to accounts including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. All this means there are things you need to do – right now – to keep your profiles and your business protected from bot malware.
Update your antivirus software and keep it on at all times.
Use a password manager and Multi-Factor Authentication to keep your login credentials safer
And encrypt all your files so that, if anyone does access your profile, there’s very little to steal.
These are the things we help our clients with every day. If we can help you, just get in touch. Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.
Our phones are a goldmine of private information. Just think of all the financial details, personal messages, banking apps, photos and contact information that live behind that little glass screen.
And if your team use phones for work, they’ll often have access straight into company systems– email, contact lists, network access, file systems. So if they’re not kept as secure as any other device in your workplace, they can become a gaping hole in your cyber security.
Criminals know this, of course,which is why they target us through our phones just as much as they do through our networks and servers.
But cyber crimeisn’t the only concern. Just losing your phone, or having it stolen, can put your data at huge risk.
So, whether you issue company smartphones, or your employees use their own, you should make sure everyone implements some simple security steps to protect your data and avoid disaster.
Start with making sure your people set up a PIN and a biometric login (like a fingerprint or face scan) to open the device.
Only install apps from trusted sources to make sure you’re using genuine software.
And enable Multi-Factor Authentication on all apps that store even a small amount of sensitive data.
Be careful about where you connect to Wi-Fi. If you work remotely or often connect to public networks, consider using a VPN – a Virtual Private Network – to add another layer of security. You never know who’s monitoring traffic on a public network.
Finally, ALWAYS make sure your phone is running the latest version of its operating software, and keep all apps up to date.
Smartphones have changed so much about the way welive – at home, and at work – but it’s too easy to take them for granted. And that could be a costly mistake.
If you need help to keep your smartphones safe, just get in touch. Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.
The whole world is suddenly talking about Artificial Intelligence. From Alexa in your kitchen, to Siri on your phone, AI is already all around us, but new names like ChatGPT, Dall-E, Jasper and more feel like they’ve blown up the internet. These new concepts take thingsWAY further, helping us to write articles, search the web with natural conversation, generate images, create code, and introduce new ways to make our dailylives even easier. But emerging technology nearly always launches in a blizzard of geek-speak before it settles into everyday life. Early PC users might remember the ‘DOS prompt’. And when did you ever have to ‘defrag’ your phone? Experts believe that these new AI tools will become the building blocks of a whole new world of tech, redefining the way we interact with computers and machines. So let’s help you decode some of the terms you’ll hear this year. ChatbotStarting with the basics, a chatbot is an app that mimics human-to-human contact.Just type or speak normally, and the chatbot will respond the same way.ChatGPT is a chatbot. If you haven’t tried it out yet, give it a go. Deep learningThis is the technique that’s used to imitate the human brain, by learning from data. Current search tools and systems use pre-programmed algorithms to respond to requests. AI tools are trained on concepts and conversations in the real-world, and learn as they go to provide human-like responses. Machine intelligenceThe umbrella term for machine learning, deep learning, and conventional algorithms. “Will machine intelligence surpass human ingenuity?” Natural Language Understanding (NLU)helps machines understand the meaning of what we say, even if we make grammatical errors or speak with different regional accents. Weak AIis the most common form of AI in use right now. Weak AI is non-sentient and typically focuses on a single or small range of activities – for instance writing, or repurposing video content. Strong AI, on the other hand has the goal of producing systems that are as intelligent and skilled as the human mind. Just not yet. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but trust us – you’re going to be hearing a lot more about AI in the months and years to come. If you’d like more help to understand how AI might form part of your business, just get in touch. Published with permission from Your Tech Updates.
Have you ever tried to buy tickets for a hugeevent and found that the seller’s website has collapsed under the weight of thousands of people all trying to do the same thing at the same time?
The ticket site falls over – usually temporarily – because the server is overloaded with traffic it doesn’t have the capacity for.
Criminal Distributed Denial of Service attacks – DDoS, for short – exploit the same principle.
When a DDoS attack targets a business, it floods it with internet traffic in an attempt tooverwhelm the system and force it to fail.
This results in the business and its customers being unable to access services. That may trigger a temporary failure, or it could be more serious. Last year, the average DDoS attack lasted 50 minutes.
That may not sound like a long time, but it’s enough to create angry customers, or to bring business to a grinding halt. And downtime can be costly.
The really bad news is that DDoS attacks are not only lasting longer, but they’re becoming bigger, more sophisticated and more common.
Recently, the biggest ever reported DDoS attack was reportedly blocked. At its peak, it sent 71 million requests per SECOND to its target’s servers. Prior to that, the biggest reported incident stood at 46 million requests per second.
Worse still, more businesses are reporting being targeted by DDoS attacks where criminals are demanding huge ransoms to stop the attack.
What does this mean for you?
It’s important you check all your security measures are up-to-date and working as they should be. Are your firewalls up to the task, with DDoS monitoring and prevention tools set up? And is your team fully aware of the importance of staying vigilant?
We can help make sure your business stays protected. Just get in touch.