If you use a device purchased in the past few years, then you’ll no doubt be aware of the cloud. Users with modern devices are often ‘pinged’ by their device to ask whether they’d like to upload their photos or files to a cloud storage service. While the term ‘cloud storage’ might not sound like the most secure place to store your valuable data, you may be surprised to learn that generally, it is one of the safest ways of…Read More
Since the digital shift began, there has rarely been a week without news of big businesses falling victim to some strain of cybercrime. From ransomware and phishing through to huge data breaches, online security remains a critical issue for the modern-day business owner to face down, irrespective of their size or stature. Here we will take a look at 8 ways to keep your IT systems safe. 1. Password strength Let’s begin with the basics. One of the easiest and…Read More
With the travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines brought upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic, video conferencing has become the new normal for many businesses. Once a preserve of remote workers, it is now a common way to hold regular meetings with colleagues, reach out to clients, and even stay connected with friends and family members. If your business is looking at establishing video conferencing into your daily routines then there are plenty of options on the market. However, your…Read More
Cloud computing might be a term that you’ve heard around a lot recently. While remote working is nothing new, the global pandemic has led to a surge in the number of people working from home. Some suggest that as much as half of the UK’s workforce is now spending at least some small part of their working week from the comfort of their own homes. However, for business owners, there are practical hurdles that need to be overcome before you…Read More
Passwords are a daily part of our lives. We use them to access our work, banking, online shopping and to interact with our social circles. In fact, just about everything else that we do on the internet involves them. But what’s the best way to keep our accounts secure in 2021? And what role can Two-factor authentication play? Here we discuss the importance of Two Factor Authentication. The evolution of the password The first computer password was developed in 1961…Read More
It may seem obvious, but for most businesses, our employees are our most valuable assets. A highly skilled workforce pulling in the same direction is one of the quickest and most effective routes to establishing yourself as a successful company. There are many ways to upskill your employees, but IT training is one particular area that you should always include in your plans. Here we explain the importance of IT training in the workplace. Competency While many employees today have…Read More
Facing the challenges of the global pandemic has meant that many office-based workers are now dispersed. Working virtually from their sofas and kitchen tables. We share how to keep employees productive whilst working from home. However, the lack of face-to-face contact, the potential distractions, and the overall disruption that comes with remote working can make it difficult to maintain high standards. To overcome these challenges, employers should take advantage of new technologies and approaches that can help them to communicate…Read More
Today’s modern companies are understandably very dependent on technology. The benefits of new and ever-improving systems offer almost unbounded possibilities that are often hard to ignore. However, this deep-seated reliance on tech means that if systems do fail there can often be hefty consequences. Here we discuss the question- how much does downtime cost a business? What is Downtime? Downtime can be classified into several different categories. It can be the loss of internet access and your ability to stay…Read More
If there was one lesson to be gleaned from the past decade it would be to “always expect the unexpected”. This mantra of course holds true not only in our personal lives but also in the world of business. From natural disasters to fires and leaks, and cyber attacks, businesses face many threats. This is regardless of the industry that they operate in. The key question that arises here is not just how will you defend yourself against these threats,…Read More
Cybercrime is unfortunately now a regular occurrence and something all businesses should be taking into consideration. Cybercriminals do not target solely large companies, so all business owners should have cybercrime and cybersecurity and the top of their minds. This is even more important now that we have more people than ever working from home. Here we discuss 7 ways to protect your company from cybercrime Use strong, unique passwords This may seem like an obvious point but it is often a weak area in an organisation’s…Read More
ECL recognises that every client is different, and every client has a different IT support requirement. Whatever the size of your business, we can offer a support scenario to suit your needs.
Whether your business already uses Cloud services or you’re considering the Cloud as a possible way forward, talk to us first. We can provide anything from fully hosted IT infrastructures on our own ECL Private Cloud, to simple on-line backups. We can also give expert advice on Office 365 and other Cloud platforms.
How would losing access to your IT systems and data for days, or even weeks, affect your business? For many if not most companies this would be a nightmare scenario, with potentially very serious consequences.