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Data backups areIn case cryptolocker ransomware strikes your business, it pays to have backups of your critical files tucked away for safekeeping.

The idea behind ransomware is to sneak malicious software onto your computer, encrypt all your important business files and then hold your data hostage. In return for the decryption key, the scammers demand payment via an untraceable currency like BitTorrent.

Even worse, ransomware tends to spread quickly throughout a business, passing from computer to computer while also looking for attached storage and network shares. Before you even know what hit you, your entire business can be locked down.

Forget about recovering your data by brute force attack, trying every combination to unlock your files. Even... Read More

Make a great first impressionYour foyer and front desk are your first point of contact with new customers, so make the most of this with a strategically placed iPad to show them what you’ve got to offer.

iPads are powerful productivity tools when it’s time to get some work done, but they’re also a perfect interactive display book for showing potential customers what your business is all about. Rather than just leaving one on the front counter and hoping visitors pick it up, it’s easy to set up an iPad on a kiosk stand or benchtop mount so it catches peoples’ eyes.

Now, while they wait, people can look over your wares, browse through examples of your work, flick through your latest catalogue... Read More

polycom soundstationWhen desktop webcams and tiny speakers no longer cut it, it’s time to take your business video conferencing to the next level.

There’s no denying video conferencing is a powerful business tool for those times when it’s not possible to meet face to face with someone but a basic phone call won’t cut it. Sometimes it helps to look someone in the eye, whether you’re running an internal meeting or dealing with external partners, suppliers and customers.

You’ll find plenty of consumer-grade video chat tools that run on handheld gadgets and... Read More

Financial New Year's tech resolutionsThe start of a new Financial Year is the perfect time to consider how your business might better use technology to improve your bottom line.

If you’re still stuck in the age of shoebox accounting, or fighting with a jumble of spreadsheets, then it’s time to bring your finances into the modern age. Thankfully, there’s no need to spend a bundle on accounting software when powerful cloud accounting packages put a wealth of features at your fingertips for only a few dollars a month

The ability to quickly generate quotes, issue purchase orders, send receipts and chase late payments can do wonders for your cash flow. You’ll also find modules supporting payroll, human resources and other advanced features to... Read More

finger-769300_640Digital disruption brings with it new ways to engage with customers and reach new markets, so don’t make the mistake of treating social media as an afterthought.

When people think about digital disruption they think about leveraging the power of new technologies to seize new opportunities. This often means working more efficiently and effectively, empowering small businesses to punch above their weight while also letting big businesses remain agile in the face of new, nimble competitors.

While changing the way your business works is one piece of the puzzle, digital disruption is also about changing the way your business interacts with the world.

At first glance the rabble of social media can seem impenetrable, but you shouldn’t underestimate its power as a business tool.... Read More