Are you ready for the change of Data Protection Law in May 2018 ?

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With major advances in IT occurring rapidly and consistently for many years there have been changes also to the ways in which individuals and organizations communicate and share information.

It is for this reason that the EU have deemed it necessary to review all of the legal codes in EU states and yes that means us irrespective of Brexit.

Many core concepts existing under the current EU data protection regime (Data Protection Directiveor DPD introduced in 1995) will remain broadly similar, however many will change and these have to be in place by May 2018 and these changes present new compliance challenges for businesses.

This is where we can help. View the GDPR_white_paper here or call us to book a review of your policies so you can be compliant come the big day in May.

Top tips to protecting your computers against ransomware

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Here’s a list of the most important things you need to reduce the risk of being hit by ransomware – of course if you feel you need more advice or a system audit then please call us and we’ll pop round !

Simple steps to prevent ransomware attacks:

1 BACKUP REGULARLY – Please note that many conventional backup methods may be compromised.

2 PATCH YOUR SYSTEMS – Keep your software up to date

3 EDUCATE YOUR STAFF – This goes a long way to avoiding the problems

4 PROTECT YOUR NETWORK – Get the right anti virus solutions in place

5 SEGMENT YOUR NETWORK – keep your critical apps and data isolated

6 SECURE YOUR ENDPOINTS – including all smart phones !

7 – PROTECT ANDROID DEVICES – including tablets

8 – QUARANTINE ROGUE FILES – Consider sandboxing to filter the good from the bad

At myriad digital we have extensive experience of implementing system security that works, so if you want help with any of the above aspects or you would like us to test your infrastructure then please call us to arrange a visit

Managed Wi-Fi Solutions

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Our managed Wi-Fi solutions allow you to offer secure internal and guest Wi-Fi access with full control of accessibility across all devices.

We implement Wi-Fi policies that allow you to provide the right level of access to both in-house and public Wi-Fi users providing appropriate connection protocols for staff, contractors and public hotspots.

The Wi-Fi hardware that we deploy provides a number of key advantages over other Wi-Fi solutions including:

  • Rapid Deployment
  • Scalability for Thousands
  • Long Range Performance (up to 600ft)
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band Wi-Fi
  • Advanced Software Features

Myriad engauges with a Spitfire

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spitfire Having looked for a new comms partner for some time Myriad finally partner up with Spitfire – Winners of Best Hosted Platform and 2nd Place Highly Commended Best ISP awards.

With a tad over 25 years experience in providing business internet and telecoms services, Spitfire proved to be unbeatable when it came to partnership opportunities. With an emphasis on customer service, Spitfire deliver innovative, award-winning solutions that come with significant cost savings.

So off we went to London to meet the team and attend some product training to allow us to resell a wide range of connectivity solutions to you our valuable clients. From leased lines and VOIP to plain old broadband we can now confidently provide rugged solutions backed up by top customer service – just as you like it !

With over 100 staff and a turnover of £20m + Spitfire have traded since 1988 and were one of the first providers of business broadband in the UK plus one of the first Telecoms companies to be involved in Wholesale Line Rental when it was launched as a trial by BT Wholesale in 2001. So we feel fairly priveleged to be on board with a top notch provider.

So when you are considering upgrading your telephone system, broadband, switching to VOIP or need the benefits of faster broadband you can consult us – your trusty partners.

Do you need premium web hosting ?

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Meeting expectation when it comes to UX is an incredibly important and fundamental part of your web armour. UX is the process of enhancing user satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction between the user and the web site in this instance. If you don’t get this right then your visitor numbers will dwindle and the chances of success are undermined.

One simple aspect of getting this right is the speed of your site and the load time of pages. Although there are several factors that can affect this performance, the first and most important consideration is the specification of the hosting server and the hosting environment. In order to address this we have invested heaviliy in speccing out and commissioning a new web server that really rocks. Not only is the server superfast but the Internet backbone it sits on is also lightening fast thanks to recent deployment of new fibre equipment.

Good web hosting is important to all organisations. If you run an e-commerce store then this becomes even more important and pretty much mission critical to your business. If the store goes down or is slow to load pages then sure as day turns to night your sales will suffer aswell as your brand image.  So what other factors determine the UX ? theres a great list here if items that are often thought of a critical – but maybe not ? UX MYTHS

 

Beware of Word Document Viruses !

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For some of us they’re coming in think and fast and can cause real problems. Picking on a format that are frequently exchanged, Word documents have become the carrier of a strain of very destructive viruses that can be time consuming and therefore costly to fix.

Microsfot Word files contain small programs called “macros” which are shortcuts that are customisable and can automate tasks such as formatting text or applying bullet lists. However, this macro programming language can also be used to write viruses that activate  when you open the Word file.

By using tempting filenames or message conent the hackers are quite good at encouraging users to open the attachment thus deploying the virus. A good example is “Credit Note XYZ” or similar that suggests by clicking you may receive some reward.

So how can you avoid problems ?

The best advice is to only open email attachments from a trusted source i.e. folk you know. Even then be weary as it is possible that their machine has become infected and is sending out the virus.

Make sure that your Eset Anti Virus is up to date and switched on and scanning email attachements for viruses.

Let us dispose of your used computer kit

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recylcleWorking with a certified recycling partner we are now able to take away your old equipment from as little as £2 per item.

Our recycling partner operates a fully licensed WEEE processing site based in Devon and can dispose of all types of electrical waste, and provide all relevant legal paperwork. They are fully registered as a licensed processing site and as waste carriers with the Environment Agency.

 

This means that when we supply you with new equipoment we can also dispose of your retired kit in a responsible way and at a reasonable cost. Including:

Computers Laptops Servers Telecom Equipment
Network Equipment Monitors Printers

Please call us if you have electrical items that you want to dispose of and we can provide you with a quote and schedule a visit to collect.

Myriads Hosted Desktop Solutions Are Unbeatable Value

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With tailored solutions from as little as £25 per user per month, Myriad offers a very flexible package allowing you to select exactly what you want and manage things on a monthly basis. Otherwise known as virtual desktops, our hosted solutions allow access to your ‘office’ from anywhere in the world 24/7 using any type of enabled device – assuming that you have an internet connection !

It’s not simply hosted desktops that we can provide but hosted applications and servers, hosted exchange, Sharepoint and more all backed up by our unbeatable support service. Security seems to be one of the main reasons for clients moving their business to the cloud. To address this we use UK based Data Centres which comply with all the relevant security standards to give you peace of mind.

SpamPython Protection For Exchange Users

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final-sm-SamPythonWith Spam filtering becoming an increasingly tough nut to crack we have completed our assessment of the various Spam filtering services available. There are many such services so the decision to run with so chosing SpamPython was not an easy one. We now offer this service at domain level, meaning that all email sent to your email addresses will be filtered for a fixed cost* irrespective of how many email addresses you have and how many emails you receive (*up to 100,000 per month on the standard tariff).

All anti Spam software uses filters to decipher what email is legitimate and what is not. SpamPython adds approximately 15,000 filters daily and currently has approximately 5 million filters in place making it the most thorough service available. In addition it monitors sender behaviour in real-time so it is able to spot servers that are emitting spam and act fast to prevent it from reaching your mailboxes.

Getting filtering levels right is very important. If you set levels too low then you continue to get spam email. If you set them too high then there is a good chance that you will miss some legitimate email. When you deploy SpamPython you have no such worries and you will only receive genuine email saving you bundles of wasted time and money.

Other benefits of SpamPython include reduced congestion of your valuable bandwidth. Instead of your broadband being cluttered downloading bogus email and attachments it will be freed up allowing web pages to load and legitimate email to download quicker. PLUS no more wasted time deleting junk from your inbox !

With easy access to your quarantine area you can keep an eye on things and be confident that you are not missing out on any important email. The simple preview facility allows you to safely view erroneous email by masking links and images to eliminate the risk of any infection.

With prices from £14 per month plus VAT can you afford not to give it a try ? Why not call us today so we can discuss your SpamPython requirements. Please note that this product is only available to Microsoft Exchange users.

Myriad complete first Workbooks CRM roll-out

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Back in June 2014 Myriad started selling for Workbooks CRM Solutions – Independently voted  CRM system of the year for 2014.

Having completed the product training we were keen to implement Workbooks and watch as it was adopted by our the client and is now live and operational and used for managing the company’s interactions with customers and sales prospects.

Workbooks CRM Software Rated #1 for Customer Satisfaction

In the independent G2Crowd Report on CRM, users and customers gave Workbooks a score of 99 out of 100 for customer satisfaction. That’s better than large vendors such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP CRM and Oracle.” Visit their site now for more product information www.workbooks.com

At Myriad we researched the various CRM platforms well before this accolade was awarded and found it to provide the riches list of features, the swiftest of implementations and a clear and logical user interface making it instantly popular with its end users. See Workbooks rich feature list here:

Founded in 2007 in the UK by a team of  experienced entrepreneurs, Workbooks rapidly became one of the fastest growing providers of web-based CRM and Business Applications with customers spanning many industry sectors including Finance, Professional Services, Insurance, Not-for-profit organisations, IT, Telecommunications, Construction, Transport & Logistics and Manufacturing.

In essence Workbooks can help a business to increase sales and improve the quality of service whilst reducing costs. Why not let us explain how the UK’s favourite web based CRM platform can help your business grown and streamline its internal processes. As well as being the most popular it also provides one of the lowest costs of ownership while delivering fantastic ROI.

So if you are a business currently without a CRM system or have had enough of your existing platform or are wanting to reduce your costs please call us today and we can arrange a demonstration. We just know you’ll be impressed !

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