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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.

View our Privacy Notice here

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
Spitfire Business Internet & Telecomms

Myriad engauges with a Spitfire

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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 Рbut 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.

Search engine optimisation

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Myriad Digital can improve your organisations’ web site search engine rankings dramatically. Our search engine optimisation campaigns frequently produce page one listings with the major search engines.

High search engine rankings consistently lead to more web site visitors. Visitors who are looking for specific products, services or information. More targeted visitors to a web site leads to higher sales potential. If you are interested in SEO then please call us for a chat so that we can see if it is the right strategy for your businesses online presence.