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GDPR key things

GDPR, Security

GDPR – the key things you need to know

What is the General Data Protection Regulation? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adds much more stringency to the legal duties of protecting, and correctly using, data that organisations hold about individuals. It also has much bigger penalties for organisations that break the law. In the UK, it will officially be called the Data Protection Act 2018, but we…

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bespoke vs off-the-shelf

Software

Bespoke vs off-the-shelf software

How do you ensure the best ROI? Americans call it Line-of-Business (LoB) software. It’s the special stuff that’s specific to your profession or market, or even more specific to your own particular business. It makes some or all of your key business processes (or your production line) work, and you can’t easily live without it.…

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Safer internet day

Connectivity, Security

Safer Internet Day 2018

Many of us at Bristol IT Company are parents (even grandparents!), and we all recognise the risks and threats that the internet and social media pose to our children. So we are proud to be supporters of Safer Internet Day. What is Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day happens in over one hundred countries worldwide. This year it’s Tuesday 6th February. Its goal…

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gdpr paper records

GDPR, Security

007 in “For Your GDPR Only”

When “M” has finished spymastering for the day, or pops out for a cheeky Nando’s, we always see her locking the “Top Secret” files away in the office safe. Of course, we know that’s so no secrets will be discovered, even if an enemy spy (or the tea-lady) manages to gain access to M’s empty office. In…

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How safe is your data

Managed IT, Security

How safe is your data?

Electronic data is the lifeblood of most businesses in this connected age. Just think about how much you rely on your data for the smooth and effective running of your business. Your accounts are probably on a PC, server or in the cloud somewhere. Very few businesses get by with an old-fashioned cashbook these days and…

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meltdown and spectre

Security

Meltdown and Spectre

What is the problem? It is essentially a hardware design mistake, and it affects a huge number of devices and systems, from all of the major manufacturers, in theory dating as far back as 1995. In the worst case it might allow stealing of passwords and security keys. Once a sufficiently important key has been stolen,…

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gdpr glossary

GDPR, Security

GDPR glossary

The General Data Protection Regulation shares many terms with the Data Protection Act. This is a layman’s guide to the most commonly used terms. We also have a general, very brief guide. Consent Permission to collect, store and use personal data. Data Controller The person who “owns” the data who determines the purposes for which, and the…

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website is insecure

Security, Web

This website is insecure!

With the expansion of online banking, home automation and much more, we need to pay ever more attention to online security. The last few years has seen a mammoth increase in cybercrime. Criminals are also becoming cleverer in the ways they attack us. Cybercrime isn’t victimless. Even if the bank reimburses stolen money (and spreads the loss…

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new domain name services

Hosting, Web

Our new domain name services (DNS)

To enable us to provide a complete service to our clients we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new, fully Nominet registered and approved, domain name registration and management service. This means that all .UK domains registered through us are directly managed by us—there are no intermediaries at all. This will enable us to look…

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don't lose office 365 emails

Cloud, Managed IT, Office 365

Don’t lose Office 365 emails

A lot of businesses and individuals have taken up Microsoft Office 365. On the surface there’s a lot to like: automatic software updates, access to the latest versions of key business applications, predictable monthly payments, cloud storage, easy access to mobile and Cloud versions of key Office software And that’s naming just five! As Microsoft Silver Partners, we sell a lot of…

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