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Rapportive – Putting a Face to the Email

Rapportive connects to your social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ etc) to provide details on who is emailing you and their social media presence. With the faceless nature of email, this product allows you to put a face to the name and build that connection as you interact.

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Building a portfolio quickly

One thing new and expanding SME’s can need is a portfolio of commercial work to allow them showcase their talents. However in today’s competitive world this can not only be really tough it can also be near on impossible when even offering to do these things for free to get noticed.

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Choosing a Web Hosting Package

There are a hundred and one options when it comes to hosting packages and detailed below are the main ones relating to what most SME’s require from experience. What you’ll pay will vary from place to place and bear in mind if you’re moving provider then you will need to factor in the time and cost of moving the site and be prepared for some down time on the website and potentially email.

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Locking down your Firewall with Port Based Rules

It doesn’t matter what firewall you have, be it Cisco, Zyxel, Sonicwall etc you need to put rules in place to ensure that your network is properly protected.

There are a number of services you may also want to consider depending on your needs. These include content filtering, email filtering, anti-virus, and VPN licences. But the basics of a firewall require you to put rules in place that prevent / permit traffic to / from your network.

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One = None

When it comes to IT in your company (or most critical rolls for that matter) you cannot have everything hinge on one person. That goes for an internal company person or an IT systems provider.

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Keeping a Media Library

One thing we come across on a regular basis is the missing discs that are required when installing a new PC or indeed any operation that requires a program to be installed afresh onto a system. It also should be present for Disaster Recovery purposes.

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What to Consider when Offering Free WiFi in your Business

Having free WiFi on premises can be an important customer retention tool and just plain useful for companies who have a lot of outside guests coming onsite. But as with all things, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and there are risks and considerations for companies going down that route.

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio . WiFi
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I can see Clearly now that the Spam has Gone

A bit like a television advertisement for a certain anti-dandruff shampoo, when you tell someone you have email or spam filtering they will often say ‘but you don’t get spam’, to which you reply ‘exactly’.

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio . Email
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Beware the Bespoke Website

We often come across businesses asking us ‘do you do websites?’

The simple answer of course is yes we make and maintain websites but normally that’s not the end goal. They’ve normally already got a website that they like and are just looking for a few tweaks, contact name changes and the like but can’t get hold of the original designer who was insert: on work experience, temp, or family friend etc

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio
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Everything you need to Remember in Evernote

I have what has got to be one of the worst memories at times. I see things online, or out and about and I want to remember but there isn’t a hope that I will at the end of a busy day travelling here there and everywhere.

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