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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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Getting Sold a White Elephant Solution

One of the most expensive and largest servers we’ve come across in an inherited site sits in an office with 4 users. They use about 15% of it’s capacity 2 years in and following an audit of licencing it turned out it wasn’t even correctly licensed and cost them an additional few quid to get back in Microsoft’s good books.

Colin   Advice . Digital Studio
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Helping Those in Need

Tis the Season of Giving and while times are tough for businesses there are ways and means that all companies can give back to the community from an IT perspective that will help those in need and also maybe keep those 3 Ghosts of Christmas from the bedroom on Christmas night.

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What to do if they Pull the Plug

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last number of weeks you’ll be aware that the ESB group of unions have served strike notice effective from 16th December. I’m not going to write an opinion piece or any such nonsense but instead concentrate on what is within our control – ensuring that IT systems suffer the least impact should the placards be brought to bear in a couple of weeks.

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