CRM / Office Automation application

CRM / Office Automation application

Benefits of having a CRM / Office Automation application

Customer relationship management (CRM) software / Office Automation Applications have become an integral part of businesses – be it any size or any nature.

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Microsoft Surface Book 3 For Business and Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Book 3 For Business and Surface Go 2

Microsoft Surface Book 3 – The most powerful Surface Laptop yet combines speed, graphics, and immersive gaming with the versatility of a laptop, portable studio, and tablet. Available in 13.5″ or 15″ sizes, both with a high-resolution touchscreen.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for Business and Surface Pro X for Business

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for Business and Surface Pro X for Business

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for Business – Make the most of every day with the sleek style, performance and all-day battery life you need in our lightest Surface Laptop, all at exceptional value.

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Microsoft Surface Duo Review

Microsoft Surface Duo Review

Mobile productivity, powered by two screens
Open two screens and discover a better way to get things done. View two apps at once or span one across both screens, drag and drop between screens*, and say goodbye to constant app switching.

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Why Milton Keynes is a great place for business.

Why Milton Keynes is a great place for business.

Milton Keynes is a fantastic place for businesses, but putting your finger on why is a little more than just the infrastructure and accessibility – here’s some stats on why so many businesses choose to base their operations in this fantastic Buckinghamshire town.


1. The Commute

Because of its central point between London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, Milton Keynes is ideal for commuters who need easy access to some of the most economically important cities in the UK, whilst also being able to take advantage of comparatively lower living costs.

There is also easy access for motorways/airports such as London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Birmingham and East Midlands airports.

The accessibility of Milton Keynes also works the other way – meaning 27 million units per annum. This may be potentially due to the Centre:MK’s 240 shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as a range of galleries, museums and the Xscape indoor ski slope.

Visitors also flock to the national bowl which boasts a concert and open-air facility with a capacity of 65,000 people. The Milton Keynes bowl has become renowned thanks to so many years of hosting some of the biggest acts around the world including Queen, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Green Day and David Bowie.


2. MK Demographics

While the most recent stats estimate there are over 248,000 people living in Milton Keynes, those figures are set to grow to more than
300,000 by 2026. This could mean that Milton Keynes becomes the highest growing city by population.

That population has statistically a higher proportion of younger people living locally compared to the rest of the UK, plus with notable local educational organisations such as Crownfield University and the Open Universitie’s headquarters based in the city, that younger population has an even greater oppportunitty to become part of the highly skilled workforce we need in the UK.


3. Attracting bigger businesses

Though it was an unusual concept at the time, Milton Keynes was desinged from scratch with business growth in mind. This ethos has brough thousands of businesses and business-friendly facilities of MK.

Distribution Centres play a large part in the MK business make up – having attracted big names from John Lewis to River Island. Add the notable headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, Network Rail and Domino’s Pizza and you can see why Milton Keynes has a reputation as a place for business and employment.


4. SMEs thrive too

While big businesses are the ones people notice, the quiet majority of small and medium-size enterprises are quietly working away (and often supporting those big businesses) with the added bonus of an innovative nature to the local business community. Is it any wonder why it’s one of the top ten places for new patents registered and a top location for startups in the UK.


5. Housing market and property

Milton Keynes core strategy has set its growth plans to deliver over 28,000 new homes and over 40,000 new jobs by 2026. This strategy has continued to support the strong house building statistics.

Invest in Milton Keynes says that means the “average house prices in Milton Keynes are lower than many of our neighbours, despite our ongoing success”

While land is available and supply is high this will help to continue to attract more people and businesses to MK long term.


If you’re thinking of moving your business to Milton Keynes, or you’re starting a new one, getting your infrastructure right from the start (just as the planners of Milton Keynes have) is essential. Talk to us for a free quote and free initial advice on the best solutions for your new office.

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Are employees undermining your security with weak and shared passwords?

Are employees undermining your security with weak and shared passwords?

This article talks about the security risks associated with weak passwords in your business. Studies show there is a significant percentage of employees who will use weak passwords so it’s important to talk about the impact that has on your ability to defend against cyber attacks…

Though most employees are not trying to compromise security, you should consider what you can reasonably expect from them given the proliferation of online accounts requiring passwords.  Commonly, 3-6% of employees2,3 will use weak passwords and even share them between accounts.  These kinds of insecure password practices result in leaked passwords, which are exploited in 81% of cyberattacks worldwide, and 61% of all attacks target businesses with less than 1,000 employees3.

Therefore, you can no longer rely on just a password.

To avoid becoming a victim, you need additional proof of identity beyond a simple username and password; such as is made possible with WatchGuard’s AuthPoint service.  AuthPoint delivers multi-factor authentication (MFA) safeguards on an easy-to-use Cloud platform for powerful security with low total cost of ownership.  AuthPoint enables:

  • Effective MFA Protection with Mobile Device DNA
    AuthPoint provides 3 ways to authenticate, and our mobile device DNA matches the authorized users’ phone for an additional identification factor.
  • Easy to Use AuthPoint Mobile App
    Users can authenticate right from their own phone!  No need to carry keyfobs or thumb drives; instead install and activate the AuthPoint mobile app in seconds.
  • Broad Coverage with Web SSO
    AuthPoint supports the SAML standard and our ecosystem includes dozens of 3rd party integrations – enabling you to require authentication before accessing sensitive Cloud applications, web services, VPNs and networks.
  • A Cloud-based Service
    AuthPoint runs on the WatchGuard Cloud platform and is available from wherever you are. There is no need to install software, schedule upgrades or manage patches.


Watch this short video and learn more about how AuthPoint can protect your business.

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Windows 10 Update – what to expect

Windows 10 Update – what to expect

If you’ve just downloaded the latest Windows 10  update, you might be wondering what you’re getting. There’s a new set of features, efficiency tweaks and, of course, new emojis. Here’s the full info…

Have you updated your computer to the latest version of Windows 10? It comes with new features such as the latest emojis, a smarter keyboard and more intelligent, faster updates.


As always, the update is free and available to download (if you haven’t go it already) and brings with it better sharing and integration with your mobile device. You can manually download the update by clicking the Windows/start button, clicking the settings cog and then typing ‘update’ into the search box. Select the ‘check for updates’ option and follow instructions from there.


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This is the second major update this year and there are some important security and privacy updates as well as allowing different users to tailor what information is shared with Microsoft.

Faster, Smaller and Smarter Updates

To be more precise; 31% faster, 40% smaller and a lot smarter about when to reboot your system. The updates are important, but you can delay it slightly by changing your update settings. However, one of the new features is Microsoft’s ‘Intelligent Reboot Scheduling’.

Too many of us have stepped away from our screens for a little too long and returned to find our system rebooting itself and being forced to wait for it to finish updating before being able to get back to work.

The new version will take into account your frequently active hours, whether you’re on battery power and will even mute sounds so that if it’s updating at night it won’t make a lot of noise and wake everyone up!

Mobile Integration

Part of the update is geared toward Windows relaunching its integration with other devices. Microsoft announced last year that it was no longer going to continue development of Windows 10 Mobile as it had been unable to effectively gain traction in the mobile market. This means Windows phones will only receive bug and security updates until 2019.

So there’s now a new ‘Your Phone’ app for providing access to photos and SMS messages on your Android phone. If you have an iPhone, then you’ll be able to send web pages you’re browsing to your PC.

Clipboard in the Cloud

Cloud-powered clipboard gives you the ability to copy something from one computer and paste to another. While this might not be the most exciting feature to hit your desktop, being able to pin frequently used paragraphs or images could be much more useful.

Timeline feature

Want to be able to track the documents and web pages you’ve been working on? This updated feature helps you look back at what you’ve been working on and has now been added to ‘Task View’. With the extra mobile integrations, it’ll now also be able to track your phone activity as well. Android users go to Google Play Store and install Microsoft Launcher App. iPhone users, your release will be coming soon.

New Virtual Keyboard

SwiftKey was bought by Microsoft two years ago and they have been working on a smarter screen keyboard for Windows. This update gives you SwiftKey’s predictive texts, AI learning, better autocorrect and better next word prediction.

Search Improvements

A better search facility

New emojis

Once you’ve downloaded your latest update, view all the new emojis by clicking Windows key  + full stop [ . ]

Search improvements

A better search facility has been added with previews of documents and files, recently accessed files when you search for an app and a pick up where you left off display.

Embed 3D animations

Add an extra dimension to your documents and PowerPoint presentations with embedded 3D animations and AI-powered smart art if you have a stylus you can also add in drawings and scribbles.


Enlarge part or all of your screen with Windows key and plus sign (+)

Snip and sketch

Share images and sections of your screen with the relaunched feature taking over from screen sketch. It gives you the ability to copy and paste snipped parts of your screen to share in emails and documents.

Block AutoPlay videos

Microsoft’s browser, Edge, also sees some added features with improvements to how it handles PDFs, a new definition dictionary feature and more usefully the ability to stop web pages automatically playing videos.

The Windows 10 update is an important part of your security. If you’re not quite sure that your security is up to scratch, then get in touch with us for a free security check at Free 30 Day IT Support Trial

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry that aims to inform users about the dangers of cybercrime and how to spot untrusted sources. Here is a little more information and some top tips for avoiding the ever-growing cyber security attacks…


Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? As a collaborative effort between government and industry, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created fifteen years ago, and is now observed each year to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Most places we go, there’s a network connection for us to link up to—a gateway into the World Wide Web, its endless information, and being able to connect with each other. But how can you protect yourself when browsing online?

Here are four tips you can share with your employees and clients to ensure better security while online.


1. Only Connect to Familiar Networks

I know how tempting free Wi-Fi can be, but it can also be dangerous. Public connections at the local coffee shop are usually unsecure, and therefore leave your machine open to hackers and outsiders.

While these networks provide a convenience, there are risks to be aware of because you can never be too sure who is providing the connection. To avoid any false play, only use trusted network connections or be sure to secure the connection using appropriate VPN settings.


2. Browse and Shop with Caution

Malicious websites are out there, and it only takes one wrong turn to unknowingly download a virus and compromise your computer.

A good—and safe—place to start is by visiting websites that are familiar to you. Stick with the reputable sites that are tried and trusted, like Amazon or Netflix. Always look for that ‘padlock’ symbol or the abbreviation ‘https’ in the address bar at the top of your browser. This will ensure that you are on a secure, encrypted part of the webpage.

This is especially important when purchasing items that are in your online cart or filling out any other financial or personal information. And, it’s never a bad idea to keep an eye on your bank statements for suspicious activity.


3. Trust Your Instinct: Don’t Click on Anything Suspicious

Most people have a decent scam radar—although, cyber threats are getting more sophisticated and real-looking by the day. But, when browsing online, keep in mind one thing: if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. Try to avoid clicking on any links or pages that look suspicious or spammy. If a window pops up while browsing a website, immediately close it.

The same goes for email. If you get an email from an unknown source, do not click any of the links or attachments within it. Familiarity is always your friend, and playing it safe or using your best judgment is always a good defence.


national cyber security awareness month

4. Use Secure Passwords

Always be thinking about the passwords you’re using. Passwords for logging into any website should contain a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters, and keep in mind whether or not you’re sharing these passwords or using them for multiple apps and websites. It can definitely be a pain to remember all of these passwords, but ask yourself which is more of a pain: remembering these, or recovering stolen personal information.

There are a few best practices around strong passwords, including the length being at least eight characters, and staying away from obvious information such as names and birthdays. Additionally, it’s wise to think about changing and/or updating their passwords every six months or so.

If you have a question about your company’s cybersecurity or would like more help, get in touch with Spectrum Networks today.

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