Hang on… you’re STILL not prepared for The 2020 Problem?

From 14th January, Windows 7 is dead. So is Office 2010. And a set of popular server software.

Microsoft has killed them off, because they’re no longer fit for purpose.

And if you have just one machine in your business still running this dead software, you’re at risk.

We believe that hackers who’ve discovered vulnerabilities over the last year or so, have been sitting quietly, biding their time. And now they will start to exploit those vulnerabilities. Because there’s no-one to patch the software and stop them.

There’s also the matter of GDPR. End of life software is technically in breach of GDPR rules.

We believe thousands of business owners and managers in Essex and Herts don’t know they are relying on dead tech.

It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Most people are the same – they don’t know what they’re running their business on. And to a certain extent, they don’t care.

We can help you quickly and painlessly. We’ve written a new guide to The 2020 Problem. Explaining why you must take urgent action now.

Fill in your details here to get this new guide emailed to you instantly.

In January, Microsoft is withdrawing support for some of its most popular old business software. This creates a huge problem for organisations everywhere, because when it inevitably fails, it can’t be fixed.

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‘More Than Half’ of UK Businesses have STILL not addressed GDPR

‘More Than Half’ of UK Businesses have STILL not addressed GDPR

It has now been over four months since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25th, unifying the different levels of data protection across the EU and tackling the issue of exporting data outside the EU. With its main focus being to prevent the collection of unnecessary data on individuals (and to protect what data is collected and maintain the subjects’ rights to privacy), much was made at the time on the impact this would have on business, and many man-hours were spent on ensuring that enterprises across the EU were compliant with the new rules.

gdpr compliance and IT

So what has the impact been, in real terms? At the time there were many horror stories and concerns being raised about the unintended harmful effects that GDPR could have on small businesses. The fear was that as they have smaller IT resources, small businesses would find it harder to ensure they were compliant in time, and that they would therefore be disproportionately likely to face fines, and also disproportionately affected by the amounts of money involved.

the effect of GDPR on small business

Well, the good news is that so far there haven’t been any massive issues. The bigger social media players like Facebook and Google saw the inevitable complaints being sent to the EU Commission, but other than that things appear to be moving smoothly.

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Although whether this will remain the case is hard to tell. In the run-up to the GDPR’s coming into force, IT security firm ESET surveyed over 27,000 companies, and found that more than half of them hadn’t performed an internal audit to see whether they were compliant.

Fortunately, and presumably anticipating this very state of affairs, Data Protection Regulators have shown leniency so far in order to give people time to catch up, but it seems likely that this state of affairs will be subject to change as time goes on. So the lesson is that while it’s still not too late to ensure that you are compliant with the new regulation, it may very well be soon.

BREXIT of cause makes no difference to compliance. GDPR came into effect before the UK leaves the European Union, which means that UK businesses needed to prove their GDPR compliance before, on and after the 25th of May. In addition, the GDPR rules apply to ANY business that handles personally identifiable information of EU Citizens, regardless of where they are located.

If your company are one of the many thousands who have yet to address GDPR contact 39 Degress today by calling 01279 800039 and speak directly to a Data security expert about your requirements in further detail. Alternatively, fill in our online contact form and visit our website here.

Quality Hosting Is Fundamental To Business

Quality Hosting Is Fundamental To Business

The business landscape is, inexorably transforming itself into a digital one. Even the most traditional mum and dad, ‘bricks and mortar’ ventures are busy carving themselves out an online presence, and most of the drudge work of filing and indexing is being replaced by data entry. A few years ago this may have seemed an intimidating change, but these days most of us are au fait with digital communication and cloud storage and are more comfortable about becoming involved in the electronic marketplace.

it services for small businesses

That said, there are still over two million small businesses who don’t even have their own website – something you’d think would be an absolute base level entry requirement for being a competitive business in 2018. Imagine if we were still living in the 80s, and your business had decided not to bother being listed in the Yellow Pages? When you put it like that, it sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But still over two million people have either made that decision or have still been too scared to put their toes in the water.

While it’s important that your website isn’t off-putting, difficult to navigate or, even worse, unexceptional, it’s neither that difficult nor that expensive in this day and age to either make your own or have one made for you.

cloud storage for SMEs

Once you have your website up and running you will soon realise how invaluable it is in terms of bringing in business, and how important it is to keep it going. This is where Ghost Services come in – our website hosting service is exceptional, with a fully managed website hosting and technical support service available. We will conduct on-going maintenance to improve your security and keep all your plugins up to date, with full firewall, bandwidth monitoring and SSL certification. Not only do we keep your site safe, we keep a full back-up copy at our second Data Centre, allowing for full continuity if the worst happens. And because we have built our own cloud services rather than just repackaging someone else’s, we can make any required changes or fixes straight away, with no middle men or waiting necessary.

 

Quality, reliable hosting is fundamental. Contact us today for a quote.

Call us today to discuss your business IT requirements, and we’ll take the tech strain and let you get back to worrying about your bottom line. Call 01279 800039, or fill in our online contact form on our contact us page.