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HTL's Successful Visit To The Business Show This November

HTL's successful visit to the Business Show this November

HTL Support is always working towards improving the service offered to clients. Whether it's through our specialist IT knowledge or just the way in which we interact with customers, there are always lessons to be learned. One of the best ways we find to hone our skills is to get out there and meet clients face to face.

One such opportunity to do that very thing, which we like to make the most of whenever possible, is to visit industry shows. This is exactly what we did on the 16th and 17th of May this year when we visited the Business Show!

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Open Source Vs Proprietary - Which Type of IT Solution Is Best For Your Business

Open Source Vs Proprietary - Which Type of IT Solutions Is Best For Your Business

It’s a no-brainer. Acquire the solution that is the only solution available. Especially if you have the budget for it and its benefits are crucial to your business. However, what if there are two or more equally attractive options? Oftentimes, the options belong to one of two camps - open source and proprietary. Which one is best for your business?

It’s important to identify the advantages of each camp before you start choosing, because a lot of the problems you can encounter later on are simply due to misconceptions about these two families of software.

There are now many grey areas in the market. For example, a proprietary solution also exposes a substantial, but not total, part of its source code to the public. In this article, we’ll only be focusing our discussions on traditional open source solutions and traditional proprietary solutions.

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Should Your Business Use A Password Manager

Should Your Business Use A Password Manager

Password security is a major issue that no business or enterprise can ignore. Countless hacking attempts succeed due to inadequate password security. However, remembering all those strong and (hopefully) unique passwords can be tedious, to say the least. Are password managers an alternative? Let’s take a look.

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IT System Failure: Why Prevention Is Better Than Cure

IT System Failure: Why Prevention Is Better Than Cure

All businesses suffer when their IT systems fail. The catastrophic fallout can result in considerable income loss and comprehensive damage to reputation. Customer confidence is a precious commodity, and it will evaporate in light of an IT system failure.

Curing the symptoms of an IT failure is possible, but also time-consuming and expensive. A systems outage of even a few hours could result in months' worth of lost earnings. How much value do you place on your brand image? Your brand will suffer considerably in light of a system failure.

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Data Breaches Have Hidden Costs – Learn What They Are

Data Breaches Have Hidden Costs – Learn What They Are

Data breaches can result in dire financial repercussions for any organisation that has to deal with sensitive data, whether that be personally identifiable information (PII), personal health information (PHI), payment details, or other similar data. Depending on the number of records compromised, the costs range anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars.

The latest Ponemon study, sponsored by IBM and released in July 2018, calculates the full cost of “mega breaches” (involving more than 1 million lost records) to be $350 million. This figure takes into account the more evident cyber incident expenses such as those for technical investigation, customer breach notification and credit monitoring, regulatory fines and litigation services, among many others. The organisation would also have to cover the cost of investing additional resources into network security improvements.

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8 Ways to Secure Your Employees’ Mobile Devices

8 Ways to Secure Your Employees Mobile Devices

In this blog, we’ve covered many of the ins and outs of BYOD (bring your own device), including the pros and cons. In reality, much of the discussion is no longer about whether employees should be allowed to connect to company networks with their own devices, BYOD is simply becoming the standard way of operating.

A study published in 2016 suggested that 59% of businesses allow BYOD, and things have certainly moved along in the intervening years. The only remaining point of discussion is BYOD cybersecurity. In this post, we give you eight top tips to help ensure BYOD does not pose a threat to your business.

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Beware the Growing Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Threat

Beware the Growing Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Threat

A new IT security threat is infecting computers across the globe, and it could be wreaking havoc on your organisation’s devices as you read this post. This malware threat uses a computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency, without the knowledge or consent of the owner.

Unauthorised cryptocurrency mining–or cryptojacking, as it is commonly called, is spreading like wildfire. This is not surprising, given how simple it is for cryptojacking scripts to infiltrate a computer. Hackers can initiate it using one of two methods:

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7 Terrific Ways Managed Services Can Help Your Business

7 Terrific Ways Managed Services Can Help Your Business

It’s a decades-old question that businesses continue to ask: should we outsource our IT? What benefits can a managed service provider (MSP) bring to our business, and are managed services cost effective? The ideal option varies from business to business, but the strong growth trend for managed services provision indicates an increased willingness among businesses to utilise managed services. Why? Let’s look at some of the primary benefits of MSPs.

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Top 10 UK Industries That Can Benefit from Big Data

Top 10 UK Industries That Can Benefit fFrom Big Data

Certain UK industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, and others who collect large volumes of data, have the potential to reap substantial benefits from Big Data analytics projects. If you really think about it, almost all industries accumulate huge amounts of data. And so it follows that, practically all industries can potentially benefit.

We can’t feature every single industry here, or at least, in a single post. So, for now, let’s just focus on these 10 industries and provide brief examples or ideas on how these industries can take advantage of this relatively new trend:

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Is Ransomware Still a Threat?

Is ransomware still a threat

The year 2017 was a dismal year for IT security, particularly in the arena of ransomware.

Less than 12 months ago, the ransomware worm WannaCry wreaked havoc across the globe, placing large organisations – including NHS trusts in England and Scotland, at the forefront of one of the most prolific cyber attacks in history. Then followed NotPetya (initially believed to be the Petya malware of 2016) in June, which also spread quickly and, even without the aid of human intervention, managed to harm multinational companies.

Yet more ransomware attacks compromised the data of individuals and organisations, but they were not nearly as high profile as the aforementioned attacks, and this prompted many people to believe that ransomware is no longer the threat that it was twelve months ago. But is this really the case?

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