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The 8 cyber crime mistakes accountants make

August 21st, 2017|Tips and Advice|

If you are an accountant, you've either been hacked and you know about it - or you've been hacked and don't know it! Either way, it's inevitable, and it's a huge threat that could destroy your business....or at the very least give you a bad day/week/month/year. Here at Pro Drive, we've put together a list [...]

Is it time to review your IT strategy?

July 21st, 2017|Tips and Advice|

Technology is ever evolving and therefore any IT strategy needs regular updating and reviewing. IT is a business enabler, so your organisation should be actively seeking opportunities to use IT to drive efficiencies and innovation. If you’re not, you can be sure that some of your competitors are. So how should you go about reviewing [...]

Antispam tools invading your digital privacy

June 20th, 2017|Business Continuity, Company News, Compliance, Productivity, Security and Threats, Technology News, Tips and Advice|

  I recently blogged about how we can be our own worst enemies in disclosing our online identity. And how the companies we provide this information to sell it to allow people to target you with marketing and advertising campaigns. Since writing this a colleague brought to my attention a recent story involving a popular [...]

Worried about your identity being stolen? You’re selling it every day…

June 5th, 2017|Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Working in the IT industry, we spend a lot of time helping business owners and senior management to understand the risks of cybercrime; both to their organisations and to them personally. Security of data, particularly information held on individuals and subject to data protection law is quite rightly a concern for Board Members. With the impending [...]

5 IT Outsourcing Mistakes To Avoid

May 8th, 2017|Tips and Advice|

Outsourcing some (or all) of your IT requirements is an effective way to drive cost savings, increase resources, and grow your business in a scalable and flexible way. But there are pitfalls along the way that can negate any benefits you could enjoy. Over the years we’ve met a lot of people who have fallen [...]

Cyber Fraud – Two of the Biggest Scams Uncovered

November 22nd, 2016|Business Continuity, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Here is the low down on two of the most common ransomware scams that you need to know about. The pay rise/redundancy scam Cyber criminals create an email that looks similar to that of a director. For example, joe.bloggs@acme.co.uk is changed to joe.bloggs@acme.com. Sometimes the email is also 'spoofed' so that it appears in your inbox as [...]

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Why Your Business’ IT Is A 24/7 Operation

September 23rd, 2016|Business Continuity, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Not many businesses or organisations can turn the sign on the door to ‘closed’, switch off the lights and forget about work until the following morning. In today’s world most business need to be ‘always on’, even when their business premises are locked up for the night. Other businesses are operating 24/7 anyway, with global [...]

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Are You Banking That Your Apps Will Keep You Safe?

September 13th, 2016|Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Having read with interest a BBC article about the continued growth in the use of banking apps versus the ongoing decline in the use of web-based banking facilities, I started to wonder what this trend meant in terms of personal information security as well as any known effects on business. This could become increasingly relevant if the concept of [...]

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Klepto Zepto Virus is on the Attack!

August 16th, 2016|Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Security experts are warning businesses of a dangerous new virus, based on the Locky ransomware, named Klepto Zepto. The Zepto malware has been carried in nearly 140,000 spam messages sent over four days last week. The ransomware appears to have Locky’s capabilities which could make it one of the more dangerous encryption lockers in circulation. [...]

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Does Your Business Continuity Plan Actually Work?

August 10th, 2016|Business Continuity, Tips and Advice|

All organisations need a Business Continuity Plan to ensure that if the worst happens (or even something slightly bad) there are clear steps to take to get operations back up and running as quickly as possible. We’ve worked with a number of companies who have developed their own business continuity plans but have never tested [...]

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