About Bruce Penson

Managing Director of Pro Drive IT

Is Your Business Neglecting Staff IT Training?

2019-07-03T16:40:04+01:00 July 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Although many businesses are increasingly turning to the latest IT technology and software to help bolster their service offering, an area that frequently gets overlooked is staff training. Often, a lot of effort goes into certification and advanced preparation for the specified IT team; however, the same can’t be said for other staff members. Human [...]

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Accountants – Have You Embraced Automation Yet?

2019-07-03T16:30:01+01:00 July 3rd, 2019|Cyber Essentials, Financial Services, Tips and Advice|

Compared to most other industries, accounting hasn’t seen much in the way of innovation over the years. But this could all change soon with the adoption of automated technologies. Previously confined to the likes of the manufacturing sector, I’m now seeing automation start to benefit many other industries by aiding repetitive and rules-based functions – [...]

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Cut It Out: Using Microsoft Snip & Sketch

2019-05-02T15:18:43+01:00 April 15th, 2019|Tips and Advice|

There’s a new screenshot tool in town and we’ve been making full use of it on our desktops here at Pro Drive IT. Windows 10 has long allowed you to take and save screenshots using the Snipping Tool but thanks to a recent Windows update, users now have access to a complete set of screen-capture [...]

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The Death of the Password

2019-04-15T10:24:39+01:00 April 15th, 2019|Technology News, Tips and Advice|

It’s hard to believe that a solution first created in the 1960s is still the primary method used to protect our identities, information and vital business assets. Despite enthusiasm for technology designed to replace them, passwords have proved remarkably resilient; however, the de facto username-password combinations are also incredibly vulnerable to exploitation. While 10 years [...]

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Struggling to Make Year-End Meet?

2019-04-15T10:22:47+01:00 April 15th, 2019|Cyber Security, Financial Services, Productivity, Tips and Advice|

April: one of the busiest times of year for accountants. 5th April 2019 marked the official end of the tax year in the UK, but many people and companies will still be scrambling to complete their tax returns. So, accountants have their work cut out. For smaller accounting firms or businesses with an in-house accountancy [...]

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Brexit: A Nightmare Deal for the IT Sector?

2019-04-15T10:53:56+01:00 March 28th, 2019|Security and Threats, Technology News|

When the government invoked Article 50, the UK had a clear deadline for leaving the European Union: 29th March 2019. Following Theresa May’s request for an extension, that deadline has now moved to 12th April – but we are still no clearer on what the outcome will be. A second referendum seems increasingly unlikely. But then again, so does a suitable deal being reached [...]

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Taking Care of the Essentials for Financial Services

2019-03-28T09:53:21+01:00 March 28th, 2019|Compliance, Cyber Essentials, Financial Services, GDPR|

If you work in the financial services sector, you’ll already be well aware of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the various regulations and guidelines it puts in place to ensure financial markets are honest, fair and effective.   The authority regulates more than 58,000 financial businesses from the largest banks, insurers and market infrastructure [...]

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Smart Home, Smart Office

2019-04-23T10:07:29+01:00 March 12th, 2019|Cyber Essentials, Cyber Security, Security and Threats, Technology News|

For several years, the use of smart technologies in our homes has been steadily increasing. Connected devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home range and Hive’s smart home products now let you control your home from your smartphone. Allowing you to do things like stream music to every room, turn the lights on remotely, boost [...]

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CES Show review

2019-02-28T13:15:36+01:00 February 18th, 2019|Technology News|

At the beginning of the year, the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw more than 180,000 people descend on the Las Vegas desert – as tech lovers from around the world rushed to get a first look at the latest products and services from over 4,400 companies. One of the biggest and most exciting fixtures [...]

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Cleaning Up – Keeping Your Data Safe from Prying Eyes

2019-02-18T15:42:17+01:00 February 14th, 2019|Cyber Security, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

We’ve had our eyes fixed to ITV’s six-part drama, Cleaning Up, over the past few weeks and it’s got us thinking: how well can you really trust everyone that comes in and out of your office(s)? The biggest risk to your company is, without a doubt, people. From your regular employees and temporary freelancers to [...]

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