About Bruce Penson

Managing Director of Pro Drive IT

Data Breaches: How Pro Drive Can Help Your Accountancy Practice

2019-10-04T12:19:33+00:00October 4th, 2019|Accountants, Business Continuity, Cyber Security, Financial Services, Productivity, Tips and Advice|

By now, we are all well aware that data breaches pose a serious risk to accountancy practices (so much so that a breach could put your firm out of business). We have also explored some practical actions you can take to reduce the risks — some of which you may already be doing. But what if you don't [...]

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Why being Cyber Essentials Certified is ESSENTIAL

2019-08-23T11:27:24+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Cyber Essentials, Cyber Security|

Is your company Cyber Essentials certified? If not, you may be missing out… Cyber Essentials is a UK Government standard based around configuring your IT systems in line with best practices and helping you to guard against the most common cyber threats. In fact, it is estimated that when implemented correctly, it should block about 80% [...]

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Energy’s Renewed Reliance on Technology

2019-08-20T08:58:31+00:00July 30th, 2019|Business Continuity, Technology News|

Energy and IT: although two rather unlikely allies, digitalisation has slipped into the pocket of the energy industry, where we are now seeing a flourishing partnership begin to form. From blockchain technology to smart meters, information technology is revolutionising the way we understand, generate and consume energy – with investment in these digital technologies helping [...]

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Accountants – help your clients manage their mileage

2019-08-19T14:55:13+00:00July 30th, 2019|Financial Services, Tips and Advice|

If you are an accountant providing bookkeeping services, dealing with your client’s travelling expenses can be a frustrating task.  Especially trawling through their (probably incomplete) mileage records? And worse: don’t you resent the time it takes to try and translate these records into coherent figures so that tax deductions and reimbursements can be claimed? In [...]

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Is Your Business Neglecting Staff IT Training?

2019-08-19T15:22:48+00:00July 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?

2019-08-19T15:38:59+00:00July 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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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