Smarter Working: Top Tools for Staying Organised

2019-08-27T16:25:46+01:00August 27th, 2019|Productivity, Tips and Advice|

Want to get more done at work without spending long hours slogging away in the office? We know how easy it is to get bogged down with all the tasks we need to get done. And although we’ve all heard of working smarter — not harder — staying on top of your to-do list and [...]

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Accountants – help your clients manage their mileage

2019-08-19T14:55:13+01:00July 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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How To Create a Google Account

2019-08-20T08:58:46+01:00July 9th, 2019|Tips and Advice|

If you don’t have a Google account or Gmail email address, you can easily create one here, it’s a very straightforward process; all you need is your name, birth date and gender! Just follow these 6 simple steps: 1. Follow the directions on the ‘sign up’ form by entering the required information, such as your [...]

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Simple Steps to Update a Mac

2019-08-19T15:03:26+01:00July 5th, 2019|Tips and Advice|

If you keep finding yourself hitting ‘Remind me tomorrow’ whenever the pop-up nudges you to update your Apple Mac, then this article is for you! Whether you are working from a laptop or a desktop computer, follow these simple steps to update your Mac device safely… Make sure you have taken a backup of all [...]

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Accountants – Have You Embraced Automation Yet?

2019-08-19T15:38:59+01:00July 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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How to safely manage all my passwords

2019-08-20T08:59:12+01:00June 19th, 2019|Tips and Advice|

Imagine you had one key to all you most valued possessions. The same key that opened your car, would open the front door of your home or business, jewellery box or even you “Man Draw”! As practical as this may be what would happen if someone stole your key? We all know we shouldn’t, but [...]

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Top Secret: Secure Communications for Accountants

2019-05-07T16:36:13+01:00May 7th, 2019|Cyber Security, Financial Services, Tips and Advice|

If you’re an accountant, your main job is to help clients get their finances straight. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Accountants deal with extremely sensitive personal data, as well as confidential statements, tax records and other financial information on a daily basis. All of which are a goldmine for cyber criminals. [...]

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Cut It Out: Using Microsoft Snip & Sketch

2019-05-02T15:18:43+01:00April 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+01:00April 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+01:00April 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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