How To Create a Google Account

2019-07-09T11:06:27+01:00 July 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

2019-07-05T16:13:06+01:00 July 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?

2019-07-03T16:30:01+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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Top Secret: Secure Communications for Accountants

2019-05-07T16:36:13+01:00 May 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+01:00 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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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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SMCR – Are you ready?

2019-02-21T15:59:15+01:00 February 14th, 2019|Cyber Security, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice, Uncategorized|

If there were a major cyber security breach at your company, what would happen? Chances are it would be very difficult to pinpoint the exact person or people responsible, meaning those involved could potentially get off scot-free. Now, what if the responsibility of any wrongdoing wasn’t placed on your firm but lay solely on senior [...]

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Don’t be A hacker’s dream come true – follow our essential tips!

2019-04-23T10:03:10+01:00 January 15th, 2019|Cyber Security, Security and Threats, Tips and Advice|

Sharing our personal information is a fact of life nowadays. Very few of us would be willing to sacrifice the convenience of purchasing goods and signing up for services online. However, as most of us are aware, there are risks when entrusting organisations to safely process and store our data. We may tend to believe [...]

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