Top 10 tips to protect your computer and work safely from home.

Working from home opens you up to all sorts of security risks you would not face in the office.

Follow the tips below to make sure that it is not you who accidentally exposes all the company sensitive data, leaks plan to a competitor or reveals information you would like to keep as private.

  1. Protect your device(s) with an antivirus solution.
  2. Have a decent Router/firewall.
  3. Keep your systems and programs up to date.
  4. Only download software and applications from trusted sources.
  5. Use a browser you can trust. Avoid visiting dodgy sites.
  6. Configure strong Wi-Fi encryption.
  7. Use a VPN if connecting to Wi-Fi networks that don’t belong to you. Do not trust public Wi-Fi.
  8. Change your router’s default login and password. Keep all your passwords save, Use a password safe program
  9. Lock your device before walking away.
  10. Be careful when sharing your screen.

Read about some screen sharing mistakes to avoid on a Microsoft website

If you have any questions and would like to make sure your systems are running safely over the festive season, just give us a call 0330 3636363.

The Challenges of Remote Working

60% of the UK’s adult population, 23.9 million Brits, is currently working from home due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus has caused enormous disruptions on many levels.

Those of us working from home may find it particularly challenging when it comes to technology and connectivity.

When your IT systems are not working, and you are experiencing connectivity issues, you are neither fully able to support your existing customers nor focus on generating new leads.

Since the British government instructed everyone to work from home where possible, having your lines and channels open has become a top priority.

Yet it is easier said than done. While larger firms have their IT teams or managers ready to jump on any issue, it might be more challenging for smaller businesses. One of the main reasons is the expense of keeping an IT department of having a specialist available full-time.

With the first outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown, businesses not only had to switch to remote working but also review the systems in place. In many cases, it meant having to introduce new solutions to ensure business continuity.

That is when SpiritIT came up with a more flexible offering that allows all businesses, large and small, to enjoy the full benefit of professional IT support.

Imagine no longer having to worry about system failures, frozen screens or silent and disconnected phone lines!

Outsourcing IT support, whether on a pay-as-you-go or as a fixed monthly package, not only helps our customers operate smoothly, but most importantly, pay for what they need.

Some of the key benefits of having a Virtual IT Manager are:

  • Cost reduction
  • Support of a qualified specialist
  • Increase of efficiency and the ability to stay focused on your work
  • New technology implementation or integration of systems in a quick and efficient way
  • Secure and compliant systems

Finder predicts 26% of Brits plan to continue to work from home permanently or occasionally after lockdown.

The same study says 62% of remote workers want employers to provide better technology that helps them stay connected with their colleagues.