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11th July 2017 ICO warning as business fined £60,000 following cyber attack

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning SMEs to take care or face a fine. The warning comes after a company which suffered a cyber attack was fined £60,000. The investigation by the ICO found Boomerang Video Ltd based in Berkshire failed to take basic steps to stop its website being attacked. Sally Anne Poole,…

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9th June 2017 Ransomware advice for charities

Many organisations across 150 countries, including our own NHS, have been hit by a recent ransomware attack. The vulnerabilities  exploited by the hackers are the same for charities, individuals and public or private sector businesses. The Charity Commission is encouraging charities to follow protection advice released by the City of London Police and the National…

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4th November 2016 Building Information Modelling

Construction Projects: Use of cloud accounting helps with BIM. Are you part of a construction project team? There is increasing publicity being given to the integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into construction projects. Since 4 April 2016, any firm wanting to be considered for public sector construction work has to be BIM level 2…

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4th November 2016 Farm Accounting

Farm Accounts: Reached the Cloud? As technology has advanced in Agriculture and more bespoke equipment is being used day in day out, is it time for farmers to reach for the cloud? Can farm accounts software meet this challenge…..Yes they can! Over the past few months we have been working closely with Quickbooks Online to…

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13th September 2016 Data Security

Farmplan Cloud Offering: Keeping your data secure. Keeping your data safe and secure is essential for any business, however for many of us we also want to share our data with our consultants, accountants and within the business itself which can pose a problem with the existing systems we have in place. For Farmplan software…

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17th August 2016 Electronic Data Input

IT Savvy Farmers: AF Online Link helps automate book-keeping. Do you have an account with the buying group Anglia Farmers Ltd? Are you tired of entering invoices manually into your accounting software? Anglia Farmers have an online link called ‘AF Interactive’. Throughout the month Anglia Farmers publish their members invoices to this online portal. During…

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4th August 2016 HMRC IT Gremlins

HMRC Online Services: Login problems? You may have recently noticed changes to the design of the H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) website.  One of these changes has been to the Government Gateway login page.  Whilst the page fundamentally performs the same function, it appears the change is causing login problems amongst users with longer…

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7th October 2015 IT Governance

SME Cyber Security: £5k grants available. Small and micro-sized businesses can apply for government vouchers of up to £5,000 for specialist advice to boost their cyber security, and to protect new business ideas and intellectual property. The vouchers enable businesses to access services from the UK cyber security industry. This new scheme will also help…

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1st October 2015 Cybercrime

October 2015: European Cyber Security Month. As we put more and more of our live online we all need to be conscious of the risk of cybercrime, a multi-billion dollar “industry” where you budding cyber criminal can simply buy an exploit from an online market place. We have recently see “improvements” to phishing email purporting…

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2nd January 2015 Software Review

Cloud Accounting: Xero wins beauty parade Whiting’s Start-up Group has undertaken a comprehensive review of 15 leading cloud accounting packages available for UK SME’s.  This review compared these web hosted software products under the following key criteria: Training Add-ons Paying bills direct Up-time Direct bank statement feed Back-up Cost Although Sage has the market brand awareness…

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