Technology News from the LIS Helpdesk

SharePoint Makes Working Easier

SharePoint makes working easier by allowing its users to work remotely and have full access to data. It’s is like having a mobile office without worrying about security or space to store paperwork. Today’s business environment is drastically different from that of the past. Employees are working remotely. Regulatory requirements are changing and evolving. Organizations are under increased pressure to work more effectively. They also need to collaborate with greater ease and serve customers more efficiently. Take a look at our new video about how SharePoint makes remote working easier.

How can companies meet these changing needs while improving overall ROI and gaining the ability to make better business decisions? Microsoft SharePoint is a valuable tool that increases productivity. In fact, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using SharePoint. However, does this solution make sense for your business?

Benefits of using Microsoft SharePoint

Working remotely as a team is really important right now, with many of us sat in different places. Businesses need to make sure that all their staff and sub-contractors have access to the correct files, folders and data storage. SharePoint is a great tool to help you do that.

It works with Microsoft 365 to connect your team and allow them to create, safely store and share documents online. You can set up team sites for projects, where your people can collaborate on documents. As well as allowing you to create an intranet for your business. Which is a great way to stay connected to what’s happening, where and with whom.

SharePoint makes working easier by sharing news with colleagues, access forms, lists and libraries of information. That’s vital when we can’t all be in the same place. There’s also a mobile app, so your team can stay updated on group news when they’re not at their big screen. The system is cloud-based and allows you to access everything in one place. This is perfect for working from home, back in the workplace or a hybrid setup.

For more information or to set up SharePoint for your business get in touch today to see how LIS can help you.

Virtual Pub Quizzes

Lockdown virtual pub quizzes have surged in popularity. Thanks to technology, family and friends are able to take part in virtual pub quizzes from around the world.

It’s nearly the weekend, why not brush up your general knowledge with a virtual pub quiz?

We are reliant on technology for everything from exercise classes to speaking to loved ones. To help metal wellbeing, it is also been key in keeping one British tradition going – the pub quiz. Fire up your PC or device for House Party, Google Hangouts, Zoom or Messenger and test yourself.

We are all using technology a lot more right now- see how much you really know about it!

https://www.techradar.com/news/join-us-and-play-the-techradar-quiz-on-facebook-and-youtube-today

Virtual Pub Quizzes

Starting to feel like the old grey cells are getting rusty? There are virtual pub quizzes for everyday of the week.

History of the pub quiz

Renowned the world over, the great British pub is not just a place to drink beer, wine, cider or even something a little bit stronger. It is also a unique social centre, very often the focus of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the length and breadth of the country.

Yet it appears that the great British pub actually started life as a great Italian wine bar, and dates back almost 2,000 years. For more information visit The Great British Pub article published in History Magazine.

An article in The Times 15th December 1990 mentioned “The quiz has been part of pub life for many years. Tetley’s, the Leeds brewery, has run a league for 22 years.” This suggests organised pub quiz leagues since 1968. Tetley are now part of Carlsberg and to be honest it is a tricky to Google as each search term brings up lots of pubs with quiz leagues.

The Times article also mentions “Burns and Porter, Britain’s biggest quiz organisation, runs 600 leagues for 16 breweries, supplying questions for 6,000 teams. After 14 years in the business, the company has just celebrated its two millionth quiz night”. Burns and Porter are much better documented and this is strong evidence that organized pub leagues were around since at least 1976.

Would you like any help to set up you next social or business online idea? Having trouble with your IT systems? Then contact us and we will be glad to help. Happy quizzing!

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Office 365 Security Package

Lodge Information Services (LIS) are proud to announce their latest product The Office 365 Security Package.

One of the biggest concerns within any business is IT security. The rising use of the cloud and mobile devices has bought with it cost savings. As a result, there are increased data security risks.

Our Office 365 Security Package is a bundle of software tools. The package works continuously on Microsoft Office 365 accounts. They provide genuine protection benefits that EVERY business ought to have. We manage EVERYTHING for you. It’s all in our hands, which is exactly how it should be. Giving you peace of mind to allow you to concentrate on your business.

Download our Office 365 A Risky Business booklet to find our more.

Office 365 Security Package

Protect your business against cyber attacks. This will save you money and give you peace of mind.

Our Office 365 Security Package includes…

Email Forwarding Alerts. These alerts are designed to notify you promptly of any forwarders that have been set up on your email system. This enables LIS to act fast before any damage is done. The LIS helpdesk with a simple click of a button will approve or reject the forwarder on your behalf.

Admin Monitoring. Our help desk is alerted if any bogus attempts to set up a new admin account on your system. However clever the hackers are and make a change it can be immediately detected and stopped. Your IT team will be notified of any changes to the admin account. Stay in control of your data and documents.

Spoofing Protection. Automatically checks for possible spoofing, when new emails arrive within your company. The system continuously runs in the background 24/7. We identify attempts to trick your staff into believing emails are internal rather than external. A warning message is splashed across the email is a match is found. No more paying unauthorized supplier invoices or following other malicious instructions. Powerful!.

Location Monitoring. Automatic alerts will be sent to you and the help desk when a login is spotted from a suspicious location. We will set up restrict access to agreed geographical locations. Overseas cyber criminals must not be allowed to access your date.

Contact us to make sure you are protected!

Google Assistant Commands

Google’s voice-activated AI tool – AKA Google Assistant – is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. Been a while since you used it last? You might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Wondering what to say to your Google Assistant? Here’s a list of every command for your Google Nest speaker or display.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/every-google-assistant-command-for-your-nest-speaker-or-display

What are the best Google Home commands?

It’s difficult to rank all the best Google Home commands because every homeowner’s needs, daily routines and ecosystem of connected devices are different. However, specific skills below are our favourites because we believe they are useful to a large number of Google Assistant or Google Home users. Especially right now, with the majority of people staying home.

One of the best Google Assistant commands at the moment is finding out what’s new on Netflix, or what the best Netflix shows are. It may sound simple, or something you can look up on your phone or TV. When you can’t figure out what your next binge should be, why not let Google Home make the decision for you. Its curation of weekly highlights eliminates the hours spent searching for what’s new on Netflix — you’ll be starting a new series in just minutes.

Google Assistant Commands

Stuck inside and need entertaining? Google Assistant can help with games, fitness routines and dinner ideas,

Now would be a great time to get acquainted with a new language, too. Google Translate’s powerhouse of tools integrate with some third-party educational language programs to get you speaking another one in no time. My Berlitz Coach puts you through real-life conversation scenarios. Using multiple choice quizzes to teach you whatever language you might want to learn.

As a smart home platform, many of the best Google Home commands apply to the best smart home devices. Use Google Home to turn on your lights, change the temperature of your thermostat and see who rang the doorbell.

Conclusion

Google Assistant is a powerful tool to set alarms, reminders, look up info and more. You can even use it to interpret other languages or make calls to friends and family. Plus, it’s great for entertainment at parties where you or guests want to show off your newest musical interests.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your Google requirements or any other help with IT issues on 01245 323900 or email enquiries@lisltd.co.uk.

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Smart Home Gadgets

Have you heard of Mrs Hinch? She has a massive following online for cleaning tips. However, while she is motivating us to clean and organise every inch of our homes, we don’t actually have enough time in the day. So, say hello to these smart home gadgets that will make cleaning fun and almost effort-free.

There are times when it is easier to use the conventional methods. The time taken to connect the bedroom light to the smart system may be more than the time saved actually pressing a switch.

It’s satisfying to say, “Hey, Siri, it’s movie night”. Watch as the lights dim, the blinds slide closed and the TV switches on.

Make sure your home passes the white glove test

Satisfying pictures of organised cupboards with colour coordinated products all lined perfectly in a row have taken over our Instagram feeds with accounts like @thehomeedit boasting over a million followers.

Had a long day in the office or looking after the kids? Don’t have the time or the patience to complete the tiring chores? We may have found solutions to help you.

There has been impressive innovation in the cleaning product sphere where you no longer need to spend an entire weekend scrubbing, dusting and vacuuming every inch of your home thanks to gadgets designed to do the work for you elbow grease not required. Forget clunky traditional vacuums and think robots. They navigate themselves around the floor picking up dirt and dust along the way.

 

Smart Home Gadgets

Smart home cleaning gadgets that will save you time

We have sourced clever gadgets that will leave your home looking spick and span.
www.thehandbook.com/london-guidebook/so-fresh-so-clean-12-home-gadgets-so-good-theyll-make-cleaning-fun

We spend money on the latest smart home gadgets to save us time. Why not make sure you have the same protection for your computer system? If you PC, laptop or network needs a spring clean then contact our sales team on 01245 323900 or email enquiries@lisltd.co.uk

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