Multi-Factor Authentication

Give hackers a really bad day. And your business dramatically more protection. With something called multi-factor identification.

It’s a simple way to prove it is actually you logging in. And we’ve created a brand new video to show you how powerful it is. Contact LIS to discuss how you can use MFA to help secure your world.

Brexit Plans for Small Businesses

As Brexit causes more panic among businesses of all sizes, what can you do to give yours a fighting chance?

All LIS products are as Brexit-proof as possible. Our mobile contracts promise continued EU mobile roaming as at present. We recommend that any hardware and software upgrades for Making Tax Digital should be completed in the next 2 weeks in case of shortages. Interesting times!

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If you have no idea how to make preparations for your small business ahead of Brexit, take some tips from these entrepreneurs.

 

Critical Windows Update – 12th March 2019

March 12th 2019 – Microsoft are scheduled to release a critical update for Windows 7 users.

As you know from our articles on the 2020 problem, support for Windows 7 is set to end in January 2020. However updates to Win7 will end in March 2019 if you don’t install Microsoft’s next patch due on the 12th.

Surprisingly (the surprise being that it is not already in place) Microsoft is putting in place a new system to ensure that the operating system updates have not been tampered with. It will use an SHA-2 hash algorithms to authenticate the updates. The problem is, the SHA-2 algorithm is not supported in older operating systems.

So, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 2008 SP1, and SP2, which all use the older SHA-1 encryption, need updating with support for SHA-2 and this is planned in an update on March 12th. If you’re a Windows 7 user and don’t install this critical update, you will not receive any future Windows patches.

In summary on March 12th Microsoft will roll out a stand alone update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 which you need to install. LIS managed services customers will receive this automatically and we will also deploy it to all unmanaged customers with our control software installed. Just leave your desktop or laptop turned on and let us sort it out.

After that, you’ll be in a position to receive all remaining updates until next year. It’s also a chance to grab a few extra months to decide on which upgrade path to take. Do you want a new Windows 10 PC or to upgrade your existing machine? Contact LIS for a quote when you have decided or for advice if you are not sure.

Apprentices – Good or Bad?

Degree level apprentices are a game-changer among smaller UK businesses (this is an FT article, but without the paywall)

Apprenticeship Game Changer

and yet apprenticeship take up is down by a quarter.

Apprenticeship Take Up is Down!

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that a really useful idea for businesses has been made unattractive by politicians. What are your views?

LIS has an apprentice and we think he is great! When you call us, ask for Louis and you will get really good service! But then you will get that from the rest of the team too…

Public spending watchdog says the government has “some way to go” to show the scheme is value for money.

 

Left Behind on Cloud?

With 88% of businesses now using the cloud in some way, are you getting left behind?

LIS are experts at Supporting Cloud Solutions

Supporting Cloud Solutions

It’s easier, safer and less expensive than you may think. Get in touch to find out more. LIS are the experts at working out the right strategy for you and then helping you implement it.

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