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Getting started with Web Hosting

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 07:57

Web Hosting services work by storing your website files in high-powered web servers connected to a very fast network. When someone types in your web address, such as www.claranetsoho.co.uk, your device connects to the web server holding your website files and then transfers your website information back to their computer. From there they can surf and view the pages of your website.

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Small businesses and the security breach

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 09:02

There are many different forms of a security breach that could occur in a small scale business. There are two types, Physical Security Breach and Electronic Security Breach. A physical security breach is more to do with theft of hard copy files compared to an electronic security breach which is to do with computers and the network.

Security breaches are often defined as:

"An act from outside an organization that bypasses or contravenes security policies, practices, or procedures. A similar internal act is called security violation".

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What will connectivity be like in 2024?

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 08:03

Internet connectivity has changed drastically over the past decade, most notably with the rollout of fibre optic broadband, but what do the next 10 years hold?

Whilst the government has committed to providing 95% of UK business and residential premises with superfast broadband by 2017, UK connectivity is still falling behind. Ofcom defines superfast broadband as a connection that provides speeds of at least 24Mbps. Although 95% of the country will potentially be fibre enabled in 3 years’ time, only certain areas will benefit from Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) while other areas essentially only get a half upgrade with Fibre to the Cabinet.

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Why move to hosted Exchange?

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 08:58

Driving down the costs of IT infrastructure has become a daily task for most organisations as they try to maintain a competitive edge. The solution for many IT departments has been to outsource certain functions such as data backup, to drive total cost of ownership down whilst flexibly upgrading to new technologies when needed.

Most workplace surveys show that employees spend a large portion of their working day communicating by email. Email is now considered a critical business application and as such, is expected to have an uptime as close to 100% as possible.

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Cybercrime costs the UK £27 billion a year

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 08:34

Recent research by Symantec found that cybercrime costs the UK economy a staggering £27 billion a year. Cybercrime is a huge threat in today’s online world and covers a range of dangers such as IP theft, customer data loss, industrial espionage, online theft and extortion.

We’ve discussed the impact of customer data loss and some ways to help prevent it before. Naturally security measures will be specific to organisations and some businesses may have heavily invested in bespoke solutions.

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The importance of DNS

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 08:03

What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is used to convert IP addresses into readable domains such as bbc.co.uk. Without DNS everyone would have to remember random strings of number to access different websites, or at least Google’s IP address.

Why is it important?

Address (A) records and Mail Exchange (MX) records need to be kept up to date to ensure that access to your domain is maintained. Incorrect MX records will result in sporadic or failed delivery of emails to your business’s mail server, while incorrect A records will prevent access to your website.

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