Top Tips To Avoid An IT Disaster Over Christmas

Top Tips To Avoid An IT Disaster Over Christmas

With many businesses closing over the festive period and staff taking time off, it’s easy for IT systems to get forgotten about.  The last thing anyone needs though, is a problem come January, when it’s back to business. This year there will be the added issue of people working from home, so it is not only workplaces, but also IT equipment and connectivity within employees’ homes that you will need to protect in order to avoid an IT disaster over Christmas. 

At Matrix IT we want your business to start the New Year on a high, so we’ve put together our top tips to help you prevent IT disasters during the festive break. 

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Explaining Two Factor Authentication and Why Your Business Needs It

Explaining Two Factor Authentication and Why Your Business Needs It

Remember when logging into something was as easy as pasting in your username and password? So do we, but let’s not be fooled into thinking those were the good old days.  Accessing any account that contains any personal or business data, needs to be protected by more than just a username and password, otherwise it is vulnerable to being compromised. Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is becoming a fact of modern life, enabling us to add an extra layer of security when logging into systems and applications. If you don’t have 2FA or Multifactor Authentication enabled for the online services you use, make sure you read on. 

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Home working accelerates the death of remote access VPNs

Home working accelerates the death of remote access VPNs

According to the latest statistics, almost half of British workers are now working from home.  As businesses continue to adapt to the ongoing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, homeworking has become the safest and most practical option for many organisations.  With the explosion in working from home, however, comes the challenge of how to do so safely, particularly with sensitive data and home workers logging in using their home internet connections, and in many cases, their own equipment. 

Remote Access VPNs have long been the solution for remote workers needing to access company networks over the public internet.  However, this once trusted solution has grown to be increasingly vulnerable due to the surge in cyber security threats.  The sudden shift to homeworking as lockdown was imposed, has increased the use of virtual private networks and thus amplified the threats and vulnerabilities. 

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