Bringing your own device to work

Bringing your own device to work

BYOD stands for brings your own device. This is the practice of allowing the employees of your business to use their own computers, smartphones or other devices for work purposes. Many haven’t heard of (or understand) the benefits that this method can bring to your business.

 

Allowing BYOD in the workplace can bring some advantages:

 

Brings familiarity. Employees will know there way round their own phones which in turn can provide greater efficiency.

No need for training. If an employee is used to certain devices and your firm uses a different brand or model, they may need to be taught on how to use the equipment, which is time consuming. If they have their own device, they already know how to use it.

Saves your business money. If your employees prefer BYOD then it saves the need to buy company smartphones and computers.

 

At Matrix, we act as your ‘outsourced IT department’, providing help to businesses in Portsmouth, Fareham, Southampton and across the Hampshire region. To find out more on how BYOD can improve your business, please contact a member of our team on 01329 888444. Alternatively, email us at moreinfo@mtxit.com or complete the consultation form on our new website: https://www.mtxit.com.

Staying Safe on IPhone

Staying Safe on IPhone

IPhones are currently the safest smartphone on the planet and Apple are notoriously known to be hard to hack. However, there are still a few tips you can follow to make sure it stays that way and you stay free of hackers on your handset.

Update your IPhone – Updating your IPhone software consistently is the best way to avoid any hackers. Apple frequently release new software that patches any chance of being hacked and being exploited, so make use of this!

Appropriate Passcode – Although it can be frustrating to constantly put in a long passcode, it reduces the chances of your phone being hacked. Nowadays there is quick unlock with features such as Touch ID and Face ID so the chances of putting your passcode in all the time anyway are very slim.

Two Factor Authorisation (TFA) – Most people have configured two factor authorisation automatically. If this isn’t the case, TFA sends a code through to any trusted device when you are trying to log in to an unknown device. This could be when you buy a new phone and login with your apple ID for example. It makes sure you can’t log in from anywhere.

Be careful on public WiFi networks – Free WiFi networks are always handy if you are out and about, but they are also ideal for hackers. When using public WiFi make sure not to access anything personal, such as a banking app. This is exactly what criminals are looking for.

For more information on how to stay safe on your IPhone, please contact us via email at support@mtxit.com or phone at 01329 888444.

Macs and Viruses – Are Macs Immune?

Macs and Viruses – Are Macs Immune?

Macs are notoriously known for being virus-free and are immune from hackers. It is one of Apple’s main unique selling points and the firm tend to have the reputation of being ‘un-hackable’. However, as previous years and current times have shown, this is certainly untrue.

In comparison to other PC’s – Macs are certainly more secure. There is no denying that. However, IT firm Malwarebytes stated that they saw “more mac malware in 2017 than in any previous year”. This would suggest that Mac malware is on the rise and is likely to rise again in the future. But why all of a sudden?

Cyber criminals are finding new innovative ways to hack potential victims and their computers, and are starting to shift their focus to Mac users as they are becoming increasingly more popular and easier for malware to target. More and more mac users are being hacked as time progresses, so be careful of fraudulent scams as they may just be able to hack your mac!

For more information on macs and potential viruses for Apple products, please contact us via email at support@mtxit.com or phone at 01329 888444.