IT 4 Offices

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Pro-Active Support

At IT 4 Offices we use a state of the art monitoring software to ensure your systems are running and kept running, preventing downtime where possible and ensuring you are in running your company using your IT systems effectively and not allowing your IT to prevent you working.

Pro-Active IT

IT Migration

Whenever a system change is required within a business, a migration process is used to ensure that important company and client data is kept secure and accessible.
Including: Cloud, Virtualisation or Mergers/Buyouts

Migration

Email Security

Are you fed up with adding senders to junk lists.   Many of our clients using our spam filters now have the time to work without interruption from constant adverts and unimportant spam emails, as well as having the peace of mind that they are protected by multi-layered virus protection.

Email Security

Network Design

IT 4 Offices have developed a solutions portfolio that enables the provision of full end-to-end infrastructure solutions.
This range enables us to provide our clients with both a tailored and integrated solution to their entire infrastructure networking needs.

Network Design

When your password isn’t enough to protect your identity

Even using a password manager won’t protect your account 100%.  People will still fall for a phishing attack, or a brute force attack.  This is easily done by clicking a fake link provided or downloading unsafe software.

It’s also possible that your credentials will be stolen from a service provider.  Sites experiencing data breaches and losing customer names and passwords barely make the news as it’s becoming more common.

These compromises are why changing your passwords and using different passwords for every account are considered best practises, especially within the workplace.

If a breach is discovered, change your password and consider employing something even more secure such as multi-factor authentication.

 

Best practices for keeping your details safe are:

  • Use a long, complex password with a mix of letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Don’t use identifiable words or phrases
  • Change your password regularly
  • Use a different password for every account, and don’t have a pattern to them

Use a password manager to create and store your passwords – it’s basically a lock box of all your passwords that will automatically fill them in for you on most sign in forms.  You can also copy/paste if needed.

 

The difference between two-factor authentication and two-step verification:

Two-factor authentication (2FA) - traditionally requires two different types of authentication. That can include something you know (password), something you are (fingerprint), or something you have (a secondary trusted device).

Multi-factor verification (MFV) - on the other hand, can use the same type of information delivered by different sources. For example, a password you remember plus a code you're sent over SMS.

Two or more of these factors can be more secure, but two steps are typically enough for most online accounts. It's an updated version of the older security questions.  It not only helps you avoid needing to remember your random answers, but it also removes the risk of relying on potentially easy-to-find information.  With Microsoft Office 365 you can also ensure that some countries IP addresses are blocked to reduce the risk of breaching.

 

Whilst the above seems very obvious as well as basic, it is also very easy to overlook how long you’ve had the same passwords, and who else knows them.

Most banks have moved to either 2FA or MFV and Microsoft are now recommending that all office 365 administrator accounts use their 2FV system.  We expect this to be common practice for most businesses in the next year.  

If you would like to discuss the above further then please feel free to contact us for some advice.

SMB IT Support

If you are a business owner/manager and would like to discuss outsourcing your IT support, give us a call and speak to one of our team

SMB IT Support   Ad-hoc Support

IT Supply

If you have a hardware or software requirement or have a project you would like to discuss, give our team a call

Hardware   Software   Hosting

Partnerships

At IT 4 Offices, we have formed strong relationships with industry recognised businesses to provide our clients with the best systems that they require to run their daily business tasks.

Microsoft Registered Partner | Dell Partner | HP Partner
 
 
 HP Cisco
Draytek Synology

Contact Us

Call on 0333 332 6600

52 Halcyon Close
Witham,
Essex. CM8 1GY

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