Business Support - Virtual Meetings

Getting the most from your virtual meetings

Although some businesses are starting to plan to go back to the office, many of our clients are still working remotely and some are even reconsidering working from home as a business model going forward. We thought it may be of interest to read on some tips for getting the most out of your Virtual Meetings:

  • Lighting: Avoid windows or other major sources of light behind you as this causes your image to silhouette and darken so that you cannot be seen. Instead, use lighting from a window or lamp positioned behind your webcam and facing towards you. This will help avoid shadows on your face.
  • Camera position: Centre yourself in the webcam frame, leaving just a bit of room free above your head. Have the webcam adjusted to your eye-level to provide a straight-on view of your face. You may need to prop your laptop or webcam up on books or other means in order to achieve the best result. 
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Tips and Tricks for Working From Home

Tips and Tricks for Working from Home

Many of us have been working from home under lockdown/self-isolation for a good few weeks now. What was initially unique, and maybe even fun for a while may have already got ‘tired’.

Here are a few ideas and tips that have been shared with us and we hope they are helpful to you:

Arrange the day around normal working hours – it’s only your commute that has changed. Start and end work at the same time as normal. Use what would have been your commuting time for arranging your working space, or perhaps for scheduling in some exercise. Make sure you keep coffee breaks.

Designate a working area. Make sure everyone in your house understands what your working area is. It’s not easy of course, especially with everyone in the family now having to do it together in a confined space. Try changing something; rearrange a table, a chair, something, even minor, just to create that mental separation that “this area is now for work”.

Don’t go to work in your underpants! Keep things as normal as possible. You don’t need to wear high heels or a suite, but you should still make sure you get up and dressed and ready for work as you would any other day.
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Working From Home During Covid 19

Working from home during Covid-19

Bean IT are here to support you and keep your business working, however, we are sure you appreciate that the safety of our technicians is very important to us. All of our team are setup to work from home and calls and emails are being attended to as fast as possible. We have been deluged with calls and emails to support many of you who are now having to work from home and we are working through the requests as quickly as possible, but we do ask for your patience at this time.

Aside from setting up and assisting with home working environments, we’re aware that companies and individuals are seeing a large increase in attempts to breach security and privacy during this pandemic. With so many people now working from home, hackers have stepped up their attacks and we are seeing an increase in breaches.

Please protect yourself and your business by adhering to the following: Read more

Password Security

Password Security

Protecting your personal content is essential in today’s age. Hackers are becoming smarter and there are increasing reports on systems and accounts being hacked. Ensuring you have a strong password is essential. We’ve created a quick guide to follow to help you keep safe online: Read more

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Bean IT are celebrating 10 years of trading this year and have seen growth year on year since we started – thank you for your business that has made this possible. Most of our growth has come from referrals and we are very grateful to all our loyal customers for passing on our details and singing our praises. Read more

Cyber Essentials

Cyber Essentials Accredited

Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.  The scheme is available at two levels:

  • Cyber Essentials – an independently verified self assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
  • Cyber Essentials PLUS – a higher level of assurance. A qualified and independent assessor examines the same five controls, testing that they work in practice by simulating basic hacking and phishing attacks.

The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against unskilled internet-based attackers using commodity capabilities – which are freely available on the internet.

Organisations that undertake Cyber Essentials are encouraged to recertify at least once a year and, where appropriate, progress their security.

Since 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials became a minimum requirement for bidding for some government contracts (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0914-cyber-essentials-scheme-certification

For further information, email info@beanit.co.uk or call us on 0121 667 8977

Ransomware and backups

How Backups Can Save your Business in a Ransomware Attack

To prevent ransomware infecting your system you need a multilayered security approach.  From comprehensive and regular staff training, to machine learning antivirus software, to cloud storage/backups with version control, you need all of this to prevent viruses such as WannaCry taking hold.

What happens, however, when the virus finds a way through?  This is when the trusty offline backup can save your business. Read more

GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Things You Can’t Ignore

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into play among EU states on the 25th April 2018.  The new regulations are reported as the biggest shakeup in data protection for two decades.  GDPR will replace the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and closes many of its predecessor’s ambiguities. Read more

Computer Services - Server Solutions

Server Solutions – Get The Right Server For Your Small Business

As your business continues to grow, your computing requirements will grow with it. Choosing the right server for your business can be confusing and overwhelming. This article will walk you through the basics and help you decide which server may best suit your company’s needs.

Spoiled For Choice?

There are a lot of big names in the technology world offering server solutions including, Dell, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, IBM, Oracle, Fujitsu and many more. Read more

SSD Drive

Why your Business Runs Better with SSDs

What are Solid State Drives?

Solid state drives (SSD) are a faster, more reliable, and efficient way of storing data on your server, PC, or laptop than the standard hard disk drive (HDD) you probably have at the moment.  To understand why SSDs are so good, let us take a look at how data is stored on your systems at the moment. Read more