Small Businesses Aren’t Focusing Enough On Security

One in three small businesses wouldn’t know what to do if they came under attack over the net, according to a new survey by a security solutions expert.

The report by Kaspersky took into account responses from businesses with less than 25 employees including hairdressers, doctors’ surgeries and law firms. Around half of the businesses surveyed admitted that they’d struggle to recover lost data.

Results from the study suggest that small businesses are not serious enough about the safety of their online data. All those surveyed were under the impression their businesses were too small to come under cyber attack, or that there was nothing worth stealing.

This is untrue however, as even the smallest businesses take information such as payment, name and address details and more. In fact, an FSB report found that 41 percent of micro firms were victims of cyber crime last year alone.

In a recent report the FSB stated: “Cyber attacks upon small businesses are all the more devastating as they often have limited resources and personnel, making it much more difficult to recover once an attack has taken place on the security of their data.”

What can SMEs take from this information?

As a small business owner you should be as vigilant in your online security practices as larger organisations. In 2013, the cost of fraud loss for SMEs alone came to £20 billion.

There are several actions you can take to increase your business’ online security.
1. Ensure you have adequate anti-virus software installed as well as the necessary firewalls
2. Consider cloud-based data storage
3. Encrypt data sticks
4. Password-protect devices, making sure passwords are complex and include numbers, letters and characters where possible

Is your business protected against cyber crime? Talk to the team at JDM Computing for further information about how we can help.

FSB Says UK Broadband “Not Fit For Purpose”

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According to the Federation of Small Businesses (the FSB) the UK’s target for broadband simply does not compare to that of other nations.

The UK government currently plans to equip 95% of the country with broadband speeds of 24Mbps or more by 2017. However, Finland plans to increase broadband baseline speed to 100Mbps by 2015, and South Korea has plans to increase to 1Gbps by 2017.

The report by the business group states that while 94 percent of small business owners see a reliable internet connection as critical to their success, only 15 percent are very satisfied with their provision.

In the document, the FSB also states that 45,000 small businesses in the UK are still running on dial-up speeds.

The FSB said: “”Evidence from our members shows this clearly is a problem affecting all corners of the UK, rural areas and cities alike. While progress has been made with the residential market, businesses have not enjoyed the same benefits, which is holding back their growth.”

However, this study has witnessed a backlash from BT, who say that the picture isn’t as bad as the FSB suggests. The communications provider says that actually 73 percent of businesses can access fibre and this figure should rise to around 90percent during the next two years.

The FSB recommends that “the UK’s broadband market needs to ensure that fit-for-purpose connectivity is available to everyone, regardless of location, and that it not only meets current demand but is also future-proofed.”

25 Years Of The Net. Do You Remember When…?

This month the internet turned 25. In human terms that’s well past teething and tantrums, beyond the confusion of the teen years, and probably starting to comfortably navigate adult life – without the soul-sucking concerns of mortgages, pensions and wearing sensible shoes.

Now a central force in almost every aspect of our lives, the internet has certainly found its groove. Hands up who said it’d never catch on?

In order to celebrate achieving a quarter of a century of the World Wide Web, at JDM we’ve compiled a look back at some of the more… interesting… historical stages of internet development.

Do you remember when…

Connecting sounded like this. And probably involved unplugging the landline phone.

Websites looked like this – HM Treasury in 1996

Phones were for calling, not browsing – Nokia 5110

Internet use information came on VHS – 1996

The cool kids were all hanging out on MSN Messenger (the only reason anyone of our generation can touch type)

A “Google” was just a noise a baby made. We spent our time days asking Jeeves (who has now evolved ito a CGI version of his former self) or visiting Lycos – remember? There was a dog…

Lycos dog

A kids’ guide to the internet looked like this and involved the phrase “Who wants to email President Clinton?”

Downloading music took hours. Sometimes days. But it was worth it – Napster running on Mac OS 9 (using Kaleidoscope theme utility) in March 2001.

Because of all these developments (and in spite of some of them), the internet, the web, the net, or whatever you call it, is now a fundamental part of our daily lives. Here’s to 25 more years of the internet. What do you think it’ll look like then?