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Christian Harris is the owner of BCW and PrizeTopia (an incredible prize giveaway site). Christian has over 20 years’ publishing experience and in that time has contributed to most major IT magazines and Web sites in the UK. He launched BCW in 2009 as he felt there was a need for honest and personal commentary on a wide range of business computing issues. Christian has a BA (Hons) in Publishing from the London College of Communication.

Ecommerce Combating Magecart

For the last few years, the Magecart group—the name given to a collective of at least seven cybercrime outfits—has been a scourge to e-commerce. Using the digital equivalent of physical credit-card skimmers on high-profile websites, the group is alleged to be responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of payment card records and the personal data of its victims. Flashpoint and RiskIQ yesterday released a report profiling the groups behind the breaches, and the murky criminal underworld that lies within. Origins The Magecart threat grew out of a single group’s activities in 2015 when it began compromising vendor websites and injecting skimmers. Several thousand stores were affected during that time. RiskIQ became aware of the threat and began tracking it in 2015. A new group emerged ...

8 Reasons Why A Virtual Office Is Perfect For Online Businesses

West End rents are ridiculously high, and you could shop around for office space in the East End, but the likelihood is you will find the same. Today, however, businesses have more options. With the serviced office and coworking spaces being viable options, you can find yourself working in London’s financial district. Then, there is the virtual office, which eliminates the need for you to even make the trek into the city. The virtual office allows businesses to move the functionality of office space in the online environment. Outfits like Servcorp virtual offices can fit out your business with the latest in technology, so managing your office remotely is simple. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why the virtual office can help your online business. 1. Access to onsite facilit...

5 Reasons Why Your Company Should Use Cloud Hosting

In the modern world, there are many different options you can use to keep your data safe and secure online. One such method is cloud hosting, a safe and reliable way of protecting your data. Here is why you should consider using a cloud hosting software for your business. 1. It can be accessed from anywhere at any time No matter where you or your employees are in the world, if some statistic or document is needed then it can be accessed quickly and efficiently. So long as you have an internet connection, you will be able to get online to your data. This is also great if you have a workforce that may be travelling a lot for business or occasionally working from home. They will always be able to check in with the office; allowing you peace of mind as you know your team is always connected. M...

7 Benefits Of Industrial Touchscreen Monitors In Industrial Applications

Industrial touchscreen monitors have dominated the technological markets for decades and are showing no signs of slowing down. These monitors are constantly being updated and improved to make their hardware even better and eventually physical keyboards may even become obsolete. This type of monitor is very versatile and it can be adapted in a number of different ways to fit in with various environments. In this article we take you through the many benefits that come with using industrial monitors in industrial applications. 1. Cost-effective One of the biggest benefits of using industrial display monitors is that they are very cost-effective. When you use one of these systems, you do not need to invest in as many external parts and you will be spending less money having to replace or repai...

How To Identify Good Care Home Software

While many care homes are still running off of written care notes and spreadsheets, there are a number of reasons to adopt care home software. Many caregivers will recognise the value of shifting to care home software, but they’re afraid of adopting bad software that gets in the way of doing their jobs. Here are a few good reasons you should consider adopting care home software and we’ll give you some tips on how to identify the right care home software for your organisation. 1. What is care home software? Care home software is simply software designed for the management of every aspect of a care home. It provides, at a minimum, a central place to store all information and documents. This includes records on each individual resident, policies and procedures that staff follow, resident care...

5 Apps Every Job Seeker Needs

You’re probably busy leading a very hectic life and may not have time to spend job searching. Luckily for you, there’s an app for that – as is usually the case – will let you perform quick and easy job searches on the go. Below are five of the best apps you can use to find your dream job, and you can even apply through them too! 1. Indeed Indeed is one of the best apps for finding both part-time and full-time jobs in casual industries such as hospitality. Indeed’s app is search-based which makes it more difficult for passive searching, and you do need to fill in some information before you can use it. You can also upload your resumé and apply to jobs with one click, so once you’ve got all the initial configuration out of the way, you’re good to go. 2. Glassdoor Glassdoor is both a job sear...

What Pathway Will Work Best For Your Career In Technology?

If you’re someone who is technically-minded, and you think that a career in the tech field would suit you, then there are different approaches to take to get started. Certainly, if you want to begin quite young and prefer to learn essential computing skills on-the-job, being an apprentice is one route to take. Alternatively, you could be self-taught, which is challenging and requires more focus and determination. Advancing your knowledge to the point where you could take a Computer Science degree is another approach too. Let’s now examine the options for a career in technology depending on your age and current circumstances. Going the apprenticeship route Being an apprentice is a well-worn path where you start at ground level, learn on-the-job and eventually graduate as an apprentice. The ...

Top Tips For Creating A Professional Looking Website On A Budget

Where it used to be that businesses were able to get by without a website, today that is no longer the case. Businesses are now becoming more aware of the value that a website offers, which is prompting them to take the necessary steps to create one. However, despite all the research, some two million small businesses within the UK still don’t have a website at the moment. As a small business owner or entrepreneur, it can seem hard to justify spending the money to build a website, but here’s the thing – without that website, you could be losing out on revenue. In fact, statistics show that for these small business that don’t have a website, it is actually costing them £343bn per year. If you own a business that doesn’t have a website, and you’re ready to take the st...

REVIEW: HP Elitebook 1040 G4

Late in 2017 at its Reinvent event (HP’s largest global partner conference), the US-based company outlined its vision to design solutions for the way people now work and live, with the introduction of new premium laptops and all-in-ones, along with displays and accessories. Recognising the change of where and how business professionals operate (54 percent of work being done outside of the office), the fourth-generation Elitebook 1040 G4 laptop (starts at £1,179; £2,137 as tested, ex. VAT) is a 14-inch ultraportable with remote management and security designed to enable greater productivity beyond the office. Design & standout features As traditional boundaries between work and life blur, HP is focussed on designing customer experiences that allow users to seamlessly transition be...

4 Steps To A More Effective Marketing Strategy

Effective marketing is essential to the long-term survival of any business, but it is something that many businesses still aren’t approaching properly. There is far too broad a perception that the best approach to marketing is to simply throw money at the problem. In actual fact, with the right approach to marketing, the costs don’t need to be anywhere near as high as they are for many businesses. By taking a smarter approach to your marketing strategies, one that prioritises efficiency, you will naturally generate a high ROI, even on relatively modest marketing campaigns. These are the steps you need to take to transform your approach to marketing so that it brings maximal benefits to your revenues, and to your brand awareness. 1. Do your research Spending money upfront on commissioning d...

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1

Earlier in the year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell unveiled a suite of new products to address the myriad ways people play and work, including a 4K-enabled XPS 13 laptop, an XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop with a unique Radeon RX Vega M graphics chipset, and an updated Latitude portfolio that promises more productivity for mobile professionals. The Latitude 5290 2-in-1 is Dell’s latest Surface Pro clone designed for business professionals looking for a secure, small-and-light laptop that offers dual functionality thanks to its detachable keyboard. Design Designed for the mobile workforce, Dell’s Latitude 5290 2-in-1 (starting at £1,205.36 ex. VAT) has been fully refreshed with the latest quad-core 8th-Gen Intel Core vPro 15W processors, delivering performance improvem...

7 Ways To Achieve A Successful Business Online

Online businesses are among the most profitable enterprises if done correctly. Many of these businesses require low overhead and staff, so the potential to maximise profits is huge. But many online startups don’t realise their goals and they fail within months after they are launched. If you would like to blaze a different path from those who fail, you’ll need to do things quite differently. Here are seven ideas you need to remember when starting a business online that will help you to succeed. 1. Have a written plan The first step is to come up with a feasible plan, which should be taken as the guiding principle of the business. This does not have to be a book, but several pages outlining the objectives, financing, and strategies of the business could go a long way to help the business to...

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