News & views
We try to keep an ear to the ‘tech’ ground to listen out for rumours of future gadgets and technologies that will enhance our lives or increase productivity in the workplace. The news and views items below should help keep you up to speed on the world of technology and our thoughts on what’s good and what’s not. We hope you find them interesting and would love to receive your feedback via email or twitter @BrashSolutions.
Keep your business safe whilst working at homeAdvances in information technology mean that more and more people are working away from the office and with the impact of Covid-19 this looks set to continue for some time.
Remote working has many advantages, including reduced costs for employers and greater flexibility for employees, but it also raises concerns of how to protect your employees and ensure business ...
October 20, 2020
5 steps to ensure you don’t fall into the fake email trap.At Brash we take cyber security very seriously and we’ve recently seen a sharp increase in fake emails that are being circulated in an attempt to trick people into transferring money via bank transfers. These recent campaigns appear to be particularly targeted and sophisticated with emails that appear to be from Directors, being sent to ...
April 18, 2018
Data Security – Makes Sure you are GDPR ReadyThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018. It is the biggest change to UK data privacy laws for 20 years and creates a single set of rules that protects personal information for all citizens of the EU. Designed to give people more control over their data, ...
March 6, 2018
Meltdown and Spectre Causing Concern?You may have read or heard reports across the media about a serious security flaw that is affecting the hardware used to run nearly every computer. The flaws may sound like the name of popular Spy movies, but they are no science-fiction. They already have their own logo and webpage in an attempt to communicate ...
January 8, 2018
Be #RansomAwareHave you heard about the threat which Ransomware is posing to millions of users on a daily basis?
Ransomware has hit the headlines recently from reports that it crippled the D.C. camera network a week before Donald Trump’s inauguration, to hitting hospitals and banks as well as major businesses across all industries.
In its 2017 Annual Threat Report, ...
February 20, 2017
Bonkers Brash: 10 Business Lessons We Learnt Along The Way:Many of you will now be fully aware that in July 2016 Richard ‘Bonkers’ Brash decided to travel 4,130km around the British coastline cycling, running, swimming and kayaking. Whilst it was a mammoth test of endurance, strength and stamina it also threw up some interesting scenarios applicable to the business world.
Here’s the top 10 lessons ...
February 20, 2017
The iPhone 7 “The best smartphone camera ever.”? – I have to agree.As a keen amateur photographer and a loyal advocate of the iPhone, I received my new iPhone 7 Plus with great excitement. I was especially keen to put to the test Apple’s claim that this is the “best smartphone camera ever.”
As a time-pushed businessman I regularly find myself walking our dog at sunrise or as ...
February 20, 2017
Brash sponsor Louise Cook – aiming high in the World Rally ChampionshipsYou may not have heard of Louise Cook but it is a name that you may well be hearing more of in 2017. 29 year old Louise is the only woman in history to win a rallying world championship competing against men. Her aim is simple, to become the first female World Rally champion – ...
February 6, 2017
BBC Report Highlights the Need for Internet SecurityAn article on the BBC News Website today highlights the spike in ransomware spam and the dangers of not having adequate security.
What is ransomware?
It’s a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Some forms of ransomware ...
March 10, 2016
Investment in The Cloud – How is it Changing?‘The Cloud’ in its many forms is now accepted and being embraced by an ever increasing proportion of organisations. The infographic demonstrates how the explosion in confidence and investment has occurred over the last 18 months.
It is no coincidence that the fastest growing small businesses are the early adopters of cloud technology and these is ...
March 3, 2016
Bonkers Brash decided to swim, run, cycle and kayak around the British coastline in just 28 days…He made it, quite unbelievably covering 4,371km within the set time limit and raising over £17,000 for charity.
But those of us watching the story unfold from the comfort of our offices and homes didn’t really understand quite what he was undertaking or had any real comprehension of the daily mental and physical challenges that would ...
February 25, 2016
Can Growth Vouchers help you improve your IT?Have you heard about the Government’s Growth Voucher Programme?
It came to my attention several months ago, and now that it is in my mind, I seem to see it everywhere! And, happily, Brash has succeeded in gaining accreditation as a small business adviser in the Digital Technology – IT and Web category.
So what is it ...
January 13, 2015
What is stopping you moving to the cloud?Small and medium sized enterprises are embracing cloud technology in ever increasing numbers, however there are a number of perceived barriers that are still holding many back. So these barriers real or just myth?
The big one – Security… “There is greater security risk in having my data in the cloud, rather than on a local server ...
November 14, 2014
A fiver a week for doing nothing…really?We are currently at the Beta Testing phase for a new App and we need to start testing it in the ‘real world environment’. So I am emailing you to ask if you would like to become involved by becoming a product tester.
In order to be eligible for the testing program you need to answer ...
July 24, 2014
Cybercrime makes headline news on the BBC…Tuesday mornings are never the best for productivity and despite starting the day with a worthy goal, a proper plan, was going to spend the whole morning working on my business. No distractions. Diary clear. Staff briefed. But there’s a problem. A big problem. In my head. My lizard ...
June 3, 2014
Is slow and unreliable broadband affecting the local economy?Six months ago the Federation of Small Business released their latest survey of members which said that a quarter of their members are dissatisfied with their internet provision. As broadband has become more reliable for the majority, the main issue is the poor connection speed that many businesses endure. Looking further into these responses, the ...
December 3, 2013
Start Me Up! IT and Social Media Workshop announcedIf you have a new start up business or are thinking of starting out on the big entrepreneurial journey, wouldn’t it be helpful to have advice on how to get ahead of the competition by avoiding the common mistakes in using (or not using) IT and Social Media?
Join our workshop on 19th November and help ...
November 1, 2013
End of the Road for Windows XP and Office 2003 and why it could affect you.Since it’s worldwide release in October 2001, Windows XP has proved a very stable and reliable platform for PCs in millions of organisations around the world…so much so that it is viewed by many as part of the IT furniture; an old faithful comfy leather chair. Fortunately since Microsoft’s grandly named Support Lifestyle Policy as ...
October 29, 2013
Words of wisdom from an Olympic Great…I was fortunate enough to meet so Sir Chris Hoy at the entrepreneurs Convention on Friday.
October 3, 2013