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The Monthly Download—August 2023

Is your team suffering from cyber security fatigue?

Recently, we’ve seen a concerning trend among businesses: cyber security fatigue.

It’s a phenomenon that occurs when people become overwhelmed and desensitized to the constant barrage of cyber threats and security alerts they face on a daily basis.

You may be thinking “My business is too small to be a target for cyber criminals”.

Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, small businesses are often targeted precisely because they are seen as easier targets. Cyber criminals know that small businesses don’t have the same resources as larger corporations, making them more vulnerable to attacks.

So, how can you tell if your business is suffering from cyber security fatigue? Here are a few signs to look out for:

  • Your employees are ignoring security alerts or taking shortcuts to get around them
  • You’ve had a data breach or cyber attack in the past, but didn’t take significant steps to prevent it from happening again
  • You’re relying solely on antivirus software to protect your business
  • You haven’t updated your security protocols in a while

If any of these sound familiar, it’s time to take action. Here are a few ideas to help you combat cyber security fatigue and keep your business secure:

1. Invest in employee training. Your employees are your first line of defense against cyber threats. Make sure they understand the risks and are trained in proper security protocols.

2. Use multi-factor authentication. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide additional verification before accessing sensitive information.

3. Keep your software up to date. Many cyber attacks happen because of outdated software that contains vulnerabilities. Make sure all software is regularly updated to the latest version.

4. Partner with a trusted IT support partner. They can provide ongoing support and monitoring of your systems, ensuring that your business stays secure and up to date. If you don’t have a partner, we should talk 🙂

Don’t let cyber security fatigue put your business at risk. By taking proactive steps to improve your security, you can protect your business and enjoy peace of mind. Remember, the best defense is a good offense! If we can help, get in touch.

What's happening at RCT this month?

We're launching Lunar Voice, our brand-new VoIP phone system. Get ready for top-notch call quality, seamless connectivity, and a whole new level of communication convenience. It's time to take your business conversations to the next level!

Business gadget of the month

The Microsoft Arc Bluetooth wireless mouse: If you’re the type of person who prefers to use a mouse with your laptop, you probably find that the traditional shape makes it tricky to transport.

To avoid a lumpy laptop bag, you may want to invest in The Arc. This mouse is not only sleek and stylish, but its flexible design allows it to be flattened to fit in your bag more easily - or even your pocket! Better still, when it’s flat, it switches off to save battery power

Technology Update

We’re saying goodbye to Cortana… sort of

Microsoft has recently announced that it will be discontinuing its Cortana app for Windows 10 and Windows 11 later this year. This is after years of declining use and popularity for the digital assistant, which was originally intended to compete with other AI assistants like Siri and Alexa.

While Cortana will still be available as part of Windows 10 and 11, the standalone app will no longer be supported. Instead, Microsoft is shifting its focus towards integrating Cortana into other products and services, like Microsoft Teams and Outlook.

Tech facts

  • The first domain name ever registered was symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. At the time, there were only six other domain names in existence, making symbolics.com one of the earliest websites to exist on the internet.
  • About 51% of internet traffic is not human. More than 30% is made up of hacking programs, spammers, and phishing scams.
  • According to Nordpass, the most commonly used password is “password” which, despite being easily hackable, is still used by 5 million people worldwide. Crazy!

Inspirational quote of the month

"Success is often achieved by those who don’t
know that failure is inevitable."

Coco Chanel, businesswoman and fashion designer

A New Month, A New Tech Quiz

1) Which company developed the first commercially successful microprocessor?

2) How much did the first 5MB hard drive weigh?

3) In the 1930s, which country built an analogue computer that ran on water?

4) What did the ESP button do on CD players?

5) When Gmail was released in 2004, how much free storage did it offer?

The answers are below.

  1. Intel
  2. 2000 lbs... that's a ton!
  3. The Soviet Union
  4. It stood for Electronic Skip Protection and prevented songs from skipping.
  5. 1 GB

New to Microsoft 365

Finally, an enhanced search experience for Mac

If you use a Mac with Microsoft 365, chances are you’ll have struggled with searches being a little sluggish.

Microsoft saw the issue and has finally done something about it. They have revamped the search experience in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Now Mac fans can look for information across multiple platforms in one convenient location.

For any help or advice, get in touch. It’s what we do.

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