Before And After A Cyber Attack

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When you’re under pressure and on a deadline, the last thing you need is to have issues with your tech or more specifically, with your tech security.

Usually, the moment you relax and think you’re in great shape, in terms of IT security, you find yourself under the vicious attack of a rogue virus or hacker.

When you’re working on a shared network as part of a team this can have devastating consequences but there are steps you can take to both prevent a cyber attack and steps you can take when and if the worst-case scenario does, in fact, become a reality. We take a look at the before and after of internet security in light of a breach.

Prevention is certainly better than cure so at the very least consider delegating your IT and its security as a Managed Service. This is especially useful if you work on your own or as part of a small team and don’t have any specialists in-house.

The next prevention tactic to consider is how you will access your data should your hardware fail. The best way to protect yourself and your vital documents is to transfer them regularly to Cloud-based storage, off your hardware and out of harm’s way. The other good thing about Cloud storage is that it has its own security systems in place so you won’t have to worry too much about transmitting a virus any further.

Cloud-based working is considered by many business experts as the working way of the future in any case, so setting it up now might save you money and time in the long run, especially if you work away regularly from a central office point.

The very next step you’ll need to take is to make sure that your anti-virus software is the very best you can afford. Sure there are cheaper versions out there, even free versions but they will not have the up-to-date and robust information that you need to defend your computer and your network. If you’re going to spend money on one thing, make it your anti-virus software.

Mac users should make sure their operating software is completely up-to-date and install upgrades when prompted.

So what happens when you do find yourself at the receiving end of a cyber attack?

The first thing you’ll need to do is shut everything down and get everyone who shares a network with you to do the same. If you can minimize the risk of transferring the virus, you’ll stand a much better chance of recovering any shared lost data.

Once you’re powered down, get in contact with your expert team and tell them the details of how the virus spread and where you think the most likely point of contact was. In most cases, it will be through an email, use of a rogue public wifi network..

With a great anti-virus defense and capable support, you should be back up and running in no time.

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Promoting Your Website On Even The Smallest Budget

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Advertising used to be a game you could only play if you had a lot of money to spend. Big businesses spent on billboards, TV commercials, newspaper advertisements and anywhere else you could pay to advertise.

While big companies still do this, digital marketing has made it possible for the smallest of businesses to get in on the advertising game. Whatever your budget, there are plenty of ways you can advertise online and draw people to your business. Find out more and get your next advertising campaign off the ground.

Enjoy targeted ads through Facebook

Facebook provides one of the most affordable and targeted ways to advertise to your audience. As you learn to use Facebook ads, you’ll discover the different targeting methods that exist, as well as split testing and more. Facebook allows you to advertise using a variety of content from images to video, and you can narrow your audience right down to help you make the most of your campaign. With flexible budgets, you can run Facebook ads for next to nothing – an ideal solution for small businesses or freelancers.

Get a lot for your money with Google Ads

Google Ads are a useful tool for businesses looking to increase their exposure. Like Facebook, you can use Google Ads according to your budget, allowing you to create some effective campaigns for your business. There are a lot of tips and tricks that will help you use Google Ads to your advantage, including automation scripts by PPCnerd that make it easier for you to run your campaigns. Google provides a lot of support on how to use their platform effectively, which can help you to get the most out of this popular marketing method.

Use Instagram to appeal to influencers and younger demographics

Instagram is one of the most popular platforms among younger consumers, and with the right strategy can be a good platform for you to market your products or services. There are different ways to create an effective Instagram campaign, which includes the use of sponsored posts and sponsored stories. Instagram is a Facebook company, with the same advertising tools available to make it easier for you to set budgets and target your audience as needed.

Start a blog

Does your website have a blog? If not, you should consider starting one. A blog can be an easy way for you to connect with potential customers and build your SEO in a more natural way. By providing expert advice and useful information related to your products and services, you’re providing your website visitors with useful content that could help inform their purchase decisions. While a blog can be a lot of work to maintain, the results are worth it to promote your website even further.

An effective marketing strategy is essential for promoting your website, and once you’ve mastered some marketing basics, you’ll be able to look into new and exciting promotion platforms. No matter what your budget is, it’s possible to make a splash through digital advertising and lead your business on the path to success.

2019 Advice For New Traders

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If you have decided to start trading in 2019, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the different options that are available to you. Trading has risks and rewards and going into this endeavor with some general advice can’t hurt. 

Binary options signals are perfect for those who are new to trading. You can even align with a binary options broker to help you with this. If you are thinking about trading for the first time, you are probably excited to get started, but you may no doubt be a bit anxious. The first thing to understand is the binary options trading signals. These are trade alerts that are provided by an experienced trader, a third-party provider, or a company. These alerts are supplied to other traders in the same marketplace. They are ideal for new traders, but they can also beneficial for people that are time poor and simply do not have the time to evaluate the market for themselves.

The distinct difference between managed account trading services and binary options is that with a binary options robot you simply receive the trading signals and it is up to you to make judgments and react. On the other hand, a managed account is one whereby the company does everything for you. They will make the decision on where to invest your money and how to invest. This is suited to those who want to have a hands-off approach. If you still want to have an active role in trading, yet you want to lower the risk that is associated with this, binary options trading signals could be a good fit for you.

You could, of course, opt for a combination of the two. This all depends on the company you choose for your binary options signals. A lot of the best businesses will provide access to a highly experienced, personal account manager. You will have all the tools you need to get started. Be mindful of the money you are investing and do so wisely.

Like with anything start small. You can start by trading small amounts or even using a demo trading platform to become comfortable with the figures and decisions necessary to be successful.

Gold Dust or Why you should dig through your jewelry box

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If you take a look online you will note that more and more companies are asking you to sell your gold in exchange for cash. More and more people are opting to sell their gold jewelry, broken chains, items that have lost their sentimental value or are just collecting dust. There are a few reasons to consider selling items that no longer bring you joy. 

You could get a good amount of cash for your gold
Gold is one of the very few goods whereby its value has increased over the past few years. We have seen a mass array of items (especially luxury ones) decrease in value. However, this certainly has not been the case when it comes to actual gold. Read this AvaTrade review to find out more about a platform you can use for help with pricing and trading gold. 

You can pay off any bills you may have
If you are like most Americans, you may be facing bills from the holiday gifts you purchased. Under no circumstances should you borrow money via a payday loan. While you are looking for items to sell on Facebook Marketplace or making items to sell on Etsy, consider also the items gathering dust in your jewelry box that you may have once loved and don’t any longer. If you are recently divorced and no longer want the reminder of what was, this may be a good option for you. Going this route keeps you from going into more debt. Next year, set and keep a budget to avoid this outcome in the first place. 

Selling your items may or may not be the right decision for you. Don’t do anything rash, think about it before you act.

Five Ways To Hire Staff That’ll Stick Around

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As a small business, it’s a huge deal for you to bring on more people to work with your company. You may have been working out of a spare bedroom for some time, so to be in the position that you have grown enough to bring someone else on board, you can guarantee your business is growing properly. Well done, you!

There are a lot of articles out there that can help a business to reduce the cost of recruitment, and this advice is usually pretty sound. The use of social media, current employee referrals and posting on public jobs boards are all steps that people usually take to hire in new people. There are also businesses that take care of HR outsourcing to manage all of the paperwork that comes with staff management.

However, once you’ve advertised you need to make sure you are hiring the right person. Beyond the interviews and negotiation, you want to make sure you are hiring someone who will last through training and stick around for a significant amount of time. 

  1. Whether you choose to outsource your hiring process to an outside company or not, you need to think about the person specification and job description before you even get started. Take a step back and reflect to make sure that yours are real and get to know your own wants and needs when it comes to hiring the right people.

  2. Your benefits and salary scales are going to depend on both what you need and what you can afford. Plenty of companies out there will try to skip out on salary because times are hard, but you need to think about a fair wage for what you are asking. Always be aware of any prospective employees that are fixated on the numbers, but also balance that with ensuring that you are offering something that works.

  3. There are people out there with a LOT of jobs on their resumes, and sometimes this doesn’t translate to show them to be reliable as an employee. Of course, some people choose to work temporarily from contract to contract, and that can be explained with dates. Some may have joined companies just before they folded or were acquired. If you have questions, ask! Don’t just put someone in the circular file for reasons outside of their control.

  4. Your company culture is going to be looked at carefully by all who come through your door. It’s hard to define and you need to think about the image that you want to show to the world about your business. Speaking to those who interview your candidates and letting them in about your company culture can help you to sell the idea – they have to fit into your team, after all.

  5. Raise the ceiling when you are recruiting. People often like to grow within a company and they want to know that their ideas will be heard. If you give people the space to grow in your business, they won’t want to leave you.

These tips are not exhaustive, but if you ensure that your new employees know about your business, you can ensure that they are happy in their roles.