Shortcut key your way to a tidy mailbox and task list

    • Shortcut key your way to a tidy mailbox and task list

      • Matthew James

      The email inbox, either it is your place of zen and an aid to you getting your work done, or it is a distracting mire of half finished conversations, adhoc “to dos” and interuptions, and this can escalate to a point at which that simple email folder can be your most hated work location.How can you change your attitude about your inbox from the latter to the former?

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    • What is a VLAN?

      • Scott Bishop

      Here at ESP Projects our Support Team have exploring lots of different questions they get asked from our customers both new and existing. Today we explore “What is a VLAN?”. The short video below gives you chance to meet Scott Bishop from our support team who is going to explore this topic.

      A VLAN, or Virtual Local Area Network, is a technology that allows network administrators to create multiple distinct network segments (virtual networks) within a single physical network infrastructure. Essentially, VLANs enable you to partition a network without requiring additional physical routers or switches. Here’s a breakdown of why VLANs are useful and how they work:

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    • What is IT Support? (In jargon free words)

      • Jason Francis

      What is IT Support?  IT companies are notorious for making everything technical and difficult to understand.  This might seem like a bit of a long-winded way to describe what it is that ESP provides as it’s ‘bread and butter’ – in a blogpost, but I thought it would be an interesting way to describe it and it will hopefully dispel the myth that all IT Companies are the same.  Of course, we have different pages across the site that describe this in less detail, in different formats and even video. This blogpost however is aimed at being a long-hand version, but hopefully it will describe it in ways that you can understand.

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    • 12 months in the life of Missy aka #ESPDuck

      • Donna Aplin

      Missy aka #ESPDuck latest update…

      OK, since we introduced you to Missy our #ESPDuck she has been extremely busy!!  She has been doing us (ESP Projects) proud and has represented us well over the last 12 months.  For those of you who have just joined Missy’s journey the link here explains what and who Missy is.  What is the #ESPDuck all about? (espprojects.co.uk) both Missy and the staff at ESP Projects in Sheffield have been working very hard. 

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    • Cloud Server Vs Onsite Server Advantages & Disadvantages.

      • Jason Francis

      What is an onsite server?​

      An onsite server is a traditional way to handle a business’ computer network.  It is a physical piece of hardware (kit) that sits on your business premises and provides services to the other computers on the network.  Some examples of the things it ‘serves’ are File-sharing, Network Addressing, Virus Scanning & Print Services amongst other things.  In many cases, you will end up with hardware that’s more powerful than what you require.​

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    • What is an IT Roadmap?

      • Jason Francis

      What is an IT Roadmap?  And why does my business need one?  Well, the simple answer is that it’s a plan.  A plan of how you intend to manage your IT Systems over the coming years.  A plan of how much you intend to spend on IT Systems and security over the coming years.  In ESP’s case, we use a 4-year roadmap that’s reviewed every 6 months.  The roadmap becomes an agreement, between you, the customer, and your IT Provider, as to how the IT Systems are going to develop within your business over the coming 4-year period.  It sets out some standard items, such as contract renewal dates, as well as replacement cycles for equipment such as PCs and Laptops.  It’s essentially a documented plan, based on best-practices for businesses, when it comes to their IT Systems. 

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    • These 18 Sustainable Tech Habits Are a Win for Your Bottom Line

      • Donna Aplin

      In today’s world, sustainability isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity. Businesses around the globe are increasingly embracing eco-friendly practices. This isn’t only for the positive impact on the environment. It’s also for the benefits they can bring to the bottom line.

      Sustainable technology habits are not only about reducing your carbon footprint. They’re also about improving efficiency, cutting costs, and attracting environmentally conscious customers.

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    • How to avoid Phishing emails?

      • Sam Dack

      Here at ESP Projects in Sheffield we have been listening to the questions we get asked by our customers and we have chosen a few topics we are going to explore in more detail. One of the common questions we have been asked recently is, How do I avoid Phishing emails? In this blog we explore just that – So grab and coffee and have read.

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    • Security update around WebP vulnerability

      • Matthew James

      On Wednesday September 27, 2023, news of active exploitation of a zero-day vulnerability ( CVE-2023-4863 )(updated with CVE-2023-5129) in a common component of the webp image format, was announced.

      This vulnerability is known to potentially affect a wide range of browsers and popular applications.This includes (but is not limited to)Google ChromeMicrosoft EdgeMicrosoft TeamsAlong with a wide range of others.

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    • How important are Firewall Security Updates?

      • Donna Aplin

      OK, so you might be thinking “I have sorted this out already when I set my business up 5 years ago!” That’s great, but the truth is Firewall Security needs updating just like anything else that you have within your business. In this blog ESP Projects explore how important a Firewall Security Update is to your business. Firewall Security Updates are critically important to any business that relies on networked systems and data security. Firewalls act as the first line of defence against unauthorised access, cyberattacks, and other security threats, making them a cornerstone of network security.

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    • How can I change IT Provider?

      • Matthew James

      How can I change IT Provider?  OK, so if you’re reading this blogpost, it’s quite likely that your IT provider isn’t up to scratch and so you’re trying to find out how easy it is for your business to change IT Support Providers or IT Company (or however else you want to term it!).  The honest answer to this question is that it depends on the IT providers that you are thinking of changing from and to.  That might sound like the process is going to be really difficult, horrible or stressful – it SHOULDN’T be.

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    • The Pros & Cons of Tracking Your Employees’ Every Digital Movement

      • Donna Aplin

      Since the pandemic, employers around the world have needed to change. They’ve had to shift how their employees operate. Remote work is very much here to stay. Organisations and employees can both benefit from the work-from-home and hybrid work revolution.

      Cost savings is a driver for supporting remote work. Employee morale and productivity also can be higher when employers grant this flexibility.

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    • How to Create Insightful Dashboards in Microsoft Power BI

      • Donna Aplin

      Data visualisation is a powerful tool for communicating complex data. It presents it in a simple, easily understandable format. But it is not enough to simply create a graph or chart and call it a day. To truly make use of information, it is important to create insightful reports. Reports that effectively communicate the story behind the data.

      Insightful reports help decision-makers understand key trends and patterns. As well as identify areas of opportunity and make informed decisions. If analytics graphs and bar charts are only telling part of the story, it can lead people to wrong decisions.

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    • Security Policies and the eventual demise of the password.

      • James Greaves

      Ok, so lets look at security policies and the eventual demise of the password. I did something unusual (for me) the other day – I went out for a drink in Sheffield city centre. Why does that matter to you?  And why would I write about it here?  Well, it was while I was out mingling with actual real live people that a conversation arose about security and passwords (seriously, I’m an absolute blast when I am out on the town, honestly) and what the best policies are around passwords. It came to my attention that there are still a lot of people still following best practices from a decade ago…

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    • How to Use the New Virtual Appointments in Microsoft Teams

      • Donna Aplin

      Scheduling appointments is a common activity. Salespeople often set up virtual appointments to answer questions about a product. Software companies allow people to schedule live demos. Telehealth therapists allow clients to book video sessions.

      Those are just a few examples of some groups that are going to love a new Microsoft Teams feature. Virtual Appointments was recently added to the platform. It adds a new meeting style tailored for engagements with customers.

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    • What is the cost of aging IT hardware in my business? 

      • Donna Aplin

      What is the cost of aging IT hardware in my business?  OK, so we all know that IT equipment costs money, and in a lot of cases, the IT hardware isn’t cheap when looking at the cost in isolation.  However, there are many other things to consider, when thinking about replacing aging IT hardware in your business.  This article looks to look across the board at the impact of running old hardware in your business.  That impact can be on time, money or stress, but either way, it does have an impact.  Read on to find out more about the cost of aging hardware to your business.  

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    • What will I need to get Cyber Insurance?

      • Donna Aplin

      OK, so if you’re reading this article, you’re obviously thinking about getting a Cyber Insurance policy for your business or organisation.  If that’s the case, then you need to really think about what might be required in order to get the policy at all.  Cyber Insurance, in our opinion, is a must have for all businesses or organisations of every size.  However, the Cyber Insurance market has been stung over recent years, losing billions of £’s in the process.  This is, in part, due to the fact that they provided policies to businesses that we’re anywhere near properly protected, so they had lots of claims on their hands, which had to be paid out, because the insurers hadn’t necessarily been collecting the right information from their customers during the application process.  This has now led to higher prices AND more stringent policies and checks are in place during the application process.

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    • 6 Ways to Prevent Misconfiguration (the Main Cause of Cloud Breaches)

      • Donna Aplin

      Here at ESP Projects in Sheffield we have been looking into the main causes of Cloud Breaches. Misconfiguration of cloud solutions is often overlooked when companies plan cybersecurity strategies. Cloud apps are typically quick and easy to sign up for. The user often assumes that they don’t need to worry about security because it’s handled.

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    • ESP – Sheffield’s best IT Provider renews all ISO accreditations.

      • Jason Francis

      Back in 2018, the Senior Leadership Team ESP decided that we needed to be ahead of the other IT Companies in Sheffield in terms of IT Security.  We set out a plan, to get ourselves accredited with ISO 27001, which really demonstrates a high-degree of commitment to IT Security and Data. 

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    • How can I migrate to SharePoint?

      • Donna Aplin

      How can I migrate to SharePoint? Migrating your organization to Microsoft SharePoint from the traditional on-premise server can be a large project to undertake. There are several important things to consider to ensure a smooth transition. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

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