Category: Advice
Web Design
27th December 2016

Does your business need a website?

The overwhelming use of the Internet makes it abundantly clear that every business should have a website, especially a small business. Without a website, you could be missing out on opportunities to increase sales and gain new customers.

Here are several strong reason to have a website for your small business.

1. Your business has competition. If your competitors have a website, your business cannot survive without one. This is especially true if the bulk of your business isn’t the result of word-of-mouth. Local retailers, online sellers and manufacturers use websites to communicate with existing customer and to gain the loyalty of new customers. While all of your competition may not have a website, you may be losing customers to those that do. Once they’re on your customer’s website, they may not have an incentive to look elsewhere.

2. Your business needs to build new relationships to thrive. The website allows you to send your customers and potential customers monthly emails or newsletters. By staying in touch with customers, your brand can become better known while making it easier for your customers to understand your business. A website can also be a great customer service tool, allowing your customers to reach your 24-7.

3. A website can give your small business credibility. First impressions are still important in every facet of life. A well-designed and functional website can give your business the credibility it needs to make a good, first impression. You may even discover that the majority of customers are willing to do business with you because you provide a website. If your website is functional an easy to navigate, that’s like extra icing on the cake for customers.

4. Every business owner is aware of the power of business cards. They’re an effective and inexpensive way to advertise a product or service. Your website can be a new, digital business card. Only it has the potential to reach hundreds, even thousands more customers than a conventional business card. Properly designed and optimized for search, your website can provide a convenient way for new and potential customers to communicate with you at their convenience.

5. Your website will give you the power of advertising, without the cost. Websites can offer a very inexpensive method to let the world know about your products or services. A also allows you to communicate valuable information in easier and less expensive ways than other forms of conventional advertising. Your website can be like a silent partner, working faithfully to help grow you business 24/7. Send emails, offer special deals and publicize sales. The sky is the limit with an effective website.

If you’re interested in website design for small business ask about my services, which include strategic website design/development, book/contact form features/email and newsletters/social networking integration, attractive designs, and full e-commerce shop functions.

Virus and Malware
27th December 2016

What are Viruses/Malware?

Malware is an umbrella term for different malicious software such as viruses, fake security software, spyware, adware, and browser hijacking software. Malware can send your personal information to third parties without your knowledge, and it can also cause your browser to stop responding or to close unexpectedly. With all the new toolbars brought about by the malware, the browser becomes unstable, resulting in frequent browser crashes.

In addition to crashes, malware can cause an overall poor performance of your devices. Laptops and desktop computers can take longer, and then the device usually stops responding while in use. Sometimes, the internet connection encounters problems, such as stopping unexpectedly; there are also problems with the applications, especially security programs. After awhile, It becomes difficult, and frustrating, to try and adjust configuration options and system settings when they are not available at all.

If you’re looking for signs of malware affecting your device, advertisements popping up even if the browser is closed are good indications. Other indications can include the browser automatically opening just to display ads, or when opening new pages, or looking at a page’s search results.

Viruses, on the other hand, are the most commonly known type of malware. They can erase the files in your computer or worse, they can hijack your system and use it to send spam, share illegal content, or even attack other systems. There are different types of viruses; some of them can be easily detected and blocked by antivirus programs, but there are some that are difficult to detect and can infect your system.

Examples of the recent viruses are Cryptolocker and Gameover Zeus. Cryptolocker puts code into your files and asks you to pay around £100 to £1000 so you can decrypt your files, while Gameover Zeus accesses your banking details and other valuable information.

Malware and viruses get into the system through drive-by downloads. Suspicious websites are the primary sources of viruses, while attachments from suspicious emails can also host viruses and malware. However, most of the time, users are not aware that they are already installing the malware or the virus into their system. This makes it necessary for the user to safeguard their system through high-quality antivirus programs.

Malware and viruses pose serious threats to your computers and laptops. When it comes to protecting your systems, you want the best security and support. I can offer that security and protection so feel free to get in touch.

PC Shortcuts
27th December 2016

A few tips!

There are many tips and tricks for a computer user to keep on hand. There are system backup tips, programs for virus protection, and keyboard shortcuts. Personal computers, or PCs, are used daily in many households and businesses, so learning how to use them efficiently is a smart thing to do.

One tip is to back up important data. Computers can be used for very important work that can be saved, but things happen that could damage the hard drive. Liquids, overheating, and viruses can all make the hard drive fail. There are a few ways to back up data. USB flash drives are available at most office supply stores for a low cost, and can be carried easily; portable hard drives are also available at office supply stores or online. Another way to back up your data is to upload the files to a website made for storage. Sometimes these websites charge a fee, but this way you can access your files from any computer, and do not have to rely on any one device to keep them working. A good free up to 2GB one is called DropBox.

Keeping a backup of your important files is not the only thing you should do for protection. Viruses are a daily part of PC life, and can affect internet browsers, hard drives, and the general performance of your computer. There are many anti-viruses to choose from, so make sure you do your research before purchasing. Usually with a PC, you will get a free trial, but make sure you have protection after the trial is over. These programs usually require a yearly payment and are downloaded to your PC. There are local IT support specialists like me to help. Don’t pay for anti-virus, talk to me first. I also do a service that can back up your data, do weekly update and virus checks + more!

There are also a few keyboard short cuts that are good to know, to help you remain efficient while using your PC. The most commonly used are Ctrl + C for copy, Ctrl + V to paste what you have copied, and Ctrl + P to print the document that you have open on your screen. Another great keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + ALT + DELETE, this gives you a few options such as log off, change password or lock the computer. Do you need to go to the Task Manager? Just press Shift + ESC. If you press the Window’s logo key + L, then your computer locks, and the display screen comes up.

These are just a few of the tips and tricks to use on your PC. Using these will help keep your computer healthy, and allow you to work swiftly while using iBack u

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