With Christmas fast approaching, it’s never been a better time to be more vigilant when it comes to online transactions and how your data is being used.  We know scammers are prevalent year-round, however, Christmas time tends to bring a heightened awareness.

With more and more people turning to the web to do their shopping for ease and convenience, it’s a playground for scammers and cybercrime.  Although we take it for granted that we’re taking the necessary steps to protect our data, there’s no harm in reminding ourselves as it’s easy to become complacent.

With many off the shelf products now available to design and set up your own website, it’s no wonder businesses are turning to them. 

However, they’re only as effective as the effort you put in, and in many cases will limit the functionality of what your audience can view and interact with.

Here are some things to avoid when considering the design of your website:

Branding is so much more than just a name, a logo, a design. 

Today, a company’s brand needs to work much harder.  For consumers, it’s the perception they have when they see the logo, read about the business, hear the name or think about the company’s product or service.

Technology plays a huge part in our daily routine, whether it’s work related, surfing the net, catching up on social media or playing a few games!

We take it for granted and so it’s something easy to become complacent about it, but we should never take our eye off the ball.  Here are some reminders on how to keep your computer and personal information safe.

Make sure you update the software on your system when they become available.  If you don’t download the latest versions, your computer is more likely to be susceptible to malware attacks. 

The word privacy is a rarity these days.  With pretty much everything being accessible via social media or the website, there’s not much that can be kept private.

Personal information is worth a lot to both legitimate companies who want to be able to sell their products and services to you and to shady characters who just want to steal from you. 

So, what can you do to help keep your personal information personal?

Cyber crime is a huge business. 

Turning virtual cash into real money takes skill and can be a big problem for cyber criminals since they only have a small window to act especially with things like credit cards as it won’t be long before the victim puts a stop on the card. 

Times have changed!  With many children now spending a vast majority of their spare time on technology – whether it’s playing online games or doing their homework, how do you keep them safe?

While there are many software packages you can buy and parent-friendly routers to limit your child’s internet play, it’s important to educate them on how they can protect themselves and build a framework to keep your children safe. 

We face increasing technological advances, yet designers still manage to keep up to date with the latest graphic design and website trends. 

With so many demands being placed on the world-wide web, websites continue to be user-friendly, innovative, and adaptable to the various devices we now use to browse the web. 

While mobile devices are the common method for catching up on social media, news, and googling anything we want, there is still a role for desktop browsing and therefore, they must continue to evolve to keep up to date. 

Our work can be very varied, and we see many different set ups when we visit clients. 

So much so that one client we’ve recently worked with, a dentist in Redhill, was still operating from Windows XP! 

Technology is all around us.  Changes within the last 10, 20, 30 years have advanced how we conduct business and live our daily lives. 

Technology can be a blessing, or a curse and time seems to be always against us, so what can we do to bring efficiencies into our business?  Here are just some ways you can use it to your advantage.