Friday, 17 July 2015

What does 2FA mean? Read all about it..

Well, it stands for Two Factor Authentication and we posted an blog about the security benefits back in December of last year.

Being totally paranoid about security and knowing the amount of scams, hacking and identity theft that takes place on a daily basis, we thought another reminder of this useful tool would be well received.

Adding a second rotating password will effectively make your personal online accounts far less susceptible to hackers.  

We share a couple of links with some great tips and useful advice from Robert Siciliano when interviewed by "about tech" .

This link below is the start of the interview explaining just how massive password theft is now

and the link below gives all the practical advice you need to put 2FA - Two Factor Authentication in place.  Robert helpfully guides you through how to set up 2FA on your accounts, just follow the directions for major platforms -
  • Google,
  • Yahoo
  • Apple, 
  • Micrsoft,
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • PayPal
  • Facebook

Personally, we use a great app called "Keypass" - A free open source (OSI certified) password manager which helps manage your passwords in a secure way.  Basically, you put all your passwords in one database and this is locked with a master key or a key file, therefore you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the database.  The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms (AES and Twofish). 

So now you have no excuses.  It just takes minutes to set up and best of all, it's free.  Don't wait until you've been hacked JUST DO IT!!!!

The Merlin Team

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

ISDN is dead and your phone system could be joining it!

Do you still have an onsite PBX ? Are you worried that your current system will become extinct in the next 10 years or so?

WIthin the industry it is common knowledge that all voice services will be delivered over IP (VoIP) within the next ten years. In actual fact, BT are asking Ofcom to consent to the dismantling of the UK’s fixed landline network:-

So, perhaps now is the perfect time to consider making the switch over to a hosted IP telephone system and reap all the rewards that are on offer.
Making the switch to new technology can be daunting and this may be what is putting you off making the change, but in reality the migration is seamless and very much a speedy process, thus giving you a  totally managed, scalable solution which will fit any business size from SME to large enterprise.

A quick comparison guide to show you the differences between ISDN and SIP lines

You are in control - Add or take away lines as required
Can’t be done
Substantial savings on both calls and line rentals
More costly
Business  Continuity
Calls can be re-routed easily when disaster strikes
Calls certainly cannot be diverted quickly
The way forward - convergence for voice and data
Becoming extinct
Move your phones around from location to location as long as you have a data connection you just plug in and go!
Changes take months depending on your supplier

 You can see from the above the distinct advantages of VoIP.  Once installed, you should never have to buy another phone system again.

According to a survey underwritten by Cloud Industry Forum by Insight Brief
" 69% of companies who adopted cloud services made use of a trial before purchase" 

With this in mind, we would always recommend that you ask for a test phone for a period of at least a month, so you can check the call quality and play with the features to your hearts content.  It really is a simple case of plug in and off you go.

We are more than happy to organise a trial phone for you - just contact us on 08008778810
The Merlin Team