Sage 50Cloud Accounts v26 has arrived - 21/11/2019


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Time to upgrade to Sage 50 Cloud Accounts v26

We’re happy to announce that Sage 50 cloud Accounts v26 is now available.

New features in Sage 50cloud Accounts v26

If you’re using Sage 50cloud Accounts, v26 has some great new features including:

  • Construction Industry Reverse Charge (UK or NI Only)
    Changes to help you comply with the new CIS reverse charge rules coming into effect from 1 October 2019.
  • BREXIT no-deal features 
    To give you peace of mind, we’ve built in functionality which can be switched on if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
  • Improved data fixing
    It’s rare to get data errors, but if you do, it’s important to fix them quickly. We’ve added improvements to highlight when errors occur and make it easier to either fix them, or to restore your last error free backup. ​
  • MTD token storage for Accountants(UK or NI Only)
    In Sage 50cloud Accounts Client Manager you can now submit your clients’ Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT Returns without having to continually enter their log in credentials, saving you valuable time.
  • Company selection improvements for Accountants
    When selecting a company in Sage 50cloud Accounts Client Manager, you can now see at a glance which companies are set up for MTD.
  • General maintenance improvements
    Behind the scenes improvements to keep your software healthy.

Building on features that came in Sage 50Cloud accounts v25

For More Information on Sage 50Cloud Accounts v26
Call us on 01925 751 100 Or e-mail sales@astonberkeley.com

Support for Windows 7 is ending January 14, 2020 - 22/10/2019


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Support for Windows 7 is ending January 14, 2020. Now is the time to shift.

New Windows 10 devices with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors include built-in security features to help you stay one step ahead of cyber-crime.

Sage 50 v26.1.99.0 update - 18/10/2019


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We're happy to announce that Sage 50cloud Accounts v26 update is now available. The hotfix should only be used if v26.0.84.0 or v26.1.93.0 or v26.1.96.0 has been installed on a machine. If this isn't the case then install the new v26.1.99.0 update as a separate installation.

Your existing serial numbers and activation keys will continue to work with this release, but if you have any issues make sure you contact us

NEC Micro Site - 18/10/2019


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We've added a NEC Micro Site to our Telephony page to give you the ability to take a deeper look into the NEC Phone System that we can provide for you. 

Introducing Mimecast Threat Intelligence - 08/10/2019


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Introducing the Mimecast Threat Intelligence Dashboard, designed to provide you with the actionable data you need to create and execute a cyber resilient strategy. 

Use the Threat Intelligence Dashboard to gain insight on:
-Number of users being attacked
-Volume of malware detections
-Most targeted users
-Total malware detected and specifics about those detections
-Where attacks originated from

Support for Microsoft Office 2010 is ending soon - 08/10/2019


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Office 2010 will reach its end of support on October 13, 2020. If you haven't already begun to upgrade your Office 2010 environment, we recommend you start looking at doing it soon.

If you are stuck at choosing which solution you should go for next contact us and we'll help you with that but we recommend Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 as it’s the perfect step up for anyone who isn't yet ready for the cloud, but want the best of the apps they already know and love. 

Never pay the ransom with StorageCraft - 07/10/2019


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Sage 50 v26.1.96.0 hotfix - 04/10/2019


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We're happy to announce that Sage 50cloud Accounts v26 update is now available to download manually.

The update will be deployed to customers via auto-update.   

The hotfix should only be used if v26.0.84.0 or v26.1.93.0 has been installed on a machine. If this isn't the case then install the new v26.1.96.0 update as a separate installation.   Your existing serial numbers and activation keys will continue to work with this release, but please contact us on 01925 751 100 should you require a new key or anyhelp.

Be Ready Before Disaster Strikes: The 3-2-2 Backup Rule and Beyond - 03/10/2019


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Last year, technical failures due to defects and cyberattacks were so widespread that ZDNet termed it “miserable,” and MIT Technology Review called it a “bumper year” for misfires. The hope was that 2019 would be much better.

Unfortunately, that’s not been the case.

From various cities being held for ransom by cyberattacks to IT outages in both public and private arenas, 2019 isn’t showing great improvement. That’s why it’s wise to embrace a strategy that prepares for disaster before it strikes.

Such a strategy used to be based on the 3-2-1 backup rule, broken down this way: keep at least three copies of your data, store two backup copies on different storage media, and make sure one of them is stored offsite.

But as technology attacks and failures have increased and safeguards have improved, the 3-2-1 rule has evolved into the 3-2-2 rule, which means you need to: keep three copies of your data; store two backup copies locally but on different mediums (devices); and send one offsite and one to the cloud. Another option is 3-2-3: one production copy with two backup copies; one backup is disk while the other is rotational or fixed tape; and two geographically separated copies in the cloud with an offsite copy in something like a car trunk or storage unit.computer monitor with data backup to cloud showing

“Most often, if the two devices you have as your local copies are attached, they’ll both be affected if the unfortunate should happen. A rotated and a continuously updated copy of your data in the cloud that’s not in the same physical location as the other two is paramount in protecting your files,” Techtality reports.

Another reason that the 3-2-2 or 3-2-3 rules provide stronger protection is that, while you may believe you’ll never get hit by a natural disaster like a hurricane (for example, because your home operation is in Minnesota), you might experience a fire, flood, theft, voltage surges or malicious attacks from cybercriminals. It’s estimated that 43 percent of all cyberattacks are aimed at small businesses, and in most cases, it takes at least six months for a business to detect a data breach.

It used to be that if an organization wanted to plan for disaster, that meant devoting time and resources to planning and testing data recovery at an offsite location. But with the cloud now offering security and data protection, organizations don’t need to devote as much time and money since such services can work easily with onsite infrastructures.

In today’s data threat landscape, it’s not a matter of if, but when disaster will strike an organization. Whether it’s Mother Nature unleashing a natural disaster or cybercriminals wreaking havoc on your data, no organization can afford to wait until after a problem exists to take action.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about peace of mind—not just for the IT and cybersecurity teams but your users as well. To truly deliver digital transformation, users should be comfortable that their data and privacy are not at risk when they connect to your services,” TechTarget reports.


Mimecast for Outlook v7.8 - 26/09/2019


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Mimecast is pleased to announce a continuous deployment of improvements to Mimecast for Outlook, containing the following new features, enhancements and fixes:

New features

  • Protected Preview has been added to Impersonation Protection in Mimecast for Outlook.
    •  When a message has been identified as 'Suspicious' by Impersonation Protection policies that have the 'Tag Header' configured within the definition, the Protected Preview is activated.
    • The protected preview alerts users when they attempt to download any files attached to the message or click on a link.
       
    • Protected Preview can be enabled via Application Settings
  • Support for the following languages has been added:

    • Finnish

 

Enhancements

  • Search terms highlighting - Only keywords from search terms are now highlighted.

 

Fixes

  • Issue causing items to be remain in Outbox in certain circumstances has been resolved. 
  • Search bar within Outlook now working when using Windows 10 build 1903.
  • Add-In conflict – Microsoft Teams: An issue causing Outlook to crash has been resolved.
  • Various bug fixes and performance improvements.