One eye to the future for small business, post Covid-19

It seems at the moment the world is moving at lightspeed.  The news every day is changing and, whilst some of the lockdown restrictions are being eased, we’re still very, very far from “normal”.  I for one long for the days when Microsoft Teams was a bit of an irritation when I turned my computer on - here at O’Brien Media it’s now become central to the way we work together! ...
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Google Search algorithm update and Search Console data lag

As a search marketer and SEO specialists, we monitor changes in SEO outcomes and changes in Google's behavior when it comes to search results. Last week along with others, we noticed that recent broad core algorithm updates had resulted in a slow down in Google Search Console data and wanted to explain the possible reasons for this and why it might affect SEO monitoring for a short period of...
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Fintechs need to be accredited for CBILSs and Bounce Back Loans

A fifth of SMEs bank with fintechs, such as Tide. Financial technology - fintech for short - describes the combination of financial services and technology to provide a larger range of convenient financial services and financial products. Examples of products and services provided by fintechs include primarily app-based banking (such as the service offered by Tide), mobile payments, peer-to-peer...
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Email to customers: 24th March 2020 – Gov’t announces “Online retail is still open and encouraged”

Hi there, As I'm sure you may have been, I've been up past midnight reviewing the latest Government advice announced last night relating to which businesses should now close and which can remain open. For the most part, it's bad news but I'll summarise the good news that doesn't seem to have been covered by the BBC, Sky, or ITV: Online stores can remain operational and are encouraged to do so....
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How to use Zoom for video conferencing & video meetings

Zoom has earned itself a reputation as a reliable, easy-to-use tool that can handle meetings involving up to 100 people. And that's just the free version. If you need to host particularly large online meetings, there are paid-for business packages available that dramatically increases this limit, and also adds new features Add a webcam to your desktop PC, or turn to your webcam-enabled laptop,...
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) General Advice for Small Businesses

Welcome to our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) general information page. We have created this page as a sort of hub for information we've found on various websites that we found useful. So we thought we'd share it with you, just in case it comes in handy. We'll be updating this page at least twice a day for the moment so check back frequently and do feel free to contribute in the comments. UK Government...
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Coronavirus: What we’re doing (updated daily)

Our plan in brief With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now at the pandemic stage we're implementing additional measures to ensure we can continue to serve our customers during the coming weeks and months. We are taking steps to limit the risk of infection in our Swindon office and encouraging team members based outside of Swindon to do the same. Our distributed team means that team members already work...
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Attackers using the Coronavirus as a phishing trap

The coronavirus outbreak is being used in phishing attacks according to researchers at Proofpoint. Attackers are taking advantage of the widespread concern about the virus to lure people into phishing traps using conspiracy theories about “unreleased” cures. One example describes a ‘confidential cure solution’ before giving users the option to follow a link through to a fake website...
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Support remote workers using Microsoft Teams

Use the best practices in this article to support your users who work remotely or from home. Technical advice Make sure Teams is turned on for everyone Look at Teams free to make Teams available to everybody in your company. Remote employees rely more heavily on meetings and audio conferencing. If you haven't yet rolled out these workloads, check out Meetings and conferencing in Teams. Tell...
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Replacement of some SSL certificates for O’Brien Media hosting clients

We have been notified that one of our suppliers of a recently discovered a bug in the Let's Encrypt certificate authority code, described here and covered by BBC News on their website today, 4th March.Unfortunately, this means we need to replace the certificates that were affected by this bug, which includes a number of certificates issued between January 28th and February 29th. To avoid...
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