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Strengthen Your Digital Fort: Best Practices for World Password Day

Happy World Password Day! Heron IT has some ideas here to keep your systems secure.  The Pillars of a Strong Password: 1. Length and Complexity: Aim for passwords that are at least 12 characters long, combining letters, numbers, and symbols to create a complex key that guards your digital doors.    2. Uniqueness: Use a different

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These 7 AI Trends Are Sweeping the Cybersecurity Realm

AI and Cybersecurity Lately, the internet has become a trickier place with smarter threats. But, AI (artificial intelligence) is stepping up as a strong partner, offering new tools and ways to stay ahead of hackers. We’re diving into the latest AI movements that are transforming how we defend ourselves online against a growing number of

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Heron IT Wins National Award!

We are very proud to announce that we have earned a Britain’s 50 Best Managed IT Companies Award by e-Channel News, an international IT news channel. This is a true testament to the hard work everyone has put in over the years. We have interviewed the founder and managing director, Colin Hammond, to find out

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Discover How We’re Redefining IT Support for Your Future Success! 

We would like you to know that we supply, either directly or through trusted partners, all sorts of technology solutions such as VoIP telephony, headsets, Xerox photocopiers, data cabling, PoS tills, printers, video-conferencing, office furniture and Smart TVs; in fact, anything that might have a slight impact on your IT! We like to provide these

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Introducing Aaron Bevis: Our New IT Technician

In the ever-evolving world of IT, it is paramount to have a team equipped not only with technical knowledge but also with a diverse set of practical skills. This month, we are thrilled to introduce Aaron Bevis as the latest addition to our dynamic IT support team here in Ipswich. Aaron steps into his new

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What Is the Safest Way to Share Passwords with Employees?

Breached or stolen passwords are the bane of any organization’s cybersecurity. Passwords cause over 80% of data breaches. Hackers get in using stolen, weak, or reused (and easily breached) passwords. At Heron IT we try to ensure that all our clients’ systems are protected by strong passwords and two-step verification, which makes it very hard

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Heron IT’s First London Expo

As part of our efforts to build our London client base, Heron IT were at the Business Junction Expo in The City last week!  It was great to have a stand at their first ever Expo and was nice to meet new faces in London. We especially enjoyed the gin fountain provided by Creative Output.

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Congrats to our competition winner!

Massive congratulations to Glenn Castle of Simple by Designs who has won our competition on our social media channels (having guessed where Nick is!) Check out: https://heronit.co.uk/spot-the-techie/ to see if you can spot him! A big thank you to Glenn for coming to our office near Ipswich to collect his bottle of Prosecco.

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Join us at the Spring Expo, London

Heron IT will be at the Business Junction Spring Expo 2024 on Thursday the 29th of February in London! We will be one of over 50 companies showing off our services so please come and meet us at our stand. As one of the newer members of the Business Junction it would be great to

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We’re Hiring!

We are looking to fill an IT Technician’s role and thought we would start by interviewing Arty Fissial of ChatGPT to see how AI could help us. Here is a transcript of the interview, with Arty being in blue. Please stay tuned for an official job posting! Hello Arty, welcome to Heron IT. My name

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9 Reasons to Use Airplane Mode Even If You’re Not Flying

Most people are familiar with their device’s Airplane Mode. You’ve probably used it when jetting off to exotic locations. But did you know that it’s not just for globetrotters? That’s right! Airplane Mode isn’t only for flying; it can be a handy feature for your everyday life, whether you are in Ipswich, London or somewhere

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Spot the Techie!

One lucky person who spots our Nick in the photo of a big screen TV we recently installed at our client Aquabridge Law will win a bottle of Prosecco! We’ve been working with Aquabridge Law providing their IT Support in both their Felixstowe, Suffolk and Chelmsford, Essex offices, and very importantly since the pandemic, working

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Enhanced IT Security Options for Heron IT Clients

Heron IT have upped their game in the security field, and we now offer clients various options to improve their cybersecurity. Firstly, we have developed an interactive seminar around Cyber Security and Data Protection and has presented this to several clients already. The aim is to make the topics personally-relatable so that staff can appreciate

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Brands Hatch

Colin recently attended the British Touring Car Championships practice day at Brands Hatch London and had an enjoyable day on a seminar with the MSF Finance Team which was very useful for learning more about IT security and how to organise a fast-paced team, thanks to Tom Ingram and EXCEL8 Motorsport.

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ISSBA Christmas Drinks

Colin and Jonty enjoyed a pre-Christmas chat with ISSBA with some delicious beer at the Dove Street Inn, recently. The usual topics of IT Support for Ipswich and Cyber Security were flying around, along with far more interesting banter about Ipswich Town and their current exciting team! Father Christmas appeared from the chimney and joined in too. (Scroll down to

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Heron IT Expands Its Wings: A Visit to IntroBiz London for Enhanced IT Support and Security

In a bustling city where technology is in every aspect of business, London is a beacon of innovation and progress. Recognising the immense potential and the needs of the city, Heron IT’s Colin Hammond recently ventured into the heart of Belgravia, attending a networking event hosted by IntroBiz. The goal? To broaden Heron IT’s horizons

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Working with Local Business Leaders

Colin recently attended an enjoyable event from Ipswich Suffolk Business Club. There were over 130 guests including a star turn from Penny Mordaunt, the Leader of the House of Commons. A delicious dinner was provided by Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, in the heart of Suffolk, Heron IT’s primary technical support region. See if you can spot

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Halloween Night Out

Heron IT staff recently embarked on an unforgettable Halloween night out, filled with thrills, chills, and a touch of the supernatural. Our destination? The spine-tingling Trinity Scares event at Ipswich Suffolk Showground. It promised haunted parks and hair-raising mazes, and we were more than ready to embrace the eerie atmosphere. As the night unfolded, we

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Scared of Security?

Let’s dive into a topic that might give you the chills—cybersecurity skeletons in the Suffolk IT closet. You may not have old skeletons hidden away in the basement. But there’s a good chance of cybersecurity vulnerabilities lurking in the shadows. Just waiting to wreak havoc.  You can’t fix what you can’t see. It’s time to

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Introducing Heron IT’s New Finance Officer: Sarah-Jane Vincent

Heron IT is pleased to announce another recent addition to our team, Sarah-Jane Vincent, who has joined us as our Finance Officer. With an impressive track record and a wealth of experience in the financial sector, Sarah brings a fresh perspective to our organisation. Sarah’s journey in finance has been very interesting. She has honed

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Meet Jonty Whelan – Our New Marketing Assistant

We’re pleased to introduce a talented individual, a globetrotter, and now our new Marketing Assistant – Jonty Whelan. With a rich history at Heron IT, a company renowned for offering professional IT support in Ipswich, Jonty’s journey, skills, and accomplishments are nothing short of awe-inspiring. A Journey of Four Remarkable Years Jonty’s association with Heron

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New Office Space Available!

Exciting news for a businesses looking to expand or relocate! Our neighbours are leaving and their ground floor office is available to let. Located on Orion Court Business Park in Great Blakenham which has access to the main A14 dual carriageway, and is situated approximately 6 miles from Ipswich town centre. Orion Business Park provides

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Dan Larson: From IT Enthusiast to Technical Director at Heron IT

Ipswich, Suffolk Ipswich, Suffolk – In the heart of Suffolk, where football passion burns blue and white for Ipswich Town FC, another success story has been written, albeit in a different field. Dan Larson, a true Ipswich native and an unwavering supporter of Ipswich Town FC, recently celebrated a significant milestone in his career. Heron

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Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation for Heron IT client, Jacob Bailey

Cyber Essentials is the Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

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IT Manager? Big deal

We deal with major suppliers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo and take the heavy lifting out of procurement for IT Managers across different industries from professional services to construction companies, retailers and event venues.

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Leasing as an option

Leasing is one solution for any business wanting to stay competitive, but without the outlay of high capital expenditure.

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Providing PCI DSS compliance support

PCI DSS is not a legal requirement but is considered best practice and mandatory within most contractual arrangements between a business and its bank or card issuer. Compliance will drastically reduce the risk to your business and your customers.

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Resist, Resist, Resist

Employees should resist the temptation to download software from the internet.

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Why Buy a Printer Through Heron IT?

Heron IT replaces faulty equipment at its own cost, handles the return of the faulty equipment and removes all the worry and hassle.

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Moving From a Traditional Phone System to VoIP Saves £8,000

Transitioning BC Designs from an antiquated phone system to VoIP saves over £8,000 per year on phone lines and calls.

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New Office and Expanding Team at Heron IT

An expanded team has moved to a larger office in Great Blakenham. It’s great to have the space to be together again and be ‘COVID secure’.

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New Covid Testing Regime

The Heron IT team is proud to have said “Yes2Test” in order to keep our staff, clients and Suffolk Covid safe.

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IT Support for New Businesses

Heron IT provides IT support for Dream Hatcher’s new business tenants at their business centre in Great Blakenham, Suffolk.

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Frustrations of Working from Home

Like so many others Kieran Lowe of Aquabridge Law works from home due to COVID restrictions. He called us when he lost connection to his shared drives meaning he couldn’t access key documents.

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Peace of mind

We were recently approached by Joanna Keeling of Ibis Ideas to run an eye over the firm’s Office 365 configuration, making sure it’s secure, working properly and not costing more than it should.

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