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Is your data backed up in case of disaster?

Disasters can come in many forms, and when the disaster involves the data on your computer, do you have a viable backup to restore from?

We have recently seen a rise in Ransomware attacks, normally from seemingly innocent emails informing the recipient of a failed delivery attempt or an unpaid invoice. These emails can even appear to come from someone that you know, but unless you are 100% certain that the email is genuine, don’t open it.

Why are backups important with Ransomware?

Ransomware is a piece of cleverly crafted software that encrypts all the files on your computer then demands money, usually as bitcoins, to decrypt your files so that you can get back to business. With a recent and viable backup, you don’t have to pay the ransom as you can just remove the software and restore your files from your backup. If you don’t have a viable backup then the only way to get your files back is to pay up!

Backup options

There are many different methods of backing up your data, so we will only cover the more common methods here:

  • Online ‘cloud’ backup
  • Local network attached storage device backup
  • USB device backup

Online ‘cloud’ backup

If you only have a small number of files to backup then this can be the most cost effective as Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud all have a free tier that gives a certain amount of online storage, however the backup tools provided with these free services can be somewhat limited.

A ‘true’ online backup service will cost around £30 to £50 per year for a 250Gb (or in some cases unlimited) plan and will come with software to automate the backup process.

Local NAS backup

Network Attached Storage devices are becoming more common in the small office and home environment where they can be used as central file servers / media servers. As these devices are often configured with a RAID, they are an ideal device to become a local backup for all your computers. For Mac users, most NAS devices can be configured as ‘Time Machine’ targets so that you can use OS X’s built in time machine backup software. For Windows users the ‘Windows Backup’ can be used with a NAS, or other backup solutions can be purchased that have additional features.

USB device backup

With the continued reduction in price of portable USB hard drives, this is becoming a favoured backup device for many organisations.  You can have several devices and store them onsite or offsite, BUT you do have to remember to plug them in and perform the backup task regularly to ensure that you have a recent backup.

Summary

We recommend that at the very least any organisation should use one of the above backup solutions. For many of our clients we adopt a dual solution where they have a cloud backup service and an on-site NAS or USB device backup. This gives the advantage of an off-site backup via the cloud service and a very fast retrieval system from the on-site backup.

If you would like more information or a free no obligation check-up of your current backup processes, please contact us.

Multiflow Makeover

Presenting our latest Website makeover, Multiflow are at the cutting edge.  We really enjoyed working alongside management to create this slick new site.

Multiflow’s new website has been built on the WordPress platform and uses the popular responsive Bootstrap framework from Twitter to ensure that, whatever the browsing device, the visitor gets the best view of the site. The homepage features a large image slider and a smaller post slider to highlight featured areas of the site. Ease of use and clear content with plenty of white (and orange) space were key parts of the design brief.

The Admin interface has been customised so that key staff are able to maintain the content without the risk of damaging the style of the site. All content, including header and footer menus, is editable by the client.

We are sure you will agree it is a fabulous outlet!

Many thanks to Multiflow for producing Trinity Camerata’s programmes for a family orchestral concert at St. Edburgs on November 16th at 3:45pm

 

http://multiflow.co.uk/

Village Players Get Web Makeover …

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We strongly believe that local businesses should get involved with community projects and local charities wherever possible.  It is important to give a little back.  We focus on projects in our area to do with Music and Drama as well as supporting charities to do with mental health awareness when appropriate.

We are proud to announce that the Launton Village Players official website is now under construction.  The Players have been established for over 25 years and tirelessly raise money for charities through their Autumn Plays, Summer Shows and spectacularly ambitious and widely renowned Pantomimes.  It is only right that the group have a website befitting their reputation and so the work has started in earnest and we are thoroughly enjoying it!

For more information about the Players in the mean time visit their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TheLauntonVillagePlayers

It is easy to get involved, remember that Trinity Camerata are always looking for sponsors too! 

www.trinitycamerata.org

 

 

LAUNCH x2!!

Introducing two of our latest bespoke websites.  Interested in a nosey around? Click the links below!  These two clients are the latest in a long line of businesses taking advantage of Cherwell Council’s grants designed to help businesses fund their websites in order to make them “mobile friendly”.  Whether you want a new website or want to make yours “mobile friendly” we are approved to help make it happen in conjunction with the grant.  Both websites are running based on Word Press and are taking advantage of our new service called a “cloud hosting programme”.  Put simply we can offer extremely competitive hosting packages and guarantee much improved speed and performance regardless of traffic spiking.

The web is constantly upgrading.  Do you need a web face-lift?  Now is the time to contact us whilst grants are still available, £150 goes a long way to keeping your business current and competitive.   Give as much or as little design and content input as you want – it is up to you!

Take a look at these two beauties …

 

www.amtaccounting.co.uk

www.chapel-bicester. co.uk

Bicester website enabling grants

Is your website responsive?

Responsive websites are designed to operate equally well on hand-held devices, such as phones or tablets, and laptops/desktops.

Cherwell District Council have setup a scheme for Bicester businesses to help fund the cost of either enabling an existing website to be viewed on a hand-held device, or a grant towards the cost of a new ‘enabled’ website.

At Alex Goodey Comunications, all of the websites we create are made with mobile devices in mind from the outset. We develop bespoke responsive themes that detect the type of device being used to browse the site and dynamically adjust the way the content is displayed to optimise it for that device.

If you would like to find out how easy it is to get your existing site modified or a new site created that can be viewed on a hand-held device, please email us now

Details of the CDC grant scheme can be found on this page, and the application form can be downloaded from here.

Good or Bad – Get It Right And You’re Onto A Winner!

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No need to bother
 No need to bother

 

Although I was involved in creating content and advising for an award-winning Marketing Campaign for a global pharmaceutical company,I don’t know a lot about Marketing/Advertising formally, unlike Alex. What I do have is  a grasp of what’s effective and what is not (we all do).

The shining example of how to do it right is of course Compare The Market’s Compare The Meerkat campaign.  Stunningly brilliant.  This is surely the best we’ve seen in years, if not ever.  Looking back, those other stand out campaigns such as “Trio” where the viking kid screeches, Nescafe Gold Blend (enough said) and Cointreau  don’t even get a look in!

Bad advertising and marketing can also be as effective if not moreso.  If there is controversy, there is money to be made.  What is the best way to get customers under these circumstances? Let negative press and riled twitter-ites do the talking.  In the case of the subject of my next blog, go there, spend money, but its only so we are able to sit there and moan about how wrong it is.  I think everyone will have their own views.  Mostly negative, but lets face it, the place is thriving and it is all based on the controversy and those looking down their noses at this ridiculous idea.  Who’s having the last laugh?

Read my review below (contains some swearing):

http://officialqueenofthesuperficial.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/what-hell-is-going-on-here.html

Sparky Success!!

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I have to say that building a website can be quite time consuming and often frustrating, which is why I really love all the work I do afterwards.  Who works on a Sunday? Well we did and it was thoroughly enjoyable!! The tasks were to get some great pictures and some good video testimonials for www.marksparky.co.uk

Why video?  In a nutshell, text is boring.  With a video, it is easier to see how sincere the review is too!

Guinness going down nicely, Sparky wowing the Crowd … I love my work!

Please take time to visit the site and have a browse to see what we can do.  Its a great example of how useful we can be for your business. To read our news blast click on the link below and have a look!!

http://www.marksparky.co.uk/bizarre-but-brilliant/

Sparky Gig Alert!!

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A quick reminder that Mr Mark “Sparky” Harding will be wowing the crowd on Sunday at 3pm as part of the spectacular White Hart Pub line up in Bicester.  It is always a great St. Patrick’s Day celebration at this authentically Irish pub!  We will be asking around for people to discuss their feelings about his show with a view to filming the best testimonials for Sparky’s fab new website!

Please come along and enjoy the day  and bookmark Sparky’s website so you can check in and see if your video makes it!

www.marksparky.co.uk/testimonials

 

Trinity Camerata Concert

Sunday 23rd March at the Church of Immaculate Conception, Bicester

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 (soloist: Mandy Burvill)
Elgar: Dream Children
Schubert: Symphony No.4 ‘Tragic’

Trinity Camerata are an excellent quality amateur orchestra based in Bicester.  As I am a member, I wanted to do my bit and so we produce the orchestras programmes at no cost which always have space for advertising your business.  The audience’s for each concert are a diverse group of people and it is always packed out. so it is a perfect platform to reach out to people who may want your services.

There is not a lot happening of a Sunday afternoon so why not come along and enjoy the concert or support the group by buying advertising space!

If you are interested please contact me so I can pass your details on to the organisers

jo@alexgoodey.com

Thanks!

 

 

Where Will You Go On Paddy’s Day?

It’s come around quickly to be sure, to be sure!  For us at Alex Goodey Communications there can be only one place to go and celebrate and  that  has to be the White Hart in Bicester.  It is literally all about the craic down there and the entertainment and friendly welcome is always second to none.

This year is no exception.  Our valued client, Mr Mark “Sparky” Harding will be performing a set at 3pm so pop in for a good pint of guinness and watch the master at work …

For more details click the link below:

http://www.marksparky.co.uk/gig-guide/

Hope to see you there!

Welcome to my new blog

Everyone is telling me that I need to publish my recipes, so I though that I would have a go at a blog again… You will have to bear with me a little whilst I get the site looking the way that I want it to.