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Bits & Bytes - January 2024

Article by The Final Step in IT Support, Security, Security First Mindset on Jan 31, 2024

Welcome to January's Bits & Bytes

In this edition, we are thrilled to share our latest article with some top tips on how to improve your data privacy, including advice from our own engineers on what you can do to give yourselves a head start this month.

There's an exciting spotlight on Micky's Up, a series of short reminiscences of life growing up in '60s and '70s London by Mike Richards of Capital City Media.

We're also celebrating our placement in the 50 Best Manage IT Companies in the UK, and sharing a quick new tip on how best to use your Keeper password manager!


Top tips to improve your data privacy

Time to give yourself a check-up

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The 28th January was Data Privacy Day – an annual event to raise awareness about personal data protection and privacy. Here at The Final Step, we’re starting off the year strong by reviewing what we do on a daily basis to keep our data private, and we're passing on some tips to you.

In this article we’ll share some excellent pointers from our technical team about things that might be overdue a review. If you haven’t considered these in some time, this is your sign to make sure your data privacy measures are up to scratch and improve your cyber security.


Micky's Up..

...a collection of reminiscences

My day job at Capital City Media (ably, for over thirty years, supported by the boys and girls at The Final Step) is to spend money; sadly not ours.

Our clients are endeavouring to sell their products and services; our job is to identify which media will be the best route to spend that money. There are many pieces of research, globally, which shows us what people read, watch on TV, listen to on radio and what they do on the internet. Luckily for me and my colleagues, Big Brother is watching you – and providing me with the data

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Professionally I live here. When I’m not working, I write comedy. I did do stand-up, but it was way past my bedtime, so now I write before having my evening cup of Horlicks.

Seven years ago I began writing a weekly comedic article about growing up in south London during the ‘60s and ‘70s. I housed these articles on a blog (which no one read) and then, on a few local London Facebook websites. Each week, several hundred people reacted (favourably); most are called Beryl. Latterly they have nagged about writing a book. So, 110,000 words later, I self-published the Bumper Book for Beryls. If you’re of a certain age, it will make you feel old.

Check out Micky's Up, available now.

Get your copy here.


We're one of the best 50 Managed IT Companies in the UK... Again!

We are thrilled to announce that The Final Step has received an award for being one of the 50 Best Managed IT Services in the UK for 2023! This award is the perfect final touch to an already outstanding year, and is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, who deliver unparalleled service every single day.

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As we step into 2024, The Final Step remains committed to great value, continuous improvement, and investing in our staff. Thank you to our team and our clients for making this achievement possible. Here’s to another excellent year!

Read our blog.


January's Top Tip

How to create and store a strong password in Keeper password manager

Many account breaches are the result of poor password hygiene. This can take many forms, but the most common are having too short or too simple a password, creating passwords that contain personal information, using the same password for multiple logins, or a combination of these issues.

When it comes to passwords, many people opt for convenience over security, but using a password manager means we can successfully balance the two. Check out our latest tip to learn how to create and save a secure password in Keeper Password Manager.

Secure your passwords now.


Thank you for reading and sharing

I'm hoping it's not too late to wish our readers Happy New Year, in this first newsletter of 2024. It's a leap year, so we have an extra day to spend doing whatever is most important.simon heath director the final step it support london

One of our resolutions is to make the newsletter more communal by including guest articles - we are lucky to know a lot of interesting people. Many thanks to our wonderful contributors this January and last December. Thanks also to those who have made suggestions for articles.

If you need any help or would like to discuss anything you have read in this newsletter, please get in touch with Simon Heath. 

Call 020 7572 0000, email or connect with Simon on LinkedIn

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