Wow what a year that was… most people will understandably be delighted to say “goodbye 2020, hello 2021”. Our thoughts are of course with all those who have lost a loved one or suffered difficulties during this period, but with the vaccine now being rolled out, we hope 2021 will be much kinder to everyone and memorable for more positive reasons. This month, rather than focusing on a specific topic, we have instead selected some relevant themes that we hope you will find useful.
Having just completed the University of Cambridge Business Sustainability Management course, this is an area that is particularly close to Sara’s heart. There will no doubt be various IT gadgets under many of your Christmas trees and this might well prompt a clear out of older technology. Some of you may have already discovered Hypnocat but if not, make sure you heed his wise words and find your nearest electricals recycling centre via this link.
Online Shopping Scams
Cyber security is a topic we have focused on a lot this year – and with good reason. Just a couple of stories from December alone include a Covid 19 vaccine phishing email exposed by IBM and news that the US Government has been hacked. This article from House Beautiful is a good summary of some of the potential online shopping swindles out there. With many of us buying online more frequently due to the pandemic, it’s a good reminder of maintaining good security hygiene.
New Year’s Resolutions
2020 has put a lot of things in perspective for all of us and after what will have undoubtedly been a peculiar Christmas, we’re all hoping for the best in 2021. According to this 2018 Forbes article only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions… however this year could well be different and this Harvard Health article gives some valuable advice on making them stick. We are expecting No. 1 on your list to be “contact Shoal IT and ask about improving your cyber security”!