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Is now the time for your business to move to the cloud?

Covid-19 has certainly changed dramatically the way we have all had to work. With more remote working and teams collaborating online, it is so important that your IT can support your teams. So, is now the time to move from your hardware to cloud based support? Our world has been turned upside down and businesses have had a real test to have the ability to securely and quickly become online with applications and software. So how can the Cloud help? Be prepared for the worst If businesses have already transferred to the Cloud, they will be prepared to weather this storm of Covid, as they will have the infrastructure to work collaboratively and mobile with no disruption and they will read more...

Printer Security Features your Business Must Have

Printer security is a topic that Mode takes seriously, and we blog often on this importance of protecting your equipment. Since we began 25 years ago, printers have become more and more sophisticated in what they can do. They print, scan, email, copy, and whilst businesses have really engaged with their IT security to prevent hacking, the printer is so often overlooked. Printer security software really needs to be used to secure your print environment and become part of your overall security plan. So, Mode offers you 7 top tips to ensure your printer security is up to scratch! Follow me printing Follow me printing should be implemented within your business. It means that print outs are never printed until read more...

Why Print Management can support your business

Print Management can not only help your business be innovative, but also has significant cost benefits and protects the security of your business. There have been so many advances in IT: Cloud printing, cyber security and a definitive understanding that old legacy systems must improve in order to protect businesses from increasing cyber threats. However, the area of Print management, is often the area that goes unnoticed in the Security plan of a business. Print management will help with the productivity of your business as it allows you to monitor usage per user, implement print rules, and most importantly increases document security. Not only these important aspects, the costs benefit to your business cannot be ignored, as by using a read more...

Printing at home: How to be secure with home printing

As we all find ourselves working from home, we have been removed from our office environments and the IT security that that provides us. Whilst your IT provider should ensure that you can access your systems in the office securely, probably through VPN, you will also probably have a need to print documents at home. You may need to proofread something and find that easier as a printed document or need to print a contract to sign and scan back. Either way, our homes have now become our offices, and we will be using our printers. Therefore, how can we now all print securely in our homes without the threat of having our valuable Business data stolen by hackers? So, read more...

Why Would your Business Need to Use Cloud Printing?

Cloud services have understandably risen in popularity, so therefore it is of no surprise that this has now extended into our printing environments. Traditional printing has had to use cables and whilst this has always been reliable, there has also been potential issues with connectivity, software driver problems and sometimes connectivity issues. If you choose to explore cloud printing, you will benefit from eliminating printer drivers as your printers will receive information for print via the cloud. How does Cloud Printing work? Cloud printing allows you to print from any web connected device, either a smart phone, computer or tablet. You can quickly discover printers that you can access, without any need to set up driver installations. However, cloud printing read more...

5 Tips on How to Look After Your Employees Through Covid-19

We have certainly entered unprecedented times recently with the outbreak of Coronavirus, and everyone’s lives have changed beyond what we could have imagines. Businesses would have never imagined making their teams work entirely remotely and make that transition seamlessly without productivity being affected. Yet without a doubt the country has shifted and adapted and doing an incredible job. Regardless of all this though, as business owners and leaders, now is the time to make sure our teams are supported through these challenging times. So, whilst your teams are all at home, how, as leaders, can you support them? Adapt your leadership style If your leadership style is decisive and authoritative, you will adapt very easily in this situation and take read more...

Why would a business lease a photocopier rather than buy one?

Whilst we all try and contribute to using less paper and conserving the world’s resources, it is undeniable that photocopiers are still an essential part of a business’ functionality. However, what works for one business doesn’t always work for another, and careful consideration needs to be taken when thinking about leasing over buying and what is the right course for the needs of your business. Often businesses think that by buying a photocopier, it is cheaper, or they buy a large device when it’s not often needed! So why would you lease? Flexibility is a key reason for leasing your photocopier. You avoid large upfront costs and expensive maintenance costs if you lease from a managed print provider. Also, you read more...

Advice For Securely Printing Confidential Documents

Why you need secure printing Most businesses work with confidential information. This can include employees’ tax information, salary and insurance details, medical information, legal documentation. You might also be dealing with confidential customer information, subject to the nature of your business. This can be anything from payment information and credit card numbers to home addresses – all of which is potentially valuable information for an identity thief! The responsibility lies with the business establishment and employer to keep all such information secure. Fully understanding the risk empowers businesses to tackle print security successfully. Printers need to be included as part of the risk assessment a company takes, much in the same way as servers, smart devices and cloud storage and read more...

Under the radar: The security risks of your printer

Printers are so often overlooked as a data security risk and yet hackers are capable of intercepting data from your printers once we send that information to print. Not securing your printing environment can have a detrimental effect on your business as potential vulnerabilities in your networked printers, hard drives and actually human error, can mean your business valuable data could potentially be stolen. Security risks include: Access to your printer area by unauthorised individuals: Someone can walk over to your printer, pick up documents that are left which may contain confidential information. Configuration changes by unauthorised individuals: If a hacker can access your printer then your configuration can be changed, allowing rerouting of print jobs. Printers being used as read more...

Mode Celebrates 25 Women for International Women’s Day

Mode celebrate 25 years of service to our clients and to celebrate International women’s day we thought we’d take a look at 25 inspirational women over the last century. Well you can not hell but mention Emily Pankhurst. Whilst it is acknowledged she wasn’t perfect, she demanded equality for women and her work led to women over the age of 30 being granted the vote, ok it was only granted if women owned property or were married to men that owned property in 1918, but they had to start somewhere! However at that moment, she taught us that you should never underestimate the power of a woman, as the Emily and the suffragettes were prepared to do anything to obtain read more...