Author - Nikki

SPF, DKIM and DMARC Records in Act! CRM

On 1st February 2024, various email service providers, such as Gmail, Yahoo!, and Outlook released a statement advising that people emailing their clients should be set up on three email authentication  methods: DMARC, DKIM, and SPF. Senders that aren’t authenticated with these methods risk their emails automatically being directed to the junk and spam folders of their recipients – harming the effectiveness of email marketing campaigns and potentially leading to missed communications. What are DMARC, DKIM, and SPF? DKIM and SPF are a...

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Sage 50 Accounts V30: What’s New?

Sage has released the latest version of its accounting software for small to medium businesses, Sage 50 Accounts v30. With new AI features, changes to reports, and a 64-bit version as default, it is better than ever. Included in their subscription, Sage 50 Accounts subscribers can upgrade to version 30 now. Report Finder The first AI-powered tool in Sage 50, the new Report Finder effortlessly locates the report you are looking for. Simply describe in the search bar the report you are looking...

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Do you need to back up your Microsoft data?

Do you rely on Microsoft365 to run your business? Many businesses live in a daily Microsoft bubble using Exchange for emails, and OneDrive or SharePoint to store and share important files. But did you know that Microsoft has a basic data retention policy of 90 days? That means any files in the recycle bin after this time are erased completely, gone forever, and unrecoverable. Microsoft clearly states in its terms of use that your data is your responsibility to back up...

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Does my business need multi-factor authentication?

With increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, our online accounts are no longer safe with a single password . Years ago, most accounts were secure with a username and password combination but cyberthreats like phishing attempts, brute force attacks, and credential stuffing, to name just a few, have made it easy for criminals to bypass these minimal security protocols. In 2022 alone, 24 billion user credentials were stolen according to Norton, and over 80% of basic web application attacks occur as a result of stolen...

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Six tips for creating an IT strategy

Are you thinking of creating an IT strategy for your business? Understanding how your organisation currently uses technology and identifying areas for improvement can help you streamline and protect your business while getting it ready for growth.   What is an IT strategy?  Just like a business plan or a marketing strategy, an IT strategy is a plan for your business that aligns your business goals with your IT systems.    Your IT operations strategy should consider your budget, how your business works, best practices...

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What’s new in Act! Premium v25.1

Act! has launched it latest offering with version 25.1 available in the UK now. Building upon the innovations in Act! Premium v25, Act! v25.1 further boosts business effectiveness with more tools to enhance security, gain richer insights, improve communication, and refine overall usability. Enhanced Security - Act! Premium v25.1 introduces Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to Act! Premium Desktop, provides an additional layer of security to prevent unauthorised account access and helps organisations comply with data protection and privacy regulations. Richer insights - Act! Premium...

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Using Sage 50 Accounts to make better financial decisions

Sage 50 Accounts software does more than just calculate your taxes. It gives you a clear overview of your business cash flow all the time and from anywhere. Armed with this in-depth understanding, you can make better financial decisions within your business and see the impact of these decisions on your cash flow. Here’s how business owners have used Sage 50 Accounts to make informed and better business decisions. Sage Intelligence Reporting Uncover insights buried in your accounting data using Sage 50...

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Enhancing Security with Multi-Factor Authentication for Act! Premium Cloud

Your data is a valuable asset that needs to be protected, especially if it contains sensitive information. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, it's never been more important to protect your data. Act! has recently introduced a Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for its Act! Premium Cloud software for additional data protection. This cutting-edge security feature provides an additional layer of protection, ensuring that your valuable data remains safe from unauthorised access. What is Multi-Factor Authentication? Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an advanced security protocol that adds an...

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How to Grow your Email List: Top Tips

We’ve been shouting from the rooftops about email marketing for a while now, and it’s still the best return on investment compared to most other marketing activities. Email is ideal for every business, whether you sell B2B or B2C - email marketing helps you increase sales and keep customers for the long term. However, if your email list is looking a bit sparse, it needs to be built up to get the best return from your mail marketing. How do you...

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Avoiding Common Accounting Mistakes: A Guide for Small Businesses

As a small business owner, it's easy to fall into common accounting pitfalls that can affect your business. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most common accounting mistakes made by small businesses and provide practical tips to avoid them. By implementing sound accounting practices, you can ensure your business stays on the right financial track. Neglecting Regular Bookkeeping One of the biggest mistakes small businesses make is neglecting regular bookkeeping. Not keeping up-to-date and organised financial records can lead to...

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