How COVID-19 has sparked a digital age of entrepreneurship

Friday, 18 June 2021

Friday, 18 June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of our 2CC customer newsletter - nearly mid-way through the year already, can you believe it?!

The year of the 'Mobilepreneurs'

The past year or so has without a doubt been one of the most innovative years we will have in our lifetime. From working from our 'home offices' in our pyjama bottoms to being part of a population-wide ban from the pubs, it certainly has come with substantial change.
One area which has proven extremely versatile in the face of an ever-changing world is technology. The number of users on programs such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams has grown exponentially - and it doesn't stop there; Lockdown after lockdown has prompted many young Brits to take things into their own hands and give a whole new meaning to WFH, says O2 - selling items online from their phones, from the comfort of home! Click below to read all about the new age 'Mobilepreneurs', and the products/services they offer.


Meet the Team - Chloe
Our Office Manager Chloe joined us back in March 2020 just as COVID hit and we all transitioned to working from home, which meant we couldn't actually meet her until a few months later! She did all training as well as the first few months of the role from the comfort of her bedroom and still took to it all like a duck to water. Chloe is the glue that holds our team together and does a brilliant job running the operational side of our business. She keeps everyone (especially Robin) organised and is a great sounding board as we develop our business. Chloe works incredibly hard often late into the evening to make sure that we have all the tools, reports and stats to keep us able to help our customers the most. Chloe is also great fun, and recently organised and decorated for our annual awards evening which was alot of fun.

1. What is your favourite holiday destination?
I'm a big fan of camping/exploring holidays as well as relaxing holidays, so would have to say either Germany or Spain - I have plenty of destinations on my 'to-do list' for the next few years so I'm sure these are bound to change as I explore the world more.

2, What is your biggest challenge you have overcome?
I would have to say moving from Dundee to Edinburgh for university when I was 17 and fresh out of school - I didn't know anyone else at all from my school, or in fact Dundee who were going to my university so it was definitely nerve-wracking but now I've made friends for life.

3. Little known fact about you?
I was a member of the 26th Dundee Scout Group for around 10 years, and was a cast member of the Dundee Scout Gangshow too!
4. If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?
I would definitely be a tiger; They are strong, brave, and not afraid to do what has to be done. Like a tiger, I also enjoy relaxing in the sun sometimes too!

5. What is your favourite thing about telecoms?
I like how the world of Telecoms is always evolving and there are always new and exciting ways that we can help people with their connectivity. It is also such a staple in everyone's day-to-day lives to such a crazy extent that I never would have imagined before I got involved.

6. What is your favourite mobile handset?
iPhone for sure - I don't know where I'd be without mine.
7. What is your favourite app on your phone?
Definitely Spotify as I'm always listening to music and podcasts, but Facetime would be a very close second because I love getting to see my family back home and see how big my niece and nephews are getting!

8. You are a new addition to a crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
I would be purple - It is said to be the colour of serenity and ambition, and it's just nice to look at! Although, it is the colour of my hair at the moment so maybe I'm being slightly biased...

9. If you were a shape, what shape would you be and why?
I think I'd be a star because they're most associated with achievement and success, and I love learning new things and gaining new skills. I want to be the most successful version of myself that I can be.

10. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Time travel would be such a dream! I love the fashion and music of so many different eras so it would be incredible to go back in time to experience it all for myself, not to mention travelling to the future to see what it has in store.

Cyber Security

It is estimated that 1 in every 99 emails in the average inbox is compiled of 'phishing' or scam content, and this is only bound to get more frequent. Sometimes these may come from unknown senders or outsiders, but there has recently been an exponential rise in scam artists pretending to be someone within your organisation. From a business perspective, there types of emails can be particularly elaborate and sometimes it may be extremely difficult to tell legitimate emails apart from spam. With this in mind, here are some of our top tips for identifying the real from the fake, and keep your information as safe as possible.

  • Email Address - always check that the senders email address correctly matches with the legitimate account for that individual.
  • Wording - If the sender is someone you know, would they word their email in such a way?
  • Calls to Action - NEVER click any links or open any attachments that you may be unsure about
  • Email Signatures - Many email users have an email signature, particularly people within your organisation, so if something looks a bit funny, be reluctant.
  • Content - What is the email asking you to do? For anything to do with money or your personal details, this should be an immediate red flag.

The most important steps that you should follow if you are in any shadow of a doubt about an email you have received;

  • Don't reply
  • Don't click or open anything
  • Do check with colleagues/the legitimate sender
  • Do warn others

With 2Circles you can take protection a step further with a MERAKI firewall, featuring intrusion prevention, anti-malware, content filtering, and advanced malware protection, among others. Adding an extra level of security to your business's data and information only has benefits - please contact a member of our team today to find out more and get your business cyber secure.

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