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How to Ensure Your Buildings are COVID-Secure with Paxton Access Control

COVID-19 or Coronavirus has changed the landscape for businesses throughout the world.

One of the biggest challenges is to curb the spread of the virus and as such, many measures and regulations have been put in place.

Maintaining social distancing is one of the key recommendations and as more and more people return to work, business owners will need to ensure that their buildings are COVID-secure.

Luckily, technology can help.

Access control systems like Net2 from Paxton can help in a number of ways to make your business COVID-Secure and to help keep your staff and customers safe.

Here are some of the considerations listed from Paxton in their Guide to COVID-Secure buildings:

  • Contactless entry & exit – hygienic access, touchless entry and exit points to stop the spread of germs
  • Flexible access permissions – meet social distancing guidelines, limit access to high traffic areas and implement one-way routes of movement to prevent crossover and cross-contamination
  • Occupancy management – know how many people are in your building and control people numbers to meet social distancing guidelines
  • Thermal scanning – use cameras to support health and wellbeing in high-security areas and identify people that could be at risk, quickly. Identify and help any person presenting a high temperature

If you would like to read more on how to prepare your buildings for COVID-19, here are some excellent resources with more detailed guidance:

How to meet the new government guidlines for COVID19

The Definitive Guide to COVID Secure Buildings Webinar – register here

As Paxton Registered Installers, Coretek Infrastructure Services can help with all of your access control needs. if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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How to Protect Your Mobile From Hackers and Viruses

For some reason, mobiles are often forgotten when considering security even though these devices contain access to our email and data, just like a laptop or computer does. Not to mention that they are infinitely easier to lose or steal. Taking a few minutes to implement the suggestions below will keep your mobile far more secure.

Use a strong passcode and enable auto-lock

Just like with your laptop, having no passcode on your mobile is comparable to handing over your details to all and sundry. Set a complex passcode of at least 6 digits and/or use retina scan or fingerprint scan.

Keep it up to date

Also very similar to your laptop or desktop, updates are available on your mobile device to close any security loopholes that can be exploited. Make sure these are kept up to date on a daily basis.

Turn on ‘find my device’ and remote wipe

If the worst happens and your mobile is stolen, there are a number of security measures you can put in place. The first of these is to be able to track your phone’s location. Apple devices have a feature called Find My iPhone and Samsung have a feature called Find my mobile. There are other options too such as Google’s Find My Phone and Cerberus.

If you can’t track it down, you have the option to remotely wipe your phone so at least your information is safe.

Don’t use auto-login for any sites or apps

The web browser on your mobile has the same “remember this website” feature that you see on laptops and desktops. And it is just as insecure. Save your passwords in a password manager instead (most of these have accompanying mobile apps).

Turn on encryption

Encryption can be enabled on most mobile devices and is an extra layer of protection if your phone is stolen. For iPhone, simply set a passcode and encryption is enabled automatically. For Android, encryption can be enabled in the settings under Settings > Security > Encrypt Device.

Want to find out more?

This blog article comes from one of the chapters from our ebook – The 7 Simple Steps to Protect Yourself Online in Minutes.

If you found it useful, why not download a copy now? It’s our jargon-free guide to help anyone vastly improve their online security right away. Even better, you can start implementing the steps right away and you don’t need any technical knowledge to do so.

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By the way, it’s completely free. Download your copy now.


Get 1 month of SecureSuite Email completely FREE this week!

In conjunction with Black Friday and the launch of our new SecureSuite service, we have a fantastic offer for you.

Anyone who signs up to SecureSuite Email in the next week will receive one month completely free of charge.

If you missed our launch post, SecureSuite Email is our new service that includes: Email Filtering, Email Archiving and Email Business Continuity. These are the three vital services that work together to your organisation’s email safe.

Here is a summary of what each service provides:

Email Filtering – protection against viruses, malware, spam and email spoofing/phishing attacks
Email Archiving – backup of your emails and archiving of historical email
Email Business Continuity – continue working even if your email server goes down

Make sure your business, school or charity is protected against the devastating consequences that follow a serious virus attack like Cryptolocker or a phishing attack that could result in serious financial loss.

SecureSuite email starts at only a few pounds per user per month so if you are interested in safeguarding your email, get in touch today and claim your offer. The offer begins now and will end at 5pm on Cyber Monday the 27th.

You can contact us by calling on 0800 304 7444 or by email at or by our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


The Best Tech Black Friday Deals So Far…

As you probably already know, it is Black Friday this Friday! Black Friday was originally a tradition in America, but now UK retailers are getting heavily involved. On Black Friday, shops drop their prices on many of their products. It is known that the name of ‘Black’ Friday came along because this date was supposedly a date when retailers were going ‘into the black’. ‘Going into the black’ means to make a profit. These profits were shown in the retailer’s financial records. In the records, where red ink has been used it meant there were losses, black ink meant a profit. Black Friday initiated the first day of the holiday season where there was only profit.

This year Black Friday takes place on Friday the 24th of November! However, you will already be seeing deals appearing as of today in some retailers. We decided to take a look at the best upcoming tech deals which you can get this week and on Friday.

Microsoft Surface Pro with Black Typecover – 128 GB


The Microsoft Surface Pros have become very popular and now Currys are doing a great deal on one that you won’t want to miss. Get a 128 GB Microsoft Pro with a Black Typecover included for only £849 compared to the usual £1099.99 that it would be. That saves you a massive £250.99, so head over to Currys to buy yours now.

The brand new Amazon Echo (2nd generation)


You may have seen recently that Amazon brought out a new range of products including the all-new Amazon Echo. Well, Amazon has decided to get involved with the Black Friday deals and have brought the Price of the Amazon Echo down from £89.99 to £69.99 making it that little bit more affordable, and a perfect Christmas present. You can buy the new Amazon Echo from the Amazon website.

Google Home


The Google Home is very similar to the Amazon Echo but uses the Google Assistant rather than Alexa. Currys have decided to reduce the Google Home down to £78 from £129. This saves you a massive £51, which really should not be missed. It has been predicted that these are going to sell very quickly so get in there fast. You can get the Google Home from the Currys website.

Sony Playstation Pro


Amazon has revealed that they are selling the Sony PlayStation Pro with FIFA 18 + Call of Duty: WW11 (PS4) for only £299.99. That’s a massive £50 discount off of the of the price that it is originally being sold at, plus you have the games included. The PS4 Pro is the upgrade of the PS4 and has twice the amount of power as its predecessor. You can buy this off of Amazons website.




Udemy is an online course marketplace. A little different from the above products, here you can buy online courses to help with your learning development. Udemy has a Black Friday deal on with over 55,000 online courses at £10 or less. They host many different types of courses ranging from foreign languages to music and IT. Take a look at Udemy’s website to see if there is anything that takes your fancy and get it quick whilst the Black Friday sale is on.

Many more retailers such as Tescos, Argos, John Lewis and Game have an array of deals on already and more to come this Friday. Good luck with your Black Friday shopping and remember to keep safe on the busiest shopping day of the year. We have put together some tips on how to keep safe whilst shopping online and in-store on Black Friday.

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Fitness in Virtual Reality, Apps and more in this months Top Gadgets!

Our pick of this month’s best gadgets includes the latest from virtual reality, apps and fitness. Our team has taken a look at what new developments have taken their fancy throughout this past month, read on to find out more!

If you own a HTC Vive VR Headset, you will definitely want to know all about the TPCast. The TPCast is an upgrade kit for the HTC Vive VR headset. The aim of it is to make the headset wireless. There is usually a set of very long cables attached to the headset, so this new accessory is very helpful. HTC decided to partner with TPCast who created this upgrade kit. For it to work, there is a battery pack slotted into the back pocket of the headset which has a cord that runs to another part of the headset. There are two versions of pack, with two different battery life’s. One lasting for 5 hours, and one for 2 hours. The benefit of this wireless experience is that the user is able to freely move around however they wish. It even feels lighter with the wireless receiver, rather than connected to the cables. With a very easy set up, this is a great upgrade for your HTC Vive. So far this is only available on HTC China’s website. However, if you don’t mind paying the shipping then there is no problem! You will be looking at around £200 for the upgrade kit.


SwiftKey is an app that can be downloaded onto Apple and Android devices. It is a personalised keyboard software that adapts to the way you type, so this means you spend less time correcting your typos. SwiftKey has an estimated 10 trillion keystrokes across 100 different languages. This adds up to 100,000 years of reclaimed typing time! The predictive technology also gets smarter over time, by learning your personal writing style. You can customise your keyboard on your phone via this app with themes, which are free! You can type with a swipe if you are bored of typing! Simply swipe from one letter to the next. Get a faster and more accurate way for your autocorrects. SwiftKey can also predict which emojis you will be using next. A really innovative app, that is completely free!


I’m sure by now you have heard of Virtual Reality, well ICAROS are taking it to the next level. They have created a machine which is a gaming controller and a fitness device in one! You can train your muscles and test your reaction and balance. You control and determine the diving path or flight path in your game. All your movements are measured via the controller which is attached to the handle bar. This machine is primarily used with the Samsung Gear VR Headset, but it can also be used with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. This really is an incredible machine that represents modern technology. However, this machine can set you back about £6000! You need to contact ICAROS for more information on how to pre-order.


Are you a lover of Instagram? Well here is a great app that will really take your images to the next level. Snapseed is a photo editor which has been developed by Google. You have a choice of 24 filters and tools to edit your images with. Here are a few of the great tools and filters that Snapseed provide:


Healing – removing an uninvited neighbour from a picture
Selective – choose up to 8 points in an image to assign enhancements to
Lens Blur – create a softened background to enhance the foreground object


Drama – add a hint of doomsday, available in 6 styles
HDR Scape – create an effect of multiple exposures
Retrolux – go retro with light leaks, scratches and film styles

Take a look on their website to see the full list of exciting tools and filters. Snapseed 000000;”>is available for both Apple and Android devices.  You can get this app completely free!

Dashing for Santa!

Coretek took part in the Santa Dash (Lymington) on the 6th of December 2015!

The Santa Dash is a fundraising event for the Oakhaven Hospice Trust. It involves a ‘3km run, walk, jump or stroll’….dressed as Santa! This event took place throughout Lymington High Street and Town Centre but started at Lymington Community Centre at 11:30am. Each contender paid a contribution of £12.50 towards the hospice.

The Oakhaven Hospice provide specialist care to patients, carers and families who are facing complex physical, emotional and practical difficulties arising from advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses. The Hospice supports these patients through partnership, collaboration, advice and education.

The Oakhaven Hospice begun in the late 1980’s and was opened as a community based service in 1992 by the Duchess of Kent. Since then their free of charge services have grown to care for over 250,000 residents in the New Forest and Waterside area.

This is the third year running that Coretek have take part in the event and each year have seen it grow from 850 ‘Santas’ to an astonishing 1400 ‘Santas’ this year! We hope to take part again next year.