HireHop Rental Software Awarded The «Hire Industry Trusted Supplier» Accreditation

Hire Industry Trusted Supplier AccreditationHireHop has been awarded the prestigious Hire Industry Trusted Supplier (HITS) accreditation from the Hire Association Europe (HAE), passing stringent tests on quality, longevity, safety and ethical business practices.

The Hire Industry Trusted Suppliers scheme has been established to promote the highest levels of quality, competence and safety within the hire industry, giving existing and potential customers reassurances that when choosing a HITS accredited supplier, that they are in safe hands as the supplier is fully committed to maintaining the highest level of standards and practices.

Designed to highlight the most trustworthy suppliers, the HITS scheme will help potential customers make an informed decision, as the HITS accreditation is an additional assurance that background due diligence checks have been undertaken, meaning that by choosing a Hire Industry Trusted Supplier, you are safe in knowledge that the supplier is a sound and solid choice.

Keith Jacobs, Director of HireHop says, «We are extremely proud to receive this important accreditation, and we believe that this is an endorsement of all the hard work and effort that we have put into HireHop for the benefit of our customers.»

At HireHop, being the best, most modern and future proof software in the world is not enough, as we want to go the extra mile to not only give our users the best, but also to reassure them that they are in extremely safe hands by using HireHop.

Try HireHop today for free, and see why it is setting the standards for hire business software.

Convert Seaward PAT Test Data To CSV – Seawardd PAT Test Data To Excel Spreadsheet Online Tool

Many users of HireHop Rental Business and Asset Management Software have asked us how they can import their PAT test data from their Seaward PAT testers.  This can be done using the Seaward PAT Guard 3 software, however to save our users from having to pay for this software, we have added a small tool below where you can upload the ASCII text output file from your Seaward tester, and we will return the data in a CSV format that you can use to import into HireHop.

This format works with testers such as the Apollo, PrimeTest and SuperNova PAT testers, including the Apollo 600, Apollo 500, Apollo 400, Supernova Elite, PrimeTest 250+ range of testers.

To get the ascii text output file, link your tester to your PC, download the data into the PATGuard Lite software and export/save the file.  You can then upload the file here for it to be converted to CSV.

Choose a file to convert by clicking the «Choose File» button.

How to Prevent Collateral Damage from Ransomware – Cloud Software is the Cure

This current wave of Ransomware known as WannaCry has maliciously attacked computers in 99 countries so far, rendering users, businesses and hospitals, such as the NHS, inoperable.

What is Ransomware

Ransomware is a virus that locks and encrypts the files stored on your computer, preventing you from reading or accessing them, basically making your computer inoperable. You have to pay an exorbitant ransom to an unknown criminal, who could be anywhere in the world, who then promises to unlock your computer, however most of the time they just take the money, and are never heard from again, leaving you in the same situation and with less money in your pocket (never trust a criminal).

What is the Damage

Files, documents, database files, etc. on your computer are made inaccessible to you as they are encrypted. Ransomware also seeks out other computers on your network, even your server, and locks those up. So if you are running software where your data is stored on your computer or the server in your office, you are in serious danger of allowing your business to be crippled.

How To Prevent Being Attacked

Keeping your computer up to date with the latest updates and patches helps protect you, however this is not fool proof as you may be unlucky enough to be one of the first attacked and effected before any fix or patch is released. Most well written viruses infect a computer and sleep there (they stay hidden and inactive), giving them time to infect more machines before you even know about them. This means that no matter how good your security is, you are still vulnerable to new attacks.

The most common way viruses get onto a machine and start spreading is via email phishing scams, such as ones that tell you an invoice or remittance document is attached. These documents are usually «.zip» files that are named in a way to look like PDF or image files, that when opened contain an executable «.exe» file. They also use Word or office files with inbuilt malicious macros, and as older versions of Word don’t have protection from these attacks, your computer becomes infected just by opening them. If you don’t know who sent the email and the attachment isn’t a PDF, don’t open it.

How To Prevent Collateral Damage

There is a way to prevent collateral damage on your computer without paying a penny in ransom if your computer does become infected, enabling you to get up and running again in minimal time and with minimal fuss.

Using cloud software such as Google G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 and HireHop, that store all your files in the cloud, as well as being software that is not native (installed) on your computer, means that any damage caused by a virus or ransomware is a minor inconvenience and not a show stopper. Should your computer become infected, all you need to do is re-install Windows and while your computer is re-installing, just use another device like a phone or iPad, or another computer, thus enabling you to carry on running your business and continue working with minimal interruption.