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Are you addicted to checking emails?

It is fair to say that most businesses function over emails. It is getting even rarer to receive something through the post, and I doubt you can remember the last time you received a fax…but are we becoming too ‘obsessed’ with emails? According to a new report by Adobe, Britons are considered [...]

Do you know how ransomware works?

If you’re not completely sure what ransomware is, you’re not alone. According to research by Trend Micro, 11% of UK organisations have never heard of ransomware and a further 20% don’t know how malware works. Ransomware is considered one of the most sophisticated malware programmes and in 2015, [...]

How Microsoft are making car journeys smarter

Technology is becoming smarter, more automated and more in-tune with our needs by the day. It’s learning how to predict how we live and what we need as users, and is then able to project a convenient solution into our every day lives, without us even getting involved. Homes are smarter than [...]

Cyber security breaches double in a year

According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), cyber security breaches on UK organisations have nearly doubled in the last year. The number of reported security breaches to the ICO in 2016 has been 2048 so far, which is almost double compared to last year. The ICO reported that 1089 [...]

The 5 worst ways to respond to a cyber attack

We’ve all been there. We’ve sat face to face with an email with a link that seems almost too enticing. We hover over the link, checking the address in the address bar, is it safe to click it? Cyber attacks are so clever these days that they have learnt to mask themselves into appearing as […]

Lack of IT knowledge puts your business at risk

In the UK, there has become a problem with a real shortage of IT experts within companies. This is not through the lack of qualified individuals, but simply because it is not at the front of a company’s mind to focus on their IT. Do you have an IT specialist?  It’s important to remember that [...]

Have you considered the benefits of remote working?

The 9-5 working day is fast becoming an outdated concept. Technology is making it easier than ever before to work from just about anywhere with an internet connection…is it something you have considered for your business? It’s true that it doesn’t work for every kind of company, but with a [...]

Zenbo, the real-life robot butler

The day has officially arrived where for the mere sum of $599, you will be able to buy a robot that will help you with dinner, respond to voice commands and will show you human emotions while doing it. The Taiwanese company Asus are the company responsible for this family-friendly robot. Going [...]

Ransomware in rapid growth

Experts have been studying ransomware heavily over the past few years and have discovered that there are now more than 120 separate families of ransomware. This year has seen higher levels than ever before, with researches estimating a massive 3,500% increase in the criminal use of net [...]

Microsoft password rules are changing

Microsoft has taken password security to a new level and has decided to block passwords that are too common. The password ‘12345678’ may seem an obvious one to avoid, but Microsoft will no longer allow passwords like ‘M!cr0$0ft’ either. In fact, all passwords that have appeared too many times [...]

Protocols that protect your reputation

The internet community are currently in a situation where they no longer just fear having their credit card details stolen online, they have much more to worry about. Today even things as personal as names and visual identities fall victim to internet scams and theft. It’s not only business [...]

The Cloud – Friend or Foe? Event  

You have no doubt heard about ‘the cloud’, but do you know how to make the most of this platform? BOOK NOW TO ATTEND Over recent years there has been a move from fixed, to cloud-based communications and data use and storage, but just how many positives can be found in this change? Is the cloud [...]

How to keep your business secure

With all of the threats that have been circulating in the media recently, cyber security and data protection questions have become increasingly popular from our customers. For small and medium-sized companies, keeping your company running is your number one priority. Suffering from a computer [...]

BREAKING NEWS: BBC HIT WITH PHISHING EMAIL

This week a new type of phishing email was discovered, one that contains impressively accurate personal details such as your home address. Employees of BBC Radio 4 were among those to receive these worrying emails. Written to an impressively high standard, with good spelling and grammar, this [...]

What to expect from Microsoft Build this week

The Microsoft annual Build Developer Conference started this week (Wednesday 30th March), in San Francisco. This is an exciting time for Microsoft fans (and users), as it reveals major updates to technology, software and any new introductions. According to reports, experiments have meant that [...]

Is downtime more costly than a ransom?

Ransomware is a type of virus attack on your computer system, which locks the files inside your system and demands payment in order to unlock them. This is a costly virus to have attack your company and is one to deter as much as possible. However, according to a recent study conducted by cloud [...]

95% of people share their passwords with others

According to a recent LastPass Sharing Survey, 95% of people share up to six passwords with others. What makes matters worse is that, despite being aware of the risk (73%), these people keep on sharing their passwords for social media, entertainment accounts and even financial profiles. Sharing [...]

Are there hackers in your system?

Have you heard in the news recently that there was a huge cyber-attack on Ukraine’s electricity network in December? The attack caused major disruptions to the power and electricity network and, according to experts, the same thing could happen in the UK. In December 2015, about 225,000 people [...]

The expert answers to your password FAQs

In an age of higher cyber risks than ever before, businesses are advising their customers to regularly change their passwords, even though some technology journalists are advising against changing your passwords at all. This contradiction of tactics is leaving people confused as to which method [...]

Virtual technology is coming next Month!

Thanks to the company Oculus (a company purchased by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook in March 2014), virtual technology is about to become more accessible than ever before. Described as “the next drone”, virtual technology will be in the hands of everyday people as soon as next month, on the 28th [...]

When was the last time you reviewed your IT?

Changing suppliers is an inconvenience at the best of times, and we have all been in the situation where we have put off changing to a better supplier purely because of the hassle behind the switching process. When it comes to your IT systems, the longer that you put off reviewing it, the [...]

How do you know if an email is fake/spam?

Fake or spam emails are still a very common thing to receive and, despite being common knowledge, they are still finding ways to fool the recipient. There are, however, some telltale signs that could save you giving away unnecessary information such as your password, credit card number or bank [...]

How will technology change in the next 50 years?

Man merging with machine might sound like a far-fetched idea at the moment, but just think about how far we’ve come in the past 50 years. 50 years ago, we had colourless televisions, we were only just exploring space and mobile phones struggled to fit in our handbags (or briefcases), never-mind [...]

What to expect from Microsoft in 2016

2015 was a big year for Microsoft with the launch of Windows 10 in the summer. To date, the operating system has already reached a 9% market share and is expected to rise even more in 2016. Microsoft are currently busy working on a big update to Windows 10 (nicknamed ‘Redstone’) but there are [...]

Windows 10 reaches 9% of market share

5 months have passed since the launch of Windows 10, and figures released this week have revealed that the operating system is now being used on 9% of all compatible devices. That equates to around 120 million devices. While Windows 7 is still by far the most used operating system in the world [...]

Osborne makes cyber security a top UK priority

In a speech at GCHQ on 17th November, Chancellor George Osborne stated that he has launched a National Cyber Security Plan, one that involves increasing cyber security funding to £1.9bn. Cyber security has now become a top priority in Britain, with an aim to make Britain the highest-protected [...]

How safe is your password?

In this day and age, we are required to use passwords every day, from signing into Facebook to purchasing something from Amazon. Passwords are used to keep personal information such as emails, banking information and even sensitive data secure. Well that is the idea… It seems like every week [...]

TalkTalk fall victim to cyber attack

Phone and internet provider TalkTalk are the latest giant to fall victim to a cyber attack. The company, which has more than 4 million customers, announced last week that they had suffered a “significant cyber-attack” on their website, and that personal and banking details could have been [...]

October is a huge month for Windows 10

There may have already been new devices launched this week, but there is much more ahead for the Microsoft team this October… Are you keeping your products up to date? With new devices such as the new Surface and Lumia just being released this week, it is also being followed with numerous [...]

WhatsApp hack leaves users at risk

Messaging app giant WhatsApp is the latest company to fall victim to a hacking attack, providing further evidence that no one is immune from a cyber attack. A reported 200,000 users of WhatsApp Web, the service that allows people to access their messages through a computer, have been exposed to [...]

Malvertising: a threat in disguise

Malware disguised as advertising is becoming increasingly common. RiskIQ announced at Black Hat USA 2015, that the first 6 months of 2015 has seen a 50% rise in malvertisment cases compared to 2014. What makes malvertising particularly dangerous to innocent browsers, and appealing to hackers, [...]

The best new features of Windows 10

We’ve taken some time to explore the newly released Windows 10 for those who have yet to upgrade and are currently thinking about doing so. Here are our favourite new features of Windows 10: Simpler – Return of the Start Menu Removing the Start Menu was a bold decision for Microsoft when [...]

5 tips for dealing with spam emails

Out of all the emails you receive every single day, 80% of them are likely to be spam. Most of time they are just a nuisance, but spam emails can be malicious and could potentially steal your personal details and infect your computer with viruses. Here are our 5 tips on dealing with spam [...]

Microsoft announces Edge security features

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they were working on a replacement for Internet explorer nicknamed ‘Project Spartan’. The new browser now has a name, Edge, and details about its security features have been released. Edge is designed specifically for Windows 10, which is due to be [...]

How do you know if a website is safe to buy from?

Nowadays it can be difficult to identify whether or not a website is trustworthy, especially if it has been designed skilfully to look like it is. Many of us regularly buy products or services online. Because of this, it is important that you take extra care when browsing the web and when [...]

Windows 10 is coming

Windows 10 is on the horizon, so we have had a look at some of the changes and new features you can expect. The first thing to know is that Windows are skipping ‘Windows 9’ and going straight to 10 and will arrive on our computers in mid 2016. Touch screen features The new touch […]

Top 5 benefits of outsourcing IT support

As your business grows, so does the need for extra support to keep it running efficiently. By outsourcing IT, you allow your business to utilise certain aspects of your company externally, leaving you extra time to further develop your organisation. Here are 5 benefits of outsourcing IT [...]

The cost of cyber crime and ransomware on SMEs

According to recent reports conducted by Insurance firm Marsh and the Cabinet Office, cyber crime remains one of the most significant risks UK businesses face each year. 80% of large businesses and 60% of small businesses suffered a cyber security related breach in 2014, with the average cost [...]

Support for Internet Explorer to end

It was recently announced that Microsoft are to end their support of Internet Explorer in an attempt to regain a foothold in Web 3.0. In its two decades of service, IE launched billions of internet pages and served as a worthy icon on our desktop screens. However, with present criticism and the [...]

Can I still use Windows XP and Office 2003?

Using Windows XP? Office 2003? You’re living on the edge, the area of uncertainty, no man’s land. The fact is, Microsoft brought support for these systems to an end in April 2014, therefore continuing to run these programmes leaves you and your company open to cyber attack.  Although Microsoft [...]

4 tips to protecting your business from malware

You might have seen recently in the Lincolnshire Echo the story about a man receiving a message on his phone apparently from Lincolnshire Police, threatening him into paying £200. The message, which contained the Lincolnshire Police’s logo, was caused by Malware and could have potentially [...]

4 Information Technology trends to watch in 2015

According to the technology research company, Gartner, there are a number of information technology trends expected to impact businesses over the next year and beyond. It is important to know what technology trends could potentially disrupt your business in order to minimise any risks within [...]

Don’t fall for Microsoft calls

Hints and tips to protect yourself. Cyber crimes do not just happen via email or websites. It can also be someone on the phone claiming to be from Microsoft, offering to help solve computer problems or selling you software. If they access your computer, they can trick you into installing [...]

How to protect yourself from spam email

If you have an email account, chances are that you receive at least one piece of spam email a day.  Like junk mail you get in the post, it is likely to be unsolicited advertisements. Although a lot spam email is just a nuisance, some can be harmful to you and your computer. It can […]

Government backs ‘Cyber Essential’ – do you have the appropriate measures in place to protect your business from cyber threats?

Google. Samsung. Home Depot. UPS. Just to name a couple of businesses that have fallen victim to cyber attacks in the last year. Any business, big or small, can be the target of cyber crimes, which not have only costly implications, but can mean the loss of your data and those of your [...]

Why your business should be outsourcing IT

Most businesses need the use of a computer daily, and rely on them to keep the business running. If suddenly all the computers stopped working, what would you do? Do you have the capabilities in-house to help, or should you outsource? There are a number of benefits that your business can gain [...]

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