The Latest IT News & Technical Support from SCS Technology Solutions

Are your employees a security weakness?

Employees are considered very valuable to a business. Their skills keep a business running and your customers happy. However, even though employees are a company’s biggest asset, they can also be a company’s weakest link. With the rise of cybersecurity issues such as hackers, ransomware and [...]

Is this the end of Microsoft Paint?

A staple of our childhood, basic but much-loved Microsoft Paint may have reached the end of its life. Microsoft recently announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint is set to be scrapped. Born in 1985, alongside Windows 1.0, kids around the world [...]

How to keep your computers cool this summer

While we may have enjoyed the glorious weather we’ve had this June, the same can’t be said about our computers! Throughout the summer months, it is vital that you and your employees do all you can to keep your PCs cool. Your computer contains components that generate heat, in particular your [...]

Are you prepared for a business disaster?

Working in partnership with Bluecube Telecommunications, we invite you to attend our next event on the 29th June 2017 at Doddington Hall, Lincoln, where we will be providing you with expert tips on how to prepare and recover from a disaster. It’s hard to predict when a disaster will strike your [...]

NHS cyber-attack – what can we learn from this?

On Friday the 12th May 2017, the NHS was the victim of a major cyber-attack known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry. They were among 200,000 others in 150 countries who were hit by this ransomware that locked user files and demanded a payment to allow access.  48 trusts have reported IT problems [...]

Are digital assistants the future of the office?

Technology is changing the way we work and it’s only accelerating. To many, the rise of artificial intelligence may seem like a daunting prospect, but rather than fearing it, businesses should be embracing it. In late 2014, Amazon unveiled their standalone digital assistant, Echo, which now [...]

4 tips for browsing the internet securely at work

How often do you browse the internet? According to Statista, the average user in the United Kingdom spends 35.8 hours a month using the internet. Many businesses require employees to use the internet to do their job, however it is important that they are not compromising cyber security by doing [...]

What are Microsoft hiding up their sleeves?

Microsoft to hold massive hardware event in New York Earlier this month, Microsoft sent invites for its latest press conference that is to be held on the 2nd May 2017. Invitations to the event have been sent with the tagline ‘Learn what’s next’, generating rumours and excitement of possible new [...]

How secure do you think your password is?

It may surprise you that at SCS Technology Solutions we come across users who are still actively using insecure passwords and putting their network, company data and their personal data at risk of being compromised. It constantly surprises and worries us. According to a survey by Forrester (an [...]

Say ‘Hasta La Vista’ to Windows Vista

Microsoft to end support for Windows Vista 10 years since its initial release, Microsoft have announced they will stop updating Windows Vista on the 11th April 2017. This means that the operating system will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft, making Vista more susceptible to [...]

Why 2017 is the year of the Cloud…

The use of cloud storage has grown in popularity each year for the past five years, and this year, it is set to be no different. Here’s why: The cloud means universal access The cloud makes data easily accessible between staff members, it’s easy to update data, and it offers flexibility. When [...]

Should you tell staff about a data breach?

Back in September 2016, Sports Direct suffered a data breach which they reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) but, it appears, not to their staff.  To make this behavior worse, it was staffs’ personal information that had been breached. According to the ICO’s [...]

Have you got a disaster recovery plan in place?

It is fair to say that data security is essential for any modern, technology driven business, however, according to the BCI (Business Continuity Institute), cyber-attacks are the no.1 threat to businesses, and despite companies knowing the risks, breaches are occurring at an alarming rate. In [...]

5 technology predictions for 2017

It is fair to say that technology is embedded in our everyday lives. Can you remember the last time you spent the day without checking your phone…or looking at your emails? Can you remember when a phone was literally used just as a phone? The pace of technological innovation is even [...]

New malware turns victims into attackers

The risk of being hit by a cyber security attack is constantly on the rise, and it is fair to say that cyber criminals are getting even smarter. According to reports by Kaspersky Security Network, in the third quarter of 2016, there were over 171 million malicious attacks on devices across the [...]

Top 5 gadgets being bought this Christmas

Christmas is merely weeks away…have you finished your shopping yet (or even started)? If you’re struggling to find the perfect gifts for friends and family, don’t panic. 2016 has been a great year for new technology, which means there are lots of gift ideas available for the gadget lovers [...]

5 of the top data breaches of 2016

2016 was a busy year for the technology industry. We saw virtual technology become a reality, the latest Samsung phone literally exploding, and unfortunately, cybercrime continuing to hit a variety of people and industries. With the last quarter of 2016 upon us and 2017 getting closer, here are [...]

Merry Christmas from SCS Technology Solutions

From your dedicated team at SCS Technology Solutions, we would like to say…. Here are our opening hours over the festive period: 23rd December: 9am-1pm 28th/29th December: 9.00am – 5.30pm 30th December: 9am – 4pm 2nd January: Closed 3rd January: Normal Opening Hours Resume From [...]

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 [...]