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Six signs of phishing emails

Phishing email – A fake email designed to trick you into clicking a link to a fake website. Scammers have been around long before email. They used to knock on doors asking to read our meters but that was just a ruse to steal our precious jewelry. With the advent of the internet and email …



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Are Updates Important? Yes. Here’s Why.

When Windows Update prompts you to install a new version it’s because Microsoft have released fixes to potential and discovered exploits. Remember the WannaCry Ransomware attack of 2017 that breached the NHS? A Windows Update was all we needed to stop being vulnerable, so yes, updates are incredibly important. Now More Than Ever Viruses, ransomware, …



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Cloud Backup vs Cloud Storage – Which is Right For You?

Whilst sounding similar in name, cloud backups and cloud storage have very different use cases. When used together, your business can be prepared for anything. The Need For Storage Most, if not all of modern businesses require digital data of some form to function. The need for usable, secure and reliable storage space has exponentially …



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20 Keyboard Shortcuts to Save Time at Work

Note: These keyboard shortcuts are for Windows. Most, if not all, of the following exist on Mac and Linux. Over a lifetime we spend, on average, 90,000 hours at work. It can be the cause of stress, weight gain, sleep deprivation, and all sorts of detriment. Knowing the fastest way to do the simple tasks …



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How to avoid owning a broken computer?

Computers have one rule, they only stop working when it’s inconvenient. At least that’s what it seems like. Predicting a failure is difficult if you don’t know what to look for, or what to expect your computer to stand up to. Under normal usage, a broken computer is often the result of bad manufacturing, so …



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Personal & Company OneDrive files appear in Bing search results

When Google was invented it revolutionised searching the Internet. Suddenly it was easy to find websites as Googles logic was radically different to anything before it. Ever since there has been a clear divide between searching the Internet and searching your private files. That is until until Microsoft made your personal & company OneDrive files …



OneDrive files appear in Bing search results

Computer Running Slow? 5 Signs It Needs a Repair

A dying device is as easy to spot as it is hard to fix, and it’s not always just that your computer is running slowly. Exactly like a car, finding and fixing the issue early is the key to preventing an expensive disaster. While the list of potential abnormalities are endless, these are the easiest …



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Is Your Password Safe From the Bad Guys?

Making every password safe and secure is something we all overlook from time-to-time. We all know the hassle of memorising dozens of passwords for each individual website. It’s a lot. So, we occasionally take shortcuts. That “laissez-faire” attitude is one of the biggest ways cyber-criminals get access to our information. Amazingly, “password” and “123456” are …



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Remove Ransomware: What is it and how does it work?

Ransomware has become an undeniable threat to business growth, profitability and security. It’s a ruthless type of malware that can prevent you from accessing your data until you pay the ransom which is usually demanded in a digital currency such as Bitcoin. It’s also notoriously difficult to remove ransomware from your equipment. Cyber criminals are …



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End of Support for Office 2010

Microsoft Office has been helping us to work more productively for over 30 years now. Wow! During this time there have a number of products but today (13th October 2020) support ends for one of those products in particular: Office 2010. So if your business is still using Office 2010, what does this mean to …