17 Sep 2015 - Windows 10 upgrades
As you are probably aware, Microsoft released its newest Windows version "Windows 10" about a month ago. As an early adopter we have been putting Windows 10 through its paces and have so far been impressed. The launch went pretty smoothly and Windows 10 has already been installed on millions of machines.
Microsoft have departed from their usual business model with Windows 10 and are instead offering it as a free upgrade for the majority of Windows 7 & Windows 8 users.
Home users and business users without a Microsoft server will receive the update notification automatically via the "Get Windows 10" app, however this upgrade method is NOT available if you are a business user with a windows server (a.k.a. Domain joined).
Domain joined machines must be manually updated via a downloadable DVD image.
If you wish to take advantage of Windows 10 please get in touch to arrange an assessment. We can then validate your machines to see if a windows 10 upgrade is available, do a single machine test upgrade to ensure any third party business systems you are using are fully compatible then finally upgrade the remainder of your machines.
02 Aug 2015 - Windows 10 is here. What SMB's need to know..
From upgrade expirations to free updates, Windows 10 big changes for the OS.
Here's a quick run down of the top 10 points to know.
Top 10 article @ TechRepublic
18 Jul 2015 - Latest Patch Tuesday is last for Windows Server 2003
Microsoft delivered a 14 fixes labeled critical or important to seal vulnerabilities in the desktop and server versions of Windows, Internet Explorer and Office. But the asterisk to these releases is that they are the last that will be offered for Windows Server 2003.
Full article @ TechTarget
16 Jul 2015 - Google, Mozilla disable Flash over security concerns
Users of web browsers Chrome (Google) and FireFox (Mozilla) were temporarily unable to view Adobe Flash content on sites on Tuesday amid growing concerns over the serious security holes within Adobe's product.
The just 2 days after Facebook's top security executive, Alex Stamos, publicly called for Adobe to discontinue Flash.
Flash has long been used by website builders to show animated or rich content but has recently been superseded by HTML5.
Flash has had a chequered past, although widely used it has been beset with both security and performance issues.
More details @ MarketWatch
01 Jun 2015 - Windows 10 to be released early on July 29th
Microsoft have brought forward their release date for Windows 10 by 2 months to July 29th.
The majority of Windows 7 & 8.1 users will be offered a free upgrade.
More details @ c-net
21 Apr 2015 - Google under fire by the EU
Google is accused of abusing it's market dominance by the EU with Android also facing anti-trust investigation.
More details @
17 Mar 2015 - Xiaomi Smart-Phone preloaded with malware
Security Affairs reports that security firm Bluebox has discovered that the Xiaomi Mi 4 smartphone comes with preinstalled malware including a Trojan
Full article @ SecurityAffairs.com
With the rise of cheaper Chinese smart-phones, the distribution channel is becoming ever more important. This case shows just when can happen when you buy from an unauthorised dealer.
30 Jan 2015 - MS releases Office for Android
Microsoft gets a step closer to Office everywhere with Office on Android.
All the major Microsoft productivity apps are available for all the major OSes.
Microsoft this week released Outlook apps for Apple iOS and Google Android devices and removed the preview label from Office for Android. For the first time, the company's primary end-user applications -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook -- are now available on all three major operating systems: Windows, iOS and Android.
12 Jan 2015 - Windows Server 2003 End Of Support Looms
If your business runs on Windows 2003 Servers, security updates, fixes, and online technical assistance end on July 14, 2015. And as the clock ticks down, the necessity to migrate Windows Server 2012 increases.
If you would like to discuss your options please call us, we're happy to help.
20 Nov 2014 - BitDefender Partnership
We're please to announce a strategic partnership with Bitdefender allowing up to specialise in their impressive range of security products for both business and home.
Bitdefender have consistently scored at or near top in the independent AV tests and their client is lightweight enough not to impact on performance.
We believe that BitDefender currently offer one of the best suit of security products on the market and so we will be migrating all of our existing clients on the BitDefender platform as and when their current AV renewals are due.
If you would like to discuss any of the BitDefender range of prodcuts please give us a call.
More details @ BitDefender UK Website
01 Oct 2014 - Shellshock Bash bug hits Apple Macs
Apple have had to issue a security update for its Mac OS X operating system to protect users from the newly reported Shellshock Bash bug affecting all Unix-based computers.
Software Updates have been issued for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion.
Researches at security firm FireEye have observed a "significant amount of overtly malicious traffic" using Bash.
Full Article @ ComputerWeekly
05 Oct 2014 - iWorm malware hits Apple Macs
As predicted as their market share increases, the Apple platform is becoming more appealing to malware writers.
iWorm is described as "a complex multi-purpose backdoor" and certainly looks fairly sophisticated.
Coming so quickly after the OSX Shellshock Bash bug, perhaps this will once and for all dispel the myth banded around by Apple followers that Macs don't get viruses!
Full Article @ appleinsider
20 Aug 2014 - Summer Holiday Office Closure
The office will be closed from Monday Sept 1st - Wednesday Sept 17th for a late summer holiday.
As usual all e-mails will be collected and responded to the same day.
All support customers, if you need to contact us your primary method should be by e-mail. If that is not possible please use the alternate contact arrangements you have received.
If you have any outstanding issues or tasks you would like completed please bring these to our attention ASAP.
06 Aug 2014 - Russian hackers steal over a billion usernames and passwords
Russian hackers have attacked over 500m e-mail addresses and stolen over a billion usernames and passwords.
Full article @ Computerweekly.com
If you notice any suspicious e-mail activity such as a large volume of non-delivery reports to e-mails you have not sent, or you have recently been hit by a virus we strongly suggest you change your e-mail passwords or contact us if your hosting is with us.
01 Jul 2014 - Facebook under fire over secret experiment on users
Facebook has come under fire for conducting a psychology experiment on 689,000 users without their consent.
Cornell University and the University of California were involved in the experiment conducted one week in 2012 in which Facebook filtered users' newsfeeds to study the effects on users' emotions.
Full article at
How much do you pay to use Facebook?
Well stop complaining then!!
01 Jul 2014 - BT sorry after broadband customers hit by mystery outage
Thousands of BT customers across the country were left without internet access on the morning of Saturday 28 June after a mystery "network incident" brought down its service in many parts of the country.
BT provides broadband service to around seven million subscribers in the UK, but it was unclear how many of those were hit.
Read full article @
04 May 2014 - Micorosoft Issue fix to serious IE flaw and include XP users too!
Thought XP support had ended? Well so did the rest of us! But apparently this IE flaw was so bad Microsoft decided that on just this one occasion they would make the fix available to all users including those still running XP!
We highly recommend you install this update
More details @ GeeksAreSexy
Microsoft Statement @ Microsoft TechNet
29 Apr 2014 - Microsoft warns of new zero-day Internet Explorer flaw
Microsoft has issued a security warning about a zero-day vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser, which attackers could exploit to gain the same user rights as the current user.
Microsoft reported at the weekend that it is aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability found in Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 to 11.
Full Article @ ComputerWeekly
27 Apr 2014 - Is Windows XP is a much greater risk than Heartbleed?
An interesting article over at Techrepublic.
Heartbleed has dominated headlines for over week, but that one vulnerability pales in comparison to the threat from hundreds of millions of Windows XP systems.
All machines are vulnerable to so called "zero day" risks these are security holes that are discovered and exploited immediately before security companies and Microsoft have a chance to react.
They have a point. Microsoft will no longer be reacting to any faults, flaws or holes found in XP, so the next big one that's found has the change to cause serious disruption to the millions of XP systems still in use out there.
It's difficult to justify sticking with XP. Windows 7 & 8 are both excellent OS's.
If you are still running XP and would like to investigate upgrading please let us know.
08 Apr 2014 - XP/Office 2003 support ended.
Today (April 8th) marks the cessation by Microsoft, of support for Windows XP and Office 2003.
There will be no more fixes or security patched issues, leaving these products open to potential future attack.
We strongly recommend that any clients still using these products either look at replacing them or carefully consider locking them down.
If you need any assistance or advice, we're here to help!
08 Mar 2014 - Update your business before Windows XP support ends in 30 days!
Only 30 days to go... until Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends!
With only 30 days left until Windows XP and Office 2003 support ends, it is essential that you understand the risk if you don't take action shortly. On the 8th April, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP OS. This means you will no longer receive updates, including security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. These are vital to prevent the security issues related to running unsupported software.
We don't want you or your business to get left behind or be exposed to severe security and compliance issues,
By upgrading to the latest Windows 8.1 and Office 2013 or 365 software, you can enrich your business and personal life and achieve business success like hundreds of other small business owners today. so make sure you understand the value of the update and take action.
More details @ Microsoft
23 Feb 2014 - Apple announces (quietly) Major Security Bug in latest iOS
Apple acknowledged a major security flaw in it's iOS operating system which powers its range of PCs, Tablets and Smartphones. There is also a possibility that their Mac range of desktop computers may also be affected.
However their announcement last Friday (21st) was so low-key you will almost certainly have missed it.
The security flaw is about as bad as it can get for a mobile OS, making the devices particularly vulnerable when connected to an unsecure public Wi-Fi hotspot.
Full article @ Slate
Follow-up commentary @ Slate
22 Feb 2014 - Adobe releases 2nd critical security Flash Player fix in 3 weeks
Adobe has released the second critical security update for its Flash Player plug-in in less than three weeks.
The latest update addresses a zero-day exploit reported by security firm FireEye that targeted visitors of at least three non-profit websites.
FireEye said the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Research Center in Egypt and the Smith Richardson Foundation were all compromised using remote code injection.
Traffic to these sites was redirected to a server that contained a hidden iframe running the exploit.
The security firm's researchers said the attacks may be related to a May 2012 campaign outlined by ShadowServer, based on consistencies in tradecraft, attack infrastructure and malware configuration.
FireEye said they believe those responsible for the attacks have sufficient resources, such as zero-day exploits, and are committed to infecting those visiting foreign and public policy websites.
"The threat actors likely sought to infect users to these sites for follow-on data theft, including information related to defense and public policy matters," FireEye said in a blog post.
In a security bulletin, Adobe said the updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
19 Feb 2014 - 7 new domain names now available to all customers
Today we can announce the availability of 7 new domain names:-
You may already have a .com or a .co.uk, but if you have a website that relates to one of the above sectors, then having one of these domain extensions could benefit you.
If you are interested in acquiring one of these names, please give us a call.
18 Feb 2014 - Windows Easy Transfer Tool
Thinking of replacing your old XP or Vista machine with a Windows 8 one? Microsoft provide a free tool called Windows Easy Transfer (WET) which eases this process. WET will transfer your files and some settings from your old PC to your new one via either a network connection or external HDD.
There are plenty of online guides showing you step by step what you need to know such as these...
There is however 1 important 'gotcha'.
If you are migrating to Windows 8 from either Windows XP or Windows Vista, you must use the Windows Easy Transfer tool BEFORE you install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
Installing the Windows 8.1 upgrade also upgrades the WET tool to the latest version which no longer supports XP & Vista migrations (only migrations from Windows 7 are supported).
07 Feb 2014 - Windows XP & Office 2003 support ends in 60 days
Did you know that support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends in just 2 months?
On the 8th of April this year, Microsoft will end support for these old products, so if you are running Windows XP or Office 2003 you will need to take action now to ensure you avoid exposing your business to potential security and compliance risks.
Don't put it off and risk missing this date, think about your action plan today and join the other businesses benefiting from the latest new features of our new innovative technology.
If you would like to discuss your upgrade options please give us a call.
30 Jan 2014 - LogMeIn Free Discontinued
From Feb 06 2014 LogMeIn are discontinuing their free product. Users wishing to continue to use the service will have to pay a yearly fee starting at approx. $50 (discounted) for the first year and rising to approx. $100 after that.
In the past we have recommended LogMeIn primarily because it was a free service, however users may now wish to look elsewhere.
There are alternative free solutions such as TeamViewer, VNC etc.
There is a good breakdown of free remote access offerings here
08 Jan 2014 - Intel phases out McAfee brand
Intel has announced that, as it introduces new security products, it will replace the McAfee brand with that of 'Intel Security'.
The red shield logo will remain to represent the core values of security and protection, Intel said, while the re-branding is set to begin immediately. Intel said it expects to complete the re-branding exercise within a year.
08 Jan 2014 - Windows XP End Of Life Looms
The Windows XP end-of-life date, April 8, 2014, is fast approaching.
Even though it is more than 12 years old, Windows XP remains the second most popular installed version of Windows after Windows 7, running on 31% of all PCs, according to NetMarketShare.com. Many organizations never bothered to upgrade from XP to Vista due to the latter's poor reception. This led to a number of customized enterprise applications becoming even more entrenched in the XP environment. As more time and resources were invested in XP, the case for upgrading became far less compelling.
However, despite its popularity, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. There will be no more Windows XP security patches, no more automatic updates and no new support information. Research suggests that Windows XP is 21 times more likely to be infected by malware than Windows 8 and, although machines running XP after April will start and run as usual, the chances of infection could jump by two-thirds (based on malware infection rates in the two years after Windows XP Service Pack 2 went out of support).
Our advice? Begin working your migration strategy now if you haven't already. Don't be forced to react in a panic once the reality of unsupported software has already disrupted enterprise operations.
30 Nov 2013 - Microsoft issues warning of zero day XP bug
Microsoft has issued a warning about a bug in Windows XP and Server 2003 which is being actively exploited by cyber-thieves.
Microsoft have issued an advisory Microsoft Security Advisory (2914486) containing an immediate workaround whist it works on addressing the issue. However the workaround involves turning off some services and will break TAPI, RAS & VPNs.
Once again Windows has been targeted via an insecure third party application. In this case various versions of Adobe Reader.
Full details @ FireEye