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Celebrating Dawn Smart

This blogpost is a little different. It celebrates the life of Dawn Smart, who has been working for ITGUYS since 2016. Dawn passed away at the weekend in her sleep. The cause is unknown but she was not ill and it is unlikely to be related to the current pandemic. Dawn is (I can’t use […]

All my breached passwords are stored centrally?

Passwords – every so often, we read about data breaches of big internet players – like Yahoo, Dropbox and TalkTalk. As if that isn’t scary enough, consider this for a moment: that all these passwords may be aggregated and put together in one searchable location? Any cracked password?

Microsoft and Kaspersky kiss and make up

Kaspersky has ended their lawsuit filed against Microsoft, who they accused were abusing their monopoly. Isn’t that nice! https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/kaspersky-and-microsoft-kiss-and-make-up-in-antitrust-dispute/

How long should your new Microsoft laptop last?

So you have spent a tidy sum on a new laptop – a Microsoft Surface. After two years it starts playing up. “But it cost me an arm and a leg!” Time to buy a new one? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/10/consumer_reports_dont_buy_microsoft_devices/  

What to do if you are a TalkTalk Customer

Talktalk had a cyber attack on their systems last week. Talktalk owns other providers such as AOL UK’s broadband business and  Tiscali. If you are a subscriber to any of these companies it is prudent to take action. TalkTalk‘s website have offered some simple steps to go through to help users protect themselves and monitor potential […]

Too Much Spam?

Is Spam taking up too much of your time? Spam is a very tedious and omnipresent bore of the 21st century. We all get some (some more than others!) A classic way of getting more incoming spam is when you sign up to some mailing lists. (Some are very conscientious and don’t re-use it of […]

Ransomware (Cryptowall) – a cautionary tale…

A client called me this morning distressed and most agitated. They got infected with the CryptoWall ransomeware virus. This encrypts ALL your files (Dropbox and mapped drives too!) and holds you ransom – expecting you to go through convoluted steps to PAY (750 to 1500 EURO) for the decryption key (assuming it works). Seriously, you […]

Mozilla Blocks Flash Plugin in Firefox Browser

After holes in Adobe’s Flash plugin security were leaked last week that allow hackers to install malware and other malicious software onto people’s computers Mozilla’s Firefox browser prohibited the use of Flash. Since the leak Adobe has released an update to their software to close the holes in its security. Firefox is currently blocking use […]

Release Date Set for Windows 10

It has been officially announced that Windows 10 will be released on the 29th of July 2015. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows The article below answers some questions initially raised about the new operating system: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2015/may/28/five-questions-about-free-upgrade-microsoft-windows-10