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Beating the baddies…

Beating the baddies is an ongoing and sometimes, uphill struggle. Read more

Don’t rely on politicians to protect you from Surveillance Capitalism: they don’t get it!

Politicians like to think they have all the answers and that they can explain the worlds’ issues to all of us and why we should stick with them to fix it. Read more

How to upgrade your IT infrastructure with confidence…

Maintaining your IT infrastructure is an essential requirement – but understanding what to upgrade and when can be a real challenge! Read more

Using the cloud: get it right for your business

In less than a decade, the cloud has evolved from a concept that only techy people understood to something that’s become the norm. The increase in consumer uptake for personal use has also made the cloud and its concepts easier for people to understand at a business level. Read more

Why you need a password manager… now!

Have you seen the latest password haul that identified over 87GB of passwords and data clouted on a hacker’s website? Are you worried? Well, you should be! Just take a look at this article in the Register.

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Dealing with internet downtime: a 21st-century annoyance!

Dealing with internet downtime, like quite a few other things, has become a true 21st-century annoyance! But what can you do about it? Read more

How will Brexit affect IT in the UK?

Whether there is a deal done with the EU or not, leaving the EU is clearly going to have some significant impact on all parts of the UK economy. Read more

Phishing: don’t be easy bait!

Cybercrime is big business, and phishing attacks are one of the baddies’ favourite routes into an organisation. You’ve probably heard of them, but you might not be 100% clear on exactly what they are and how they work. Read more

Still think Macs don’t get viruses?

Use a Mac? No antivirus? Still think Macs don’t get viruses?

Here at ITGUY, we are pretty easy going when it comes to what kind of computer you use. We like Macs. We like PCs. But what we don’t like is a computer without security protection.

Macs definitely get fewer viruses than PCs – and this is for two main reasons:

1.  Solid security based on UNIX (an old computer system from the 1970s). This means it’s much harder to infect a Mac than a PC.

2.  A very small market share in comparison to Windows-based PCs. Cybercriminals want to make as much money/cause any many problems as possible, so it makes sense that they want to target the most common computer system, especially as it’s less secure.

Using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re “safe”…

Dangers lurk all over the internet and can affect not only the underlying operating system but also apps that run on them.

Web browsers, for example, are under constant attack.

Malicious websites try to force browsers to reveal stored passwords.

Phishing links luring you to enter bank details on sites which mimic banking sites in every way.

Key to any defence against malware or viruses is a sensible approach to how you use your computer. So thinking that you’ll be OK because you have a Mac and not a PC should not be seen as “carte blanche” to click “yes” to every pop-up that appears on your screen!

This helpful post from Avast breaks down the key areas that Mac users should think about to secure their machines, not just antivirus software.

Remember that we’re here to help with all your IT security needs, so please feel free to give us a call on 020 72 41 22 55 or fill out our contact form and we’ll quickly get back to you.