Microsoft Announces UK Specific Data Centres

Stay Creative, Productive and Data Safe in the UK Operating your IT solution from a cloud infrastructure has just become more British. Microsoft Cloud now operates Azure and Office 365 from UK located data centres, allowing organisations with UK specific compliance and policy requirements to retain their data in the UK. With a cloud adoption … [Read more...]

BBC Detectors Are Back!

Do you remember the TV adverts with the TV Detector Vans cracking down on unlicensed televisions? Well they are back, but now they are on the Internet as well as local streets. From September 1st, 2016, the law is changing and you will need a TV License to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This … [Read more...]

A Cunning Plan For Successful Group Working

Are you running a team, or involved with planning for single or multiple teams and projects? If the answer to that is yes, or if you are juggling multiple activities and need an easy to use tool to provide an overview of the status of all of those tasks, then Microsoft Office 365 Planner is an application that you should take a look at. Planner is … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Data Safe?

We are often asked the question, ‘Is my data safe in the cloud’? Well unless your data is on a device that has no communications interface and the device itself cannot be stolen, then the cloud is safer than any security measures you can support locally, with certain provisos. As a Microsoft Partner, we have worked together for 25 years and have … [Read more...]

Your Time Is Up! CryptoLocker Ransomware

These are not your friendly neighbourhood hackers! To these thieves, this is a business. An increasing number of UK organisations are being targeted and money extorted from them. The model uses social engineering techniques to trick users into running a Zip folder or file, which then contaminates the system and any other system attached to the … [Read more...]

Ransomware a growing data threat

A Canadian university has paid hackers to restore access to data they had turned into the digital equivalent of gibberish. The University of Calgary transferred 20,000 Canadian dollars-worth of bitcoins ($15,780; £10,840) after it was unable to unwind damage caused by a type of attack known as ransomware. The malware caused emails and … [Read more...]

Keep in Touch and Retain Control – Office 365

The enormous gains that the launch of Office 365 has provided for all businesses that have upgraded to the latest Microsoft release, are clearly evident. Your business is now able to accelerate the implementation of the latest fixed and mobile apps to increase effectiveness and build customer awareness and generate new opportunities. Over … [Read more...]

Stay safe online – reduce your reliance on passwords today

It’s quite hard to believe, but a recent study found the average UK consumer to have a whopping 118 different accounts registered online. That includes social media profiles as well as accounts with e-retailers, gaming services, email providers and even banks. For each one of these accounts, you probably have a username and a password; both of … [Read more...]

Microsoft finally kills off Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Microsoft has ended support for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser, offering Windows users the choice of either upgrading their operating system or downloading Microsoft Edge. With effect from 12th January 2016, there will be no further upgrades to Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, although users of Internet Explorer 11 will … [Read more...]

Fairy lights causing Wi-Fi slowdown

This Christmas season might not only bring snow and merriment, but also slower Wi-Fi speeds, though the reason may be a little surprising. Ofcom has found that fairy lights could impair Wi-Fi speeds, by slowing down signals as they travel through homes and offices. Fairy lights weren’t the only typical household object found to be guilty of … [Read more...]