Category archives: News

  • Whilst the information about the attack is still limited and in its early stages, we do believe two things; 1) The most likely method for the Malware to have gotten onto the machines, was by a zipped attachment on an email or similar - which was unwittingly opened by a member of staff. 2) The spread of the infection was down to a vulnerability in the Windows Operating Systems affecting all versions from XP right up to Windows 10 - Microsoft discovered this exploit back in March and released a patch MS17-010 that fixed the issue for all supported Operating Systems. Those of you running Windows Vista or dare we say it XP (like a huge proportion of the NHS) wouldn't have had the benefit of Microsoft releasing the patch with its Windows Updates, leaving you extremely vulnerable! Fort[...]

  • The Issue I'm sure it's a problem many parents face in the modern 'Always connected age!', ensuring that when the children go to bed, they stop using their smart phones/tablets and computers. One sure fire way to prevent them from using their tech, is to disable the internet between specific times. Wait - I hear you say, I just want to block the devices that they use, and not my own tech, not a problem! Non Ideal Solutions Well one member of staff came to us with the issue above, and her solution which had worked for a brief while was, having the router connected to a digital timer switch. Whilst this worked for a short while, it doesn't take long for teenage kids to realise, they can just bypass the timer switch, or reset the timer switch... Plus this stops all devices accessing the[...]

  • Apple were recently made aware of a serious bug by a security firm called Lookout which with the sending of a text by the hacker could allow your phones Call Logs emails and even microphone to be accessed remotely. The good news before everyone panics too much, is that both Lookout and Apple have worked closely after the discovery of the issues, and all 3 security flaws, nicknamed Trident, have been fixed in the latest 9.3.5 security release. Am I Protected? To check what version of the iOS you’re currently running, simply go to ‘Settings’, ‘General’, ‘Software update’ here you’ll either see ‘iOS 9.3.5 Your software is up to date.’ or you’ll have the option to download and install the update. The update required 50% of battery on your device or for it to be plugged in and charging to [...]

  • UK Heatwave I'm sure that unless your stuck in a hot office with no Air-Conditioning, then your loving this mini heatwave we're having here in the UK, with temperatures today expected to top 35 degrees C or 95F if you're old school. If you are amongst those stuck in an unpleasantly warm office, it's important that you spare a little thought for your computers, and especially your servers. PC's are not designed to work in excessively hot or cold environments, and despite the internal temperatures of the CPU generally operating around 45-50 degrees comfortably, The external surrounding temperature should be comfortable (If it's unpleasant for you then it's NOT OK for your hardware!) Why should I care? Operating your PC's at high temperatures for prolonged length of time leads[...]