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  • Snapchat’s Snap Map If you're unsure what Snapchat is, it's a social media platform used to send pictures, messages and much more to your friends, or even the public. Snapchat is arguably one of the most popular applications used nowadays, having over 500 Million downloads on Android alone. One of Snapchat's most questionable released features has come around most recently, being a Snap Map, which shows you the location of friends/people that you follow. This has become a major concern, especially for parents, as a lot of people share their Snapchat profile to the public and the app is mainly used by the younger generations. If you're concerned that your profile might be open for other people to view, you can disable the feature by doing the following; 1) Open up the Snapchat App[...]

  • 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[...]

  • Adblock Plus - One of the Best Free Software Titles that EVERYONE Should Have! Q: Does it cost me anything? A: No! Absolutely nothing - they do ask for donations to continue their ongoing development however this isn't required to install the software Q: Will it help me be more secure on the net? A: Yes! Adblock Plus also blocks known malicious sites and or content Q: Is it difficult to install? A: Not at all! Just follow our simple install guide below. Tired of seeing adverts on pages that aren't relevant to what you're looking for? Maybe you've received pop-ups on pages like Facebook which are just plane annoying. In a matter of seconds, you can easily block adverts on all of the pages you view without any effort! By visiting the page below, you will be greeted with a[...]

  • 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[...]

  • As you are all aware Windows 10 has arrived, and many people are upgrading to this newer operating system. However as with anything in the computer industry there are always a few issues which may arise, We have had a few customers who have been unable to send email after upgrading to windows 10 recieving this error message: Error message: ‘Mr Jones – Sending’ reported error (0x800CCC13): ‘Cannot connect to the network. Verify your network connection or modem’ This issue may arise with any version of Outlook, good news is the issue is relatively easy to solve! Here is a step by step guide on how to resolve the issue yourself: Right click on the Start button of Windows and choose: Command Prompt (Admin) Once on the prompt type: sfc /scannow (Remember to put th[...]

  • New look for Systems House Fresh lick of paint at 42 Broad Street Well we're still not 100% settled in and clear of boxes at our new premises in Broad Street, Kidderminster, but the building has had a nice face lift to the exterior. Just waiting on our fresh new doors to complete the look. It's always sad to say goodbye to a place of business, and we enjoyed every moment of our 10 years at the Ashlane centre  on Worcester road, but due to the council placing a CPO to make way for the new relief road development, we had to leave. Many of you, our loyal customers, have already visited us at our new premises, and it's been very much business as normal. We'll have to search out some pictures from the early days for a little bit of nostalgia.

  • Who we are after?  An IT Support Engineer with prior On Site/Telephone and Remote Support experience Excellent communication skills Ability to work on your own and manage your own workload in a busy and growing team environment Will require own transportation to begin Main Duties  Deliver excellent customer service Ensure issues are rectified in line with customer SLA's Diagnose and resolve faults with Desktops/laptops Servers and Network Issues Where possible resolve customers issues over the phone or remote support Show various levels of IT users how to properly use and operate their Hardware/Software Experience in the following is beneficial but not essential as training will be given  Microsoft Server Administration from 2003 and beyond, MS Office Suite,[...]

  • When Virgin Media announced an extra £3 billion investment in broadband last week, there wasn't much cheering from those too far from a street cabinet or out in the countryside to benefit. While Virgin and BT argue over who should be responsible for wiring up the rest of the country with fibre optic connections, providing better broadband speeds and helping businesses, what can the technology actually do for your company? Fast and stable broadband offers many benefits. Cloud services, which are effectively unavailable to those on slow or unreliable connections and taken for granted by everyone else, are one such benefit. Cloud storage lets companies keep and share documents, work on them in a web browser and interact with other users around the world. Cloud services like office suites o[...]

  • Laptops come in all shapes, sizes, colours and configurations, and while it's nice to be spoilt for choice now and again, when the time comes to put down your hard-earned cash and pick out a new laptop, it's all too easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of devices on offer. The following guide has been designed to help give you a better idea of the varieties of laptops on the market, what they are capable of, and which is right for you. We won't go into specific brands, instead we'll be taking a look at some popular laptop types, dissecting their pros and cons. The budget laptop If you're fed up of firing up your PC every time you want to surf the web or fire off a quick email, a budget laptop might be the answer. While budget laptops may not have the power to run intensive pr[...]

  • Since Microsoft officially unveiled its upcoming Windows 10 operating system, lots of Windows PC users have been wondering if they can upgrade to the new operating system (likely to be released around October) on their existing machines, or if they will need a new computer. This used to be a major issue whenever there was a Windows upgrade, but the last couple of launches have seen very little increase in system demands by the operating system. In fact, as Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users for the first year, it should be relatively straightforward for those users to upgrade their existing computers. In fact, you probably won't even need to backup your files, or format your hard drive, as the new OS should install neatly over your existing [...]