Issues with Microsoft Activation Servers

Microsoft’s activation servers appear to be experiencing issues today.  Some Windows have seen Windows 10 Pro systems have, er, gone Home.

Microsoft will continue Skype ‘classic’ support after negative customer feedback

Microsoft originally announced the classic Skype would be discontinued on 1st September 2018 and encouraged users to upgrade to version 8. Skype 8, first introduced last year, features a total design overhaul that has not been popular with some customers, which led some Skype users to be unhappy with Microsoft’s announcement. Microsoft has changed its ...

How to Update Exchange Account Settings on an iOS 11 Device

This procedure is applicable for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.) running iOS 11 and higher.  The screenshots shown below were taken from an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.0.1.  Other devices will be similar.  Prior to starting this procedure,  please obtain your account-specific information from the Readycrest support team. To edit Exchange email account server settings ...

SonicWall Capture Client

SonicWall Capture Client
The ever-growing threat of ransomware and other malicious malware-based attacks has proven that client protection solutions cannot be measured based only on endpoint compliance.  Traditional antivirus technology uses a long-embattled signature-based approach, which has failed to match the pace of emerging malware and evasion techniques.   SonicWall Capture Client is a unified endpoint offering with ...

Microsoft will end the final free Windows 10 Upgrade program on the 31st December (2017)

Microsoft will end the final free Windows 10 Upgrade program on the 31st December (2017)
Microsoft offered Windows users a free upgrade to Windows 10 back when the operating system was released. The official free upgrade offer hasn’t been available for more than a year, however customers who use assistive technologies were still able to upgrade. The ongoing free upgrade offer was implemented for anyone who wanted Windows 10 for ...

Bad Rabbit Ransomware

On Tuesday 24th, a new strand of ransomware named ‘Bad Rabbit’ appeared in Russia and Ukraine and spread throughout the day. The “ransomware” virus is spreading via compromised websites, downloading a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. Please DO NOT click on links or execute any downloaded files which look similar to Adobe Flash Player installer. ...

SonicWALL Advanced Gateway Security Suite

SonicWALL Advanced Gateway Security Suite
Complete network security in a single integrated package SonicWall Advanced Gateway Security Suite (AGSS) is a complete suite of security services for SonicWall firewalls.  An upgrade over SonicWall Comprehensive Gateway Security Suite (CGSS), which features Capture Advanced Threat Protection, a multi-engine sandbox that runs and inspects suspicious files and code in an isolated cloud-based environment.  ...

Symantec Endpoint Encryption – Full disk and removable media encryption with management

Symantec Endpoint Encryption - Full disk and removable media encryption with management
Symantec™ Endpoint Encryption v11.1.1 provides full disk encryption, removable media protection, and centralized management. Powered by PGP technology, the drive encryption client renders data at rest inaccessible to unauthorized parties on laptops and desktops. Removable Media Encryption functionality lets end users to move sensitive data onto USBs, external hard drives, and memory cards while management ...

Readycrest becomes a SonicWALL SecureFirst Silver Partner

Readycrest becomes a SonicWALL SecureFirst Silver Partner
    Readycrest are proud to have been certified as a  SonicWALL SecureFirst Silver partner. For over 25 years, SonicWall has been the industry’s trusted security partner protecting millions of networks worldwide.  In 2016, SonicWall earned the highest rating of “Recommended” in the latest version of the NSS Labs Next-Generation Firewall Security Value Map for ...

MailStore Server can help towards GDPR compliance

MailStore Server can help towards GDPR compliance
Archiving your Exchange or Office 365 with MailStore provides fast access to a secure and centralised database of all email messages which helps meet GDPR requirements in a number of ways.  Mailstore can help with ….. Providing a complete record of email communications –  Search for personal data in confidence that what you’re seeing is ...

Apple iPhone users should install iOS 10.3.3 to patch a major security flaw on the device

APPLE is urging iPhone owners to update their iOS immediately to patch a new security flaw which could give hackers control of their device. Known as Broadpwn, the bug affects the Wi-Fi chips found in both Android and Apple smartphones and allows an attacker to take over a device remotely while it searches for Wi-Fi. ...

General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR

Data protection law in the UK is undergoing the most significant changes since the Data Protection Act (DPA) in 1998.  The new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in May 2016, and you have until 25th May 2018 to become fully compliant. The government has confirmed that the UK’s decision to leave ...

Microsoft Office – Installer compatibility ‘Click-to-Run’ and ‘Windows Installer’

Unfortunately, you can’t have Office products of the same version (like 2013 or 2016) that use two different installation technologies installed on the same computer. This also applies to standalone applications like Access, Visio, Project, Skype for Business, or OneDrive for Business. https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-installed-with-Click-to-Run-and-Windows-Installer-on-same-computer-isn-t-supported-30775ef4-fa77-4f47-98fb-c5826a6926cd?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US   In some cases, you also can’t have two different versions of ...

Signature Manager Exchange and Outlook Edition

Signature Manager Exchange and Outlook Edition
Exclaimer Signature Manager Outlook and Exchange Edition allows professional standardisation of email signatures and disclaimers across your business.  The Outlook edition automatically adds signatures which are visible when creating, replying or forwarding emails from within Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Web Access.  In addition, Exclaimer Exchange Edition allows emails and disclaimers to be all emails, meaning ...

Microsoft BitLocker

    BitLocker is Microsoft’s proprietary encryption program for Windows, that can encrypt your entire drive as well as help protect against unauthorized changes to your system such as firmware-level malware.  Data on a lost or stolen computer/laptop is vulnerable to unauthorized access, either by running a software-attack tool against it, or by transferring the ...

Microsoft Security Update for Windows XP and Windows 8 (WannaCrypt)

Please use the below links to download the recently released update for Windows XP and Windows 8. Windows XP SP3 (X86) Windows XP Embedded SP3 (32-bit) Windows 8 (32-bit) Windows 8 x64  

WannaCrypt attacks

The ransom is $300 and you’ve got 3 days to pay before it doubles to $600. If you don’t pay within a week then the ransomware threatens to delete the files altogether.  Note the “Wana Decrypt0r” title on the window below: the three terms WannaCry, Wcry and WannaCrypt are all referring to the same piece ...

Microsoft Safety Scanner

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software. Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft ...

Microsoft Azure Backup – Simple and reliable cloud-integrated backup as a service

Microsoft Azure Backup - Simple and reliable cloud-integrated backup as a service
 

Fastvue Web Activity Reports for SonicWALL Firewalls

Fastvue Web Activity Reports for SonicWALL Firewalls
Fastvue interprets log files from SonicWALL to deliver useful web activity reports to HR, Department Managers and You! Designed for anyone concerned about employee internet usage and a very useful tool for SonicWALL administrators Goes beyond simple log aggregation to provide sensible and useful information around web usage and productivity. Collates data from multiple SonicWALLs ...