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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 ...

Azure customers can now use Microsoft’s UK data centres to protect their most important files

  Microsoft Azure customers in the UK can now back up and restore their files from data centres based in this country. The company has announced that Azure Backup and Site Recovery are now available from its multiple cloud regions in the UK, offering companies and organisations reliable, secure and cost-competitive ways to protect important ...

Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies

If you use assistive technologies, you can get a free upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10. To learn more, read our ...

Microsoft is warning Windows users over a fake Microsoft security product that locks an infected computer and tries to trick victims into calling a support number

Microsoft doesn’t call you to offer tech support and does not provide phone numbers to call on its BSoD security warnings.   Microsoft has sounded the alarm over a fake installer for its Security Essentials, which attempts to trick victims into contacting bogus help centres.  Microsoft has released a  “severe” warning over new Windows malware ...

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers/manufacturers

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers/manufacturers
Microsoft yesterday stopped providing Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. The end of sales for Windows 7 Professional comes a full two years after sales ended for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate. Windows 8 sales ended a few months ...

Microsoft to raise prices by up to 22% after slump in pound

Microsoft to raise prices by up to 22% after slump in pound
Microsoft is to increase its prices by as much as 22%in the UK because of sterling’s recent decline, a rise that is likely to affect thousands of businesses and could cost the Governments tens of millions of pounds. The price increase, from Jan. 1 2017, will be 13% for its enterprise software and 22 % ...

KillerLocker Ransomware

KillerLocker Ransomware
We have received reports of yet another ransomware. KillerLocker ransomware is not vastly different from other ransomwares that we have seen in the past. It encrypts the victim’s files and shows a warning once it finished its job. This time, the warning uses a creepy image of a killer clown. With killer clown attacks all ...

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 data centre go live in the UK

Microsoft has opened Azure data centres for Azure and Office 365 in the UK.   Azure has two new regions, UK West which is listed as Cardiff but is probably in Newport, and UK South which is listed as London but is probably near London.  Office 365 (just Exchange Online and SharePoint Online at this time) ...

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74
Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74. The US computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971. His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, ...

Microsoft Windows was launched 30 years ago today

Microsoft Windows was launched 30 years ago today
The year 2015 was a milestone for the technology realm. Both eBay and Amazon ditched their teenager tags and celebrated 20 years in business, while IMDb turned 25. Elsewhere, the humble .com domain name reached 30 years of age, as the first dot-com domain was registered in March 1985. However, 1985 was a notable year ...