Tips & Tricks

The Ultimate Road Warrior?

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Could this be the ultimate kit for working out and about? Surface Pro with keyboard + case.BatPower ProE 2 battery + PSU.Micosoft Wedge Mobile bluetooth keyboard and mouse.External Asus HD portable USB-powered monitor.BatPower 120W Car charger. As you can see it is entirely possible to work a full day, and then some, whilst away from […]

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Microsoft 365 vs More Traditional Client/Server Computing

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This video give an overview on the things you need to think about when securing your people and your data. It continues on to detail some of the more interesting and less well known aspects of Microsoft 365 Compliance data management. Things such as labelling for sensitivity and/or encryption or retention, plus sensitive information types, […]

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11 Ways To Keep Safe Whilst Working From Home

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Introduction We have all been thrust into this new way of working with no warning and not a huge amount of planning. The same basic rules apply with regards to using technology. I’m hoping the following will give clarity on what is needed and will be useful to you. Here is a list of the […]

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Working From Home Setup

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Here is a video run-through on my home working setup including the following: Hideaway desk with two 24″ 1920×1200 screens – three in total.Good chair and posture.Alternative desk and even a temporary disposable one.Surface Pro 7 with Surface Dock (alternatives possible).Working with multiple desktops to give 3, 6, 9 screens and more.Detached with extra battery […]

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Seven IT Security Gaps you need to Plug

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To Keep Out the Scammers & Hackers There is an ever-increasing onslaught of scams and hacks – after two things: your data and your money. IT security gaps can let them in. The number of people caught out continues to increase, with some estimates suggesting the value of authorised fraud (where the genuine customer processes […]

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GDPR – The General Data Protection Regulation

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Don’t Panic! It is now less than a month until the GDPR is enforced. This has been a long time in coming and we should all be well prepared and ready. The stark reality is that very few of us are and a lot of us are starting to panic. In this sort of a […]

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Classic Email Spoof (x2)

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22/02/18 Updated with another one further down the page. No 1 Having just received this I thought I’d share it. This may be nothing new to you but in case you’ve never seen this… Company Directors, CEOs and business owners are easy to find on the Internet, as are Finance Directors and other credit control/accounts […]

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Network Speed Calculator

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We are always having to work with networks that are measured in Gbps Mbps and Kbps (gigabits/megabits/kilobits per second) and working with data measured in GB MB KB (gigabytes/megabytes/kilobytes). this is far too confusing for our tiny brains, so we came up with this simple spreadsheet that calculates how long a file of a certain […]

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IT Recruitment (for the SME)

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Your staff are demanding immediate local IT (or ICT) support. The complaints are mounting as they are unable to work efficiently without rapid help with IT queries and problems. What should you do? How will you recruit or find this resource? IT recruitment is a real challenge, but is this the right path for your business? It […]

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Dual Boot Setup

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Dual-boot Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 The following is specific to a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 8.1, but this process can be followed for any PC or laptop running any version of Windows. If you want to give Windows 10 a try, but are worried about messing up your existing installation this is the […]

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Do you have knowledge or control of your IT assets? Are you legal?

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What is installed on whose machine and is it legal? How old are your machines and when will you be hit with a nasty upgrade bill? We will help with all this. We can provide regular asset reporting and help you plan for the future. Please see this page on our website for in-depth detail of […]

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HP P2000 MSA and VMware SRM & SRA Error

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Hopefully this will save other people the head scratching and countless lost hours that we suffered on a VMware project we are working on. Whilst setting up VMware Site Recovery Manager we hit a peculiar problem that had a simple solution but was very difficult to spot. We were installing the Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) from […]

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Simple Free Protection for Child Internet Access at Home

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Overview The most effective protection is education, but this is difficult when it comes to kids. Plus they are less sceptical and click on pretty much anything. The system below uses a very simple process of blocking access to dodgy content. Introduction to DNS If a machine makes a call to anything on the Internet, […]

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Cyber Attack in Headlines – Advisory on Effective Protection

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Cyber Attack! This is nothing new really – it has been progressively getting worse for some time and the recent headlines are about something that has been proliferating for several months. These attacks, CryptoLocker, Gameover Zeus, GOZeus and P2PZeus are designed to take your money. Viruses are now a thing of the past really. Reassurance […]

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