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Gone phishing…

Gone phishing…

9th November, 2018


Phishing calls: Most of us have had the phone call from “Alan from Microsoft”, or similar, who claims that he has spotted a problem on your computer. These are known as “phishing” calls. In these days of Remote Computer Support, and Big Brother surveillance, it sounds plausible, doesn’t it. Microsoft may well be tracking your computer to help you to fix it, right? Then your common sense might kick in and you remember that an IT Geek that you met once warned you off such random calls. Diane Abbott gets her first ever mention on “Read All About IT”! Sadly […]


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Google Drive to become Google One

Google Drive to become Google One

5th November, 2018


Google is introducing Google One Coming to a computer near you, very soon, is “Google One“. Initially it will only be available to you if you already have a paid-for Google Drive account. Your account will be migrated seamlessly, once it is offered in the UK. Google Drive allows you to save your files and documents in “the Cloud”, through your Google account, making them accessible to you from any computer connected to the internet. Your Google account is used to store data across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Google Drive comes in 2 flavours – free or paid-for. If […]


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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

2nd November, 2018


We all love taking shortcuts! Here are some Windows 10 keyboard tips & tricks.   The key (excuse the pun) to using keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 is the key with the Windows logo. It should be to the bottom left of your keyboard.             In this list of useful keyboard shortcuts it is referred to as “Win-Key”. So, the shortcut combination to lock your computer is “Win-Key + L”. You press the Win-Key, hold it down and press the “L” key at the same time. (Only do this if you know the Windows password […]


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Is your website secure? HTTP or HTTPS?

Is your website secure? HTTP or HTTPS?

25th October, 2018


Are you viewing an HTTP or an HTTPS website? If you use Google Chrome for browsing the internet, have you ever noticed the “Not Secure” message at the top of your internet browser page? (Microsoft’s browser, Edge, just shows an exclamation mark.)       If you click the “Not Secure” you see a message pop-out like this:         This means that the website you are viewing is not secured by use of the “HTTPS” method of showing you websites. This differs from the older “HTTP” protocol, as it is a more secure way of protecting any […]


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Does your IT Support company do too much for you?

Does your IT Support company do too much for you?

24th October, 2018


I’ve been talking to a couple of potential new clients about their existing computer systems, and about their current computer support companies. Neither of these clients seems to know what their existing IT Support company does; or exactly what they are being charged for. The first client has a fairly simple system, of 10 PCs and a Server; but they have told me that they aren’t too sure why the IT guy does so much of whatever he does, and why he tends to spend whole days in their offices when he does visit. Having looked around the computer set […]


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How much is your old computer costing your business?

How much is your old computer costing your business?

10th October, 2018


Costs of an old, slow computer Many clients, when we suggest they should upgrade their old computers, tell us, “We can’t afford it right now”. But, how can they afford not to? What is the true cost of keeping older computers in your business? Just as an older car starts to become more expensive to run than a newer car, the same is true of the computers in your business. How long should a computer last? Computers are becoming ever more reliable and efficient. A business grade computer bought today should last at least 5 to 6 years. After that they […]


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Comparing Computers to Cars…

Comparing Computers to Cars…

3rd October, 2018


Efficient computers can save your business money… All businesses are seeking ways to save money, without compromising on the service that they can offer to their clients. With this in mind, how many businesses consider saving themselves money through investing in the most effective use of their computer systems? Michael Donkin, Director of ‘Curlew Computers’, takes the novel approach that computers are very similar to cars; both essentially being tin boxes with Windows. Also, they are both vital business tools which are used every day. You don’t need to know how they work, and you hope neither of them suddenly […]


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