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UK firms lost more than £1b to Ransomware & Cybercrime from March 2015 to March 2016.

This is only the reported cases, the actual figure lost may well be much higher due to firms failing to report incidents.

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Tech support scams target victims via their ISP

A new scam, in which fraudsters pose as legitimate internet service providers to offer bogus tech support, either via the phone or on the net, is on the rise, the BBC has found. It is a twist on an old trick which involved cold-calling a victim - often claiming to represent Microsoft - and charging for fake tech support.

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A new website for The Nut Association.

The Nut Association is a organisation that provides a strong and targeted group for any business or person that works with nuts in the UK.  Any business that produces, sells, distributes or processing nuts can join and become be a member of The Nut Association.

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Windows 10 has been available as a free upgrade to everyone running Windows 7 or 8.1 since August last year, the free offer ends 29 July 2016.

Microsoft is starting to increasingly market aggressive trying to force  all Win 7/8.1 users to move to the new OS. Very soon Windows 10 will automatically begin installing on most Windows 7 and 8.1 machines. Users will still need to confirm the installation manually for it to continue. However, if they choose not to proceed it's unclear if they can cancel it all togther….

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Last week we upgraded 8 PCs at one of our clients by replacing the SATA drives in their PCs with new SSDs. The speed boost was dramatic, Window started up in under 10 seconds and the whole PC was running much faster, so allowing the staff to be more productive and get tasks done quicker.

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There are many ways to increase the speed of your PC, like adding more memory, defragging hard drive, removing old programs and even re-installing Windows from the factory image.

In the last few month a new way to speed boost your PC has become more financial viable. Swap and replace your current mechanical(SATA) hard drive for a super-fast Solid State Drive (SSD).

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Microsoft wants Windows 10 on one billion devices by 2018 and starting next year, they will be more direct in pushing users to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and 8.1

From our experience of Windows 10 upgrades, they are still many issues with drivers on Dell and HP machines, printer issues, bespoke accountancy software issues and on some machines, the actual Start button/menu will not load or run. But Microsoft wants you to upgrade, they are aiming to make you do this by:

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5 Reasons why your business needs a website:

  1. 24/7 Sales - Your website is the first contact your potential clients or customers will have with your business so you will need to make a good and lasting impression! It’s like a giant online business card that is also a 24/7 sales person for your business.
     

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Microsoft has set the Windows 10 release date as July 29th 2015 for PCs and tablets, plus current Windows users are now able to reserve their upgrade copy.

Windows 10 will be available on new and current PCs and as a free upgrade for those running Windows 7 and 8.1. Owners of these versions now see a Windows icon in their taskbar, and Windows updates, that will allow them to reserve their upgrade. 

This will be in the form of a 3GB file that can be downloaded from 29th July.

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Microsoft has announced that there will be seven (7) editions of the Windows 10 operating system !

This will be the greatest edition range of one version of Windows ever ! This is interesting as Microsoft has been talking about Windows 10 being the last major upgrade, plus the fact that Microsoft will offer free the upgrade to Windows 10 for the first year for qualifying devices.

Previous versions of Windows have been issued as Home, Business, Mobile and Enterprise editions. The seven editions of Windows 10 will be:

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