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Small companies who are using unlicensed software unknowingly shouldn’t think they’ll be let off the hook if found out. 

Ignorance is not bliss in this situation. 

Using unlicensed software is on the increase whether it’s intentional or not.  There have been recent cases in the news where companies were fined for using unlicensed software, yet they knew nothing of the software being installed on their computers.  But that’s no excuse, so how can you protect yourself against such a risk?

It seems there’s not a day that goes by at the moment where scams and cyberattacks aren’t in the news.  Yet it’s satisfying to hear that there have been four arrests following a two-year long investigation by the City of London Police and Microsoft into scams where fraudsters were pretending to be IT support staff. 

During the last financial year, there were over 34,000 computer software service fraud reports made to the UKs national fraud and cyber-reporting centre, Action Fraud.

But how would you know if you’ve fallen victim?

With so much of what we now do being web based, it’s no wonder scammers love it.  It’s easy to become complacent about the levels of security and habits of password setting so here are some useful tips. 

Internet scams happen all the time, no-one is safe. 

You just need to read the news to hear another big company has been affected and sometimes we don’t even know it’s happening. 

With so many off the shelf packages available, it’s easy to set up a website, however, does it serve the purpose it’s intended for? Is it converting prospective buyers into sales?  Are you getting the traffic?  Is it easy to navigate?

Here are some golden tips to get the best from your website.

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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