Making your Passwords Unique for Every Website Can be Easy.

Making your Passwords Unique for Every Website Can be Easy I personally change my password ‘system’ every year and recently I was really pleased that I do this as I received a scam email that listed my password as… comp10utersup66portDIR I was startled, as this was the system I used 3 years ago. Not one … Read more Making your Passwords Unique for Every Website Can be Easy.

Get Prepared for Microsoft Stopping Support for Windows 7

Now is a good time to start thinking about replacing or upgrading your Windows 7 computers. Microsoft have said that they will stopping Windows 7 support on 14th January 2020 – this means they will stop issuing security updates. Once this happens your computer security could be compromised (as happened with the old Windows XP … Read more Get Prepared for Microsoft Stopping Support for Windows 7

Computers Booting into Tablet Mode

Recently we have had a couple of customers phone us because all their desktop icons had disappeared, very distressed. Chatting to them it turned out that the problem is computers booting into Tablet Mode. 
 
So if you suddenly find that you have…
 
  • No easy access to your desktop
  • No program/app icons on your Taskbar
  • Just lots of tiles on your monitor

Then check if your computer has booted into Tablet Mode.
How to get out of it?
  1. Click on the Windows Start icon
  2. Select the Settings cog
  3. Click on System
  4. Select Tablet Mode
  5. Check When I sign in….

Rebecca Mansbridge
August 2018

GDPR: Do you need to email everyone to get permission to contact them?

Based on numerous conversations we have had with businesses as they work through their GDPR compliance, there appears to be some confusion with GDPR and email.  Particularly whether they can continue to communicate with their clients or whether they now have to get explicit consent to do so. These communications may take the form of … Read more GDPR: Do you need to email everyone to get permission to contact them?

Encrypting USB devices with VeraCrypt

Part of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation – more here https://technologytamed.com/gdpr/) is assessing the way you store patient data. Many businesses use to removable USB drives which are then taken offsite. When assessing your GDPR risks you may decide that you would like to also encrypt portable drives you use that may contain personal data.

The following gives you step by step instructions on how to use one of the most popular encryption methods: VeraCrypt (which is derived from TrueCrypt).

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November Housekeeping = Internet and IT Security

Image of person breaking into a computer

Over the last 10 months I have constantly mentioned security, security, security, because we live in a world where criminals are exploiting every IT and online weakness they can. In 2015 we had very few businesses phone us with problems.  In 2016/17 we have seen an increase – as criminals are now targetting businesses. So much so, that I think you need to dedicate November to looking at your security.

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