What’s New

In recent IT news a new format of SD card has been announced. SD cards are used for storing data in devices such as computers, cameras, phones.
With microSD Express these storage devices will be much faster and consume less power.

It has been found that a Windows 10 Update released in October has compatibility issues with Apple iCloud. Microsoft and Apple are working together to release an update to resolve this issue.

Samsung have announced a 4TB Solid State Drive (SSD). This drive uses Quad-Level Cell technology to achieve higher storage capacities per chip.

It has been reported that the 2016 and newer Apple MacBook Pro laptops are shipping without a recovery port on the motherboard. We recommend a good backup plan to avoid any issues with data loss in the event of hardware failure. This is especially important in newer laptops where the storage (solid-state drive) is built-on to the motherboard.
Feel free to contact us and we can assist with setting-up a backup plan for your devices.

Intel have discovered 2 security flaws named Spectre and Meltdown. These flaws affect a large number of Intel processors. Intel are working with Microsoft to release patches which will resolve these issues. Our advice to customers is to make sure Windows Updates are enabled, this will ensure the patches are automatically downloaded to resolve this issue.

We have seen a rise in reported scam phone calls according to our customers. Our advice is to only proceed with technical support calls if you know the caller and have contacted them directly about an issue, otherwise it could be a scam.

Researchers have found a security flaw in the WPA2 protocol which is used to secure wireless networks. This affects users of software (such as Windows, iOS, Android) and wireless routers. Microsoft have released a Windows update earlier this month to protect users from this flaw. Our best advice is to make sure automatic updates are enabled on your devices. We can also arrange an audit to check the security status of your network and devices. Feel free to contact us and we can help with this.

Apple release the new iPhone 8 – featuring upgraded specifications and a glass back which allows wireless charging.

Microsoft Release an update to the Task Manager included with Windows 10 – now users can see the Graphics Processor Usage.

Symantec sells their SSL business unit to DigiCert. SSL certificates are used by websites to secure data. This change may affect website owners who have existing SSL certificates with Symantec.

Microsoft will be retiring support for Office 2007 in under 3 months, ending security and bugfix updates for this version of Office.
We recommend upgrading to the latest version of Office in order to stay protected from the latest security threats.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Creators Update – this update adds many features and bugfixes to Windows 10 such as:
New Microsoft Edge browser management features
New privacy settings which the user can configure

Following recent news we have seen a rise in ransomware activity.
Ransomware is a form of malware – similar to a virus, which is designed to damage and encrypt customer data.
The best protection against this is to ensure your anti-virus and operating system software are up to date.

We can arrange an audit to check the security status of your network and devices, and also advise on ways to reduce the risk of data loss.