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9 Reasons why your computer may be slow

30th April 2019

It can be extremely frustrating when your computer is slow as it can reduce your productivity and make you job harder. There are many reasons why your computer may be slow, some of which are simple and easy to avoid. 1.    Your hard drive may be failing This can happen over time as a hard drive is constantly moving and, as with anything that consists of moving parts, they can eventually wear down. How to fix: Run a hard drive…

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Kwik Fit hack highlights dangers of malware for businesses

27th March 2019

Recently we wrote an article detailing predictions from some of the world’s top experts including McAfee and the World Economic Forum forecasting greater levels of hacking and phishing in 2019. Well it appears that we have the first major casualty of 2019 with a major hack of UK firm Kwik Fit’s computer network. The popular car service specialist has over 600 garages across the United Kingdom and Ireland and provides tyres, exhausts, batteries and breaks as well as MOT testing…

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Global cyber-attack would cost businesses billions

20th February 2019

A new report has produced findings in which it claims that a coordinated global cyber attack could cause economic damage of between £65-96 billion. In the hypothetical scenario developed for Lloyds of London and Aon, findings showed that a malicious campaign similar to those of real-life ransomware (such as WannaCry and Not Petya) could spread around the world incredibly quickly and cause devastating damage in its wake. The scenario involved an infected email which once opened forwards itself to all…

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Has your email been stolen in massive data leak?

31st January 2019

Dubbed a ‘mega-leak’, more than 2.2 billion stolen emails and passwords have surfaced online in a leak that is growing bigger by the day. First reported on January 17, 2019 by researcher Troy Hunt, the leak included an astonishing number of email addresses and password combinations. However, upon further investigation the list of breached data was even bigger than first suspected, with 2.2 billion user’s worth of data included. The data is apparently an amalgamation of leaked email addresses and…

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Levels of hacking and phishing predicted to increase in 2019

31st December 2018

2018 brought with it many major cyber-crime attacks over the year. A number of global businesses and industries fell victim to data breaches including the likes of Facebook, Under Armour, MyHeritage and the Marriott Hotel Group – even the French President, Emmanuel Macron, had his emails hacked! Together with increasing levels of ransomware and malware attacks, cyber security is rightly at the top of many business agendas in 2019. Here are what some of the world’s top experts are predicting…

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6 ways to protect your business from ransomware attacks

30th November 2018

A recent report from cyber security company Sophos has uncovered some disturbing trends in the advancement of online crime. The report found that teams of online criminals are now turning to targeted ransomware attacks as a means of earning millions of dollars from businesses and high-value individuals. The report by SophosLabs also suggested that cyber criminals are manipulating flaws in Windows systems admin tools as a means of stealing sensitive information and of delivering ransomware. Once activated, the ransomware will…

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What are the benefits of VDI for businesses?

31st October 2018

Virtual desktop infrastructure. Even the name itself can sound confusing. But the benefits of VDI are well worth the small amount of time it takes to understand what it is and how it works. Read on to find out more. What is VDI? VDI can be simply described as a type of technology that detaches the application processing from the physical computer in front of you. Rather than running applications on the computer under your desk, you will instead run…

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What is X-bash? A look at the all-in-one malware threat

28th September 2018

Following on from headline claiming malware like Petya, NotPetya and WannaCry, a new threat to computer users has emerged in the form of an all-in-one malware called X-bash. What is X-Bash? Researchers at Palo Alto Networks have named this new form of malware X-bash. They claim it combines bot net, cryptocurrency mining software and ransomware in one singular worm that specifically targets users of Linux and Windows. Who created it? The researchers, named ‘Unit 42’, have claimed that the malware…

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How to protect you PC from the Foreshadow Intel flaw

31st August 2018

Along with threats like Meltdown and Spectre, Foreshadow has been in the news recently, described as a worrying threat for PC’s with intel processors. Meltdown and Spectre, which were first publicly disclosed in January, were a widespread problem and some of the aftermath is still being cleaned up. However, the discovery prompted researchers to do further studies into possible weaknesses and vulnerabilities, and in doing so discovered a weakness similar to Spectre in Intel processors. Known as SGX, Intel’s Software…

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Fake News Virus Warnings

31st July 2018

Businesses are encouraging staff to be extra-vigilant after an increase in malicious content distributed through social media. Social media websites are documenting a rise in falsified articles that use notable fake news stories to encourage people to click. Once they land on the website however, they can be susceptible to a whole range of malicious content like malware and viruses. Two recent examples of these hoax-type stories include an article purporting the death of popular Mr. Bean actor Rowan Atkinson…

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