Cyberbullying

18 February 2014

It concerned me to read this article and then this article.

Parents should always take action to supervise their children’s user of the Internet whether on computer or on a mobile device.

Please see an old blog I wrote about this subject.

I highly recommend K9.

Cryptolocker

29 January 2014

In 2013, a new type of virus was released. Called Cryptolocker, this virus represents malicious greed.

In December 2013 it was reported to have affected about 250,000 computers worldwide.

This virus is reported to be triggered by clicking a link in an email and once triggered it encrypts all the files on your computer and attached devices. To access these files you need to provide payment through the notorious bitcoin (as opposed to a credit card payment which could then be easily traced and reversed).

Paying to release your data does not always work and giving in to these people will only encourage more of the same. 

Friedman IT have only worked on one computer infected by this virus which was simple to remove but it was only thanks to adequate remote backup such as Carbonite that we were able to restore all the data without loss.

If there is one thing we can encourage readers to implement for 2014, remote backup is it. 

Logmein

29 January 2014

Last week Logmein decided to give one week’s notice to users of a change in their existing sales strategy. Everyone using logmein Free (which is a service they have provided for about a decade), Here is their blog announcement.

It seems to me that someone on the board decided its time to bring in some serious revenue, but giving a week’s notice to me seems far to short. Surely it should have been a few months?

Many of the clients Friedman IT support have their own logmein account and we use this to connect and support.

As a result of this sudden announcement, Friedman IT Solutions has  purchased a subscription to Logmein Central to support our clients. Over the coming year we will be evaluating alternatives to see what other products are out there.

Some alternatives we have been impressed by are:

Screen Connect

Team Viewer

We found this article very useful.

Moving from Outlook to Mac Mail

4 December 2012

Here is a useful resource for exporting a PST to Mac Mail:

http://guides.macrumors.com/Moving_Email_from_PC_Outlook_to_Apple_Mail

 

Fibre Optic in the UK

4 December 2012

Fibre Optic is the new big thing in broadband.

Speeds as much as ten times standard broadband in now becoming readily available.

An excellent site to run a post code search on what is available can be seen here:

http://www.cable.co.uk/compare/fibre-optic-broadband/#

 

Dropbox Hacking

10 October 2012

Dropbox user accounts were hacked in July 2012

For more information read: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57483998-83/dropbox-confirms-it-was-hacked-offers-users-help/?ttag=fbwl

Compare smartphones

10 October 2012

If you are looking to upgrade your phone and cant deside between the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X or the iphone 5, here is an excellent website to run a comparison of features: http://www.compare-cellphones.org/

Microsoft acquires Yammer

10 October 2012

For those who use Sharepoint, it is fair to say that it will be going through significant upgrades and  enhancements.

In July 2012, Microsoft acquired Yammer and this alone will prove to be very interesting.

Wearable Technology

10 October 2012

One direction for the future of technology application is in wearable technology such as “Google Glasses”.

For more information about this concept, see this article in the Guardian and this fascinating video on Youtube.

Microsoft financial losses

10 October 2012

In July 2012, Microsoft reported a quaterly financial loss for the first time as a public company.

For more information see the following article in the Guardian.