Archive for July, 2012

VIRUS BY EMAIL

12 July 2012

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A VIRUS INFECTED EMAIL – PLEASE DELETE IT IF YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE IT!

 

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Apple Malware

11 July 2012

Here is an interesting story that recently came out:

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/apple/3368591/apple-app-store-gets-first-malware-app/?cmpid=HTML-N090712&olo=newsletter

Something that smart phone users need to become more aware of!

Unlock your GMAIL account

11 July 2012

If you change your GMAIL password, it might stop working on external email clients and devices (even if you put in the new password).

In this case you need to unlock your GMAIL account.

Check out this link for the relevant instructions: http://support.google.com/groups/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2461835

Dropbox is doubling in size!!!

11 July 2012

GREAT NEWS FOR EXISTING DROPBOX USERS!

Dropbox is doubling its capacities without increasing its prices!

Here are two articles about this:

http://blog.dropbox.com/index.php/new-dropbox-pro-plans/

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-dropbox-doubles-storage-20120710,0,5777535.story

Destroy your old hard disk drive

4 July 2012

Many of us have old desktops lying around in the house (perhaps it has been unused for years or you have just upgraded!).

We are nervous to give the machine away (quite frankly the old ones are almost worthless) because of all the precious data on there – AND RIGHTLY SO!

Even if you think you have deleted your data, the chances are that it can be restored unless the data is securely deleted with a utility like CCLEANER

One easy and quick option is to remove the hard disk from your desktop and keeping it in a draw for safe keeping. You can then dispose of the desktop (or recycle) without risk of your data falling into other peoples’ hands. Also, keeping the hard disk, acts as a backup of your data from the day you last used the computer.

We always recommend labelling a hard disk e.g. “Desktop July 2012″ with a permanent marker and once you are satisfied that you no longer need the data as a backup, you can destroy the hard disk.

Here are some useful YouTube videos on how to remove a hard disk from a desktop:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVnFlFrqhE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUveWh-Qgqg

and to remove a hard disk from a laptop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrSEH2jMxbk

When you are completely sure that you no longer need a hard disk you can destroy it!

This can be done by knocking a nail through the drive or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZadd6rbXU&feature=fvst

We find this video really informative at the start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdBNJags1K8 

Windows 8

3 July 2012

 

Windows 8 is due in October 2012.

Today they have announced a breakthrough price of around £25 for existing Windows users.

This is an incredible move by Microsoft where previously operating systems and upgrades were generally over the £100 mark.

For more information see: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/new-product/windows/3367608/windows-8-cost-39-for-xp-vista-windows-7-users/

The team at Friedman IT Solutions are excited by the news. It will mean far more affordable upgrades and we look forward to supporting our clients with this new operating system later in 2012.