Archive for the ‘News’ Category


12 July 2012




Apple Malware

11 July 2012

Here is an interesting story that recently came out:

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

Dropbox is doubling in size!!!

11 July 2012


Dropbox is doubling its capacities without increasing its prices!

Here are two articles about this:,0,5777535.story

Recent Skype Scam

31 October 2011

I have recently become aware of a new type of scam, targeting Skype users. The victim would receive a Skype call from a bogus IT help desk account, offering help in dealing with various security threats (virus infection, spyware, malware etc.) These callers also claim that you have a virus.  The caller could ask you to visit to certain websites, or to download malicious software.

There is however a simple Skype setting which could greatly increase your online privacy and protect you against this particular threat. In the Skype main window, go to Tools / Options. Under Privacy Settings, select “Allow calls from people in my Contact list only”.

This will allow only people you personally know and trust to call you on Skype.

Microsoft Office 365

30 October 2011

At the end of June 2011, Microsoft launched its cloud service  office 365

This is a subscription model starting at £4 per user per month which includes:

1. Exchange online – a massive 25GB mailbox for your emails (in hosted exchange)
This will work with almost any email program out there (e.g. Outlook, Entourage, Windows Mail) and keep a contact backup of incoming mail, sent mail, filed mail, contacts, calendar and tasks.
It will also work with most phones / devices – Android, Iphone, Ipad Windows phones and Blackberry to name a few.
The wonderful thing about hosted exchange is that whatever you do on one device will then appear on all your other devices.
So if you create a contact on your phone, it will seamlessly appear in Outlook, if you file an email in Outlook, it will be filed on your Ipad.
Everything you do is constantly backed up and there is a wonderful webmail with look and feel of Outlook 2010.

2. Office professional plus – you get access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel online. You can collaboratively work on documents with other users and word on any device even if it does not have office installed.

3. Sharepoint online – an intranet for your company allowing you to easily share information and documents with your colleagues.

4. Lync online – professional video conferencing.




Amazon Lockers

30 October 2011

Credit to Amazon – what a fantastic idea!

For those of us that love to order online, but can’t wait all day for the postman to arrive, Amazon have now got a new way to get your items to you without relying on collection from the sorting office!

Amazon lockers

Amazon Lockers 2


Sending Large Files

20 June 2011

This is a useful site to email large files to others:

Google Cloud Print

13 March 2011

Latest versions of Google Chrome now offer “Google Cloud Print”.

Go to options, and the “Under the Hood”. Right at the bottom you can enable Google Cloud Print.

This allows you to add printers that then become available to you over the cloud through any device that has google.

e.g. you can print off a page in Chrome while in the office and it will appear at home (providing computer at home is on)

This also applies to gmail and google docs

From mobile phones you can print using print option on the top right hand corner

For more information, see this article.

Laptop Theft – data compromised and logmein to the rescue

13 March 2011

Recently a client experienced a laptop theft from their home.

This last happened to a client in 2008 when i wrote this blog article – once again, the theft was from home.

One other theft that I never wrote about was for a client who was traveling in Italy in a rented car. Somehow, the thieves managed to puncture the tyre and stole his bags from the boot while he was trying to deal with the punture.

In the the March 2011, the laptop in question was not password protected. However it was fully backed up with Carbonite (link on RHS).

What was a concern was the family photos and emails.

Fortunately we had logmein installed.

My colleagues and I monitored the logs to see if anyone would connect….

three days after the theft we got an IP address which was reported to the police

36 hours later and we saw the computer online. My colleague connected and monitored what the laptop was being used for.

During three hours of monitoring, we got screen shots which included:

1. a photograph of the user and family members on facebook

2. a full name and date of birth

3. two email addresses

4. various conversations

5. the language that the user spoke

6. We confirmed that the IP address was the same as 36 hours prior

All this information was obtained by watching and without any intervention. The data was passed on to the police.

Once the user stopped using the computer, we had a few minutes available to react. In juts five minutes my colleague:

1. Locked the keyboard with logmein

2. Created a user password for the Vista system

3. Deleted photos, emails and documents

4. Uninstalled Carbonite

5. Locked out the computer

This was a great result – it meant that the data was gone and that the laptop would most probably have to be completely wiped for it to be used again!



Unsolicited Post from Domain Renewal Group

28 February 2011

Today I received a very professional looking letter from the “Domain Renewal Group”.

Quoting one of the domain names registered to me, they say “Registering your name with is will ensure you retain exclusive rights to it on the web, and now is the time to transfer and renew your name from your current Registrar to the Domain Renewal Group. Failure to renew your domian name by the expiration date may result in a loss of your online identity making it difficult for your customers and friends to locate you in the Web.”

The back of the letter has a “Registration Agreement” in very small print. Under Limitation of Liability they say ” YOU AGREE THAT WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY (1) SUSPENSION OR LOSS OF THE SERVICES(S)…”

This company is sending out unsolicited mail that which can be a serious  nuisance. Not only do they charge well over double what you should be paying, but if you agree to transfer to them it could create new problems as to who provides your email and web hosting.

Most companies you register your domain with will automatically renew your domain. If for some reason you do not have auto renew turned on, or your payment details have expired, they will notify you by email well in advance.

Letters like these should be shredded and not given any further thought.

They are a waste of good resources and can take advantage of those that do not know better.