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Make sure hackers don’t ruin your Christmas

How many online accounts do you have? Most of us have dozens across various banks, social media, online stores, music, video and other services and businesses can have hundreds. Not surprisingly, most people tend to use the same couple of passwords across those sites, but if you use the same password more than once, it creates risks for your other accounts.

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4000 small businesses a day: the vicious spread of WannaCry

In May this year the online world witnessed the Wannacry ransomware attack, a cryptoworm which spread like wildfire, demanding payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in over 230,000 computers using the Windows operating system.

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Chill out: Make sure your PCs and staff don’t overheat this summer

Summer can creep up on us. It seems like only weeks ago we were cranking up the office heating on frosty mornings, but now we are shedding clothes left, right and centre, dashing to the shop on ice lolly runs, and substituting the kettle for the water cooler. It’s not just staff who can overheat during the summer, PCs also need to be protected from burn out, ensuring they see a full life cycle. So let’s take a look at some ways to look after both humans and machines, keeping productivity up in the hotter seasons.

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What is GDPR and how does your IT need to prepare?

We are currently all familiar with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 but may not be so aware of its replacement by the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which in the UK will take effect from 25th May 2018.

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The expected lifecycle of different IT equipment…

Technology is ever-changing; there’s always a slimmer, faster phone coming to the market, or a computer with better HD graphics and processing speed. It can make it tricky to know where the line is between what is ‘junk’ and needs replacing, versus what is ‘out-of-date’ and simply no longer in fashion.

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Should you switch to Office 365?

So many businesses are realising the benefits of cloud software that the big question isn’t whether to move to Internet computing – it’s what suite to choose. One of the most popular options is Microsoft’s Office 365, but is it right for you?

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Do you love your IT?

IT – in business terms it can provoke emotions from warmth to genuine hatred, but why can the technology choices we make for our organisations produce such strong feelings among employees? With relationships under the microscope this Valentine’s Day, it might be fitting to label our dealings with IT a ‘love, hate’ affair.

So let’s get to the bottom of it. What are the reasons which can make IT such a help or hindrance, and in some cases both on the same day?

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Make your resolutions achievable this year with Absolutely PC

The start of a new year is a time when many of us take stock. We might review how our business is running, whether IT systems are working as well as they should, and how we can make changes for the year ahead.

 

Traditionally, January is the time when resolutions are made – and often broken before the month is out. At Absolutely PC, we can help give some mileage to your goals for 2017.

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How to avoid IT disasters over Christmas

With many of us taking time off work over Christmas, and focusing on the frivolities of the season, it can be easy for IT systems to get less attention at this time of year. Yet, IT systems can be vulnerable when staff aren’t around, so safeguarding them over the festive period can prevent disasters from occurring.

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UK businesses get ready for Microsoft price hikes

A lot of prices have gone up lately: petrol, house prices, and even that controversial yeasty toast topper, Marmite. Maybe the blame lies with Brexit, or just industry greed, but whatever the reason, price rises are big news at the moment. Unfortunately for the computer user, price hikes have also affected products by computing giant Microsoft.

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Six ways to deal with an IT disaster

With Halloween fast approaching, there might be ghostly goings on outside, but what happens when your IT equipment starts behaving ghoulishly? Here are six ways to tackle those devilish IT disasters. Continue reading

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Sage by name, and Sage by nature

Whether you’re involved in the world of accounting or not, thanks to their recent high profile advertising campaign, you may have heard of Sage accounting software. If you’re one of the 6.2 million businesses around the world that make use of Sage’s accounting, payroll and payment systems, you’ll be pleased to hear that Absolutely PC are now fully trained Sage partners, ready for their big launch this month.

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Didn’t prepare for Brexit? Don’t make the same mistake twice: create an IT disaster recovery plan

It’s official: the UK will leave the European Union. The result of June’s referendum was shocking for everyone, as many believed that Britain would remain and nothing would ever really change. There have been strong reactions and widespread panic ever since Brexit; everyone is wondering what leaving the EU will mean long term, and how it will affect them.

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Windows 10: yes or no?

Businesses across the UK only have a few days left to upgrade the operating system they use from Windows 7 to Windows 10. “Should we or shouldn’t we?” is likely to become a hot topic during meetings, as staff members give their views on why their company should or shouldn’t make the switch. In this blog post we run through some of the main issues to take into account when considering each side of the debate.

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Why an IT support contract can work for your business

A modern day business faces many pressures – from continually striving to improve the bottom line, to attempting to cut overheads while still making sure employees are provided with the best tools with which to do the job.

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