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20/01/14

Did you know…?

“70% of businesses which suffer catastrophic data loss are closed within 18 months” (UK DTI)

IT
systems are a vital part of your business. If disaster strikes the
results can be tragic; so it pays to invest time in disaster recovery
planning to be certain you can continue to trade if the worst happens.
But what is disaster recovery planning? How can it benefit your
business? And what steps should you take to create an efficient recovery
plan? Our blog covers the key steps you need to follow.


06/01/14

Here’s our UPDATE
on the CryptoLocker
Ransom Virus
whose
creators have devised yet more devious ways to encourage
unwary users to download it to their PCs.  Discover how the new variant CRILOCK-A uses worm-like features features to spread from your PC hard drive to your removable
drives.
But even more more sinisterly, the new malware version pretends to be an
activator for various software such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Put simply; cyber-hackers can easily infect IT systems without the need
to create (and send) spammed messages.


06/12/13

You’ve probably heard the term “Cloud Storage” a lot when it comes to data backup these days.

But what actually is the
“cloud” and what is meant by the term cloud storage?

Cloud storage –
is a form of data storage which is managed, maintained and backed up
remotely. This is done over the internet. When hearing the term “cloud”
you probably imagine all the data being stored up in the sky. In fact
the data is stored on remote computer servers held in large physical
data centres both in the UK and around the world. However, choosing
to use cloud backup is a significant commitment for a company, so it’s
vital to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages:



26/11/13

Following our CryptoLocker
Virus Alert
last month, we’d like to remind you how vital it is to Back-Up your data regularly. If you
read our item, you’ll recall there are only 2 ways to deal with Crypto Locker: pay the ransom (not advised) or restore your
data from an earlier Back-Up.

Since our article
another NSS customer was duped into opening an email containing this virus. Fortunately,
their data was restored from Back-Up after the virus was cleaned off their
system. So it is essential to have an external backup drive handy and an easy
way of making backup copies. That way the routine becomes a regular habit.

This Blog covers the
main features to consider when buying
an external hard drive for data backup:


14/11/13

During early October 2013 Adobe’s
system was penetrated by cyber hackers
who stole the online information for
millions of the programs users. Preliminary estimates suggested that 2.9 million records had been
compromised. On the 30th October Adobe revised this figure to 38 million; the total was eventually
reported as 150 million accounts
stolen.

Password security is your first line of defence against cyber-hackers. To make sure your password is strong and effective read our tips on creating secure memorable passwords.


08/11/13

Microsoft has announced that from 8th April
2014, support for Windows XP will stop
. Most importantly, this means the end of
the Automatic Updates which help to protect your PC.

If you continue to use
Windows XP after 8th April 2014 it is very likely that your PC will become more
vulnerable to viruses and security risks. You may also experience problems with
other software you are running no longer being compatible with your ‘old’
Windows XP operating system.


08/11/13

CryptoLocker Virus is a malicious cyber-security threat which causes
untold damage to users data by encrypting it and demanding a ransom.
The virus,
which has been around since September 2013, can only be
fixed by paying the ransom
(and that isn’t recommended or guaranteed) or
restoring from BACKUP.  Please read our BLOG on how to avoid becoming
a victim.


07/11/13

We want your business to trade safely on
the internet so we are posting this warning about the CryptoLocker Ransom Virus. This is an especially malicious cyber-security threat which has already
caused untold damage to one of our customers’ data by encrypting it and
demanding a ransom.

The virus, which has been around since September 2013, can only be fixed by paying the ransom
(and that isn’t recommended or guaranteed) or restoring from BACKUP. In this instance,
the virus has destroyed the data which cannot be recovered.