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5 Windows 10 features that can help secure your business

computer-914546_1920With Windows 10's Anniversary Update imminent, all the signs suggest security tools will be expanding. But what are some of the security features that are already proving to be popular?

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Windows 10 has enhanced passwords with PIN entry and a new 'Picture' password included.

Alongside the traditional word-based & PIN options, 'Picture' passwords are a brand new feature.

The 'Picture' password is akin to the 'Pattern Lock' on Android phones which asks users to swipe their finger to register a specific pattern.

It asks the user to select a photo and then draw a pattern on top of it. For example, on a photo of your house you might be asked to swipe from the letterbox to the chimney.

3 ways to speed up your computer that actually work

3 ways to speed up your computer that actually workA slow computer can be incredibly frustrating but before you fork out for an expensive new laptop or PC computer you should consider trying out a few of these tried and trusted techniques below. Often speeding up your computer can be easier and less costly than you might expect.

Ransomware is ‘biggest immediate cyber threat’

clip_image002A recent report from the security firm Kaspersky Lab has claimed that so called ‘Ransomware’ is now the biggest and most persistent threat to internet security.

Their report, which you can read here, acknowledges that there were as many as 2,900 incidents of Ransomware attacks during the first three months of 2016, a 14% increase on the previous quarter.

Chrome scraps support for Windows XP, Vista and more

clip_image002Along with the release of Google Chrome version 50 has come the news that support has ended for a number of older operating systems including Windows XP and Vista.

Google has been promising since November that they would end support for older operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 and this month they followed through with that promise.

Microsoft strengthen Office 365 security

clip_image002Responding to the ever growing threat of cyber crime, Microsoft has ramped up their security efforts for their Office 365 platform. Users will now benefit from better visibility, control and security of data when using the cloud based services.

In a blog posted on the Microsoft website, Bret Arsenault, Chief Information Security Officer for Microsoft, explained that their new approach “empowers customers to accelerate their adoption of a ‘protect, detect, respond’ security posture”.

Whaling – a dangerous new cyber threat

clip_image002One of the most recent cyber security threats to come to our attention is the ‘whaling’ scam. This is a highly personalised form of phishing used to trick victims into giving away sensitive information and access to networks.

What is it?

Most phishing scams target a wide range of people and hackers will send their scam emails to a large number of recipients. However ‘whaling’ is different in that cyber criminals approach one ‘high value’ target with a highly personalised message instead.

Ubiquiti Networks, a provider of high-end wireless networking products, recently fell victim to a whaling attack which resulted in losses of $47m (£30m) for the company.

Ransomware: could you be blackmailed by hackers?

clip_image002[87]Ransomware is one of the most recent threats to your online security. We look at what it is, how it works and how you can protect your business effectively.

What is it?
Ransomware, as the name suggests, is a form of malware which locks away a victim’s files and then requests payment from them to have them returned.

In 2013, Cryptolocker attacked around 250,000 computers worldwide stealing personal files and refusing to return them unless a ransom was paid immediately, which a high amount of victims went ahead and did.

Ransoms are paid through a digital currency such as Bit coin, which allows transactions to be made anonymously.